Journal Page Embroidery – "Adventure is Out There!"

Who wants to float away in a colorful, flying balloon house with me? Only for a few days, of course.

I released my inner child this weekend and watched Pixar’s “Up”, one of my favorite animated movies. Have you seen it? Aside from the incredibly depressing first ten minutes, this movie always lifts my spirits. I love the idea of chasing your dreams at any age while simultaneously learning to let go of the past. I can definitely relate to that message right now. It makes me want to jump up and start filling in the pages of my own “adventure book”. 😉

During the movie, I started stitching this page in my journal and couldn’t be happier with the result. My  favorite scene is when Carl releases all of the balloons for the first time and the screen is flooded with color. I tried to capture some of that color with my own stitched balloons. Whenever I turn to this page in my journal I will always be reminded that…

“Adventure is out there!”

The pages of my notebook are becoming increasingly filled with bits of thread and I love it.

Do you have a favorite animated movie too?

Have a great day!

  1. Anita says:

    Oh hon, I’m simply in love with your journal page stitching and I think this one is my favorite! I have to agree…UP is a fantastic movie with a great little message.

  2. Elise says:

    This is so perfect. My husband is obsessed with that movie!

  3. Rachael xx says:

    Up is AMAZING!!! I love animate movies but my favourite has to be Despicable Me, it’s so funny! Also that embroidery is very cute :).

    Rachael xx.


  4. I love this! So pretty! I tried embroidering on paper for a while but I was too impatient I kept ripping it. I have had the embroidery urge again lately though! it’s been about a year since I last did some and I used to be obsessed with it.. might get my threads out soon! :)
    I saw UP last summer, it’s a really sweet film.

  5. This is lovely, such a pretty idea. I love Alice in wonderland, crazy but a classic. Sarah x

  6. Amanda says:

    UP is definitely one of my faves! If I can get through the beginning without crying my eyes out 😉 I love this embroidery – so charming. It would make the perfect cover for a journal :)

  7. Kelly Dotty says:

    I commented on Twitter but had to leave a comment here to say this is so beautiful and such a wonderful idea!

  8. Sophie says:

    This film never fails to make me cry – its so darn sweet and so is this lovely embroidery

  9. Jess says:

    I am l o v i n g your embroidery pages! So inspiring to finally try it myself.

  10. I love this! I definitely need to delve into the world of embroidery!

  11. Becky says:

    This is beautiful! Wow!

    I love Up but I can’t get past the first 10 minutes without sobbing. It breaks my heart! I was not expecting it when I first saw it and I was traumatised!


  12. Annie says:

    this looks so cute and colourful – you clearly have a natural talent for embroidery! I’ve not seen Up, it got released when I worked at a cinema and I tried to spend as little time there outside of working! Everyone always says i missed out tho, might have to catch it on lovefilm X

  13. I love this so much!! Would you consider selling this? Or making another one just like it and selling it?? I would love to frame something like this in my house because I have no sewing skills whatsoever and I find this incredibly beautiful! If you would be interested you can email me @ kaitlinbartlett999@pointloma.edu. :) thank you!!

  14. This is absolutely stunning, and really captures the mood of the film! Love it. x

  15. Jen says:

    I have absolutely no words! This is STUNNING!!!! Nice work! Jxx

  16. Caleisha says:

    This is beautiful :)

  17. Jess says:

    Oh my days this is AMAZING!!!! I love your embroidered pages so much. . . .plus UP is one of my favs too, along with How to train your dragon at the moment:)
    Jess x

  18. Rebecca Jane says:

    Up was an absolutely beautiful movie I agree (although with you on the first 10 minutes = tear-jerking!).

  19. Kristin says:

    This is adorable! I’ve been wanting to embroider a piece similar to this ever since I watched the movie again several months ago.

    My favorite animated movie is Beauty and the Beast. :) But I’m a Disney fanatic and love so many. The people at Pixar are geniuses! The quality of their films is incredible compared to others. My favorite Pixar film is Monsters, Inc., and some of my other (non-Pixar) favorite animated movies are Tangled, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the beautiful old Disney classics.


    • meredith says:

      Beauty and the Beast was my absolute favorite movie as a child. I watched it at least twice a week when I was four. Haha. I agree with you about Pixar! Their creativity is astounding!

  20. Halie Renee says:

    This is absolutely adorable! What a sweet, cute little journal page :)

  21. one of my favorite animated films is howl’s moving castle by hayao miyazaki. if you haven’t seen it you should; most any studio ghibli film is great to check out, but especially this one! miyazaki has a great ability to create a visually appealing environment that evokes a sense of nostalgia- even if it’s nothing like your own past. his films also leave you feeling upbeat and positive, much like you described up!

  22. nikkijoy says:

    This is awesome! LOVE that movie so much too. I don’t know how you’ve managed to keep your paper so uncreased? =)

  23. Eeek! This is so sweet!! :) I love ‘Up’. I saw ‘Brave’ recently and loved it – such a great girl-power story…I’m 27 and I was touched. :) he he.

  24. Fun! I absolutely love that film. It’s my favorite Pixar :)

  25. Grace says:

    I love all your paper embroidery! This one is sooo pretty! Up is a great movie and you captured the colors well! :)

  26. I just adore this idea, such a great way to get some embroidery practice! I also love love love UP! Definitely one of my favorites – but you’re so right, the first 10 minutes are horrible :/

    ♥ Emily

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  31. Alessandra says:

    love it!!! Up is my favorite cartoon movie ever!!! To me is real animated poetry!
    xxx Alessandra

  32. Kate says:

    This is so cute and colorful!!! I love how you did the balloons. Up is my favorite movie too!

  33. Aw!!! This is extremely beautiful!! Love it!
    I wonder how did you do the embroidery so neat? XD


  34. Lucia says:

    beautiful embroidery! Yes, I love UP movie too :-)

  35. yoojin says:

    What a beautiful work! :) <3 <3
    Love “Up” too, such a great movie! :) Even though the beginning is heartbreaking. :*( My boyfriend is so cute, he couldn’t get over the beginning and is always talking about “Up” as a drama or sad movie. 😀

    Have a lovely day! :)

  36. SisterlyLove says:

    This is so sweet! I love Up so much! But, I think my favorite animated movie is Beauty and the Beast. I’ve always loved it. :)


  37. Giova says:

    My favorite is Brother Bear, i love it!! I’m going to have to give that embroidery on paper a go, you make it look easy but I bet it is not!

  38. chesapeake says:

    First off: this made me smile so much. Such gorgeous, gorgeous embroidery.

    Favorite animated movies: Up and Wall-E for sure. I walked down the aisle to “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” and at our reception, we had 500 multi-colored balloons tied to chairs instead of flower arrangements. You can see the photos here (scroll down): http://bit.ly/hhYuZk

    My husband and I are building a tiny house for us to live in and when it’s finished, we’ll be putting dozens of multi-colored balloons on the roof and taking a ton of pictures. 😀

  39. Beautiful!
    My favorite animated movie will always be The Lion King. 😉

  40. I can’t believe you made this. Absolutely perfect! I wish I could float away in a home like this.

  41. Kyla Roma says:

    Beautiful, as all your projects are :)

  42. Winnie says:

    I absolutely love that film, it’s so heartwarming, funny and adorable. I love your little stitch-doodle that you made inspired by the movie!

  43. Anonymous says:

    These would make gorgeous greetings cards! Love them!x

  44. Zoe Beard says:

    I love this sooooo much!!! I love UP and your embroidery skills are supreme!

  45. Adele says:

    Wow. Why do you have to be so good at everything? 😀

  46. cool!


  47. Some day your kids may read your journal, and I’ll be that they’ll love the embroidering that you do. It’s very pretty.

  48. Kelli says:

    How sweet is this! I have been wanting to see “Up” for a while now! Gotta do it! xo

  49. MoWo says:

    I’ve been loving your journal entries for a while now but this is definitely my favorite, I love Up! Have you seen the “Up Baby” halloween costume?! It’s too cute, if your a fan of the movie, google that pic!

  50. Erica says:

    I love Wall-e. Such a great story.

    P.S. I stumbled across this yarn bombing post and thought it was so cute. She crocheted ‘book’ worms and hid them around libraries… genius….


    Just had to share because it made me smile and I thought you might get a kick out of it too :)

  51. Amy Harrison says:

    I love Up 😀 Really awesome movie :) And I love your blog so much 😀

  52. taylor elyse says:

    adorable!! you are the cutest. i would put one of your little embroidered pages in a frame and look at it every day :)

  53. eskimo*rose says:

    You can’t leave that lovely little picture hidden in your journal – it needs to be framed – its beautiful – you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful craft work, so creative, so clever

  54. Leniccka says:

    I can say only: WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW! It´s so beautiful! I love it! I love this film! :)

  55. love the sentiment and the embroidery is adorable.

  56. manu. says:

    It look lovely! I was wondering how the back ok the page looks when you finish, maybe you could show us sometime? Love your blog and all the things you make!

  57. Deborah says:

    I love the way you embroider on paper—it’s amazing what you can do! There really are so many things that are created with needle work. I am wondering what will come about next. There is so much fiber art around that it never ceases to amaze me. Keep on! I so love viewing it all!

  58. Love the thought…super cute

  59. Barbora says:


    xx Barbora♥♥

  60. juallen says:

    I love this so much. Is it ok if I sort of copy it on a journal page? Also, what do you do with the backside of your pages that have embroidery on them? Are they still useful? Just wanted to let you know that this is one of the most beautiful blogs I’ve seen. I’m a fan!

  61. Melinda says:

    Would you consider selling patterns for this? I would really love to make this myself, but on light blue fabric.


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