OK, so maybe this doesn't qualify as a miracle, but it is pretty darn close. This is the third version of a page in my planner from June. It started out with a great idea - various bits of white and blue-green scraps, and a bird from a napkin. No picture, but trust me, it was a huge mess - random bits glued down that just did not work. Brushed over some white paint to try to pull it together- still awful.
I could have just left it and moved on. I've read all those inspiring words that every page isn't going to be fantastic, it's all a learning experience, and just turn the page and forget it. But I couldn't - it was just so hideous and it mocked me every time I opened my planner.
i saw this technique in Dian Wakely's book, Art Journal Courage for fixing what she calls "overwrought pages". You draw a simple stem and leaves with black marker, right over all the goobery-ness. Then paint around the stem and leaves with white , then turquoise paint and voila, page rescued. I did it - but remember all those random white bits and white paint ? I ended up with a stem of ghostly white leaves. But I bet it would work well on more colorful pages, just not my mainly white one.
In a fit of pique, I tore off some under papers and glued them over all that mess. Immediately things started looking up! I sprayed on a bit of Dylusions ink and loved how some of the layers peeked through. If I stopped right there, my page would be OK.
But I remembered this huge birdcage stamp from Inkadinkado. Perfect ! Added some birds from the same set, a bit of text stamped in white, some text and circles. Now this page has gone from the absolute worst to one of my favorites.