Saturday, July 8, 2017

Yesterday's creations for my junk journal...

Happy Saturday, friends!

Yesterday I created a few more pages for my junk journal, including some pages that were mostly left blank, except for just a few bits and pieces of "junk".

I think that this is one of my favorite pages.
I love the photo of the two sweet girls on 
their trike.
Kraft paper is collaged with a piece of
 a vintage hanky, lace, and sheet music. 
To the top I added a flower that I had 
(While the flowers were still looking good,
I cut some and pressed them layered
between paper towels and wax paper 
placed between some pages of old
and heavy books.
I found them when I was cleaning
my studio recently!!)...

I then layered an old piece of mica 
on top of the blossom and fastened it
with some brads.
This was so much fun to do...

The bottom corner was embellished
with a small piece of coffee-stained
lace, a button and some thin twine...

On the back of the page above is a kraft
envelope bought on my shopping trip 
two weeks ago. 
I folded it in half and embellished it 
with some burlap, 
a piece of tissue paper that I received
with an order,
and tulle roses...

...and the inside was decorated with another darling photo...

...and other random pieces of "junk", including
grey tissue paper, a copy of an old envelope,
and satin ribbon. 
I even got to use a rubber stamp 
("lots of hugs") that I haven't used
in a very long time...

This is another set of pages.
I am now getting into the pages to be left fairly blank.
Of course, I can't resist just a little embellishing!... 

This cute little girl in the straw had was a 
postcard. I picked up on the stitching
that showed up from the page behind it
and added the same stitching 
to the photo itself...

...with matching bits and pieces on the
blank page...

And below is another set of matching writing pages...

The little birdie on the music paper is actually
something that holds crinkled seam binding
together from one of my favorite shops
on Etsy, Bluebird Lane.
I also capitalized on the stitching that showed
through from the previous page...

I didn't previously realize that a long time ago
I bought the same punch that the shop owner
uses, so I made a coordinating page using
this punch...

Thanks for coming by.
It has been too hot here to garden,
so I have been having so much fun creating these pages.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Additional Junk Journal Pages

Good morning. 

Here are a few more junk journal pages which I created yesterday.

These two will likely face each other...

As you can see, I used a paint chip for this one.
Peeking through is this sweet little mama bird...

...from the cradle roll certificate shown previously,
and it has been folded into a tag and topped with some
crinkled seam binding (shown above)...

I used some trims and a paper butterfly as 

The next two pages are a farm girl spread...

I love this photo,
which has been clipped on with a mini clothespin
and backed with a copy of
a piece of dictionary page with the word
"peep" on it...

In the embellished envelope underneath her
I have tucked in a vintage receipt
and a tag that I made with a little 
photo of children.
Have you noticed that the base of the tag
has misspelled the word "remember"?
I guess that no one noticed the error 
before it went to print.
I thought it was charming...

The tuck spot created from the photo of
the little girl holding two colts
has been filled with a vintage blue ribbon 
from a long ago fair,
an old recipe card, 
and a sweet little card with a child
feeding a calf...

Thanks for coming by.
I hope that you're having a great day.

Now on to the next pages!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Copies of vintage papers in new junk journal pages...

Hello to all! 

Last week, when I didn't have much to do, I copied some old documents to use in my junk journals. It would be nice to say that I was going to use originals of everything, but since the vintage papers of the world will not last forever, and some are a little pricey, using originals would be cost prohibitive. And who am I to destroy something that has "lived" for the last 100 years or so.

I managed to fit two to a page for most of 
the smaller pieces.
I did not use coffee-stained paper because
the originals already had a lovely aged
so I just printed them out
in color as is on ivory resume paper.
That way, the backs, which could be used
for journaling,
are not too stark of a white...

The next one was a very faint script,
so I had my printer darken it a little first...

You may remember this beautiful cradle
roll certificate (top), which I think
I shared with you a while back...

Some of the originals were folded up,
and I did the same with the copies and 
already used one as a journaling spot on 
one of the journal pages I created yesterday.
Here are the pages.


The page below was just torn from an
old book that I had for years.
It had some of the cutest illustrations.
I embellished it with old lace,
and a piece cut from a cutter quilt
fastened with an old button.
This is the back of the Bingo page that
I showed you a couple of days ago...

Facing the above page is this pocket page.
The pocket was formed with a vintage hanky,
and further embellished with some other
bits and pieces.
The tag was created from a copy
of one of my old photos,
which I embellished with glitter,
crinkled seam binding and a key charm...
Peeking out from behind 
another pocket behind the tag 
is the folded up version of one of the
copied vintage papers appearing above...

...and gives someone a lot of room to journal on the back of...

This is the top of the tag.
I've also been enjoying using the embroidery
stitches on my Singer, which I bought a year or so
back and haven't had much time to use.
I love this pretty tulip stitch... 

It's really been fun creating just for the fun of creating
rather than making stuff to try to get into
my Etsy shop, or something for an entry into a magazine.
Not sure where this will take me,
but I guess we'll see!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A "crafty" shopping spree...

Hello there!

One day last week I did something that I have not done in quite some time, namely, I went on a crafty shopping spree. Michael's and Hobby Lobby loved me.

Below are my purchases, all with the hope of using them in junk journals.

Kraft envelopes, Tim Holtz doo-dads,
and two sweet rubber stamps.
I don't buy many stamps anymore...

More doo-dads, and some washi tape,
little of which I have used in the past...

At some point I want to make a ballerina-
inspired junk journal,
so I loved these...

These stick-on word pads are great,
and you get a lot of bang for the buck on them.
And two distress ink pads in colors that 
I never had.
Sometimes they are hard to find
around here...

More cool embellishments,
which were buy one, get one...

And these two.
How could I resist the birds?...

I bought one of these Jim H
paper packs before and fell in love with it,
so bought another.
Beautiful botanicals in this pack.
I thought it was discontinued.
Also the little cutout "people"
which will be lovely in journals, cards,
or anything else for that matter...

I thought this stamp pack
would be awesome for journaling...

Some paper fall leaves,
and mini wooden clothespins in
neutral colors...

Recently, on Caterina Giglio's blog
(see my sidebar) she had a sweet video
tutorial for something she did with
photos of flowers.
I think I will try it. 
Thanks Cat!
She uses Mixed Media paper,
which I have not tried before...

The chipboard word cutouts below were to die for.
I will likely never have a machine that does this,
so these ought to hold me for awhile...

And these two kraft chipboard books
were so pretty to me.
They were cheaper than it would cost me
to make them...

And though I don't buy too much Halloween
stuff because it is too "cute",
I loved this stamp and these embellishments.
Maybe my next journal will be a 
Halloween one.
I can only dream!

Most of this stuff, if not all,
was on sale, so it was not that big of an investment.
Now I just need to find an organized place to put it.


OK. Another post about basically nothing!
Thanks so much for coming by. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pages for my Junk Journal

Hello! Yesterday I worked on a couple of pages for a new junk journal that I started (and no, I have not completed my nature journal yet!). I am really enjoying using some of my stash that has been accumulated over the past several years. After a long time spent deliberating over whether or not to work with vintage textiles (which I love) or with vintage ephemera (which I also love), I really found a home for both together in this thing known as "junk" journals.

This was from a large set of old Bingo cards
that I have had a while. 
The beautiful image is from 
Ireland Rose Studios on Etsy.
Also used from my vintage stash was
an old flower, rusty safety pin, 
and ledger paper...

The little "bless" word was from a digital 
printout from Iralamijashop, also on Etsy...

And this will be the facing page which
I embellished with random scraps of paper 
and fabrics,
and some machine sewing around the edge...

I'm getting ready to move on to the next set of pages.
I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July tomorrow!