Friday, November 25, 2016

Chunky Monkey Recycled Part 2...."Blue"

Hello Friends!
I just finished another junk journal....this one is for ....ME!  Yes, I took the other half of the huge, chunky monkey one I made and it "part 2" or as I call it "Blue"!  The first Chunky Monkey one, was just to.. chunky and thick and hard to write in and interact with, so I took it apart, made 2 journals with 3 signatures each! Leaving 1/2 inch between each signature as I sewed it to the spine helped alot in making the journal lay flatter so that it is easier to write in.

It is also interactive...lots of fun "hiding places" and neat little spots for journaling. I have put all memories of some kind/time in my life in this one.

I have posted a video on You Tube about it...about 15 minutes long and just about the page ideas so you can get some ideas for your own journals. I don't know/remember brand names, where I got what etc. Just...lots of ideas to share! I hope you enjoy it and leave me a "thumbs up"!

If you would like to know about the Blue's sibling...Purple... click here....

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Flip Through of Junk Journal for Ashleigh

 I just finished a junk journal for my 10 year old grand daughter. I am trying to get her to document some of her memories and so far, she hasn't really been interested. So.. I made this one in a fashion that is easier...she doesn't have to write, although there is space to write, but she can just put things in pockets or washi tape them to the page etc. No writing involved! Hopefully when she sees this one, she will get the point and start collecting!

 I just folded 8.5"x11 inch papers in half to make the signatures...there are 3 in the book. I used cereal box for the book and regular card stock to cover it.

 I can't for the life of me figure out why when I take pictures of things...they always come out yellowed. I have tried so many ways and lighting effects, but still... always this yellow cast.  I did download a YouTube video of it, and that can't out great! So...scroll to the bottom here and you can see that.  These are just a few pages in the book... this one with a collection baggie  and flip out pages........
 And this one with a McDonald's bag when Minions were "out"....made pocket page with it!

So check out the video of this junk journal...good color and I only talked about how I made the pages and things I used and didn't chatter on about brand names or where I got what from etc. Just lots of page ideas and low cost...this is just stuff I found around the house with some old scrapbook stuff left over from my scrapbook days 15 years ago! But you can do the same. I also show you about keeping mementos in the junk journals... check it out! Give me a thumbs up if you like and subscribe if you already haven't as I have 4 more of these to show you!

Thanks for stopping by and...keep on preserving those memories!
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Chunky Monkey Recycled Part 1..."Purple"~

Remember when I made this HUGE chunky monkey junk journal?  I use a cereal box for the cover/spine and it is 8.5"x11" paper folded in half and tea stained. 5 hole pamphlet stitch spine.

 I filled it with my memories of my childhood (the little bit I remember after all these years) and memories of my kids and of my grand kids. I added places I have been, other family members, songs that meant something to me, pictures..and other things on paper that meant something to me or held a memory.

 It had 6 signatures. I made each signature with regular printer paper but the heavier 32lb kind.. and stacked 6-9 papers, folded the stack in half and the middle was where I tied the spine. Each signature had about 24 "pages"...meaning front and back of say 6 papers. (I forgot how many exactly!)
Well, my problem was... when I would open the journal to write in was so thick and stiff I couldn't open it enough to get the pages to lay flat enough to write on. I was loosing about 1 inch of writing space from the center in. Plus, it was hard to get journal cards etc in and out of pockets. What good is an interactive journal if it won't interact with you!

So, I broke the journal down into 2 journals with 3 signatures each. Turned out really nice. I now have these......
I used the same lace and lace flowers from the original journal and just put one one each of these and cut the lace in half. Worked out great!  I was also surprised at how quickly I was able to make the covers with cereal boxes. They are pretty easy. And I did a 5 hole pamphlet stitch to bind them. Now, they open just nice and easy to write on the pages and use the pockets and tuck spots.. be interactive with it!
One of the things I did make sure to do was...I left about 1/4-1/2 inch of space between each signature. Believe it or not, that little bit of space makes a difference and allows the pages to lay more flat, which makes it easy to write on the whole page and not waste any space, and make it look right and also opens enough to let the tags and letters and things I put in it, be  able to be pulled out, tucked in and ...interactive!

I did a video flip through of it... It is on my YouTube channel "Junk Journals to Hold Your Memories" If you'd like to watch the flip through. It is about 5 minutes...not very long. It shows you everything, and I don't chatter away about what you already know! I just "flip through" the pages and mention a thing or two!

Hope you enjoy it and also...grab some ideas for your own junk journals! I have the "other half" of the journal to download so if you want to see that one.. or just follow as I post...subscribe to my channel!  And if you would....give me a thumbs up and leave a comment! Thanks for watching!

Thanks for stopping by and...keep on preserving those memories!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Junk Journal for my Grand Daughter with a K You Tube Video!

I have been working on 4 junk journals to give to my grand daughters. I am encouraging them to jot down their memories or favorite things or special thoughts and things that happen. Most people don't journal as they just don't have time to write a whole page or more. With a junk journal.. you don't have to spend alot of time if you don't want to! A junk journal  is all paper so you can literally write anywhere on the book pages! Pockets and tuck spots and envelopes...perfect for putting "things" in ...forget writing about a movie you the ticket that has the movie name, date on it and slide that into a tuck spot. Only writing you need to do is the name of the person you were with or why you liked the movie so much etc.    Anyway...I am coming down the home stretch in getting the four journals done. I now have them all with covers and stitched together.  I just have to decorate the covers and add the blingy dangles! is a video of what I have gotten done so far in the first one. This one is for my 16 year old grand daughter.  Take a look, get some ideas and I hope you enjoy the show!!! However, it is only my second video I have ever done, and holding the camera with one hand while flipping the pages with the other...a bit cumbersome, but...still...came out okay! I will be posting more videos as I get the other journals done, so if you want to follow me...make sure you join my blog in the upper left side of my main blog page or subscribe to my YouTube channel after you watch it! Thanks for watching!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

A nice glass of Iced tea and....some storage!

As every crafter knows...easy access storage is a MUST!!!  And also, as every crafter doesn't grow on tress! So, as every crafter knows....we must use what we have very intelligently and wisely and...creatively!

Well, also in the name of recycling...I am always looking at things I throw away in case I can upcycle them. In Junk Journaling that is a must for all food boxes! Cereal boxes make great book covers!

However, here I share this idea that fell in to my lap...and I'm going...."wow...Lipton is so cool!" 
I drink Lipton ice tea... always, 24/7/365!

So I buy the box of 100...last me about 30 days. But this new way they have been packing the tea bags....what a great idea they had for me!!

 Buy a box like this..the tea bags are 25 to a section and wrapped in a gold foil. Tear open the foil (I should have saved it!) and dump the tea bags into another container. I have a mason jar for them.   Cut the top off the box.
 You are left with this (to the left)... four neat, orderly little paper "containers" that fit in the box, perfectly.
 Place papers, small in the front and larger as they go back. Each rectangle "box" hplds a different size paper.  In this picture, I use just papers cut different sizes for journaling cards.    I have 2 of these at my craft table. The other one I have things I have made in it...tags, flip pages, envelopes etc.
Here is a front can clip little binder clips, paper clips, clothes pins to the front of the box. have a perfect view of the papers by size so you know which section to go to based on the size you are looking for! Nice, neat, orderly, and all in a row! You can even take the whole box with you to another room or if you need to work somewhere and then clean up afterwards. It all moves very nicely and you have everything you need at your finger tips!  I think I should have covered the box to make it look pretty, but....even a devoted crafter sometimes has to take a break!

Quick and easy!  Enjoy your iced tea...and organization at your craft table!!!
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My Book Junk Journal...AND....My First Video on You Tube!!!!

As a kid, I always wanted to be a librarian..why I never did that, I can't say, but ... I didn't! I loved those card catalogs they had back then...thumbing through the cards to find the book I wanted. Just to cool!
Anyway, I would keep those books  I really liked and re-donate  the others back to the thrift store. I am having a hard time with paper backs as the print is to small for my old eyeballs these hard covers/backs are where I am. However, they are getting few and far between at the thrift store, so I recently got educated about ebooks and getting them for free and downloading them to my tablet to read and leaving other on the Amazon/Kindle cloud so they are there when I want them. I have a nice collection now. I will also be traveling end of this year and wanted to make sure I had books to read... I know I won't be able to take a stack with me, so the ebook on the tablet is a good way to go! However... I will always love a "real" book and hopefully, once settled I can go "home" again to the books I Love

However... I still want to keep my own library and if I could have found a real card catalog, I probably would have recreated one.. however, since I didn't... I just made a junk journal style of "library catalog".  I used the covers from hard backs and 8x11 cardstock and created this book. Pockets and tags I have made will hold the information about the ebooks or any book I read that doesn't have a dust jacket. I am sure this will last me many many years!

AND,,,,, my first video!  It is really not very good as far as the cover goes, but I was in a hurry and I know I can do better and will next time. But I just wanted this now....I have read 8 ebooks and need to get them recorded on tags in there before I forget them! So..take a look, please don't laugh.. no, I take that back. Laugh if you want to!  That just means you are having a good time and enjoying the video and I am glad to be able to crack a smile for anyone!! Enjoy!!!

It is to long for blogger to handle, (I only get 100MB...the vid is 373MB) so I had to learn how to do a page and upload it to You Tube... wow... a first time all over the place for me!

Click below to go to video

And I'd love to hear any comments you might have..good or bad.. I love to learn!!!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Make Pages About Things That Tell About You!

 I have been working hard and as often as I can on  4 junk journals for my 4 grand daughters and one for me. I flip between them to keep inspired and not get bogged down with thinking and matching and structure etc.  I am trying to get out of my "every  thing must have structure and theme and be matching and organized" box.  I am working on understanding that "Junk" journal doesn't meant junk junk, like throw in the trash junk. But it is "junk" meaning...good to keep, just not sure what to do with it but I know I don't want to trash it". And I am trying to be more cluttered (in a good way) and more spontaneous and just...little more...junkie!!!

So here are a few pages I have done. One of these days I will teach myself how to do a video. Until then.. I got pictures.  I wanted to make this book about me and my memories. Things I like, love, did, have, had, etc especially from my past. We all think we will remember things, but time will make the memories I want to keep them for me and then hand the book to my grand daughters so they will remember me when I am "gone". I have some pages about high school years, some about my kids, some about places I have been, some about the Grand kids etc.  I want my grand kids to have it to remember me by...and I know they all will fight over it but that is a good thing!!!

This first page is  about my favorite TV show and movie of all time. I am a huge I Love Lucy fan and the movie she made in 1957 with Desi Arnaz (where they were NOT Lucy and Ricky Ricardo) called Long Long Trailer, and is my all time favorite movie and the funniest movie ever! The movie kind of hits home with me as  three times in my life, with 2 kids... I had to live in a travel trailer so I know how it is!  And I Love Lucy..funniest sitcom in the history of television...only show to have never let the airwaves since it went off the air in 1957. so for 74 years the world have been loving Lucy! So I made a page out of it. I know most of the dialog of all the I Love Lucy episodes and most of the dialog of Long Long Trailer. So many times in life..something will happen or will be said.. and I will pop up with a Lucy quote or say.."see..Lucy did this too" or something like that. So.. Lucy is a part of me that the kids will enjoy remembering so..... I printed out some pictures of the movie from the internet  - two of my favorite scenes... and made flip flaps out of them, Then I wrote underneath them. The bottom one has the dialog they were saying in that scene in the movie....."I did not tell you to turn right. You didn't let me finish. What I was trying to say turn right here left",  funniest line in the movie! Oh the left side of the page is I Love Lucy, I collected some of the episode cards and printed some of my favorite episodes out from the internet and did the same thing. Under the right side there.. the red showing above the top picture.. is an embroidered heart with the iconic stick figures from the original show's opening credits. I never put it on anything, I did!

This idea is good for your favorite show, book, movie. When I give this to my grand daughters after I am "gone", I know they will all smile and laugh remembering how much I loved Lucy and all the silly show lines I always say. The older GD watches the sitcom with me when she comes to visit. She enjoys it. Her favorite is where Lucy raises chickens. Mine is the Paris Gowns!
When you go to some places, you often see those machines that flatten a penny (cost you 50 cents!) and it makes an impression of  the logo of where you are. I decided to start collecting them when I could. And subsequently, had a few laying around in the corner of my jewlery box.  SO.. I took them and put them in a little zip baggie (get them at the craft store) I put one in, then a double sided stick tape and then another flattened penny. The four on the bottom (2 bags) are glued to the page. Underneath I glued an index card, and wrote where they were from and why I chose to make one. I need three more to do the same on the top. But now, I have them in my memory book and not being moved from spot to spot cause I didn't know what to do with them! I plan  on collecting them anytime I see them now!
I love pockets and small pages, and little flaps etc. add pages, but not be so  structured,....I cut a paper in half, decorated it and then slide it into the signature, same way a full size page is. The red washi tape at the top separates it from the full pages and all four sides are blank.. and ready to be written on! Makes the journal look "junky" but in a fun and unique way! Not to mention..usable way!


 Something else, I love doing... making the tabs on the sides of the pages so they stick out and look all decorative and beautifully cluttered! This is also where "junk" sinks in with me. It looks "junky" and cluttered and all over the place..but it is so pretty and unique and very enjoyable to look at!
I make the tab and then add little stickable rhinestones, colored paper clips, stickers etc to the tab. I bought some glitter and metallic scrapbook paper to cut labels  with a punch. I will be adding some ribbon ends to some tags and those will stick out and look fantastic!!!
 Thanks for stopping by... hope you find some inspiration to take to your own junk journals and figure out that "junk journal" doesn't really mean means... memories kept in a very special book!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!
And now also a Junk Journal Addict!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Want Junk Journal Ideas? Here are some of my favorite You Tube Videos....Enjoy!

Here are a couple of You Tube videos that are, in my opinion....FABULOUS in junk journal creation!

I watch these often! Hope you enjoy them too!

Geocaching Junk Journal

Chunky Junk Journal

Making Your First Junk Journal

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My Travel Junk Journal.. 1st Signature

 Well, I got the pages/signatures done, as I showed here..... Make a Travel Journal with me

Now, to start embellishing them! I plan on finding all kinds of things to put in the journal so pockets and tuck spots are going to be a common feature. I plan to pick up pamphlets and menus and things like that...if I was going to make the journal, I'd have these things as actual pages, but, I want the journal done ahead, so I can just insert things and do a little writing. So..they will go in pockets etc.

I also want some writing I am putting in many flip-flaps so I can write on the front, and flip the flap to write on the back. I decided to use white papers instead of tea stained... although I love that crackle sound of the tea stained pages, I needed to get this started and not spend the time making the it is! ( I am also making a JJ for each of my 5 grand daughters to give to them when I ...time is of the essence!

So here is the first signature. I want to learn to do a video...maybe next post I will have that!

 Left Page is a pocket page and right are 2 "mini pages". Looks nice, but I can write on the backs of them and use a clip to attach something to the front of them.
 Left page is a elementary school style writing paper withe the red and blue lines for learning to write. I want some of this to be "junk" as well so I included that. Right page is a stuck spot (black print) to just tuck something in there, I can write on the white page and then with a Martha Stewart border punch, I made that pretty edge.
 I am leaving my home in the Inland Empire or southern California to go east to Dallas. So I want to take a few memories with me and start the journal out saying good bye to some things. This eatery The Hat has the world's best pastrami sandwiches EVER! Last time I was there, I kept the bag. Folded in half (making 2 pages) it is now a envelope/pocket to slide something in.  This feature  is called "found materials". And also adds distinction to the style "junk" journal!
 Turn the Bag page and I have a plain writing page...I use quotes and verses that I cut out of those daily devotional guide books..and make that the title of a page. The bottom corner...a little secret flip flap...the diagonal of it is a pocket to slide something into and the flap opens for more writing . I used this feature on a page for my grand daughters, and made another tiny little pocket and added some tiny little pieces of paper for them to have a "secret" place to write something! Pocket is about 1,1/2"x1,1/2"..fits perfectly under the flap..and still can write on the top portion of the flap!
 I am a seamstress. For 50 years I have been sewing most anything and everything. I seldom am away from my sewing machine, however, this has to go on the moving van! So I this picture (on the left page) and used ink pads to give a tad of color and taped it with washi tape to the side to make a tuck spot. The page across from it is the directions from a sewing pattern....just for looks and to remember my trade! I can also use a paper clip or hair pin and slide little things on the page to be held there.
 I miss my grandma. She died 37 years ago. I found an old hymnal at the thrift store and am surprised and how many of the songs I still know the words and music to! But this was Grandmas favorite so I just added as a page with washi tape to take Grandma with me!
 The song on the back.. no memory, but I do remember the song! Page on the right... My most favorite movie EVER is Long Long Trailer with Lucille Ball (my fav actress EVER!) and Desi Arnaz.  Funniest have to see it if you haven't. I have watched it so many times, I  have the dialog all memorized! I am also a huge I Love Lucy fan, so I had these cards, and I used washi tape to secure them.. the 2 top ones,..the one on the left folds to the right and the one on the right folds over it...but still a little writing space between them. The one on the bottom, folds open. These are I Love Lucy cards, but the memory is there. I plan to write about how things that happened to Tacy in the movie might happen to me! (In the movie, it is Tacy and Nicky Colini.... nothing to do with I Love Lucy!) They buy a 40 ft travel trailer to live on on the road and oh, the funnies that happen! I have lived in travel trailers before...they are not "new" to me!

This is the center page. I got  a map from AAA and cut out my area...and with green marker...highlighted my route out of California...for the last time. I have made this trip many times in the past, but...this will be the last time I ever see California. I also circled a few of the towns I lived in in the past 50 years.
 See the little yellow circle on the edge of the left page? I put a few of those in each signature for looks.. like a tab but not really marking anything, just so the pages look nice and amazing when closed!
 Next page... the left is San Francisco area.. was there once, saw all the cool attractions and landmarks. Page on the right.. blank for writing but a little zip lock baggie. I plan to go to the beach one last time and pick up a few little shell pieces and put in this baggie. As a kid, we spent a lot of time at the beach.. another memory to say good bye to, but take with me also! And the paper edge.. again the lace border punch from MS
 Why this page came out sideways, when I took it straight is beyond me!  But the left page is the other side to the pattern insert and the right page...the blue is a pocket on the bottom and a tuckspot on the top. I used a butterfly punch in the corner.
 Again... turned for some odd reason. Left page is a tuck spot side, and the right page is the other side of The Hat paper bag. It is the bottom so I folded over the little flap part and made a tuck spot out of it. A journaling card stuck into the tuck spot and I  used some "dollar store" rhinestone string thing for decoration!
 Turn the bag page and the other side also has a little tuck spot on it with another journaling card. The right page... My grand kids LOVE McDonald's french fries... I do to! So I kept a pocket last time I was there and use it now as a pocket...the purple paper is a journaling card or I can put something I pick up in there... the way I have the fry pocket..make another pocket behind the bag. Another memory to take... I won't see my kids or grand kids for years so it is really sad to leave but I take this memory with me
Left page is the other ends of the two mini pages  mentioned in the beginning. I put a tab on each one...for looks. Right page is... okay this is weird. I love that crinkle paper. Just hearing it as you turn the page is...just so "journal junkie" in sound and appearance! So I took a Del Taco paper, that my taco was wrapped in.. noticed it didn't have a single stain of any kind on it, and saved it ! I folded it in half (Del Taco has no meaning to me... I just wanted the crinkle paper!) and then used double sided tape to close the one side. Then, folded it in half again...and put the top half on this page and used the orange to  strengthen the opening to make a pocket... and then......

.... did the same with the other half on the back page making another pocket! Now I slide something into each of the pockets, but still have that crinkle effect! I have another one, and plan to make a regular kind of envelope out of  it!   This is called using "found materials".
And you can see tabs in this picture. I put a rhinestone or some decorative feature on the front, should do that on the back to, just for looks!

I have kind of made this signature a "good bye" signature. Taking some memories with me, and leaving space for new ones. I plan to do some writing about my grand kids in this sig...say a few things about each one to take with me.

Check back in a few days for the next signature. Oh, by the way, I am using 5 white pages per signature and then adding 3-4 "extra" pages... like the mini pages or the paper bag, sewing pattern sheet... to make additional pages. Each signature will have 10-15 (both sides) pages to it.

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Good things to keep an eye out for to use.....
1. brown paper bags of your favorite place
2. paper media you find to make something out of (like the Del Taco paper)

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cute Little Envelopes to make yourself

I love looking through You Tube to see the flip throughs crafters post of their junk journals. It is a great way to get inspired and also get ideas!  I love little these little envelopes I see often, have been something I have been wanting to make. I finally found an little envelope and carefully, tore it apart and used it as a pattern. Last night.. I made all these little guys in about 15 minutes! I used vellum for two for that crackle sound that makes it fun to open it! I can't wait to use them!
Size is about 2inches by 3 inches. And what a great way to use up scrap paper... and I think I am going to use that green ledger paper and make one with that and see how it looks - just to be different!

You could do this with any envelope you find that is unusual and you like for whatever reason. Even a library book pocket..(remember those... on the inside cover of each book with the "return" card in the pocket!!!) Just open one up and use it as a pattern. See a neat envey in your junk mail but don't like all the printing on it? Tear it open and use it as a pattern!  Always be on the look out for things to use in a different way in your junk journals!

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