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 space..so 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 pages..so...white it is! ( I am also making a JJ for each of my 5 grand daughters to give to them when I leave...so ...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 time...it 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 movie..you 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 things...so 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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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Join Me to Make a Travel Junk Journal




It appears that I will be moving end of this year... from California to Texas! Long move!  I've done it twice before, and had two kids in tow, but this time...not only am I 25 years older, but I am leaving my kids (and grand kids!) behind! Hardest thing I will ever do is say good by to them, knowing most likely, if I ever see them again, it won't be for years....if ever. Between their busy, complicated lives and everyone's shortage of money...they won't have the time to drive or the money to fly...and neither will I. So... I have decided to distract myself from thinking about this until I have to, and use my junk journals to help me through it.

I have decided to make a "New Life" journal since that is literally what I will be doing...starting a whole new life...not at all as I have previously lived.  I will make it, decorate it and then on the last day I am in my house here in California.. I will write a goodby page, and then on my trip there and..beyond.. I will write about things and add things I find along the way. It looks like we will sell this house, get a large travel trailer, make the trip which should take about a week, and then live in the trailer and take our time finding a house. I have made the trip from here to Odessa and Houston in the past. I love Interstate 10 East! So many wonderful stops to make and I will be making the for the last time so I plan to make sure I not only enjoy the trip, but make sure I write down the memories of my favorite trip...Especially Texas Canyon, AZ which in my opinion, is among the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world!

So anyway, I say that to say this. I am going to try to blog about how I make this junk journal so that if anyone would like to make one..for whatever reason you have...you can either make it along with me or just remember my blog so when you do want to make it..you can come back and read. Join to follow my blog up there to the top left of the page. I have about 4 months...but in that time I also have to get 5 JJ's done for my grand daughters. I am going to give them to the girls before I leave and tell them not only can they write etc in them, but the letters I will be sending to them..they can find a pocket or tuck spot to put the letters in!

So I will start with the pages. I made them just plain white typing/copy paper, but a heavier weight. 20 lb is the normal, but I bought 34 lb. Perfect weight....tad heavy to accomodate being a page while still less than cardstock! I won't be coffee/tea staining the pages.

I took 5 papers, folded them in half. Used a corner rounded to add that special little touch. I made 4 signatures like this. I will add print paper, junk paper, and other pages. Also add some pockets, tuck spots and envelopes.
 I used a Border punch on these page edges. Martha Stewart brand. Looks like lace! This is a good punch to have as it looks different on all kinds of papers and a great way to embellish a page without doing much to it...just punch the sides!





This is a butterfly punch, I just punched the corners so whatever the next page color is..it will show through the butterfly!



 Another Border punch
This one is the Martha Stewart border punch on one side and a generic border punch on the other.



 
 
 
 
So the 4 signatures , each have 10 pages (front and back) are done, although I think I will make 1 or 2 more... better to have to much space than not enough! Plus, I will be adding pattern paper pages and other "papers" of all kinds (ledger, notebook, graph, song papers, book pages etc) to the signatures. I love pockets and envelopes and will put many of those on the pages as I intend to pick up most every "paper thing" I see! 

I got this idea from this lady...she Geocaches' and makes a junk journal with what she finds and posted a YouTube showing her finished journal and described all the things! I had never heard of geocache, but it is apparently quite a popular thing to do...and sounds like a ton of fun!  But, check out her YouTube video here...She inspired me so much!   

Thanks, Laura!! 
Geocaching Junk Journal 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Junk Journal Page: Harry Potter from a magazine!

While making the junk journals for my grand daughters as a Christmas gift, I am working on expanding my pages to include other things, besides those made with paper as well as things/themes my grand daughters like.  The second oldest GD is 10 and she told me she loved the Harry Potter movies and books.  So in looking through a magazine, I saw this ad for  a Harry Potter movie and thought.... "how perfect!". I can put in her journal what she likes as well as satisfy my efforts to use "other" supplies in my junk journals.

The pages are tea stained, 8x10. So the ad was smaller than that. So I folded it in half and used double sided sticky tape across the top and bottom of the ad....and stuck it to the tea stained paper, matching center folds. Then on each side, I used a circle punch and punched the half circles, indicating a pocket slide. The two brown pieces to each side are journaling cards....a decorative (with a little glitter!) front and blank on the back for writing on! This is also the center of the signature, so the whole ad will be seen, just like this, when she gets to this page in her journal!

I don't know anything about Harry Potter, but she does and I know the smiles are going to shine when she sees this! I hope (and will suggest!) that she use the journaling cards and write about which her favorite Harry Potter book/movie (I know there have been several!) was or if she had any imaginary thoughts about her doing anything in the stories that she thought was cool...maybe she imagined herself a wizard and could do what he does! I will encourage her to write about it, so in years down the road...she will have those memories to bring her happy thoughts!

You can do this same thing with any theme...if you just see a pretty picture in a magazine or a place you'd like to go or even something cute, funny or something you'd like to have...I saw one that I wish I'd kept...it was the prettiest watch I have ever seen! Granted it was couple thousand dollars..and I wouldn't NEVER spend that much on a watch  even if I had it, but...the watch was pretty and I wish I'd thought to keep the page!

Check your magazines! They are full of things you might like to include in your junk journal!


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Junk Journal page: The Cat in the Hat

I have been working alot on my junk journals. I am working on making one for each of my grand daughters for Christmas because it is a good chance that I will be relocating to another state, and won't see them for a very very long time. I plan to write to them and send them little things that they can put in their journals to remember me and our brief times together.  So...here are a few pages I have finished.

Each of them love the book The Cat in the Hat so I found a book at the thrift store that was rather beat up, but not to beat up a Junk Journalist couldn't see the hidden treasure it holds...so I bought it and put a page in each of their books.
 
This is the first page/side of the Cat page...I just used a decorative packing tape and taped it to where the spine will be. With the picture as is...no words necessary!   Page on the left is left blank for journaling

 This is the other side of the page as you turn the page in the journal. Again, no words necessary but I am sure there will be a smile on my grand daughters face when she sees her fun friend!.  Page on the right....the first yellowish portion is the bottom of a burger bag from McDonalds...(the other end is a pocket page) and I just cut the bottom here open, and the brownish portion is a journaling card that slips in the bag pocket. The blank space around it..is for journaling!

As a side note: When I was little I wanted a 
Cat in the Hat book SO BAD!!! Everyone had a copy..... but me! I never even got to read the whole story until much later in life, when I read it to my kids! And "Go, Dog, Go" was another favorite and the only time I got to read that one was when I went to my cousins house...he had one and let me read it! So.. in a way, this page is kind of a part of my life too.....that I am also passing on to the girls!
 
Many of the pages in this journal are just 32lb weight blank, 8x10 (typing) paper, folded in half and tea stained, then ironed with the corners. Other pages will be scrapbook style pattern paper, pockets, bags etc.

So you can see how easy it is to make pages of interest! And how a quick check at the thrift store, can give you alot of "pages" for  an inexpensive price and so many memories!

I know there are those that might be rather angry at me for tearing a book. I don't endorse doing that, but in this case..the book was falling apart and was on its way to the landfill if it didn't sell, so I figure not only did I save "space" in a landfill, but also, got the author's story, loved by a little girl...in her life forever, including the memories she has of reading The Cat in the Hat!
 
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Finished! Its more like a Scrapbook Journal but I got some "junk" in it!

I have taken a slight detour from my fabric memory books . I was introduced to "junk journals" and like the fabric books...got hooked! What a great way to preserve memories! Quick and easy!  The book is shown below, I have started writing memories in this "junk journal" of things my children/grand children did or said, and since I dont' get to see them on their birthdays etc, I write what I would have said to them had I been able to..... things like that. Kind of like bringing my past memories to the present. It's fun and knowing my memories will never fade if I write them down...gives me comfort anyway. Its  like a walk through time. It worked out great as some of the memories are very short...so the smaller pages work great for that!
If you want to read where/how it started...read my blog post  HERE. I am working on filling it with past memories I have of my grand children

 I learned there was more to "junk journals" than this one I had. I watched some videos on Youtube and joined some "junk journal" groups and got hooked! I stopped SB'ing 10 years ago, but kept most of my supplies and when I realized the same supplies were used, I drug my leftovers out of the closet and the journey began!


But...here is my first "junk" journal book! I think I like it! It turned out to be more of a scrapbook journal book
Now "junk journals' are made of just that..junk papers, flyers, envelopes, stubs, bags..basically if it is paper and can be written on or glued on or just looks pretty/cute...it is deemed a supply for a junk journal. I love the vintage ones...all those old form papers, the date paper from library books from back in the day, time sheets...just all kinds of old themed papers (many from my own childhood/past) ...blended with current stuff and you have a wonderful journal to write..whatever you want to write in it! "Junk journals" are often made with a vintage look..old fashioned...retro...shabby chic and those are my favorite style. Some day I will have one!

Well, I decided to make one. However... I have two "craft issues".  I am a very organized, structured, tailored kind of person...everything has to match, be even, equal and organized. So...me and "junk" aren't friends much. So my first book is structured, tailored, neat, clean and organized! It is more of a scrapbook for journaling instead of for pictures. My other issue is... I can't just make something cause I like to make it. I have to have a reason, a theme, a purpose. I have no use for a junk journal as I don't have anything to write about or "say". I am not busy enough to use it as a planner. So...since my grand daughter's 15th birthday was on my mind, I decided to "use her" as my theme and reason for making it. Her fav colors, memories from her past, where she is now etc.

 I used cardstock and scrapbook paper and cut the pages 8x8. I used the accordian style binding and here's the style of page I used. Then each of the middle pages was cut at the fold or left open at the top to form a pocket page.

This is the cover. I used cereal box for the covers and spine then covered them with pattern scrapbook paper from my stash. The words are "happiness, smiles, Good Times" Thought that'd be good for her high school years. I just used a thick fabric ribbon and wound it around with a tie so it was easy to open and nothing to pull or hook to keep the book closed. The playing cards... no point, just looked nice. It was a piece of 12x12 paper and I cut out a "straight" (or is that a flush?) and used all hearts as she is in my heart and I want her to always know that! A piece of lace, a length of gold glitter ribbon and 3 little rose motifs.


There are 11 pages total (fronts and backs) plus pocket pages in the middle, but I didn't include pics of some of them...it will be long enough with just these!  Every page has pockets, tuck spots, open up things, pull down tabs...lot of places to put/tuck/write things...but on 8x8 area! She likes "secret" things like that so I hope that will be a major appeal to her to like the book!

This is the second and third pages...the light paper on the left side opens downward with lined paper to write something and a bobby pin decorated to use as a paper clip to hold something there. The right side... a doily folded over the side of the page making a tuck spot. I stuck a piece of pink paper and a few sheets of a little story she wrote several years ago when she was into writing stories. She can put whatever she wants there.
 Flip the page and you get the doily on this page too and more sticker words and some decorated papers to write on..front and back - tucked under the doily. Right side is a picture from a magazine of her dog.. at least nearly her dog. Looks alot like him, but not exactly..she'll get the point! I was trying for the "junk" feature. Behind it is a pocket with some tags to pull out to write on or glue a picture!
 Next 2 pages...left side is just a strip of the black paper..she likes halloween so it it black with yellow, orange and white dots and tags with gold glitter ribbon on the bottoms and tags with candy corn (her favorite candy) print ribbon at the top. Other side is an envelope..open it and there is a paper in there to write. She was just  her mothers maid of honor and the colors were this teal and black so that is why I chose this paper..thought she could write about her feelings of the wedding etc.  And I garnished it with same colored rhinestones.
 Next is a page on the left, is made with a pattern paper looking at tad vintage. I printed out, on beige cardstock, some post cards "dated" and designed from back in the 30's-ish. She can pull them out and write on the backs. Right side is...2 years ago this christmas she went to Paris so I pull a page from a magazine with the Eiffel Tower on it, glued it to cardstock and made a pocket out of it with 2 tags..again with the gold glitter ribbon at the tops this time.
 These next ones were the first pages I made. It ended up looking more like a scrapbook journal instead of a junk journal, but as the pages went by, I did figure to add some of the "junk" parts...like the magazine pages. This one... it was scrapbook paper too, says "it isn't about waiting for the storm to stop....(and the next page says "its about learning to dance in the rain") These were on paper too, so I cut them out and mounted them to make a banner. Left side is pockets with decorated cards for writing...right side is little "file folders" and if you open the folder, there is a long attached paper for writing..then you just fold it up and close the folder! The whole right page is made into a pocket with a yellow cardstock card to pull out for journaling or pictures. She can have her friends write on some of these tags too!
 This is the back side of the above...left side is two card tags in a slide slot and the right is 3 journaling cards with words at the top in a pocket.
I ended up using things from her past. My theory is...have some of her past for memories...some for the present to make memories and some for the future for her hopes and dreams of making memories!  Her favorite thing for many years when she was little was animal prints...leopard and zebra specifically so of course, I had to make pages of that. Fortunately I had some in my stash! Left side is 3 tags I covered with the leopard print in a pocket made from a small brown paper bag that has a tag in it. Closed, it is fastened with a decorated paper clip. The middle page there is zebra print and a large pocket with a tea dyed paper "book" and......
 turn the pocket page and you pull the book out and can write in it. Page on the right has a pocket of the zebra print and a leopard print writing card to pull out. The part on the pocket is a "secret" thing (she enjoyed playing secret detective) ...pull the brown tab up and it says "Treasure Map" and it is a piece of typing paper, tea dyed, that can be opened to full size and she can write on it, the fold it back up and hide it under the clasp! I don't know if she will "like" that idea now, but when she was around 7-9 years old...she'd a loved, loved, loved it!
 Trying to bring "junk" into the journal, her favorite "food" is mac and cheese so I took a page from a magazine and folded it and inserted it into the binding and also one of her favorite candy,  conversation hearts...these here are cookies, but I think she'll get the point! Same thing..magazine page and slipped into the binding.
Turn the page and there is cute scrapbook paper print of chocolate chips...a pocket and 2 journaling cards. To the right is a pocket with a journaling card in the top. She loved choco chips when she was little and to my knowledge...still loves a handfull every now and then!
For current memories, the next pages are school theme...the lockers there are a printed paper of all lockers so I cut two out, cut some lined paper and stapled to make a book. The papers behind it are just plain and I accented them with grades etc for the school theme and in a denim pocket with a little vintage grade card embellishment. To the right is a tag pocket with lined paper on the front and a lined tag in it..with a pop top glued for the tag pull! Turn the tag pocket and it is the same on the other side and the right page is paper that looks like a chalk board, and a small stack of the Post It notes and some index cards with a paper clip for journaling. That page also is a pocket.
 She loves the beach, so this page I used beach theme print paper.. the shells are a realistic print, the pocket is a paper that looks like sand and I used vellum for the note paper. To the right is water looking paper I made a large pocket opening at top with a flap closure and 2 pages inside for journaling. She loved Orca whales so I had to include a sticker of that!
 Turn the page and on the back of the water pocket is another "sand" paper pocket and shell cards. The duck is a punch art embellishment I made 10 years ago and still had from my scrapbook days. The other side there is slide pocket and more journaling cards.
 I made the pages and assembled the book kind of like from when she was little (first page) to things she liked in the past, to the present of school and ending with "what the future holds" so I thought I hope she gets to travel to see places...so I used a map of New York. I chose New York as there is alot of history there and I believe in kids knowing the history of this country etc...and New York would be her style anyway so I just stopped at AAA and got a map of New York. I used little Post It arrows to show places I am sure she has heard of, to the right is the front of the map with the Statue of Liberty on it, and...
 flip that up and there is the part of NY she probably knows most about..with an arrow pointing to the Twin Towers as 9/11 happened in her life time, Madison Square Gardens, Staten Island  and museums and other things, can't remember right now. I wanted something to resemble a pass port to go along with the travel theme for journaling so I made one as you see there with blank paper inside and the map there is a pocket page where the pass port slides into!
 Last page is a die cut of the skyline...somewhere. It is left over from my scrapbook days and I glued it to make a pocket with some tags and the back cover is more of the map of New York.
There are two more facing page sets, but I think this post is "picture heavy" enough, so I'll stop there.  I think it turned out okay for my first time. The binding is the accordian style and I goofed in that I creased the pages with a 1/2 inch section which would go into the accordian folds, but made the accordian folds only 1/4 inch so a bit bulky in the middle, but with use, I think that will settle down.

I am not sure if she will like it...she is a city girl and a cheerleader in 9th grade and totally with the "e-everything gadget" and not at all crafty inclined so I am not to sure she will understand the point of the journal as it relates to memories but if she doesn't want it, I will just keep it and maybe she will want it later! I will stress to her that she can put anything she wants in the pockets and tuck spots. Notes from her friends, dreams she has for her future she writes to herself, thoughts, pictures, ticket stubs, programs..fill the pockets with anything...write about anything....anything she wants! And it doesn't have to "match" the theme of the page either.

The next book I made is called a "paper bag" journal...but I forgot the paper bag...but it still turned out good... I just have no use for it! I'll have a post about that next week so keep an eye out for the post!  I am hoping to make them  good enough to be able to sell them at a craft fair come November. It would  sure be nice to at least recoop my expenses because as you well know....crafting is not exactly cheap! Plus.. if I make them...I need something to do with them!  Wish me luck!

P.S. On the fabric books, the reason I got distracted enough to find something else is,  I ran out of lace and it is pretty expensive to buy, but I went to a swap meet last week and there was one booth with nothing but lace and ribbons. I bought 2 yards each of 2 different wide, flat lace which is what I was needing, so I plan to go back in a few weekends and get some more, so once I get the initial hoopla out of my system of junk journals.. I can do them at the same time as my sewing room is set up to be able to just sit and do either I want without having to pull things in and out of storage/closet. I got it pretty organized in there! So ....don't leave me now! More to come!


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Junk Journal page...with junk paper!

 Here is a great way to use junk paper to get started on your junk journals!  This page was quick, and easy and literally used junk paper. Took me like 5 minutes to make but it has the memory of my favorite french fries in the whole world.. memories of taking my grand daughters to McDonalds when they were little and having the best time with them and the memories of them and how much they loved the fries too and our time spent together. It is going in my journal!!

The page is an 8.5x11 folded in half and is from a ream of 32lb paper I got at the office supply store. $8 I think it was for 400 sheets and then I coffee stained the paper and used an ink pad (cheapest one at the craft store) to "antique" it on the edges and a few smears on the paper.

I go  to McDonalds for my bi monthly treat of fries.The are the best in the world, but...can't afford to many calories so..they are a special treat for me...instead of Starbucks or some candy! I kept the little paper pockets they put the fries in. I used double sided tape on the bottom side of the pocket and the opening side of the pocket..thus leaving the top open for the journaling tag to slide in!  Then I had a pack of tags from the Dollar Store and tied some ribbon from my sewing stash and slide that into the opening of the pocket itself. I made a journaling "tag"..really just a piece of paper I cut to size to slide in the opening and put a little flower sticker thingy on top for something to pull it out with...inked the sides and slide it in the opening behind the fries pocket. The words are from a page I had that had the words on it as a title, so I cut them individually so they would fit on the page without covering anything, and there you go! Plus..the words..."you make me happy" are perfect in this case because McDonalds is famous for their "Happy Meals" that make people happy, but...the fries DO make me happy!

Here is a view of the page with the tags pulled out so you can see them in full. See... space to write on each of the tags...front and back. Space to write on the page itself!  Lots of memories and all in just 5 minutes! Don't get better than that! And you can turn the pocket so it opens at the top, or fix it so it is a mini page on its own.

Just goes to show what you can do with junk paper! So start keeping those paper things you find/get whether at the fast foods or other places. You might not have an idea right at that moment to use them, but put them in your stash and the right idea will come to you...sooner or later and then you will be prepared to  create!
 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing and saving those memories!


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