Saturday, December 10, 2016

Junk Journal for a Teen Boy (masculine theme)

Hello fellow junk journal-ers!!! I have another one done and ready to give. I made this one for my 15 year old grand son. He is a "step" grandson so we don't know each other to well yet, but we are working on it! Plus... been a LONG time since I had a teen boy in my life so I don't know "how they work" anymore! I have however, noticed things have changed ALOT since my son was 15! And a lot of it I can't keep up with or even understand very well!  But I try. 

This junk journal is not all blinged out with dangles and prettiness .... just a more masculine style. I am encouraging him to keep his memories, but offering him a different way to do it. He isn't going to want to write in it like a diary or go into detail or most likely write much at all! So... I created the style of the journal to where he can put THINGS in it that mean something to him. No writing required! He can collect memories..slide them in a pocket and maybe in later years....decide he wants to write some...or more!


I used cereal box for the cover and a thin rope for the wrap around closure...with a can pop top as the loop of the closure with an old key on the end of the rope that goes through the pop top. The only embellishment other than the closure are 2 American theme 3-D stickers.  I just used 32lb weight copy paper and folded them in half for the signatures. adding to each page.

I have a flip through on my You Tube Channel if you want to check out the pages. I have alot of pages Ideas I think you will like. I have a couple really cool embellishments that are unique and especially for a masculine theme journal.  Now, I made this for a teen boy, but.. it could go for any masculine theme you need...age doesn't matter!    So... check it out here....


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

To Do List Junk Journal



I am a "list" person. However, with an upcoming move impending.. I need a book to make lists, jot notes, reminders etc so I don't have to clutter my brain with trying to remember everything..all the time!  So I made this To Do List Junk Journal. I had this spiral notebook that I got at the thrift store, so.. I just used that and made pockets and will add clips and with the lined pages already there, I should be able to make all kinds of lists, keep track of everything and.. all in one cute little junk journal!

I have a video of it on my You Tube channel....check it out here....


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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 now...here 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!




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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 it...it 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 saw...save 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!

So...here 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 knows...money 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 view....you can clip little binder clips, paper clips, clothes pins to the front of the box. And...you 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 days..so 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 fade...so 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 is....you 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, so...now 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. So...to 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 junk...it 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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