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!


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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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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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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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