For nearly 50 years, I have been making things mostly with a needle and thread and now with paper for scrapbooking and junk journals. I am a firm believer in keeping memories alive so in my sewing,quilting and paper creations, I always want to make them with a memory or a reason. I create, with hopes of sharing cherished memories of the past or creating treasured memories for the future.
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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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!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!
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!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!
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!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!
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!
A JUNK JOURNAL - A NEW WAY TO KEEP THE MEMORIES ALIVE!
This is the "junk journal" I won in a giveaway last month. It is made of literally just "junk" papers, cards, tags, labels, odd pieces of paper, etc...all very pretty, cute or otherwise unique. I hadn't a clue as to what it was or what I would do with it but hey.... I won something and.....I sure liked it!
Here are some pictures of some of the pages in the book...all shapes, sizes, themes, colors! Note cards, strips of cards, parts of stationary, tags, labels...kind of like, you name it, there was a "page" of it in there!
But still...what do I do with it? I am not busy enough to make it a planner. I don't have anything to say to journal about. Well, my daughter recently got married and for a very terrible reason, I was not able to get to her wedding. Sad doesn't start to cover how I felt. 1:00pm was the ceremony and at 1:00 I stopped what I was doing and thought about her and then said a little something to her in my mind. I then thought that I wanted to write that down....but where. Then I thought of this junk journal. It was just a few sentences that I said and a small little prayer, so I needed just a little bit of page...it would be perfect! So I got the book out and looked through for a complimentary page...and found this one of a bride. How perfect.Then I just flipped the card and wrote what I was thinking.
It suddenly hit me...journaling doesn't always have to be about what I do or have done...it can be about others and my special thoughts of them. Well, as they say, one thing lead to another... and thinking this was a good idea...my grand daughter just turned 9 the week before...and I thought I'd do the same for her...so I chose this card-page. She loves "old time-y" clothes so this was perfect for her. On the back I "talked" to/about her.
And then my most recent little grand daughter was born, I wrote welcome to the world note to her and this oval "page" of the little girl was a perfect match for her!
Well, nothing to happen for awhile now...but something occured to me on St Patricks day last week. It made me remember the past St Patrick's Days. For years, my oldest grand daughterloved the leprechauns and all that went with them. I would get green sequin shamrocks and secretly sprinkle them around and she'd think they were from the leprechauns and the trail to the pot of gold or to where they lived. She'd even make leprechaun traps! I would pick her up at school and as I walked to the meeting place, I'd drop the shamrocks as I walked, so when we walked back....she'd see this trail of the little green shamrocks and think she was chasing the leprechauns! The rest of the day she was with me, I'd secretly drop them around and some green plastic coins and It was such a fun time for us! It was great for many years, but now she is a freshman in high school so of course, it is just a wonderful memory for both of us that we like to recall every St. Paddy's Day. I chose a green "page" in the junk journal and I glued some of the little shamrocks (yes, I have kept them all this time!) to the front of the page, and on the back..just a little note about our fun St Patrick's Day "tradition". So I intend to write a little something about someone on every holiday or time/event that I had in the past with someone and just write like I am talking to them and recall the memory we made together.
More thinking about bringing past memories into present....I thought about the little notes that this same grand daughter (she will be 15 next week) wrote to me over the years past. I have many of them taped to the mirror in my bathroom so I see/read/remember them every day. What a perfect addition to the book! This one says "I had fun spending the nite at your house and thanks for letting me bend the rules. I had fun". So I just glued the note to a "page" of its size. I don't remember what rules I let her bend but I apparently let her bend the best ones!
So, I have decided to use this junk journal to bring past memories,
into my present. When finished, not only will i have a nice book of my
favorite memories but....anyone can read it and "walk" through my life
and enjoy my memories! Since it is not in chronological order, it will
kind of be like a time travel thing! (And I enjoy reading books about
time travel!) One page might be dated currently and the next page could be
dated 3 years later, next page 6 months earlier and the next..a year
later and the next 8 months prior and so on. It reminds me of that book "Time Travelers' Wife"...where
the guy popped in and out of time during his girl friend/wifes life. I liked the point of the story but it sure was a hard book to read and keep track of what was going on! The movie
stunk! But my time travel journal.. will be awesome and enjoyable and
bring lot of smiles to lots of faces!
am working on a "prolog" for it and since I have always loved Robert
Browning's..."Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be..." quote, I
think I shall include that some how. If this world tarries another 50
years, my great and great great grand children will have a little bit of
Nanny in their lives..without ever having met me! Plus, memories about
when their mothers and grand mothers were little! A journal through
time...in a junk journal!
I am also making fabric lace memory books... you can read about that journey HERE on my blog. More memories to preserve and fun to be had while making them! Here's a few pics to show you what a fabric lace memory book is. I am working on making one for each of my 5 grand daughters.
So..this is my start into the world of "junk journals". I love them! They are so cool, neat, groovy, and just really, really amazing...both in how they look and what they are for. And what a great way to use/recycle/upcycle...junk! Granted..."junk" journals are made of literally that...junk...junk mail, junk pieces of paper (see the one page up there...old notebook paper page!) And in this book are pieces of the green ledger paper, graph paper, and things like that. Junk mail days in the mail box are a good place to find junk paper! So I intend to keep looking around and finding things...due to the "no size" limit...anything is possible! I just have to figure how to bind mine. I think like this can be done at Staples and I know there is a kit for sale to do it your self, but I probably won't invest in one of those. I have since discovered how to make "junk journals" out of my stash of scrapbook papers and embellishments. Different in looks and structure than this style, but still really nice. I have started one and see it is more of a "scrapbook journal" as it looks like double page layouts that I used to do, but hey....it works and looks great!
And there is a style to use junky stuff like this...and include it in a junk journal with binding..which is the way I intend on going. So...I am excited and anxious to make these.. and hopefully.... preserve more of my memories. I will be posting more about the scrapbook journal next week.. have a few pages done..so if you want to follow along...join to follow my blog up there on the left side at the top pf this page. I have joined a few Facebook groups that have just the best ladies chatting about their journals and the how-to's and what to do's and things like that. I love sharing, learning and helping other with this amazing craft! Come on and follow along with me! In the mean time... do as I plan to do.. and collect some junk!
And when all is said and done...... since dementia "runs" in my family... when I am old, I think that I will be living the happiest times of my life..since my memories are where my happiest times were!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!