A Booktalk ~ Using Vintage Books in Junk Journals

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Welcome to today’s Booktalk πŸ“š No, I’m not reviewing anything. I will just tell you about, and take the fear out of, using vintage books in making Junk Journals.

I admit, it sounds cringeworthy. πŸ™ˆ But it doesn’t have to be. As I mentioned yesterday, buying the books with the intention of cutting them up makes the whole endeavor easier (at least in my experience). And if they’re a bit – or very – tattered they would probably end up in the landfill. That would be a real tragedy. So try to look at it as giving those old, time-worn beauties a new life. Where the bits and pieces will be admired, and loved again.

Old books have wonderful illustrations you can use to spruce up a blank page or incorporate in collages.

  Of course, it’s not just the pictures that are useful. A poem can give a page meaning, scraps of pages that are written ‘old-fashioned’ style make a nice addition to a collage,  old dictionary pages make a nice background for some photos or stickers, whole pages of children books give your journal a little whimsy.

You see – a new life! 😍

 Once in a while though, I come across an antique book that ends up on my bookshelf.
I managed to make a little room for the newly acquired treasures. 😊

  Like this one…

 

It’s an illustrated Mark Twain book (Life on the Mississippi), printed in 1902. πŸ€—
It’s amazing. Really beautiful in all it’s shabbiness, and simply stunning!
I love to hold it, leaf through it, and imagine the people who held and enjoyed it before me. 😍

As you can see…it is quite tattered.
But I’m thinking, when I’m 117 years old, my spine will be brittle also, and my backside nothing to write home about. πŸ˜…

 Then there is this one…

 

A handwritten recipe-collection that found it’s way here from good, old Germany,
written in 1924  πŸ€© It’s written in the historical form of German handwriting, called Suetterlin. I can make out a few words here and there, but not enough to start cooking. I’d love to cook my way through this book.  πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ Now I wish my Mom had taught me this style of handwriting. πŸ€“

And last but not least – this beauty

 

  I love the raised lettering on the cover. I bought it to be used as a Halloween Journal, because it comes with it’s own awesome-spooky illustrations. πŸ‘»

 

But I don’t have the heart to cut it up. So it will sit on the bookshelf with it’s other gorgeous friends, and brought out once in a while to be admired (and dustedπŸ˜†)

 That’s it for today’s Booktalk. πŸ˜ŠI hope you had fun, and that I was able to ease your anxiety about cutting in to books, because journal-making should be enjoyable! πŸ€“

Until next time  πŸ’• Take good care of yourself!

 

 

 

 

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So You Wanna Junk Journal? πŸ˜ƒ Where To Begin…

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I wanna tell you how to begin your foray into the junk-journaling world.

And what an exciting, wonderful, freeing creative adventure it is! πŸ€“

What is a Junk journal? A Junk Journal (or Smashbook) is a Journal, most of them are handmade, containing a vast variety of papers and embellishments.

These embellishments, also called ephemera, can be anything that can be glued, stapled, sewn down.

I’ve been making journals for only a few months now, so the beginning stages are still fresh in my head 😁 and I can tell you, before you start make sure you have a nice stash of papers and ephemera. Otherwise it can get boring real quick πŸ˜‰

That’s where the fun begins – shopping! πŸ˜… In Thrift stores! 😍

So…what should you look for? Basically…anything made of paper 😁

Here are a few examples…

Office supplies

Game pieces

Greeting Cards

Souvenir Postcards

Cut outs (these are not thrift store finds)

Vintage Books with illustrations

I can feel some of you cringe at the idea of cutting up books πŸ™ˆ Believe me, I do too (my husband still can’t believe I’m actually cutting and tearing into books!)

But I found when I buy the books with the intent of using the beautiful insides (and sometimes the outside too 😊) for my journals, it makes it easier. Look at it as a way of saving it from the landfill, and giving it a new life. πŸ₯° It will be loved and treasured again. This time a little scrap at a time. πŸ€“

Of course, that doesn’t always work πŸ˜… More on that later.

Cigar Labels

Vintage (or new) Sewing Patterns

Once you start looking around you will see the possibilities in a lot of goodies out there. πŸ€“

You also wanna pick up some scrapbook paper, and blank art papers, like a drawing- or painting pad. Even though you can sometimes find scrapbook in thrift stores, you might want to get a pad or two at your regular craft store.

While there, take a peek at the die-cutters. The small one – like this one

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I picked this shape because I thought it’s pretty versatile. And I was right. πŸ˜‰
It makes nice cut-outs you can use as ephemera, you can use it when making pockets

and it came in pretty handy when I made a page featuring a cookie! πŸ˜…

 

Then, of course, you need something to put it all together.

These are the glues and tape* I liked the best. You might find some from other companies…just make sure they’re ‘no wrinkle’. Trust me 😁

 Alright…while you go hunting and gathering your beautiful things, I will start writing the next post – ‘What to do with all your newfound treasures’
I’ll meet you here in a day or two and we can start glueing stuff down. πŸ˜ƒ

Until then πŸ’•

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TBT ~ Looking Back At My ‘New Year’s Resolutions’

Hello my lovely friends! πŸ’•

It’s been so (too!) long that I sat down to write a post, and share it with you all. In my mind I’ve written a few 😁, but somehow I ended up in an endless loop of wanting to put fingers to keyboard, putting it off…just to start the same process the next day.

But, enough excuses – we’re all here now, and I thought writing a ‘TBT’ post is a good way to get my creative (writing) juices flowing again. πŸ˜ƒ

The ‘New Year’ Resolutions…well, even though there weren’t many, I pretty much failed each and every one. πŸ™ˆ

  1. Sharing photos – Nope, did not happen  πŸ˜” It’s still in the realm of possibilities though…see πŸ˜…
  2. The ‘Weekly Gallery” – Nope 🀭 See above
  3. A steady writing schedule – Nope…this is getting old 😬 see above

My biggest goal for this year, and I didn’t even write it down, was getting my US Citizenship  – that I did. 😊

As of July 24th, 2019 I am an American citizen. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
It was a very moving ceremony, and I met a lot of lovely people from all over the world. 😍 It was wonderful to share this day with all these amazing people. We were so many (321 new and proud new citizens), that we even made the news. 🀠
Here’s hubby and me after the ceremony

 That was it for my ‘Throw Back Thursday’. πŸ€— I will be back soon to tell you all about my new journals… (here are some examples) πŸ€“

…hoping to inspire and maybe even help you through the first steps of creating your own ‘Junkjournal’.

Until then πŸ’•

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The (first) Finished Journal πŸ€“πŸ““

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my first journal. 😊

There will be lots of pictures…so you might wanna grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and (hopefully) enjoy πŸ˜ƒ

This one is different than the first pages I showed you last week. I took a bound book, and worked on those pages.

The book I chose was ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Here it is with a few pages of coffee-stained paper…

The inside cover

On the left is a piece of handmade paper I found in a Thrift Shop. I made envelopes, pockets and tags – you’ll find them, and some original illustrations, throughout the journal…

The back-inside cover

Here are some tags and inserts…

All of them have a decorated front, and a blank back…lots of room for writing and doodling 😍

In the end I felt that the vintage look of the inside didn’t really match the plastic-y cover. So I gave it a new cover 😁 What do you think?

This is the end of my ‘ Show and Tell’ πŸ˜… I hope you enjoyed the little trip into the Wonderland. Did you? A little note in the comments would be greatly appreciated! πŸ’•

I’ll see you soon! Take care! πŸ€—

A Collage For A New Mom πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you’re doing well, and have a happy spring in your step on this lovely Monday!

Today I wanna show you the collage I made for my daughter, a new Mom 😊

You may remember…in January we welcomed little Georgia Mae to the world. I’m happy to report that she’s a very happy, smiley baby πŸ₯°

Here she is with her beautiful Mommy

So, since January I’ve been collecting little Mom/Baby related snippets, with the idea of somehow combining it all into a memento. It was just an idea in the back of my mind…until last Thursday. That’s when I came across a canvas hiding in a closet in my craft room. 😁

That, my hodgepodge of calendar pages, pictures, poems, doilies, a vintage music sheet,tissue paper, and some ModPodge* came together beautifully for this collage.

Here’s a detail – I love these little poems πŸ’–

I started by covering the canvas with one sheet of tissue paper, arranged and glued down the pictures, then secured and coated everything with ModPodge*. Done! Easy Peasy πŸ˜…

Did this inspire you to make your own memento-collage? Please let me know…I’d love to hear/read about it! πŸ’•

Have a fabulous day! 😎🌻🌞

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What Do You Do When The Crojo Is Lost?

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope this finds you well! 😊

The question in the title line was one I asked myself many, many times over the last few weeks. And it’s also the reason why I took a timeout from writing for you.

I did try hard to get it back. I searched high and low for inspiration…spent WAY too much time on Pinterest πŸ™ˆ I dug deep into my creative pool – and my yarn stash 😁 – and came up empty.

What to do, what to do?

Then it hit me…I don’t HAVE to crochet. There might be other pretty things inside me waiting to be made. 😊

During my hours on Pinterest I saw many gorgeous handmade journals. Beautiful pieces of art, and creativity. I found myself going back to them over and over. I finally felt that little spark of inspiration 😍

I read about ‘Smash Books’ – it’s like a scrapbook, but not. It’s messy, it’s colorful, it’s awesome! πŸ˜… You just take a ready-made journal or loose pages (to be bound later on) and start painting, cutting, glueing down any- and everything that strikes your fancy.

It’s completely new territory for me. I’ve never done mixed media, plus it’s an exercise in patience. See, you can’t just sit down and start or go out buy some supplies and begin the creative journey.

There is some legwork involved πŸ€ͺ and, I have to say it again, patience. Not really my thing πŸ˜… so definitely a learning curve!

I visited our Antique Mall, and numerous thrift stores for old books, magazines, note- and greeting cards etc.

In between collecting these pretty things I coffee-stained paper. This is quite an exciting process. Even though I did it the same way every time, each page comes out differently.

Wanna see?

Pretty cool, huh? 😁

After a week of successful hunting and gathering the journal making began.

Here are my first attempts…

What I did, but will do differently from now on – I picked a theme for each signature.

What’s a signature you ask…I know I did 😊 A signature is a stack of loose papers (usually 5 or 6 sheets) that will be bound together to be combined into a book.

Anyway – I find that making themed signatures is a bit stifling…and time consuming. I’ll let you know, but I have a feeling that going with the inspiration, and combining snippets as you come across them, will be more fun. We’ll see 😊

So… I think it’s safe to say I found something I love to do 😍

Until next time πŸ’•

Crochet Painting, Tulips, and β€˜The Never-Ending Ruffle’ – WIP Wednesday πŸ˜ŠπŸ§ΆπŸŒ·

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

While it’s been a couple of turbulent weeks (weather wise) I’ve been calmly wielding my crochet hook…thanks to the ‘Great British Baking Show’ – yes,I’m addicted πŸ™ˆ

I have to admit though, that when they announce ‘5 more minutes’, and the music gets faster…so does my crochet hook πŸ˜… Not so calm then!

So I’ve been building my inventory for the Fall-/Winter Craft Shows – but I leave that for another post.

Today I wanna show you my current two WIPs – huh, only 2 😳, somehow that seems wrong, but nevertheless here we are with 2. πŸ˜‰

This here is my second ‘Crochet Painting’ – I named it “Let’s go for a walk”

I hope you’re able to recognize something 😬

I’m quite pleased with the tree

The first one I made still needs blocking and framing (don’t know yet what I’m gonna do about that since it’s quite large)

Do you see the sunset? 😊

The second WIP – a multicolored shawl, that came out a bit bigger than planned (it’s about 60″ wide) – is almost done…if I can ever finish the ruffle-border.

Not an easy task, since it’s 3 treble-crochet per stitch πŸ™ƒ All around πŸ˜…

Since it’s a happy Springtime shawl – I had to include some tulips 🌷

Aren’t they adorable? 😍

If you have a project in mind that is missing some tulips – here’s how you make them 😁

Crochet – Tulips

Number of stitches: Multiple of 3, +1

Row 1 – Attach the green yarn to the end of a row. Ch 3. Yo. Skip 1 stitch, 1 dc in next stitch.

Ch3. 1 dc in same stitch. Yo. *skip 2 stitches, 1dc in next stitch. Ch3, 1 dc in same stitch.

Repeat from * until there are 2 stitches left. Dc in last stitch. Fasten off.

Row 2 – Attach new (flower) color to the top of the last dc. Ch3. *Work 5 dc in the ch-3 space. Remove hook. Insert hook into the top 2 loops of the first dc of the ‘group’

Pick up the working loop and pull through. Ta-da – Tulip made πŸ˜ƒ

Ch 3. Repeat from * until all the spaces are filled. Dc in top ch of beginning ch.

Fasten off.

Row 3 – Attach new color. Ch2. Work row in dc, by working 3 hdc in the ch-3 space, and 1 hdc in the first sc on top of the tulip

And there you have it. A beautiful row of happy tulips. 😍

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Now I’m off – gotta see what the bakers in the tent are up to…and (hopefully) finish those ruffles! πŸ˜„

Take good care of yourself! Until next time πŸ’•

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