Trying New Things πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I may have mentioned my creative slump here lately.

I did come across this gem a few days ago…

Well, that sounds easy enough! πŸ˜…

But since I’ve pretty much tried everything out there, I had to figure out what it is I wouldn’t mind ‘sucking at’ πŸ˜‰

During my ‘Journal-making-days’ I did some collages. And did enjoy it.

So, that’s what I did…in big 😁

I don’t hate it πŸ˜‰

While drawing the ‘Yoga Lady’ as a finishing touch, I thought I’m gonna try my hand at drawing. I know I’m not very good at it, but I do love it. And practice makes perfect, right? πŸ˜‚

Clicking around on Pinterest I found the art of Sandra Silberzweig. She draws abstract faces. I was drawn to it because of the abundance of color, and – let’s be honest here – because I thought I might be able to draw something like it. πŸ™ƒ

Here’s my first try…

That led to another ‘portrait’…

She’s not the most beautiful creature on the planet, but I do like how she turned out. Okay… I might be a bit prejudiced 😎

So I will keep on drawing πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• Let’s see where this will take us!

The next project I’m working on is this blog. I would love to turn it into a ‘mostly books’ blog. Not exclusively…but definitely book oriented. 😍

I do hope you’re all good with that, and will stick with me on this journey. ☺️

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-week! Stay healthy my friends! πŸ’•

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Your Junk Journal ~ 4 Ways to Make Pockets πŸ€©

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Pockets are just as important in your junk journal as they are in a dress πŸ˜‰

There are four easy ways to create these little hideaways for memories, bits and pieces of a fun day out, ephemera, etc.

1. The double-triangle pocket

For this pocket you need a piece of paper twice the width of your page, and about 2/3 the height.

Fold the paper in half.

Cut diagonally from the top corner by the fold to appr. 1/2″ on the open side.

Cut it in half, pin and sew (or tape) in place.

Done! πŸ˜ƒ

A little tip: You may wanna invest in a paper cutter. It’ll save you time and, in my case, a lot of hair pulling πŸ˜… Since I can’t scissor-cut a straight line to save my life, I think a paper-cutter is one of the best tools ever invented!

2. The side pocket

This one is quite simple…

The side pocket is half the width of the page 😊

3. The pocket at the bottom

This pocket is 1/3 of the height of the page πŸ™‚

4. The double-page pocket

I love this pocket because it can hold so much! In my Christmas journal it keeps wrapping paper scraps, gift tags, and ribbon safe and wrinkle free 😁

Find two pretty book pages (or you can make collages), and sew, or tape, them together on three sides.

Isn’t she adorable? 😍 And the pie looks really good… I may have to try that recipe. I will let you know how it turns out πŸ€“

You’ve probably noticed that I sew all of my papers together. I think it adds a pretty little detail to the page. And you know me…can never have enough of those πŸ˜† Plus, you know it’ll hold everything together over the years.

I use a regular needle and plain, old sewing thread, and have not run into a problem yet. πŸ₯³

Just remember to use a zigzag stitch. If you use a straight stitch you’ll perforate the paper, and it will fall apart! πŸ˜•

Well, that’s all I got today 😊 Are you a ‘Junk Journal Junkie’ yet? πŸ˜‹

There’s more coming soon! I hope you will follow along πŸ’•

Your Junk Journal ~ The First Page

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you found piles of treasures in your thrifting adventures! 😍 Yes? Then you should be ready to create your first page of your junk journal!

Making a collage is a good way to flex your creative muscles. I always start with one, or make one when I’m stuck, and the creative juices just won’t flow πŸ™ƒ

Here we go…

Decide what size your journal should be, and trim your paper.

Mine are usually 12” (the width of a scrapbook paper page) by 8.5” (that makes a double-page).

The advantage of using scrapbook paper is having ‘ready-made’, colorful pages without any effort πŸ˜‰

Now tear (or cut) small scraps from the materials in your stash. Remember – there’s only one rule – there are no rules 😁 Just have fun!

Fold your paper in half, and start glueing stuff down πŸ€“

Done! πŸ˜ƒ Easy peasy!

Of course you can do the same to the opposite side (no rules!), but I wanna show you how to make a pocket, ’cause pockets are awesome! 😎

Cut a piece of any paper to the width of the page, and to about 1/3 of the height.

Glue, tape or sew* it in place.

*Yes, you can sew paper. It won’t hurt anything. More on that later.

You can stuff the pocket with some of your awesome finds, and/or extra blank paper for more journaling space.

There – it’s finished. Your first Journal Page 🀩

For your viewing pleasure and inspiration…here are some collage pages I’ve made😻

Happy Halloween! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ€‘

Autumn 🍁

Just for fun

I hope you found some inspiration here, and will share your awesome project with me! 😊

Next time I’ll tell you more about ‘sewing paper’, and will share some ideas for the next few pages! πŸ€“

Until then πŸ’•

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!

 

 

 

 

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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