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’•

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! 😎🌻🌞

*no affiliation with PLAID

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’•

A Creative Weekend

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

After the hectic holidays I treated myself to a wonderful creative weekend.

I had a few things to finish…like this Pixie πŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Scoodie

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I had a few rows to crochet on the scarf part, and then I made the PomPoms.
Now, I have to say, even if you’re not a fan of the LionBrand Homespun Yarn, you have to admit that it makes awesome PomPoms 😊

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If you wanna love the yarn, but are struggling with it, check out Robin’s post on her blog Imperial Crochet.  She made a beautiful hat/scarf set out of said yarn, and has a few tips on how to work with it.

Next was my Boho Vest (yes, my Christmas Decorations are still up  πŸ˜)

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Fun fact: Since I splurged on some handspun yarn from the ‘Lake of the Ozarks’ region  (4 skeins to be exact) this vest may very well be now the most expensive piece of clothing in my closet πŸ™ˆ Who’d a thunk it?
I really, really like it though – so it was worth it.

Since I started wearing more vests to spruce up some boring sweaters, I decided to make another (more economic πŸ˜† ) one.
If you look closer, the bottom part (the Ozark yarn) is knitted, and the rows are vertical.
I basically knitted 3 panels, and picked up stitches on the longer side.
I actually like to do it this way…no more math to figure out the stitch count. I just knit/crochet up until it’s the right length, or width in that case.
I hope this makes sense!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing for the new one, except I will make the strip long enough for the back and both front panels…no seams to close 😎
This time I’m doing the ‘Basketweave Stitch’ – my first time! And I love it…I can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

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Have you done anything in this stitch? If you haven’t and would like to know more, please let me know – I always love to help 😍

And – since I feel my String Painting definitely needs improving, I dabbled a bit in paint.
My hat’s off to the kids that did this in Elementary School! There is – at least for me – a steep learning curve. Like making sure that all the excess paint is stripped off the string, and ‘don’t apply to much pressure’!

If you like to see more…don’t go anywhere 😁 I took a few pictures of the process

Squirt some paint in a glass dish or on a plate, and dip your string in the paint until it’s covered all around. Take of the excess paint (I held up the doubled up string, and with thumb and forefinger of the other hand grabbed it, squeezed, and pulled up)

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Lay out the strings

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Cover it – I like to cover it with another piece of drawing paper (that way you’ll have two images πŸ˜ƒ) and a book. Apply some pressure, gather the strings at the bottom, and voilΓ‘

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Not bad…but I will keep practicing 😊

Well, that was it for me πŸ€“ Did you have a wonderful weekend, doing things you love?
I sure hope so!

Until next time πŸ’•

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‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ~ Crochet Along – Part II

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Did you finish your Carnation Square from Part I of this Crochet Along?

Yes? Great!  πŸ˜ƒ Now let’s build on that, and see the ‘Flower Patch’ grow.

Get out your carnation, and yarn, and let’s do the next 5 rounds! Happy Crocheting! 😍

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Pattern Notes:

Bobble Stitch: *Yarn over. Insert hook in next stitch/space, pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the previous dc. Repeat twice from *. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.

Round 11:
Attach yarn to any corner of your carnation square. Ch2. Yarn over. Pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the chain. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.
Ch 3. Work one Bobble Stitch in same corner space. Ch 1.
Work one Bobble Stitch/each in every following [Ch1] space and between the Dcs of the previous row.
Work [1 Bobble, ch 3, 1 Bobble] in every corner space.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 12:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch3. Dc 2 in same space.
Dc 1 in each space and on top of each Bobble.
Work [dc 2, ch 3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 13:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc in same space. Ch 3. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc 1 on top of the next 2 dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles of Row 11.
*Sc 1 on top of the next dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles.
Repeat from * , working [2sc, ch 3, 2sc] in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

Round 14:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch 3. Dc 2 in same space.
*Skip on sc of previous row. Dc 1 in next stitch. Dc 1 in stitch skipped.
Repeat from *, working [dc 2, ch3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slipstitch to top of beginning ch.

Round 15:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc in every space between dcs in previous row.
Work 3 sc in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

That’s it for Part II. At this point you might wanna consider weaving in your ends.
I know, I know….ugh  πŸ˜ But you will thank me later! 😊

I hope you’re enjoying your growing blanket. Part III and IV will bring you more Flower-Squares. 🌺🌸🌼

Until next time πŸ’•

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