Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Junk Journals

I have 2 online swaps that I'm participating in this month at Junk Journal Junkies Facebook group so instead of sewing with fabric I've been sewing with paper the last week. And playing with scissors, glue, Mod Podge and lots of other fun stuff!

First up is my Mini Envelope Travel Journal. We were required to use a folded 6x9 manila envelope as our journal cover and have one signature (stitched in bundle of papers) for this swap. I'm waiting for some travel charms to arrive to decorate the ends of my binding waxed linen thread but the rest of the journal is done.
Birds eye view...
And a peek inside. I used a mix of scrapbook paper, regular paper and some items I cut using my Silhouette Cameo. We were required to create pockets and tuck spots to store extra items. I will be paired up with a partner at the end of the week... I will send her this journal and she will send me the one she has made.
The theme of the second swap was Junky/Scrap Journal. This journal had to be larger with 3 sewn signatures and we were to use pages from catalogs/magazines, junk mail, plain writing paper and off-cuts from other projects. It was challenging to think out of the box and really get junky!
For my cover I used a USPS small Priority Mail box turned inside out and collaged the exterior with tissue paper from a package, off cuts from my Cameo and scraps. I cut the title from a glossy mailer and used a pen to outline the letters. I dug into my vintage buttons to embellish the binding threads and make the paper clips.
The spine of this journal is just under 2" and it has over 100 pages (counting front & back) in it. I die cut my tags from pretty Kleenex boxes, packing material and glossy junk mail. I also used some tags from clothing as bases for collages. We were allowed to use only stamps and scraps for embellishments inside the journal.
This journal will also be mailed to a partner. It is so much fun to learn by doing and also by seeing techniques and items that our swap partner uses in her journal.

Now it's time to get busy in my Quilting Room and see if I can finish anything before May arrives Friday. Real life is weighing on my mind so I am once again seeking crafty therapy.


  1. These are just so creative. Awesome!!

  2. Your journals are so cute, creative, fun, wonderful....on and on! Hopefully, they have sparked your creative urge and lifted your load. Soothe your spirit with fabric and thread.

  3. Now those are fun! Well done.

  4. I have a lot of cute clutter, a lot of adorable flat junk. I was going to throw it away, but now... I am going to make a journal. maybe a couple of journals. They will be fun to look through
    Kind of like treasure books
    Yours turned out super wonderful

  5. These look amazing. Love what you have done with both the challenges. I am only just getting into making these so have a LOT to learn. I have just made one with all the bits we collected from our last holiday. It has been lovely to see all your ideas. Do you have any particular sites you follow for inspiration and ideas?


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