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Sneak peek at my latest journal

I went for something a bit different for this journal and am really happy with it.

It’s my chunkiest one so far, and even though I’d never use a chunky journal, I love how it looks.

I think I’m getting ready for a sewing machine, using all the lace and trims. I stuck it all down with glue but one day I’ll be able to sew it all.

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My first journals using book covers and the vintage style

I love these covers so much.

I used Tim Holtz papers, pocket cards, and ephemera.

I coffee/tea-dyed the pages with the usual variety of papers. And some have pockets, tags, and tucks.

These two are available in my shop: Willowbound Journals

And here’s a flip through of them (the first one I show has sold):

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I’m getting a sewing machine!!!

Wow, yesterday I sold six journals and 12 stamp tags!!! Completely shocked and blown away.

I sold five of these eight journals with my artwork on the covers:

I shared them on my YouTube channel and I seriously didn’t think any of them would sell. I couldn’t believe it when I woke up the next day and saw that five of them sold.

Then on top of that I sold this journal:

Here it is all wrapped up:

I included a bag of extra goodies with each journal to help people get started or to use in other creative projects.

And here are the tags I sold:

So I have well and truly got enough money now to get a sewing machine – wow!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped me get there.

Here’s the flipthrough I did of the journals with my art on the covers:

If you’d like to purchase a journal, feel free to check out my shop: Willowbound Journals.

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Sold three journals

Wow, I am so blown away that three lovely ladies bought a journal during my one-week sale for the launch of Willowbound Journals.

So excited that these three journals sold:

All the money is going towards a sewing machine, so I’ve got $60 to go towards it. I think I only need $40 more since I’m just going to get a basic beginner machine.

I thought I was pretty safe not getting sewing machine. I’m so intimated because the only time I’ve used one was back in Year 8 and I was terrible. The thread kept getting knotted and I couldn’t sew straight.

So, I’m daunted about having to learn how to set one up and use one. It’s going to take a lot of energy and effort just to research it all and then to practice.

I hope I’ll be able to get good at sewing, but will just take a bit of patience.

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More happy mail from Sweden

Got this beautiful package from the lovely Marit.

She wanted to send me the horses, but I didn’t realise she was sending everything else.

I love the journaling cards and tags that are backed on coffee-dyed paper.

She got this package so right with the blue birds, blue butterflies, and peacocks.

Will definitely have fun using them in journals.

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Business cards and journal sale

Well, I got the business cards and I love them – yay!

Really happy with how they turned out. Simple but packed with meaning.

Now that I’ve officially got a name, logo, and business cards, I’ve set up a bit of an online shop for my journals and am having a sale to go with the launch.

Just for my blog followers and YouTube subscribers, I’m taking $5 off all journals. So, whatever price is listed on my journals, take $5 off. That will mean prices range from $15 to $30.

The sale will last for a week as a celebration and thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me.

I’m not sure if anyone will want my journals, but I just want to give this opportunity. And if I do make any sales, the money will go towards a sewing machine.

I really want to get one after seeing fellow junk journalers and the amazing creations they make with sewing machines. But I’m really intimidated by the sewing machine, so I wouldn’t get it normally.

Also, I want 10% of all sales go to a charity. I just have to think carefully before I choose which one. But from now on, if I make any sales, I’ll put aside 10% for each journal.

I’ll keep you posted with which charity I choose and why.

I’m still getting set up and not sure how this will go but here’s my shop: Willowbound Journals Shop.

I’ve still got some journals to add and I’ll try to do flip-throughs of each of them.

I’m wondering if I should set up an Etsy shop instead? It just looks a bit intimidating working Etsy out, but if that’s what people prefer and if it’s easier for people, then I’ll definitely look at moving to Etsy.

Thanks so much for following my journey. It’s a bit rocky as I get started but I’ll learn as I go.

Really appreciate your support and encouragement and want to thank you so much!!!


The story behind the Willowbound name

Back at my childhood home, there was a magnificent willow at the front of the yard. It was massive!

I grew up playing under that willow and it was magical. I loved it in summer when no-one could see me through the curtain of leaves.

I felt like a princess climbing its branches, and my imagination ran wild as I made up stories and fantasy lands.

The willow was my favourite place; it was a place of beauty and  wonder and it felt like home.

Sadly, when the house was sold, the willow was cut down. But this weeping willow will always be one of my special memories.

The willow symbolises to me the heart of a journal.

A journal is a place where you can be yourself. It’s a place where you can let your imagination run wild. It’s a place where you can be creative and express yourself. It’s a place where you can document your memories, keep your treasures, and record your life. It’s a place of beauty and wonder. And it’s a place that feels like home.

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Giveaway winner announced (plus more giveaways)

Yay, so excited to finally announce the winner. Congratulations to Vicky Kellari!

I’ve just been so blown away by the support and encouragement through YouTube. I never thought I’d like YouTube but now I’m subscribed to so many inspiring channels and I love making my own videos to inspire others.

I’m excited for three more upcoming giveaways. Some more napkin envelopes, some embellished tags, and an issue of Daphne’s Diary.

Stay tuned for the next videos with details of how to enter.

There are also some tutorials coming up as some people have been asking for more of them

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see on my channel, because I’m always up for helping out in any way I can. And I just love spreading the inspiration, generosity, and joy of junk journaling.