Made some more Christmas cards

I sold my first cards today. A friend asked me if I made cards and if she could buy some to give to the community along with a Christmas ham or pudding that she was giving them.

I already had these cards made:

Then I went shopping for more supplies and made more cards with two different designs (ribbon border with tree – first picture, and reindeer with decorations – below) for her to choose from as well.

She bought seven of these because she wanted something extra special with a handmade touch where thought and love went into the making.

Junk journal

Made three more junk journals

I’m trying to use up my craft supplies so I used my paper stash and made three covers and a bunch of signatures to make these junk journals.

I made the covers out of a flower and butterfly paper pack.

For two of the junk journals I used random papers including music paper, pattern paper, lined paper, blank paper, and scrapbook paper.

For one of the junk journals I used tea and coffee dyed paper along with music paper and pattern paper.

Happy Mail, Junk journal

Junk journal giveaway winner

Congratulations to Amy L Sauder for winning the handbound junk journal through my blog giveaway.

I’ve put together her package with some extra goodies to help her get started.

Can’t wait to send this. Love giving so much!!!!!

There’s still an art junk journal that you can win through the same giveaway. Just check out this post to see if you’d like it and for details about how to enter: Junk journal giveaway.

I try to make it as easy as possible so all you need to do is leave a comment. No jumping through hoops, no need to share on social media, just a chance for me to do what I love and give.

Giving is my love language and one of my core values and I’ve been super challenged about giving recently.

Will write more about it and share some exciting news in coming posts.

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Inside my 2017 junk journal

I absolutely love junk journaling. It let’s me combine my loves of journaling, art, and memory-keeping.

Here’s a bit of a look at my 2017 junk journal with some of the standout events from my year.

The year started with my last beach mission where I wrote a book about everything I’ve learnt from 12 years of beach mission. That’s sand from McCrae beach in that pocket.

At beach mission I learnt how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. It blew me away because I never thought I’d be able to do it. It gave me a symbol for beach mission and life: the impossible is possible.

Ballet has been a huge part of my life this year and is a dream come true. I got the uniform, moved up to grade 5 ballet and will be doing pre-pointe work next year. I’m thankful every day that I found a dance school that lets me do ballet as an adult. And we’ve had the most amazing opportunities. Here, the Qld Ballet came to teach us classes. Was amazing!

Another great ballet opportunity was to dance on live TV for Sunrise. We had to get up super early and it was so surreal but so fun.

And finally, I got to do my first dance performance with The Addams Family. Ticking off so many things on my dance bucket list. Thought it would never happen the older I got, but it’s all happening and I’m so thankful.

This year I wanted the full show experience at the Bowen Show. I wanted to go on some rides. So I went on Ali Baba and thought it would be tame. Nope. It was terrifying. Screamed so much and couldn’t move my hands when I got off cos I’d been holding on so tightly to the contraption holding me in. But I was glad I faced a fear. No more rides for me now.

I went to Cedar Creek Falls for the first time this year and it was beautiful. Got my favourite landscape photo there.

Cyclone Debbie – what an event!!! No power for a week, flooding, the worst night of my life bucketing water from the house. But it was all good and I saw so much help given to the glory of God.

Flew to Melbourne because my grandma died. My kindred spirit. The one who nurtured my creative side and got me. The letter-writing paper was from her. The black page is from a colouring book of hers. I used to play with her coloured glass blocks as a kid and I got to keep them.

I got the best surprise when my brother’s family visited us. They spent time creating in my room which was dubbed JD’s Art Studio. I kept some of the work they did and included it in my journal.

This year I discovered happy mail along with junk journaling. Love this crafty world where we send craft items to people around the world and create memories in our junk journals. This page spread only has items sent to me from happy mail.

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My junk journal inspiration

Thought I’d share my junk journal inspiration.

I discovered junk journaling on YouTube and Joanna Clough’s journals are what got me started making me own.

I love how you can use any papers for the pages and then use them however you want to record memories: writing, photos, ephemera (collected bits and pieces that help you remember an event).

Will share some photos of the journaling I’ve done in my 2017 junk journal in the next post.

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Making more junk journals

Today I made another vintage junk journal using an old book cover, Tim Holtz papers, and tea/coffee-dyed paper.

Here’s the cover which is left blank so you can customise it and decorate it however you want. Or maybe you like the rustic look and want to leave it as is.

Here is the front:

And here is the back:

And here’s a look at the pages:

Then I made three covers ready for signatures to be handbound into them.

Thought I’d take some photos of them before I add the signatures so you can see what they look like.

I definitely prefer to use book covers since they’re quicker and easier to use and I love the hard covers. But I don’t mind these handmade covers to give a completely handmade journal.

I’ll put up another post once I’ve turned the covers into junk journals.

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Junk journal giveaway

In the lead up to Christmas I thought I’d do a giveaway.

Here is a handbound journal I’m giving away:

This experimental journal will give you a taste of what a junk journal looks like to see if you like them. It is valued at $20 since it has a couple of slight flaws as I was getting the hang of how to make them, so they’re a good option to play around with them before you buy something more expensive and polished.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment.

Happy Mail

Sending some happy mail to the card giveaway winner

Excited to be sending a little bit of happy mail.

There were actually three winners but only one got back to me with their address, so congratulations to Erin.

She won four of my handmade cards with two designs.

And since I love happy mail and my love language is gifts, I added some crafty and stationery items.

Hope she likes them.