Junk journal

Blue butterfly journal gifted to me from Mary

I got the most amazing surprise when I opened up a package and found this beautiful journal made by Mary.

She had contacted me out of the blue one day asking for my address to send me some happy mail.

I was expecting craft items, so, this journal was such a wonderful surprise. It’s the first journal I’ve received from someone else and she made it with me in mind which makes it so special.

There’s lots of blue and lots of butterflies, and she added so many details that she’d heard me mention while watching my YouTue videos.

The amount of detail, thought, care, time, and effort that went into this journal is incredible. I’m so thankful for it and it makes me feel very loved and appreciated.

Mary said that we started making journals at around the same time and she just needed to see someone else at the same stage as her start a YouTube channel first. She now has a channel herself and she shares her beautiful work.

I am so honoured to have one of her journals.

Thank you so much Mary. I absolutely love it.

I’m going to think of a special way to use it because it’s such a special journal. A treasure.

Here’s a flip through of the amazing journal:

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Interview

Junk journal interview with Reem (Paper Pixie)

I am so honoured to begin this junk journal interview series with the lovely Reem (Paper Pixie).

This series began because I wanted to interview all my favourite junk journalers to get them know them a bit more, hear about their journey, and share their work with others.

I’m especially excited that Reem is the first person I interviewed because I bought my very first junk journal from her. I absolutely love it and it’s inspired me so much.

Thank you so much, Reem, for letting me interview you.

Reem is 41, married with two girls (15 and 13), and she is Egyptian living in Dubai, UAE. 

How long have you been making journals?
Two years…and crafting in general for a little more than ten years.

How did you first hear of junk journals?
Either through facebook or youtube..can’t recall which 😊

What kind of junk journals do you make?
Usually vintage themed ones but I expanded into any theme I can think of.

Do you have a particular style/how did you find your style?
I tend to like the ones that have a vintage feel to them, using coffee dyed paper, old photos, etc.


Do you use your junk journals/how do you like to use them?
I make one for myself every year and use it throughout.
I use them as a gratitude journal and jotting down my crafty ideas.

What does your junk journal process look like?
I’m very organized in my crafty process 🙂
I go through steps and phases planned daily to get things done on time.

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?
From fellow crafters on youtube, instagram and pinterest. Also from anything that grabs my attention in general.


What is your creative philosophy?
I don’t have a philosophy really…just whatever idea I have, I hit my space and craft craft craft.

How did you come up with your business name?
I was always fond of fairies, i think they’re magical. So since I use paper in all my crafts so hence paper pixie sounded perfecttt 👌🏼

What made you start a YouTube channel?
I have been admiring crafty youTubers for ages, and always wanted to show my work and get feedback on it to find out the good and the bad in what I do…I started when I thought that my work was finally worth sharing.

What has the response been to your journals?
Lately, I’m very happy and grateful for the great response and appreciation to my work that I get from the wonderful people in the community.


What are your dreams for your junk journal business?
To grow and reach as many people as possible to make them feel that it’s not hard at all to craft and get all your ideas out…everything is doable.

What is your current crafty project?
I’m currently on vacation but very soon will be returning to my craft room with a couple DT projects to finish and some new themes to work on.

What’s next on your crafty project list?
I’ve discovered a few new Etsy stores for digital kits and planning to work with a few.

What advice do you have for fellow junk journalers?
By far, the crafty community is the nicest community out there.
Stay supportive of each other and pour your crafty heart and mind out for everyone out there.

Aren’t Reem’s journals absolutely beautiful! I love them.

Check out her YouTube channel: PaperPixie

You can also follow her on Instagram: paperpixie_uae

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Birds Faith Journal (custom order)

Here is the second journal I’ve made for a lady in America who orders two faith journals.

This time she wanted some poetry included, so, I had fun doing that.

Here’s a full flip through:

I’ve had lots of questions about how I make these journals and what supplies I use, so, I will share that in a future video and hope it’s helpful.

Thoughts

Documenting a holiday through junk journaling

I went on a five-day holiday to Port Douglas with my mum, sister, and nephew.

We stayed in a beautiful holiday house right next to the beach and had a lovely time visiting some amazing places.

First we went to the Wildlife Habitat where my highlights were feeding and petting a kangaroo and seeing a cassowary for the first time.

The next day we went to Mossman Gorge which is very pretty with the sunlight filtering through the rainforest and the crystal clear water.

On our last day we went to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and my favourite butterfly was this stunning blue one:

We also went to Birdworld where a parrot landed on my shoulder and ate one of my shirt buttons.

In between sight-seeing we relaxed at the house: reading on the couches, sitting on the deck, going to the beach.

It was an amazing time but the thing I loved most was spending time with family.

I cried when we had to say good-bye and when I got home I felt heartbroken that I wasn’t with them anymore. I cried a lot that first night, and all the next day I couldn’t stop thinking about the holiday.

It made me appreciate family so much more and I was overwhelmed with love for them.

So, now I am making a journal to record the holiday and all it meant to me.

This is what journaling is about for me: capturing memories so that they will live on and documenting the things that mean something to me. It’s a healing and creative outlet that gives me so much joy.

I will be using all the ephemera I collected on the trip: brochures, flyers, postcards, tickets, receipts, etc. Plus lots of photos, of course.

I’ll share the journal in a later post.

Have you made a journal to record a holiday?

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Pink faith journal (custom order)

Loved making this faith journal for a lovely lady who contacted me through Etsy and ordered two of these journals.

She wanted a pink one and a teal one. Since I already had pink paper and ribbon, I made this one first.

She said she liked birds, butterflies, music, my landscape photos, and stories from both the old and new testament, so, I tried to include all of these in the journal.

I did a flip through so she could see it and I’m so glad she loves it.

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Eclectic junk journals (for sale)

I loved making this series of journals using some of my artwork for the covers.

They are all very similar with the same sort of items in each journal. They are embellished and made in the eclectic style with a fun range of pages.

Two have sold, but two are still available in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

Here’s a flip through:

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Pink floral journal (for sale)

Loved making this journal using items that the lovely Toni sent me. So thankful for her amazing gifts.

Pink is my favourite colour but I really love how this journal turned out. the papers are so pretty.

It’s embellished with tags, journal cards, quotes, and some beautiful lace.

It’s available in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

Here’s a flip through:

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Making a holiday journal

I had such an amazing holiday with some of my family, and now I’m making a journal to record the holiday in.

I collected a lot of ephemera from the trip, and the plan is try to only use items from the holiday in the journal:

I scanned most of the ephemera, so, I can copies if I want and keep the originals.

For the cover I used a scanned image of a t-shirt my mum bought me for my birthday. I love that it has the blue butterflies on it which has become my symbol.

Then for the inside of the cover I did a collage using images from various brochures I collected. It’s sort of like a vision board of the holiday with all the places we went to represented.

I used a large envelope to make the cover, so, this I’m excited to be making my first envelope journal.

This is the first time I’ve made a journal like this, so, just having fun experimenting and we’ll see how it turns out.

What do you think?

Happy Mail, Junk journal

Amazing happy mail from Libby

Amazing happy mail from a lovely lady in America who has bought three of my journals.

She is one of my biggest supporters and her happy mail left me in shock.

I had tears in my eyes opening each package. So overwhelmed by her generosity and support.

I loved it all and wanted to include so much in my personal journal, so, I dedicated four pages to this happy mail:

I had fun decorating the pages by collaging my favourite items.

So thankful and blown away. Nothing can express my gratitude.

Here’s a video of the unboxing: