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New blog and update

Hi everyone,

Well, I’ve run out of space on this blog. I can’t upload any more photos – do’h!

Plus I haven’t been diligent in updating this as YouTube is taking up most of my time in terms of sharing my creations.

I don’t want to neglect writing, though, and so I’ve started a new blog to help me focus on writing a bit more regularly.

I’m also working on publishing a book about everything I’ve learnt from my journey with depression and anxiety. So I’ll be sharing my art, poems, and thoughts on this new blog.

Not sure how it what it will look like or if it will last, but will give it a go and see what works best.

Here is the link if you’re interested in continuing to follow my journey over there: Juni’s Journal

Feel free to help me out by subscribing, leaving a comment, etc. if you like what you see.

I’m still making journals and I’m working full time on Willowbound Journals. I’m just trying to keep up with my writing too. We’ll see how it goes.

Not sure what I’ll do with this blog. Any suggestions?

How you are all going and what are you up to?

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Happy Mail

A thank you gift for Kathy

I’m sending this little bit of happy mail to one of the ladies who helped me come up with a business name.

She suggested Blue Willow and even shared a picture for inspiration. I loved the name but it’s actually the name of a type of pattern, so I didn’t want anyone to be confused with that.

I wanted to thank Kathy anyway since I would have taken that name otherwise.

She said she liked flamingoes so I went for a pink theme and included a few flamingo images.

Hope she likes it.

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The new name for my blog/business

After going round in circles trying to think of a blog/business name, I was inspired to do a poll by Amy L Sauder’s post where she got people to vote for the title of her book.

She wrote about how the comments people wrote in response to possible titles helped her choose the title.

I thought this was a great idea, so I did a poll in three groups I’m part of. One is an international junk journal group, one is an Australian junk journal group, and one is my group of blog readers.

At first it was a bit confusing because each group had a majority vote for a different name. The international group liked Journal Heaven, the Aussie group like Junk Journal Treasures, and the blog group like Sapphire Slippers.

But across the three groups, Willow was the clear second winner. And when I read the comments, the people who chose Willow mentioned the vibe I was after and they resonated with my willow story.

This showed me Willow had to be in the name because it connected with these words I was after: magical, wonder, beauty, whimsical, special memories, home. This is what journals are all about for me.

Unfortunately, Willow was already taken. People gave me lots of suggestions. One that I really loved was Blue Willow but it was taken. As was Willow Pages and other variations.

But one lady came up with Willowbound and I loved it. I tested it out with the three groups via another poll, and 62 out of 83 people voted for it. Their comments also showed me it was the winner. One in particular was the clincher: ‘Willowbound gives me a unique feeling since it isn’t a real word. I like it, it opens the imagination.’

I wanted unique and I definitely wanted imagination. The willow I played under was a place where I dreamed up fantasy lands and became a princess acting out my own stories. It was a place of imagination and that’s what a journal is for me too. A journal can be anything you want it to be.

So Willowbound Journals it is – yay!!!!

I’ve changed my blog and social media accounts to Willowbound Journals and I’m getting ready for an official launch.

I’m in the process of designing a logo. Here’s a bit of an inside look at some designs I’ve been working on:

I’m going to have a simple wreath of willow leaves with a ‘W’ in the middle.

I was testing out lots of ways to write the letter. I showed them to the junk journal groups and they helped me decide.

The winning ‘W’  is the one in bold:

This is exciting because it’s actually a free font that is also available on WordPress. It’s Tangerine.

I may change it later, but for now this is just something simple I can put on a business card.

I’m going to play around with colours and styles and might do another poll for the logo.

Anyway, just wanted to keep you updated. The official launch will happen as soon as I get this logo done and do some things with my shop and blog.

I’d like to get a giveaway ready for the launch and put all my journals on sale to  help me get started. I also want to have some freebies available and just need to work out how I want to organise my blog with this new direction I’m taking.

As mentioned in a previous post, I want to start doing regular interviews, tutorials, giveaways, journal process posts, and general thoughts on writing, creating, and memory keeping.

I hope to create a blog space that is full of inspiration, beauty, creativity, and encouragement.

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Vote for my new journal blog and business name

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my previous post asking for help with a new name.

After doing three polls in various groups I’m part of, I’ve narrowed it down to two-ish options and I’m stuck because my heart wants one option but my head thinks the other option might be wiser.

Willow resonated with most people and I really want to include that word because of what it represents: wonder, precious memories, home – all ideas that also capture what a journal is about for me.

Willow Journals is already taken, as is Willow Pages and variations. But Willowbound was suggested, or Willowbound Journals. What do you think?

The other option is Silk Journals because I’m also a writer, my email is wordslikesilk, and I self-publish memoirs through Words Like Silk which I hope to turn into a writing business one day.

Words Like Silk is about the love and power of writing to help people. It’s also about self-expression, creativity, using your voice, and sharing stories, in general. Through it I’d love to have branches like writing courses, a stationery line, storytelling through art, etc.

So I could have things like Silk Journals, Silk Stationery, Silk Art, etc. Or I can use a specific name that is more meaningful to each branch that captures what it’s about for me, like Willowbound for journals.

Either way, Words Like Silk will be the umbrella, but do I go with the generic, easy Silk option or the more meaningful but less simple, unique name option?

Another thing to consider is Willow has resonated with a lot of people, but I’m not sure if Silk Journals on its own even resonates with people.

My heart is with Willowbound because of the meaning behind it, but Silk might be the wiser choice in terms of business and branding.

What do I do? Argh! Haha, at least I’ve narrowed it down. Any help would be super appreciated.

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Blog troubles and vote for new name

Oh my goodness, I’m having so many problems with the new journal blog.

First, most of the posts aren’t showing up for some reason and I have no idea why.

Second, I’m having trouble re-writing posts in the past tense. It just doesn’t capture the same excitement I had in the moment.

Third, the doubling up of blogs and posts is very time-consuming and tedious work. I’ve realised it would take me forever to catch up with posts. Especially since I want to include new posts as well.

So, I’m going to stick with this blog because it captures my journey with junk journaling in real-time.

This means I’m going to make quite a few changes to this blog. I’m going to cut out anything that isn’t journal related, I’m going to redesign it, and I’m going to hopefully take it in a slightly new direction where I include posts about journaling in general. Why I do it, why I love it, my journaling process, etc. And I hope to include interviews, tutorials, and giveaways.

I’m also going to have to come up with a new name. I’d really appreciate your help with this so I have a few options that you can vote for. I’ve included a bit of the reasoning behind them:

  • Junk Journal Treasures – Pretty self-explanatory; I create journals that are also treasures.
  • Fairy Wren – This one’s more symbolic since I love fairy wrens and the colour blue.
  • Sparkle Journal or Sparkle Journals – Because I love anything glittery and it has a bit of a rhyme.
  • Willow – Another symbolic one. I used to love playing in a weeping willow. It was magical and a special memory, so this captures the magic of journals and memory keeping.
  • Fairy Light Journals – Symbolic again. I used to have fairy lights on my bedroom ceiling. Again, it was magical and another special memory.It was unique and I like the idea of each journal being unique for each person.
  • Journal Heaven – A tribute to the love of journals.
  • Sapphire Slippers – Very symbolic and a play on ruby slippers where a journal feels like home. Also, stepping into magical worlds.
  • Bluebird or Blue Butterfly – Again, because I love blue and these are my things. I collect them and always ask for them in happy mail.

Okay, so I’ve been playing around with so many ideas. Please help – hehe!

Please let know which name you like best and why. I’m trying to capture a certain feeling with the name to show what journaling is about for me: memories, a home, beauty, inspiration, magic, writing, creativity, etc.

Thanks so much for sticking with me and please bear with me as I make some changes to this blog over this next stage.

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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.

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Card Giveaway

I love sending letters and cards in the mail. I especially love sending handmade cards.

I make cards in bulk then slowly send them throughout the year. I ran out of cards though, so when I had two cards I needed to send, I thought I’d quickly make two up.

Two turned into fifty-four.

I tried a new technique with napkins and loved it so I got a bit carried away. I adore them!

So, after going on a card-making frenzy, I wrote in two of the cards and now I have fifty-two cards left.

Yay, I unexpectedly got my bulk lot of cards done.  I’ll send some as proper cards that I write in, but I’ll also send blank ones as part of Happy Mail packages. Then people can use them either to send to someone or in their art projects.

But since there are so many, I thought I’d do a giveaway too.

I’ll send a fellow blogger two of each card design (along with some extra goodies – it will be a mini Happy Mail).

To enter, just leave a comment saying what you’d love to do with the cards.

Which card do you like best?

Happy Mail

Sending more mail

After receiving surprise mail from a fellow blogger, I was encouraged to send more mail.

So I made a little pack for the fellow blogger and one for another person I met through a different blog.

This other person helped me process some things in my life through many emails over a few years. She was an amazing listening ear with no judgement and she helped me to be okay with vulnerability. There were things I couldn’t tell people out of fear but I told her because it was easier to tell a stranger. This then led to me being able to open up with people in my life.

I’m so thankful for her and the part she’s played in my life, so I always want to stay in contact with her and we mail each other letters now (since I don’t need email to vent to her anymore).

I love using words and creativity to encourage people, and it’s so cool that I can do this even if they’re on the other side of the world.

Definitely love mail.

Anyone else love sending mail?

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How a card from a blogger encouraged me

Yesterday I received a beautiful card in the mail from America from a fellow blogger. It was such a lovely surprise.

She was one of the people who entered my bookmark giveaway and I sent her a letter with the bookmark she requested. I wasn’t expecting any return mail so I was confused when I saw the envelope from America.

Then I opened it and when I read the card it made my day. The blogger thanked me for the bookmark and my kindness and generosity. She also said I reminded her to focus on what’s important at a time when she was struggling to be herself. She said I gave her an incredible gift and she was deeply grateful.

Wow! I’m never sure if my art and my words mean anything to people and when I wrote the letters with encouraging words to the giveaway winners, I wasn’t sure how they would be received. So to actually hear that what I created/wrote/gave spoke to someone was such an encouragement to me

I use writing and art to build people up, but to know that it actually does build people up reminds me I’m doing what I’m meant to do.

Not everyone understands what I do but I’ve come to a place where I know all I have to do is write and create and trust that God will use it to impact people. I’ve come to accept I may never know how it impacts people, but when I do get a glimpse of it, it’s so encouraging.

When have you been encouraged?