Two embellishment ideas and tutorials

Just wanted to share these couple of embellishments that might inspire you to give them a go.

They’re really quick and simple. Easy for beginners to pick up.

I find it easier to do tutorials through YouTube, so here are the videos for these.

Embellished paperclip:

Shaker bag:

Junk journal

Junk journal kits

I had so much fun making six of these kits with the beginner junk journaler in mind.

People have been asking me where I get my supplies, what I use, and how to make a junk journal, so I thought this might be helpful.

It includes all of my favourite go-to supplies, the supplies I love and always use. Some of them are quite special to me because they tell a bit of my story and have a piece of my heart.

Originally I was going to make a sampler kit but then I decided to put together a kit where you could make your own junk journal.

My heart was for the beginner junk journaler who hasn’t got many supplies (or any) to have a kit that they could use without going out and buying twenty books, coffee-dyeing their own paper, and buying things in bulk.

It can take a while to build up a stash and it can be expensive to get things in bulk, so I gave more than enough items to make an embellished paper bag journal.

I’ve also taken up the challenge to make my own journal from this kit, so I made another two kits for me to play around with. I’ll share tutorials and process videos of how to use these kits to make your own journal.

Of course, anyone can use the kit if you just like the supplies. And you can use them to make other journals or in other craft projects too.

Five kits are for sale in my Etsy for $15: Willowbound Journals

Or check out my shop for other payment options: Willowbound Journals Shop

I’m also doing a giveaway for one of the kits, so if you’re interested, you just have to be a subscriber to my YouTube channel and comment on the video why you’d like the kit.

Here’s the video:

Craft hauls

Etsy haul and gifts from Bonny And Clive

I bought some coin tags and stamp tags from the lovely Bonny after seeing her videos on YouTube.

She gave me a great deal with the tags. I got a bulk lot that I can use to record significant years in my life and the life of my family. The ones with blue trim are my birth year so I’ll put those with some baby photos, baby cards, and my birth notice.

They are so special. So excited to use these.

And I love the stamp tags too. The stamps are cut out from a catalogue and she threw in some pages for me.

Not only that but she threw in so many extras. I adore the lace, especially the blue lace. And I love the blue butterflies.

I could create a junk journal just with these things she gave me. She absolutely spoiled me. Thank you so much Bonny!!!!

I’m definitely planning on buying more from her.

Check out her Etsy shop: Bonny And Clive

Here are the videos showing her coin tags and stamp tags:

Junk journal

Reusing music paper and napkins

I’ve been making some embellishments for junk journals, and here I’ve been working on envelopes.

I used music paper from a series of music books I got from an op-shop to make the envelopes.

Then I used a bunch of napkins in my stash. All of them except for three I got in happy mail from people all around the world.

I’m so glad because I live in a small country town and can’t find pretty napkins like these.

I always ask for blue birds, blue butterflies, and peacocks so I’m thankful for these treasures from people.

I love how the envelopes turned out. I made about 70. Yep, I do things in bulk.

Here’s a video I filmed of the envelopes if you want to know a bit more about the process and see them in more detail:

What do you think?

Junk journal

Mini op-shop haul for junk journals

I had a few spare minutes and ducked into an op-shop and picked up these four finds.

I got some embellishments and two books for their beautiful pictures.

I’m planning to make a junk journal out the fairy one:

And I’ve already made four journals out of the garden one. It had so many pages with gorgeous illustrations.

I’ll share those journals in a later post.

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Handmade embellishments for junk journals

At the moment I’m working on making embellishments to decorate the pages of my junk journals.

I’m trying to make them in bulk so they’re all ready to be used when I make my journals.

For this set I was inspired by Yvonne Peterson’s YouTube video which I’ll share at the end of the post.

I used pages from a vintage cooking book and decorated them with various fabrics and laces.

First, I made pockets to place tags or journaling cards in:

Then I made tuck spots that I can stick on a page along three sides so a tag or journaling card can slide in behind it:

And then I made some envelopes to put a journaling card in and also can have a tuck spot behind it if stuck to the page along three sides:

I’ve still got to finish decorating some of them and will definitely make more.

Junk journal

Made my first mini junk journal

I was inspired the mini junk journal I got in the latest happy mail I got.

I used some of the leftover fabric from the same package to decorate the cover:

I also used coffee-dyed papers that were included in the happy mail and interspersed these with blue papers from my own stash. So it’s a blue vintage themed.

Here’s a look at some of the pages:

I’ve still got to embellish some of the papers and include some ephemera.

I’ve been making lots of embellishments and ephemera and will share this in the next post.

Junk journal

New covers made for junk journals

With the stack of books I got for free from a neighbour, I got creative.

I stripped the pages and decorated the covers.

I tried something new by covering one cover with some fabric that I got from the latest happy mail I received:

The I covered a book with some beautiful paper a friend bought me:

I liked it so much that I created two of these:

I really love these two covers and will definitely look to get more fabric to decorate covers:

Then I used some more papers I got in happy mail to create the next three covers.

The first one is vintage themed:

The second one is writing themed:

I love this one. I’m thinking of keeping this one for me to use as a writer’s notebook:

Here’s the next cover:

And then I used some scrapbook paper to decorate the last cover:

Now just got to put the papers together and bind them in to the covers to make beautiful one-of-a-kid journals.

Which cover is your favourite?