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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?

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Memory Journal

I had so much fun making this journal with one of my junk journal kits that I tailored for me.

I had all the same items but I chose pages and ephemera that spoke to me. So, there’s a lot of blue and pictures and words that mean something to me.

It was a challenge to only use items from the kit but it got me trying new things and I love how it turned out.

I’m going to use the pages and ephemera as prompts to write down memories. So excited!

I used one of my background printables for the cover:

Here’s a look at some of the pages that so inspired me:

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Junk journal made from free printables

I love this junk journal. It’s blue, vintage, and I tried a few new embellishing techniques with some beautiful printables. I especially love the jars.

Here is the front with a postcard in a pocket with a bird:

Here’s a jar tuck spot with a journal card:

Here’s an embellished envelope with a joournaling card inside:

I made a pocket out of a piece of vellum. I love how you can see the tag and journaling card through the pocket:

This time I used the jar as a tuck spot for a small journaling card. I also love the dress on the sewing pattern page on the other side:

For this one I used a journal card as the pocket and put a jar and tag in it:

Here is the back with another pocket and a large journal card:

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Making vintage ephemera

I’ve been wanting to make my own ephemera for a while but since I’d never done it before, I delayed.

I just had to watch enough YouTube videos for inspiration and then I gave it a go.

I had some tags that I cut out and coffee-dyed so I used them to start with. I collaged them so they had a back and front and so that at least one side had space to journal on.

Some of the tags also have pockets with an extra journaling card tucked in.

I also had some coffee-dyed envelopes so I decorated them with some scraps.

Very basic but adds a little interest to them. Especially since I usually just stick in plain envelopes.

I love using envelopes as flaps in junk journals so people can put their own journaling cards, letters, or ephemera in them.

Then I created some journaling with a Tim Holtz ephemera pack.

I can use these to tuck into pockets in junk journals and you simply journal on the back of them.

I used mostly TIm Holtz products for this set of vintage ephemera.

Now I’ll have to make some vintage junk journals so I can use it all.

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Setting up my junk journal

I made a cover for my 2017  junk journal by using some papers from a paper pad that a friend bought me for my birthday.

It’s a simple cover but I love how it turned out like windows and the papers are so pretty.

I also made some charms for the spine of the journal.

It includes a cowboy hat charm and two glass beads that I got when I went to Camp Cobbold, a bracelet that a stranger gave me for my birthday, and a vial of blue glitter that I got from my mum for my birthday.

There’s room for more charms in case I get anything else I want to add by the end of the year. And I left the back cover blank and will wait to see what other papers I get.

The last thing I did to set up my journal was add some cards to the first pages. One is a name card and the other is for details I’ll record for every journal I make: date made, number of pages, date started, date finished, my signature, and what the journal is used for.

Yay, ready to get to some actual junk journaling now and decorate the pages with pictures and ephemera. Still not sure how exactly I’m going to do this but trying not to be a perfectionist and just have fun and learn from the process.

Any other junk journalers out there?


Made my own tags

I was inspired to make my own tags from scraps for junk journaling.

Here were the scraps I used from a paper pack that I used to cover pages in junk journals:

I cut out the tags from scraps and then arranged more scraps on them to embellish them. Then I added some bling because I love a bit of sparkle.

Now all I have to do is punch a hole through them at the top and tie a bit of ribbon through them.

So fun!

This is the YouTube video that inspired me:

Love being inspired by fellow creatives on the internet. They’re introducing me to so many new ideas and techniques and it’s fun to experiment with and build up my own creative skills.

Have you found something on the internet that has inspired you to create?

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Made a personal junk journal and how I’m going to use it

Finally, after making four junk journals I found a style that I want to work with.

It’s the simpler version so I can add the ephemera and embellishments when I actually journal. The idea with this journal being that I can decorate it as I go rather than be restricted by pages that have already been decorated.

So, the cover is simple and I can decorate it later if I want:

The pages are a mix of scrapbook pages, music paper, pattern paper, pages from other notebooks, book pages, as well as pages made from my own ephemera.

Here are some of the pages:

A picture from my nephew on the left, lots of tags on the right in a tuck spot
Pages from The Hobbit which I read this year. (They’re from an old copy, I have another copy on my bookshelf.)
Pages from a colouring-in journal I was given as a present at the start of the year.
One of the colouring pages from the book I got from my grandma when she died earlier this year.

As I was creating this journal I figured out how I’m going to use it.  It’s going to be a 2017 junk journal where I’ll journal the milestones and memorable moments from this year and add all the ephemera I’ve collected just for this year.

That way it’s a themed journal and I’ll be able to find anything to do with 2017 in it. If it works out well I’ll make a junk journal for every year. And depending on how much ephemera I’ve collected in previous years, I can make a junk journal for each past year too.

I think this way of organising the junk journal will work for me because I can still have my daily writing journal and it won’t overlap too much. Plus, it works because instead of having a file with the ephemera I’ve collected for each year, I can have a junk journal.

So excited to finally have a system that might work for me since finding a way to organise how I record my life from birth till now has been the biggest wrestle.

Still got a few things to work out though. Not sure if I’ll journal randomly in the book jumping round the pages or work through it from cover to cover. And not sure if I’ll journal as I go or leave the journal till the end of each year and fill it in. Or maybe I can do a thing where I journal once a week or once a month to record the year.

For now, I don’t think I can wait with my 2017 journal. Just want to get started and experiment. And since so much of the year has passed anyway, I have a lot to journal.

Here’s my 2017 stash of ephemera I’ve collected:

It includes letters, cards, artwork from my niece and nephews, business cards from places I’ve gone too, some vintage ephemera and pictures that I like, peacock feathers, a ribbon I wore to my first dance performance, plane tickets, and so much more.

I’m also going to include a list of all the books I read in 2017, the movies I saw, and will keep two pages free for my list of favourites which is something I do every New Year’s Eve (e.g. favourite food, season, day, flower, etc.). It’s cool to look back on and see how I’ve changed.

My simple junk journal for 2017.
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Made my third junk journal – SOLD

I am so loving junk journaling at the moment.

With some birthday money and a trip to Melbourne I stocked up on supplies including vintage ephemera from op-shops and a paper pack that I think will make three or four journals.

I also discovered double-sided tape which I will definitely get again and put on my list of junk journal essentials.

For this journal I used the paper pack which is pink, purple and blue themed. I’ll make a series of three of four journals with this theme. I love the swans and the gold foil.

Along with the paper pack I used papers from other notebooks, pages from an old book, pages from a colouring book, and vintage patterns.

There are also cards, envelopes, tags, pockets, lots of tuck spots and other bits ad pieces.

Here’s a look at some of the pages:

It’s so much fun making these. Ready to get started on my fourth journal.

I plan to make a whole collection of junk journals in different styles and sell them to spread the joy of creativity and journaling. When they sell out I’ll then make another lot and keep on going.

Plus I want to make some for me too and I’ll use them to journal my life from birth to now. Not sure if I’ll do it chronologically or randomly but so excited by this idea.

I’ve wanted to record my life for a long time but never knew how to do it. I’ve attempted it in the past with journals and scrapbooks and folders, but I took them apart each time because they didn’t cover everything I wanted.

Now that I’ve learnt this new style where I can include papers, letters, fabric, photos, and bits of ephemera that I’ve collected throughout my life and filed, I’m so keen to junk journal my life.

I love that I can add creativity to all the things I’ve collected and all the things I want to record as well.

Have you tried junk journaling?