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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Junk journal

Blue Delight Journal

Loved making this journal so much.

The book I used is called A Book of Delight, so I took that as my inspiration and named this Blue Delight where the idea behind it was to create a mystery box/happy mail in a journal.

It’s packed full of items in pockets and tucks that can be pulled out and used in other creative projects.

Lots of people and countries represented in this journal as I tried to include items from all the happy mails I’ve received.

So amazed that this journal sold yesterday. So exciting! Hope the lovely lady loves this journal with all its delightful surprises.

Happy Mail

Happy mail from Christa at 2nd Chance Creations

I’m so blown away by this happy mail from Christa.

I wasn’t feeling well the day I got it, but when I got home from work and saw the package with the happy mail sticker, I couldn’t help but smile.

She reached out to me after seeing some of my YouTube videos where I mentioned how it was hard to get supplies in the small country town where I live. She said she’d send me some napkins, lace, and fabric.

I thought she’d just send a few bits of each but she gave me a massive package! It was full of so much lace that I absolutely adore. Plus the napkins, fabric, and so much more. Wow!

I’m so thankful for her generosity, and just love the amazing group of fellow junk journalers I’ve found. And look at how much blue she included! She definitely knows my favourite colour.

Here’s the spread I did dedicated to Christa’s happy mail in my 2018 journal:

Here’s a video of me opening the happy mail but beware of massive excitement:

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.

Embellishments

Mini tutorial and giveaway: Stamp tags

After being inspired by Liz’s stamp tags at The Paper Project and buying a bulk lots of cancelled stamps, I made my own collection of stamp tags.

I bought 50 tags from Carefully Crafted on Etsy. I could have made my own but I just wanted to get straight into making these stamp tags and took the lazy option.

Then I experimented with layering. I added different laces and trims to the tags, some I added paper or ribbon. Some of them I coffee-dyed with a spray bottle before the layering was applied; others I coffee-dyed after the layering.

Then I added a button and ribbons and attached them using a garment pin. I got a bulk lot of garment pins from A Tattered Dream on Etsy.

I made about 33 tags and love how they turned out.

Here’s a video of the tutorial and a look at all the tags:

Let me know what you think of the tags.

If you like them and would like to own one, just let me know your favourite one and it could be yours.

Since I make things in bulk and gifts is my love language, I hope to do many more giveaways with the embellishments and journals I make, plus happy mail.

I’ll also try to do more tutorials, but I apologise for my amateur video doing my first YouTube tutorial and giveaway. I’ll hopefully get better at this.

Please subscribe to my channel if you like what I make and want to follow my journaling journey and to for more tutorials and giveaways.

Also, let me know if there’s something you want me to share.

I just love junk journals so much!!!

Happy Mail

My first random act of kindness happy mail

In the junk journal group I’ve joined, there is a list where everyone can write their address so we can send and receive happy mail as a random act of kindness (RAK happy mail).

I love that it can be anonymous and that it’s unexpected. You have no idea if someone has sent anything to you.

I got my first RAK last week and it was such a lovely surprise.

You don’t have to send anything back but I always want to, especially since gifts is my love language and I just love spoiling people.

Here’s the package I’m sending back:

Happy Mail

Next happy mail to the Netherlands

Here’s the next package I’m sending overseas for a happy mail swap.

I’ve now got the goal to do a happy mail swap with people from as many countries as possible.

So far I’ve got Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, and now the Netherlands.

I’m hoping to do one a month.

Happy Mail

Next round of happy mail to send

I just finished making up these three packages of happy mail to send.

They are going to Australia, England and Germany.

Each person shared what they liked and I tried to tailor the packages for them.

Natallie likes pink, flowers, sewing, and vintage. So I included more sewing related items like buttons, lace, and vintage pages referring to sewing in her pack. I also collected a few pink items including cards, washi tape, and ribbon.

Nikki likes sewing items as well but she likes blue best. She also likes old photos, nature and the ocean, so I included items to reflect this. For example, shells, animal pictures, and vintage pages with pictures of people.

Jo likes music, fonts, and flowers. I gathered lots of music paper and music pages from vintage books. I included lots of stickers with letters and papers with writing. And all my packs include flowers, so there’s plenty of those too.

Hope they like their happy mail packages.