Embellishments

My third go at sewing: Embellishments

I’m having more and more fun using my sewing machine.

This time I tried making some embellishments to put in journals.  I sewed coffee-dyed paper onto the back of these lovely images from two of Artymaze’s digital kits.

I also sewed some lace onto some of them and tried different types of stitching.

Definitely going to be doing more. Love them!

Here’s a video where I go through them:

What do you think?

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Three sunflower journals

I was so inspired by the sunflower journal I made for a custom order that I made a set of three more.

These ones are glassine bag journals. They are similar in style but each has their own unique set of pages and embellishments.

This first one is sunflower and dragonfly themed:

The other two are sunflower themed.

I loved including different laces and playing around with different ways to embellish.

Here are some of my favourite page spreads:

They are available in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

Interview

Junk journal interview with Eve

I’m so excited for this second interview in this series I’m doing where I interview some of my favourite junk journalers and get to now them a bit more.

I got to know Eve through her YouTube channel: Eve in Wonderland

I’ve loved following her journey and she’s been a lovely supporter of my journey too. It’s been great having a junk journal friend all the way from Switzerland.

Thank you so much Eve for letting me interview you.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m Eve, 34 years old, and I live in Switzerland. I’m married and we live with our two lovely dogs outside of Zurich. I do have my own business where I’m selling handmade leather journals from India in my booth at medieval fairs. Between that, I’m working in my mother’s store, she sells medieval dresses and has also a booth on markets and fairs. I love animals, thrift store shopping, reading and spending time outside in the nature.

How did you first hear of junk journals?

The first time I’ve seen junk journals on Pinterest. After that, I searched for it on YouTube and then I found the “Junk journal junkies” group on Facebook.

How long have you been junk journaling?

For about two years now.

What kind of junk journals do you make/do you have a particular style?

I don’t have a particular style, but I love to give my journals a vintage look!

How did you find your style?

It has always been my style I think 😉

Do you use your junk journals?

Yes!

How do you like to use them?

In different ways. Memory keeping, Art journaling, notebooks. Everything that’s worth for me to be remembered.

What do you love most about junk journals?

There is no right or wrong in making a junk journal. I love that i can just do whatever i want to, use materials that i like, however i like. Even what others would call “mistakes” are part of the creative process and add more charme to your creation.

Have you always been creative?

Absolutely!

Tell us a bit about your creative journey?

As a child I loved to draw and glue pictures in notebooks. And I loved to watch my mother when she was sewing, I always wanted to help her. When I was old enough, she taught me how to use the sewing machine. As a teenager, I wrote a lot. I went through a rough time and writing all my feelings down helped me a lot to stay strong. Later I found my passion for sewing again. I was a huge fan of the “Lord of the Rings” Movies and so I started to sew dresses like that. Later I started making dreamcatchers and jewellery. Journaling has always been a part of my life. I started as a child, and still do it. But now I’m making my own journals for it, I love that.

What does your junk journal process look like?

It’s always different 🙂 First, there’s an idea. A special theme that I would like to do. Most of the time, I start with the cover. Then the pages, and lastly, all the embellishing and decorating.

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?

Lot of inspiration I find on YouTube, Pinterest or Facebook. But I have lots of own ideas, some from books that I’ve read, movies I’ve seen or people that just inspire me.

What is your creative philosophy (if you have one)?

Every journey starts with the first step. You just have to start, the rest will come by itself.

What is your current crafty project and what’s next?

I’m working on three botanical themed journals. The next…I don’t know yet. On my list is another boho-journal and a Fantasy-themed one.

What advice do you have for fellow junk journalers?

Do whatever you like! Your creations are a mirror of your soul. There is no right or wrong! Stop comparing with others, you are unique and beautiful!

How did you come up with your business name?

There were always so many snippets on my table and in my whole craft room 😀

What made you start a YouTube channel?

I honestly never thought of doing YouTube videos myself. But by watching other’s videos and seeing how kind and respectful that community is, i just tried it. I don’t regret it. To be able to share my passion with others all over the world is just amazing.

What has the response been to your journals?

It’s awesome. I got so much lovely and encouraging comments, it blows me away everytime I’m posting something new.

What are your dreams for the future with your journals and business?

I hope I can continue making journals. It’s a big part of my life now that I don’t wanna miss anymore. If I don’t sell them, that’s ok, because I just love and enjoy the process of making them. For my Etsy itself I wish to make other crafters happy, especially the ones that live in other countries. Sharing things that I find here makes me happy. Overall, I just wanna spread love and joy!

I love Eve’s beautiful vintage journals.

Check out her Etsy shop: The Snippet Shop

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Sunflower Journal (custom order)

I was so honoured to be asked to make this journal for a lovely lady who has scleroderma. The emblem of the Australian Scleroderma Association is the sunflower, so she wanted the main theme to be sunflowers.

She also likes butterflies, ladybirds, and especially dragonflies, so I included all these too.

I didn’t have any sunflower items in my stash, so I bought my first digital kit from the amazing Artymaze. I actually got two: the sunflower one and the dragonfly one.

I’ve had my eye on the dragonfly dreams kit for a while now and it’s the one I’ve wanted the most, so I was glad for this excuse to get it – hehe.

I love the trims and the charms on the side:

And the papers and ephemera are so beautiful.

The lady said she wasn’t fussed about lots of writing space but she likes all the tucks and flips and flaps and gets excited when she watches me pull things out in my journal flip throughs.

Here’s a look at some of my favourite pages:

I interspersed pages from the kit with coffee-dyed papers and some pages from my stash that relate to flowers or sunshine.

I included a page with the lyrics to ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and also some sheet music for ‘Over The Rainbow.’ Amazingly, the lady said they brought a tear to her eye because her mum sang ‘Over The Rainbow’ to her as a child and her daughter loved ‘You Are My Sunshine.’

I love it when things like that happens. I let her know I always pray while I make a journal that the journal will include things that will mean something to the person getting the journal even if I don’t know them. I trust this will happen because it’s happened so often and God knows what will speak to people.

I hope my journals bring comfort, joy, peace, and encouragement to people. I pray they bring light and a little bit of God into their lives wherever they are.

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Fabric soft-cover journals

I’m finally giving the sewing machine another try and made these fabric soft-cover journals.

Love the vibrant fabric with such beautiful colours.

I covered the inside with bright papers and put gorgeous washi tape down the spines.

Here’s my favourite cover:

Then I added the pages in the junk journal style with a variety of different papers.

Here’s an example of what they look like:

I tried to match the colour of the pages with the cover. So this one has blue, pink and purples pages, while the turquoise and blue covers have turquoise, blue and green pages.

I’ve made quite a few of them and will give some as gifts, but there are also some available if you’re interested in purchasing one. Just let me know the size and colour you would like and I can put it up in my Etsy. Or paypal and direct deposit for Aussies are also available.

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Vintage paper pack in my Etsy

I had fun putting together this vintage paper pack with all the pages I love using in my vintage journals.

The heart behind this pack was to save people the time, money, and storage space of having to find books, buy them and then store them.

I’ve already collected the books and I know how much space they take up. There are plenty of pages to go around, so, I’m  very happy to share.

In this pack you’ll receive 50 pages. There is a large variety of pages, mostly vintage, but some I included because they go well with the vintage theme.

A couple packs have already sold, but there are still some in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

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Butterfly Journal

I finally got round to making this butterfly journal that I’ve had in the back of my mind for a long time.

I had so much fun creating it.

I used the lovely napkin from Cathy to decorate a coaster and put that on the cover:

Then I filled the journal with everything butterfly and tried a few new things too.

The trims on the edges of the pages represent soft and delicate, colourful butterfly wings.

Love how it turned out.

The lovely Toni bough this one to go along with her ‘twin,’ the matching peacock journal I made.

So glad it went to her. Now I’ll have to make a dragonfly one.

Here’s a flip through:

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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:

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.