Thoughts

Documenting a holiday through junk journaling

I went on a five-day holiday to Port Douglas with my mum, sister, and nephew.

We stayed in a beautiful holiday house right next to the beach and had a lovely time visiting some amazing places.

First we went to the Wildlife Habitat where my highlights were feeding and petting a kangaroo and seeing a cassowary for the first time.

The next day we went to Mossman Gorge which is very pretty with the sunlight filtering through the rainforest and the crystal clear water.

On our last day we went to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and my favourite butterfly was this stunning blue one:

We also went to Birdworld where a parrot landed on my shoulder and ate one of my shirt buttons.

In between sight-seeing we relaxed at the house: reading on the couches, sitting on the deck, going to the beach.

It was an amazing time but the thing I loved most was spending time with family.

I cried when we had to say good-bye and when I got home I felt heartbroken that I wasn’t with them anymore. I cried a lot that first night, and all the next day I couldn’t stop thinking about the holiday.

It made me appreciate family so much more and I was overwhelmed with love for them.

So, now I am making a journal to record the holiday and all it meant to me.

This is what journaling is about for me: capturing memories so that they will live on and documenting the things that mean something to me. It’s a healing and creative outlet that gives me so much joy.

I will be using all the ephemera I collected on the trip: brochures, flyers, postcards, tickets, receipts, etc. Plus lots of photos, of course.

I’ll share the journal in a later post.

Have you made a journal to record a holiday?

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Junk journal

Purple faith journal (for sale)

Since I’ve got a custom order for two of these faith journals, I’m making some in bulk.

I love the cover of this one with the purple flowers and the purple and teal ribbons.

It’s available in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

Here’s a flip through:

Junk journal

Pink faith journal (custom order)

Loved making this faith journal for a lovely lady who contacted me through Etsy and ordered two of these journals.

She wanted a pink one and a teal one. Since I already had pink paper and ribbon, I made this one first.

She said she liked birds, butterflies, music, my landscape photos, and stories from both the old and new testament, so, I tried to include all of these in the journal.

I did a flip through so she could see it and I’m so glad she loves it.

Junk journal

Eclectic junk journals (for sale)

I loved making this series of journals using some of my artwork for the covers.

They are all very similar with the same sort of items in each journal. They are embellished and made in the eclectic style with a fun range of pages.

Two have sold, but two are still available in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

Here’s a flip through:

Junk journal

Pink floral journal (for sale)

Loved making this journal using items that the lovely Toni sent me. So thankful for her amazing gifts.

Pink is my favourite colour but I really love how this journal turned out. the papers are so pretty.

It’s embellished with tags, journal cards, quotes, and some beautiful lace.

It’s available in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

Here’s a flip through:

Junk journal

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?

Happy Mail, Junk journal

Amazing happy mail from Libby

Amazing happy mail from a lovely lady in America who has bought three of my journals.

She is one of my biggest supporters and her happy mail left me in shock.

I had tears in my eyes opening each package. So overwhelmed by her generosity and support.

I loved it all and wanted to include so much in my personal journal, so, I dedicated four pages to this happy mail:

I had fun decorating the pages by collaging my favourite items.

So thankful and blown away. Nothing can express my gratitude.

Here’s a video of the unboxing:

Junk journal

A look at how I use my Daphne’s Diary journal

I finally started using my Daphne’s Diary journal that I made and I love how it’s looking so far.

It’s so fun to journal in and record memories in with the beautiful pages for inspiration.

I love decorating the pages and sticking my own photos in it, and then writing about them. I even stuck in some feathers and an extra page with washi tape.

Here are the pages I’ve done so far:

Excited to keep using this journal and will share more pages when I’ve done them.

What do you think?

Junk journal

Four faith journals

I got a custom order from a lady who want four faith journals to give to her friends.

Here are the covers:

They’re all a little different, but all have the same sort of style with the same range of papers.

Here’s a look at what they look like on the inside:

Love making these journals. Got an order for two more – yay! So, I’m making a bulk lot of four-six faith journals and hopefully the lady likes two of them.

Here’s a flip through of each journal:

Junk journal

Peacock Journal

I was given a challenge when the lovely Andrea sent me some happy mail. She included two coasters for me to use creatively.

At first I had no idea what to do with them because they weren’t my colours or style. But then I turned them over and was inspired by the blank surface and stuck a pretty napkin to them.

The peacock one then inspired me to make a peacock journal.

Loved upcycling and creating something beautiful and giving new life to an ordinary object.

I included all of the peacock items I was hoarding, and I love the peacock feather in the back.

A lady bought this one straight away and will be using this as a gratitude journal.

I’m inspired to make a butterfly journal with the other coaster. Thank you Cathy for the beautiful napkin.

Here’s a flip through of the peacock journal: