Embellishments

Washi Wednesday haul

So excited to get this package in the mail.

I buy myself a birthday present every year and this year I bought some washi tape from Washi Wednesday for the first time.

I was introduced to this Etsy shop through Johanna Clough on YouTube and ever since I saw it, it’s been on my wish list.

The one on the far left, in particular, was one I was after most.

It took a while going through all the tapes and narrowing down which ones to get, but this is what I settled on.

I made sure to get lots of wide tapes because I love how useful they are. I especially love using them for spines of journals but also love that they can be used just for decoration.

I got ones that would go with botanical and vintage themed journals.

Excited to use them!

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Junk journal swap with Corina

I was so blown away when a lady contacted me saying she wanted to give me one of her first journals she made.

It’s made out of an envelope and she made it following one of my YouTube tutorials when I made a journal out of a paper bag – wow!

What a special gift. I love it!!!

I asked her if she wanted one of my paper bag journals for a journal swap. She chose this fairy one:

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

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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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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:

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

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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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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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: