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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

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.

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My first fairy journal

Here’s the first fairy journal I’ve made and I had a lot of fun creating this, especially the cover.

I’m trying to get more into layering so I did a bit of a collage on the front and included some lace, a button, and a charm.

I used pages and images from a fairy book and love how it turned out. I went for a blue theme with the embellishments and journaling papers.

I created a tuck spot with lace on the inside of the cover.

I created lots of tuck spots using images from the book and did some more experimenting with embellishing the pages.

I included some of the mason jar printables because they have fairies on them and even say, ‘Fairies.’

I’m also trying to get into using more vellum because I love how you can see through it.

Here I used some vellum with butterflies to create this tuck spot with a mason jar journaling card.

Here I created some pockets, one is a page pocket and the other is created with some blue paper that I collaged on with an image from the book and some ribbon.

I added some paper for journaling and I also made some tags using images from the book that I stuck on scrapbook paper. I love how these tags turned out.

Here I used some of my pre-made embelishments with a pocket for a tag and a tuck spot behind it.

I love the layering effect here and included two of these with various fabrics and laces from my stash.

Here I included an enveloped that I pre-embellished. It has a tag inside it and behind it I created a tuck spot for another tag.

Then for this page I added some ribbon along the edge of a page that flips out and a flower and a button. It’s so simple but it’s one of my favourite pages.

I really love this journal. It’s one of my favourites I’ve made so far.

Let me know what you think. Do you have a favourite page?

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Another junk journal made from free printables

I’m having so much fun creating these journals. It’s a labour of love and joy.

For the cover I included a tuck spot under the postcard and placed a mason jar journaling card. I love it!

I love arranging the papers, decorating the pages, and creating something beautiful and functional.

I used printables for some of the pages and interspersed them with coffee-dyed papers.

And I used printable journal cards, postcards, and tags, as well as some extra folded paper to journal on.

I’m loving creating tuck spots and pockets and finding different ways to include them.

I also want to try more layering and collaging but the effect is so great and interactive.

For example, I put a journaling card in a paper bag stuck to one of the pages. Then I stuck a picture on the paper bag and created a tuck spot with it and put a journaling behind it:

Hope you like it!

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What shall I call my journals?

I’ve now sold 11 junk journals, I’ve got custom orders, and people have been asking if I have a website where I sell my journals.

So I’m looking at setting up a business and maybe even going to markets.

The only thing is people really don’t like the name junk journal. They look confused when I tell them I make junk journals and they picture something made from trash.

Yes, I upcycle unwanted books and give new life to them, but they are works of art. One-of-a-kind keepsake notebooks that are designed to inspire and every one of them is made with love.

Once people see my journals, they love them as much as I do, but they don’t want to call them junk journals.

I can totally understand this, and I want a name that reflects the beauty in these journals and the treasures they are.

Maybe I just call them journals. Would that work?

Then there’s the question of a business name. I want something that captures what junk journaling is all about for me: creativity, writing, memory keeping, inspiration, love. How do I capture that in a business name?

Or do I go for something that is more symbolic? E.g. I love blue butterflies and birds. So maybe Blue Butterfly or Bluebird or Fairy Wren?

I feel like I can’t start my business or website until I have a name.

Any ideas?

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Book haul for junk journals

I picked up these twenty books from a neighbour yesterday.

She knew I made junk journals and asked me if I’d like to go to her house and pick out some old books that she was going to get rid of.

Of course I jumped at the offer. I could have taken more books but I didn’t want to fill my house with them. Not until I have a better storage and production system, at least.

I took a whole bunch of books for their covers. Some I took for their pictures, and others for their pages that I can use in junk journals.

Time to get busy crafting!

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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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New junk journal series

I am so loving this paper bag journal idea. After making the blue one for me, I’ve been busy making some for my shop.

All of them are in the vintage style with coffee-dyed papers.

I made a purple-themed one:

I made a pink-themed one:

Then I made one out of free printables:

I’ll share more photos of this one in the next post as I experimented with embellishing the pages in new ways.

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Vintage junk journals

After a neighbour bought two of my junk journals she said that what she loved most about them was going through them and finding all the pockets, tags, envelopes, fold outs, flaps, cards, and ephemera.

So I decided to revamp three of my vintage junk journals. I decorated the covers, added pockets on the inside of the covers, and included all those fun things my neighbour mentioned throughout the journals.

I used Tim Holtz pocket cards and ephemera as well as Project Life cards. I love those cards and ephemera so much. Will definitely buy more. You can use them to write on or stick a picture to them.

Here’s a look at some of the pages with the added pockets, etc.

All three of these are available for sale. $50 plus postage. Contact me if you’d like to purchase: wordslikesilk@gmail.com.

I’m offering them here first before I go to market. Also, I now have a studio/gallery in the works where people can come and see/buy my creations. So exciting. Will post photos soon.