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

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

Art

Junk Journal

Last night I discovered junk journals. Wow!!!!!!! I was so inspired that I got started straight away.

The idea with a junk journal is to use all those scrap bits of paper and craft supplies that you never seem to use but never throw away.

I LOVE this idea. I’m a hoarder and I love finding new ways to use the things I’ve kept. Pretty papers, old artwork, paper cuttings. I love that you can stick anything you want in there: envelopes, book pages, photos, letters, etc. It can be a scrapbook, photo album, travel journal, or more of a blank journal.

I saw some beautiful junk journals on Youtube. Some journals are made from actual books, some are made from notebooks, others are made from scratch. Some are themed, some are used for keeping photos, others are used for keeping lists.

Some of the journals look like beautiful books in themselves, works of art, that you wouldn’t journal in because you can’t write on the decorated pages. I’d rather a journal that I can actually write in since I love functionality as much as creativity. But I definitely love the idea of making the journal look pretty.

I’ll have to experiment with different styles and I got started last night.

I have two copies of some Harry Potter books so I got the first one from the series and used it as my junk journal experiment. I may keep it or give it away as gift.

I ripped out the back pages which had the covers pictures and I plan to use these later on in the journal.

I left the first pages blank because they can be used to write on as is, plus I like keeping some of the original pages in the journal.

On the next page I covered over the copyright info and the dedication. I thought it would be cool to write a quote on the left page and your name on the right page.

PVA didn’t work too well on the pages because it made them soggy so I used washi tape to stick my papers in.

I’m going to keep at least one page from each chapter in the journal.

I’m not a fan of these pages. But all about experimenting. I left one side of the papers un-taped to create a pocket.

I used distress ink for these pages and quite like the effect.

Then I started using gesso as a glue and realised it would probably be good to put gesso on anyway so pen and texta won’t bleed through the paper. Not sure how well it will work though because I’m not sure what types of pens you can use to write on gesso.

So they are the pages I’ve done so far.

I’ve love the idea that a junk journal doesn’t have to be perfect. They can be rustic or more care can be taken.

Here are the videos that inspired me:

The first one is more rustic while the second one is a work of art that I absolutely love. It’s beyond my skill at the moment but one day I hope to create something like that.

For now I’m sticking with the most basic junk journal but looking forward to making my own pages from scratch.

What do you think?