Junk journal

Journal with me: An insight about flowers

I loved journaling about this insight a friend gave me about flowers.

Flowers give of their beauty and ask nothing in return.

This reminds me that this is the same for people. We give something good to others just as we are.

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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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Bird, butterfly & botanical journal

So excited to share this journal that it’s a bit different to what I’ve done so far.

I used lots of lace and love how the cover looks. I think I’m getting ready for my sewing machine with all the lace. Hopefully I’ll be able to sew it all instead of glue it.

Love the charms, the trims, and the embellishments too. It’s my chunkiest one by far and one of my favourites.

These are actual dried petals and leaves I did. So cool that I could include them in the journal:

I especially love how it looks from the side:

Here’s a flip through:

It’s available in my shop or Etsy: Willowbound Journals

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‘A very wonderful place’ journal

Finally got round to sharing this journal that I made.

It’s blue themed and in the vintage style with lots of embellishments. Love how it turned out.

The stickers on the collage on the front are all chosen to reflect what a journal means to me. It’s a very wonderful place.

Here’s a flip through if you’d like to see all the pages:

It’s available in my shop or Etsy: Willowbound Journals

Thoughts

Logo and business card

Well, I’ve just ordered 100 of these business cards for a trial run.

I ended up including blue in the logo because even though all black is classic, when I saw the proofs it just wasn’t me. I need colour, and blue is me.

The blue also represents creativity. I love the classic look but I’m not here to be classic; I’m here to be creative. So I wanted to go for something a bit different that spoke of imagination and an element of unconventionality.

The other thing I changed was the back where I streamlined it. It was a bit too busy with all the social media icons, so I just simplified it and included the two most important details.

I’m not sure if I’ll like the colour or design when I see the actual cards so that’s why I’ve just gone for 100 cards. I can always change it for the next print run.

Blogging, Junk journal

The new name for my blog/business

After going round in circles trying to think of a blog/business name, I was inspired to do a poll by Amy L Sauder’s post where she got people to vote for the title of her book.

She wrote about how the comments people wrote in response to possible titles helped her choose the title.

I thought this was a great idea, so I did a poll in three groups I’m part of. One is an international junk journal group, one is an Australian junk journal group, and one is my group of blog readers.

At first it was a bit confusing because each group had a majority vote for a different name. The international group liked Journal Heaven, the Aussie group like Junk Journal Treasures, and the blog group like Sapphire Slippers.

But across the three groups, Willow was the clear second winner. And when I read the comments, the people who chose Willow mentioned the vibe I was after and they resonated with my willow story.

This showed me Willow had to be in the name because it connected with these words I was after: magical, wonder, beauty, whimsical, special memories, home. This is what journals are all about for me.

Unfortunately, Willow was already taken. People gave me lots of suggestions. One that I really loved was Blue Willow but it was taken. As was Willow Pages and other variations.

But one lady came up with Willowbound and I loved it. I tested it out with the three groups via another poll, and 62 out of 83 people voted for it. Their comments also showed me it was the winner. One in particular was the clincher: ‘Willowbound gives me a unique feeling since it isn’t a real word. I like it, it opens the imagination.’

I wanted unique and I definitely wanted imagination. The willow I played under was a place where I dreamed up fantasy lands and became a princess acting out my own stories. It was a place of imagination and that’s what a journal is for me too. A journal can be anything you want it to be.

So Willowbound Journals it is – yay!!!!

I’ve changed my blog and social media accounts to Willowbound Journals and I’m getting ready for an official launch.

I’m in the process of designing a logo. Here’s a bit of an inside look at some designs I’ve been working on:

I’m going to have a simple wreath of willow leaves with a ‘W’ in the middle.

I was testing out lots of ways to write the letter. I showed them to the junk journal groups and they helped me decide.

The winning ‘W’  is the one in bold:

This is exciting because it’s actually a free font that is also available on WordPress. It’s Tangerine.

I may change it later, but for now this is just something simple I can put on a business card.

I’m going to play around with colours and styles and might do another poll for the logo.

Anyway, just wanted to keep you updated. The official launch will happen as soon as I get this logo done and do some things with my shop and blog.

I’d like to get a giveaway ready for the launch and put all my journals on sale to  help me get started. I also want to have some freebies available and just need to work out how I want to organise my blog with this new direction I’m taking.

As mentioned in a previous post, I want to start doing regular interviews, tutorials, giveaways, journal process posts, and general thoughts on writing, creating, and memory keeping.

I hope to create a blog space that is full of inspiration, beauty, creativity, and encouragement.

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Vote for my new journal blog and business name

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my previous post asking for help with a new name.

After doing three polls in various groups I’m part of, I’ve narrowed it down to two-ish options and I’m stuck because my heart wants one option but my head thinks the other option might be wiser.

Willow resonated with most people and I really want to include that word because of what it represents: wonder, precious memories, home – all ideas that also capture what a journal is about for me.

Willow Journals is already taken, as is Willow Pages and variations. But Willowbound was suggested, or Willowbound Journals. What do you think?

The other option is Silk Journals because I’m also a writer, my email is wordslikesilk, and I self-publish memoirs through Words Like Silk which I hope to turn into a writing business one day.

Words Like Silk is about the love and power of writing to help people. It’s also about self-expression, creativity, using your voice, and sharing stories, in general. Through it I’d love to have branches like writing courses, a stationery line, storytelling through art, etc.

So I could have things like Silk Journals, Silk Stationery, Silk Art, etc. Or I can use a specific name that is more meaningful to each branch that captures what it’s about for me, like Willowbound for journals.

Either way, Words Like Silk will be the umbrella, but do I go with the generic, easy Silk option or the more meaningful but less simple, unique name option?

Another thing to consider is Willow has resonated with a lot of people, but I’m not sure if Silk Journals on its own even resonates with people.

My heart is with Willowbound because of the meaning behind it, but Silk might be the wiser choice in terms of business and branding.

What do I do? Argh! Haha, at least I’ve narrowed it down. Any help would be super appreciated.

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A look at all the journals I’ve sold so far

I have so much fun making these journals.

Here’s a look at all the journals I’ve sold so far.

This was the very first journal I sold that my sister-in-law bought:

My next-door neighbour bought these two journals:

One of my friend’s bought these two journals (the second one is a faith journal):

She also bought this journal for her friend’s birthday:

One friend bought these two faith journals that she gave to two of her sisters:

A friend bought this journal for her daughter:

Another friend bought this journal:

A friend bought this faith journal:

She also bought this journal for her nan’s birthday:

Blogging

Blog troubles and vote for new name

Oh my goodness, I’m having so many problems with the new journal blog.

First, most of the posts aren’t showing up for some reason and I have no idea why.

Second, I’m having trouble re-writing posts in the past tense. It just doesn’t capture the same excitement I had in the moment.

Third, the doubling up of blogs and posts is very time-consuming and tedious work. I’ve realised it would take me forever to catch up with posts. Especially since I want to include new posts as well.

So, I’m going to stick with this blog because it captures my journey with junk journaling in real-time.

This means I’m going to make quite a few changes to this blog. I’m going to cut out anything that isn’t journal related, I’m going to redesign it, and I’m going to hopefully take it in a slightly new direction where I include posts about journaling in general. Why I do it, why I love it, my journaling process, etc. And I hope to include interviews, tutorials, and giveaways.

I’m also going to have to come up with a new name. I’d really appreciate your help with this so I have a few options that you can vote for. I’ve included a bit of the reasoning behind them:

  • Junk Journal Treasures – Pretty self-explanatory; I create journals that are also treasures.
  • Fairy Wren – This one’s more symbolic since I love fairy wrens and the colour blue.
  • Sparkle Journal or Sparkle Journals – Because I love anything glittery and it has a bit of a rhyme.
  • Willow – Another symbolic one. I used to love playing in a weeping willow. It was magical and a special memory, so this captures the magic of journals and memory keeping.
  • Fairy Light Journals – Symbolic again. I used to have fairy lights on my bedroom ceiling. Again, it was magical and another special memory.It was unique and I like the idea of each journal being unique for each person.
  • Journal Heaven – A tribute to the love of journals.
  • Sapphire Slippers – Very symbolic and a play on ruby slippers where a journal feels like home. Also, stepping into magical worlds.
  • Bluebird or Blue Butterfly – Again, because I love blue and these are my things. I collect them and always ask for them in happy mail.

Okay, so I’ve been playing around with so many ideas. Please help – hehe!

Please let know which name you like best and why. I’m trying to capture a certain feeling with the name to show what journaling is about for me: memories, a home, beauty, inspiration, magic, writing, creativity, etc.

Thanks so much for sticking with me and please bear with me as I make some changes to this blog over this next stage.