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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 whatโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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

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Vintage paper pack in my Etsy

I had fun putting together this vintage paper pack with all the pages I love using in my vintage journals.

The heart behind this pack was to save people the time, money, and storage space of having to find books, buy them and then store them.

I’ve already collected the books and I know how much space they take up. There are plenty of pages to go around, so, I’mย  very happy to share.

In this pack you’ll receive 50 pages. There is a large variety of pages, mostly vintage, but some I included because they go well with the vintage theme.

A couple packs have already sold, but there are still some in my Etsy: Willowbound Journals

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Pink Vintage Lady – Experimenting with lace and trims

I’m such a newbie at this lace and trim thing but I really want to get better at it because I’ve seen such stunning journals with fabrics, laces, and trims.

I’m also still experimenting with collaging and different ways to embellish pages.

I went for a vintage and pink theme with this one with a variety of pages interspersed with coffee-dyed pages.

I used some ephemera from Tim Holtz and a scrapbook paper pad and some vintage pages from happy mail.

I’m still experimenting with glassine bags and envelopes too:

Here I tried embellishing a page with a napkin for the first time:

And I’m also experimenting with collaging on pages without tuck spots or pockets but just for the sake of making the page look pretty:

This is a tag I got from happy mail. Love it!

I’m too worried about making the journal too chunky so I’ve decided for my next journal I’m going to experiment with fewer pages so I can embellish each one.

Here’s a flip-through:

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Vintage journal with ephemera

I used a whole bunch of vintage papers I got in happy mail and some of the items I got from my first Etsy haul from A Tattered Dream.

The cover is a collage of papers and journaling cards.

The inside of the front cover has a library card and pocket with a journaling card tucked behind it:

I loved working with these vintage pages. There are book pages, children’s book pages, and newspapers as well as some vintage pages from my own collection.

I interspersed them with coffee-dyed paper yet again. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to white paper.

I included some cute little journaling cards with prompts on them.

This was the first time I used a glassine bag and I love how it looks with a Tim Holtz piece from an ephemera pack on the front, a vintage ephemera piece that can be used as a journaling card in the bag, and some paper to write on tucked behind the bag:

I love having multiple tucks and having that interactive feature in the journals. Makes it so interesting.

Then here I used a glassine envelope for the first time and added a Tim Holtz piece on the front, a journaling card in the envelope, and an ephemera piece that can be used as a journaling card behind it.

And here is the inside of the back cover which I love. I used a large glassine envelope with a large journaling card inside, a tuck spot on the front with a tag, and an ephemera piece behind the envelope.

I’ll have to keep experimenting with these glassine bags and envelopes. I had so much fun using them!

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Another vintage-themed journal

I had so much fun creating this journal.

I used some gorgeous printables for some of the pages and interspersed them with coffee-dyed paper but also with vintage book pages. I love how this turned out.

I included music paper, pattern paper, a paper bag, and pages from a colouring book, recipe book, sewing book, children’s book, and dictionary.

I also included some tuck spots and journaling cards which I love.

I’ve got a whole shelf in my bookcase dedicated to books that I use for the pages of my junk journals.

I love getting bargains online and going to op-shops for these finds.

Plus, I love the free printables.

One day I’d love to purchase some of the printable kits. They look so beautiful!

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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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Made a third silhouette junk journal

I made another junk journal in this silhouette series.

I made this one a mix of vintage and colourful with a whole variety of papers: paper bags, envelopes, note paper, scrapbook paper, magazine pages, book pages, music paper, colouring pages.

The range of papers is one of the reasons I love junk journals so much. It makes it so interesting and more engaging than a blank journal with white pages all the same.

Here’s a look at some of the pages:

Here are the three journals in the series:

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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.