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Title: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on August 08, 2016 09:11:30 PM


A place for junk journal makers and junk journal creators to share photos, ask questions and teach techniques.

Join the discussion and get paint on your hands!

August question: Will your journal be an art journal, collection journal, a diary, a glue book/smash book or something else?

Definitions:

Art journal (also called visual journals) are a combination of art and collage, with personal writing included.

Collection journal (also called "en masse" journals) - each page is dedicated to a collection of things - fruit stickers, bus tickets, used postage stamps - stuff you collect in your everyday life.

Scrapbook/travel journal - A book specifically for recording life and family events or created for a trip or vacation.

Glue book/Smash book - A combination of scrapbook (photos and ephemera from your life) in addition to some artistic and scrapbook-y components. (Smash book is a brand name and the embellishments that go with it.)

List journal - A collection of lists of things that make you you.

Mail Art journal - A place to collect decorated envelopes and postage stamps and pen pal information.

Of course, a glue book can be a collection journal which can also be an art journal so use the term/definition that applies to what you make or what you'd like to create.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on August 08, 2016 09:25:25 PM
Links to junk journal makers and tutorials:

Shannon Green - Journals for No Reason
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqr1BNUhsQo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeFHVt5-a3I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe0ds9b181Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAFdlv6PiOE

Shannon Green - En Masse Journal
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEBktQ6jtRkkgLUKON633dHcC5gzl8Hja
http://shannongreen.blogspot.com/2016/01/en-masse-collection-journal-2016.html

kagedfish - Collection Journal/Scavenger Hunt Journal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms8pOV4vzE8&feature=youtu.be

kagedfish - Envelopes for Collection Journals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEaejXXYVDQ

Dede Willingham - Magazine Art Journals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3B9YluYozw&feature=youtu.be

Sugar - 100 Ways to Make a Junk Journal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FOnOthFU2g

I will add more links as I think of them/remember them.

WARNING: These ladies like to CHAT so don't start watching unless you have a few hours to spare!



Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on August 08, 2016 09:32:15 PM
FREE JUNK JOURNAL SUPPLIES:

Junk mail                                       
Book pages             
Magazine pages
Maps
Brochures
Misprinted/outdated stationary or letterhead (or from a company or store that is moving/moved)
Cereal boxes/cracker boxes/granola bar boxes, etc
Small bags
Doilies
Envelopes
Greeting cards
Grocery bags
Free food/recipe magazines (from the grocery store or farmers market)
Catalogs
File folders
Manilla envelopes
Tags
Business cards



Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: IsikkahJai on August 08, 2016 10:11:24 PM
Congrats on setting up this thread Smmarrrt  :D I hope I'll be able to contribute to the wonderful art I've already seen from the craftster members in the galleries. Messy "junk" art was never my thing but I do love a good challenge ;)

   Good luck to all and happy crafting!!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: rscowtown on August 09, 2016 10:19:00 PM
Wheeeeeee thanks for setting this up :)


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smeddley on August 10, 2016 11:58:48 AM
Hmmmm, it's about time for me to start working on my Goal Book 2017, and since I was hoping to use all recycled material (folders being thrown out, etc) it might count for this? In any case, I'm going to keep my eye on this thread for ideas!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on August 10, 2016 12:59:05 PM
Please join - I am an admirer of those journals. I really wanted to make one for 2016 but I am afraid that once the journal was completed, I would not be inspired to work on the goals!



Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smeddley on August 10, 2016 02:01:29 PM
Ha, I'm the opposite, I have to force myself to finish, I love crossing off goals so so much, I can hardly wait! And if you do a really creative job, the journal's not "done" until you finish the goals, anyway.

I usually have huge, lofty goals of doing things like drawing and coloring to represent finishing things, but in the end, the checkmark on my spreadsheet and writing it messily in the journal is good enough!

I have a feeling I will be spending the evening watching junk journal videos... :D


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on August 14, 2016 10:21:59 PM
I put this together this weekend in between finishing up a ninni for the Ninni swap and completing my 27 Craftster Trading cards.

I found this book for $2.00 at the thrift store yesterday. It's about 9" x 11".



I had hoped to use the existing pages and spent about 20 minutes ripping out every other page.



But the pages were almost as flimsy as newsprint so I decided to remove the entire text block. I then glued (with Fabri-Tac) a piece of muslin and then a second piece of batik fabric to reinforce the spine.



I have made about 4 books like this so far and I have covered the entire inside cover with fabric in the other books. But I liked the look of the end papers in this case, so I left it as is.

To make working on pages easier, I am using giant rubber bands, actually file bands, to keep pages in the book.



This way, I can add and subtract pages and take out a page that I am working on.

Here are some things I've added: atlas pages (love the paper - it's a smooth texture and takes paint well. Look for atlases at the thrift store!!), shopping bags, and some of the pages from the original book - some were card stock.







I am looking forward to using this as a combination art journal and glue/smash book. I will make pages as I am inspired and I hope to use up stash stuff only.




Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 15, 2016 06:36:09 AM
I received the most wonderful junk journal from SonjaBoo a while back and have since been collecting "stuff" in a box marked "Junk Journal Stuff" (yeah, creative, I know!)...I did not want hubby to throw it out as trash!

I just did not know where to start...hopefully, after this month, I will be able to at least start...

I love your ideas and techniques...


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on August 15, 2016 10:17:25 AM
I have plans to make a junk Journal or two, I will probably lurk for a while until I actually have time to tackle it. I have a cinch book binder think and will probably use that.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: ThatLittleGypsyGirl on September 06, 2016 05:18:49 AM
Craftylittlemonkey your books are so cute and I love the colors you picked.  I  can see how easy they would be to work in them. I find inspiration by just looking at them. I need to get my crafty wheels turning and give it a go at junk journals. :D


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on September 06, 2016 06:00:15 AM
The little books are stitched by machine, they are about 7 pages each. I made them for the kids as 2 week journals that they write and draw in then we send off in the mail to friends and family. Letter writing and cursive are big parts of their homeschooling curriculum. Even when they've gone to stay with grandparents they've taken along one of those small journals to work in. They are perfect for that.

I'm taking the big junk journal to meet up with Onyxnox tomoro for crafting ideas and inspiration!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smeddley on September 06, 2016 06:55:41 AM
Nice! I like the little ones, too, they'd be great to toss in your purse for notes and whatnot.

I bought some books, and have started taking some apart, but I have swaps to finish before I can really get to work on them.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Sharalee on September 08, 2016 11:22:16 PM
This is cool. I've been looking at junk journal tutorials a lot lately. There's so much out there. I kind like the ones that make them from file folders & makes lots of pockets. Also use the file numbers & alphabet to use in your junk journal. I've made 2 so far. One with the rings & one hand sewn in 2 signatures, 20 pages each of junk papers & some pretty papers. The first one was for th Junk Journal  Swap, & the  rings was easier but I like the look of the sewn in one, it's going to my neice for her birthday.























There's just a few pages from both junk journals! I'm going to make another one for my Sister, she just had surgery. So I'll see what I come up with!

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Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 16, 2016 07:28:33 PM
Sharlee--wow...such interesting pages...I really am so intimidated by all of these journals...so cool looking, but I am not sure where to even begin...I love all the collages and papers and how you used so many fun things to embellish the pages...your niece must love it

CLM--you look like you are very comfortable with paper!  I love all of the textures and techniques you used.

I need to just jump in...



Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on September 18, 2016 01:07:56 PM
Jump! Jump! Jump!

I have to admit, I just like making the books - I don't always use them. I am taking 2 online art classes (Donna Downey Inspiration Wednesdays and Everything Art Wanderlust 2016) but I am using purchased journals for those classes. I suppose I could craft one for next year's Wanderlust....but I haven't used up all the pages in this year's book. I am making one for my BFF to explain what they are, with a vintage "History of Idaho" cover.

And the big library book sale is next weekend (my favorite event of the year!) and everything is $1 on Sunday. I look for foreign language books, atlases and dictionaries, craft books and this year, I will be searching for cool hardcover books that I can cannibalize. It feels so wrong but yet, it makes me happy!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 18, 2016 03:07:32 PM
sounds like fun, Smmarrt! I love old books and have no problem cannibalizing them to make art...


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Sharalee on September 20, 2016 09:11:14 PM
You all are doing great."Craftylittlemonkey" it looks awesome to me. I have a trouble tearing up books, magazines so, so. But getting there.
Yes thanks "alwaysinmyroom" my neice loved it. I don't think about  to much just start adding papers & figure out how many pages I want. Anyway after I get that together then I can do some embellishments & just have fun! ;D

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Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 21, 2016 06:50:29 AM
I spent the last few days organizing and collecting my various saves, junk mail, etc. I also looked at a few videos to get ideas of where to even start...going to try to get some signatures together...I have a bunch of old calendars that I plan on using for some of the insides...here goes!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Wulf on November 06, 2016 07:54:06 AM
"Hey! How did I miss this craft-along?" I thought. Then I looked at the date - oh yeah, I missed a lot of August and September. But 2016 isn't over yet, and I do have a pile of stuff waiting to be made into a journal. Let's see how I do in a week or so once I get caught up on the rest of my most pressing UFOs!

Craftylittlemonkey, you never do make only one of anything, do you? I was just looking at your 5 sock monkeys (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442334.msg5416099#msg5416099) and now a whole table of junk journals! I love the idea of small journals for kids to write in day-by-day. They'll lose interest in them as soon as they're done, but if you scoop them up and store them away, they'll one day be their greatest treasures!

Wulf


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on November 12, 2016 06:03:57 PM
I keep making books but these were for a swap. Finished size is about 6" x 6".

Cover made from grocery bag, you can see that I did use my Crop-A-Dile and grommets on the spine. Label is from Target Dollar Spot.



The inside cover is a half sheet of scrapbook paper - I did glue the grocery bag and scrapbook paper together but left the edges glue-free for sewing.















Pages include lots of scraps and junk from my arty endeavors - painted papers, atlas pages, scrapbook paper, tags and other goodies from Daiso and other dollar stores/clearance sections of craft stores, envelopes and even a plastic page protector cut in half.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on November 12, 2016 06:18:45 PM
So it's easier for me to work in multiples so here is the second (and the 3rd and 4th are still in progress!)









You can see that I used many of the same elements in the books - that's why it's better to make in groups of two or four - when you rip something in half - you can make two pages! Also used calendar pages and
advertisement flyers. I'm wary of decorating too much - I want the receiver to be able to decide if they will write in it, glue or paint the pages.

Now I need to finish the other two!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on December 02, 2016 03:19:57 PM
Painted a bunch of paper today with coffee (it was the featured medium in the art room today) - vellum, a map, construction paper, envelopes, file folders and more. I will attempt a coffee-themed book for a friend. I have a stencil (Crafter's Workshop, I think) with cups and mugs so that will feature also in the design.

Will paint some scrapbook paper tonight also - not sure how that will look.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on December 02, 2016 03:22:57 PM
Your books look great. Love the little bunny person place holder, so cute!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: SonjaBoo on December 08, 2016 04:12:17 AM
Oh man, I am just finding this craftalong! I definitely have some projects to share. Will try to take some pics when I go home tonight.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on December 08, 2016 10:46:23 AM
No worries - I plan to continue this next year/month. I'll change the name after Xmas.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: mandykaye on December 17, 2016 12:44:18 AM
I love all the inspiration! I have a couple of 70's cook books that I have started to covert to journal form. I've just removed pages at this point, so nothing really to see yet. I hope to have them going after the holidays ;) I always love journals, but never really commit to making them or using them. So one of my goals for 2017 is to actually finish stuff and try new techniques! I've been scouring YouTube for inspiration and was inspired by LittleRavenInk. Her art isn't really my style, but I like her videos.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 02, 2017 11:11:41 AM
Got all of my papers organized for the new year!  This area of my craft room is just for junk journal making!



Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: mandykaye on January 02, 2017 08:54:36 PM
I'm working on getting organized, but here is the book/journal I'm working on!
A 1970's cook book!




Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 03, 2017 06:18:48 AM
wow--good progress!  I love the colors you are using!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: SonjaBoo on January 04, 2017 04:02:24 AM
Great organizing, alwaysinmyroom. Want to do my craft room next? ;D

mandykaye, love your progress so far! Great colors.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 04, 2017 06:02:42 AM
lol it won't stay that way for long, SonjaBoo!

It is not in the picture, but I also have a large storage file where I have sorted out images by general themes...I was wasting so much time digging through stuff to find the right image...not fun at all...I am finally going to get rid of the antique desk I have been hanging onto and get a very large used door as my work surface...the desk was way too small (lol it was a school desk made for a 6'8" relative)...


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: Smmarrt on January 05, 2017 02:50:19 PM
Oooooh, Mandy - would love to flip thru your book in real life. It's so inviting.

And Linda - you're organizing my stash next, right?

Actually, it's a rainy/stormy weekend this weekend so I'll do it myself. (Add your own whaa-whaa here.)


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 05, 2017 02:58:14 PM
That book looks so great.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Wulf on January 07, 2017 06:03:09 AM
Love the ex-cookbook, Mandy! I can hardly wait to see what you do with the covers, though it would be just as great if it remained a boring-looking cookbook on the outside. I love the title page "Secrets of WITCHCRAFT"

Your painted pages seem nice and flat. Did you press them as they were drying?

Wulf


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on January 07, 2017 08:02:19 AM
Thanks everyone!

Wulf, I think I'm going to keep the outside covers the same, I just added some decorative duct tape to the binding to keep it from coming apart down the road. As for the painted pages, I painted them first, then glued them onto some of the existing book pages. I think this helped flatten them. I plan on trying different methods out throughout the book, we'll see how those go lol.

This is the first time I've actually gotten into making a "junk journal" and its so much fun! Can't wait to see what everyone else is doing, get some more inspiration, and learn a lot more! I am still working on getting more supplies. I definitely need some gel pens!!!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smeddley on January 07, 2017 07:05:34 PM
I did finally make a book - my yearly goal book - but it wasn't as... junk-journally as I'd have liked it to be.  I ended up using a mix of some found papers, but mostly a lot of regular paper, cardstock, and scrapbook paper.  The cover is a cut-up cereal box, though, so at least that was recycled!  I just freeze when it comes to true junk journaling, I just don't have the eye for it.


https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451223.msg5424926#msg5424926 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451223.msg5424926#msg5424926)

But!  I'm toying with an idea that might work... I'm collecting up "found objects" (papers) and I would love to paste them into a journal and try to make a coherent story out of it.  It's just a thought right now, but... hopefully it will pan out.  I have a piece of notebook paper and a library check-out receipt so far!

Y'alls just look soooooo amazing, it's intimidating!  O.o


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 08, 2017 08:22:56 AM
Smeddley, I read your post about your not feeling you were able to make a "true" junk journal.  It made me giggle for a few reasons:

-The fact that you create a yearly goal book, well, yearly-how many people can say that they do that?
-I've never even heard of a yearly goal book until I've seen yours on Craftster.
-Your ideas for drawings that go with each goal are so perfect!
-Your lettering and the lines, etc... on the pages are so perfect and unique!
-I love the tabs for each month...so handy!

When you said that you just "freeze" when it comes to true junk journaling, I had some ideas.  (Keep in mind that I'm new to papercrafting as well, but I've found some things that are working for me and maybe they can help you.)  I am very interested in making one myself and this is what I've found:

-It can't be rushed.  You had posted that you can't make your goal book till November, when you'll know what to put in it.  I understand that.  Buttttttt....I've noticed for me-with any kind of craft, but especially papercrafts, for some reason-I need to wait for the lightbulb moment, the inspiration of what would be the perfect thing to do to show up in my head.  For example:  I got a new gelli plate, so of course I made a ton of prints.  I knew something had to be added to the back of the very white pages :D.  But I didn't know what.  So I left it for a few days, when the thought came to me to marbleize the backs!  I love the look!  But there's a lot of white space around the edge of all the pages, and I didn't know what to do with it.  Till I went to bed last night and came up with the idea of watercolor painting around all the edges!

-To get the look of a junk journal, I started with a "base".  I don't know if this is how it works for everyone, but this is how I'm approaching mine.  I started with the bases of the pages like I wrote above.  I am starting to collect meaningful things (to me) to decorate the pages with (i.e.-the fronts of cards that I've saved that people sent to me, some labels from gifts given to me where the person used my nickname, quotes that touch my heart, etc...

I'm thinking that maybe if you approach it this way, you could start the page "bases" earlier in the year and you could add your goals in November, and perhaps decorate the pages with the epherma(sp?) as you go.

Sorry for the extra long post but I wanted to share.  ;D

Does anyone else have any other ideas?


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 08, 2017 08:33:17 AM
Wordy Woman (as opposed to Wonder Woman  :D) is back!  (Sorry)

I have a question...I've watched you tube videos of how to put together the pages in the junk journals...both sewn and using '0' rings.  I'm thinking I'm going to go with the 'o' ring idea as I have some that won't be used for anything for awhile. 

My question is, what can be done to the edges of the papers where the rings will go to strengthen them so the rings don't rip thru the hole in the paper that the ring went thru?  (I think I was too wordy in that explanation, but I hope you get what I mean.)

Any ideas?


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smeddley on January 08, 2017 08:43:06 AM
Thanks, LBBB, those are some good points!  I think I try to rush my collecting of stuff, then I'm not happy with what I have.  I'm trying to force what I can get quickly to work and then, surprise, I'm not happy with it!  I think I just need to watch a bunch more videos (man, love YouTube) to get a better sense of what I like and what I think will work.

I can, however, give some suggestions to the reinforcing of holes, as that is something I've been doing for 4 years now!

One the inner, thinner pages, I have used everything from simple scotch tape, masking tape, or pretty washi tape.  There's also a tick you can do with packing tape that allows you to transfer a watermark like image onto it using magazine pages (this isn't the one I originally found, but it came up on Google and it outlines the process: http://thegraphicsfairy.com/diy-packing-tape-transfers/ (http://thegraphicsfairy.com/diy-packing-tape-transfers/)).  It has to be either off a laser printer OR a magazine, that's the only catch.  Oh, and you can't really do much over it, but you're talking about the spine at that point, so...

On my covers I glue a folded piece of paper over the edge, so that the hole will go through the center on both sides.  I also tape over that, because it's the cover, but just gluing the extra paper would probably be enough. 

The up sides to the washi tape and gluing is that you can easily add art over the top!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 08, 2017 12:15:32 PM
I'm the packing tape queen, Smeddley, so I'm glad that was one of your suggestions.  As you said, it's only on the spine of each page so it's not a big deal.  And I KNOW that will hold up! :D  Thanks!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 12, 2017 05:35:46 AM
Smeddley, I wanted to post what I was talking about with the preparing the pages of your goal book.  Mine will be a junk/art journal, but it's the same idea.  Plus, am super chuffed with myself with my foray into papercraft!   ::) ;D  Here goes:

This is the first page (I need to find a cover.):

This page I made using a gelli print and watercolored around the edges.
I then just took photos of examples of the different types of pages I made.  

This one is one of my favorites!  Rainbow colored marbleized paper, with crayon around the edges.

ORANGE  :D marbleized paper with geometric designs around the edges.  (DH gave me new gel pens for Xmas, and I was eager to use them!)  (And orange is my favorite color!)

Gelli printed pages with watercolor around the edges.

Bubble print pages!  (In another one of my favorite colors!)  
And last but not least:

Beautifully done full page marbleized papers that my DD did and generously gave to me!

*It was important to me to "layer" on the backgrounds of the pages.  By that, meaning that 1) All the white around the edges was colored in some way, and 2)  That I used different means in which to do so.

*In my opinion, the pages are ready to "junk" or "art" up, whichever I decide to do first.  I have cut words out of some magazines that I want to glue onto the first page of the book.  But I need more magazines because the ones I have don't really have enough of the positive type words I want to use.  I'm thinking I'll use my stamps next.

Hope this helps, Smeddley!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smeddley on January 12, 2017 06:23:31 AM
Ooooh, love that! I'm trying to do other art, then saving the paper I have under it that catches the "overpaint", hopefully I'll have some pages like that soon...  I also bought the supplies to make a gelli plate, so maybe I can decorate some pages that way...


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 12, 2017 07:39:34 AM
I save the pages I use to roll the brayer on when I change colors of paint when I gelli print.  I've been using book pages to do that and when I have enough I'm going to make another junk journal.

But you are right, you could really do any kind of art to make a "plain" layered page.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: SonjaBoo on January 13, 2017 03:49:57 AM
Those marbelized papers are lovely!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on January 13, 2017 11:30:27 PM
I'm no expert but one of the first journals I made was from cardboard boxes. I do most of the ordering for the preschool and a fair amount of online shopping for me so I always have corrugated cardboard. I cut it up for the kids - it's a great base for gluing!. One day I cut 6" x 6" squares and collaged bits and pieces - one page in blue, one orange, and so on.

(Searching for it - will post pics this weekend.)

It was easy and it still makes me happy to look through it - it had no purpose really, other than to satisfy my need for a square book and to clean up scraps off my desk. That's one way to get started.

LBB - those papers are so gorgeous that it would be hard for me to cover/paint/collage/or embellish over them. But they are also inviting so I think you're off to a great start.

A few other "warm up" ideas (from my hours of watching stuff on YouTube):

Look for "Journaling by 5's" on YouTube - this is a great "recipe" for creating a page and journal. You take a cheap-o composition book (I usually buy them for 52 cents at Target!!), glue 4 pages together (this takes a night or two) and you end up with 20 thick pages.
Set your timer for 15 minutes and you have to paint 20 pages (one side only) in 15 minutes. It's better to get paints opened and ready. You can use brushes, a credit card, your fingers/hands - whatever works for you.

The second step is to add some background collage elements - again 15 minutes for the 20 pages.

Third step - stamping and stenciling. I liked this process best. Again you have 15 minutes for the 20 pages.

Fourth step - a focal image and/or quotes/words. You can prepare these pieces beforehand but you're not supposed to match the words or images. Again, 15 minutes for the 20 pages.

Final step - pen work and doodling. Most folks who tried this took more than the 15 minutes to finish this step - in fact I still add to my pages when I look at it.

Overall - this was a great way to learn about mixed media art journaling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0ohBQFKqus&list=PLEBktQ6jtRkmeCJoi9lK3JcfdpF83vYxG

This is a time commitment to watch all of the videos but it's a place to start if you need some help.

Again, I will post photos this weekend.


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 14, 2017 06:47:33 AM
I love those ideas for step by step creating your journal!  I just don't like the time limit. I kinda feel it's creation should happen organically.

When I have a few of my pages done, I'll post photos. I'm also going to make and work on the covers next, and have some ideas for the book spine embellishment.


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Post by: mandykaye on January 14, 2017 10:12:09 PM
Well, with the great paper "de-stash" swap, I now have lots of goodies to work with for my journal. And am gong to make a smaller travel journal as well. I bought a pad of the Canson Mixed Media Paper and am inspired by Wulf's little journal to make those pages into my travel journal!https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451349.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451349.0)

 I am considering not binding them though and doing a midori type journal that I've seen where the signatures are held by rubber bands. Anyone try that method?


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Post by: Smmarrt on January 15, 2017 01:14:20 PM
Mandy - here's one way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfNsF9Fnkw4

Here's another:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECyL8uZvicw

And another:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug0DK07LduI

And if you go to the first page of this craft-along, you can see the file bands that I'm using on my Hewlett-Packard journal.


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Post by: mandykaye on January 15, 2017 03:44:24 PM
Oh cool! Thanks Smmarrt! Has the rubber bands held the pages well or do they slide around at all?


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Post by: Smmarrt on January 15, 2017 08:26:50 PM
Oh cool! Thanks Smmarrt! Has the rubber bands held the pages well or do they slide around at all?

They do slide a bit but I chose this method so I could remove pages, paint/collage/whatever and then put them back. LadybugsAndBumblebees messaged me the other day to ask was I planning to permanently bind them in when I finish. I think so - it depends on what direction the book and finished pages take me. One of my first journals, I made individual pages and then added them to a regular binder. But I now like the idea of the pages/themes flowing more. I tried the Midori method but it's not my cup of tea.

So this is what I am trying for now.


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Post by: Mlsocci74 on January 17, 2017 09:51:34 AM
Anyone have examples of a list journal?  This sounds more like what I want to make.  I am not so artsy in the drawing/doodling area and want to make something simple that basically just asks a new question that I answer.  I want it to be something my kids can read to learn even more about me. 


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Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 17, 2017 10:06:46 AM
This is the basic guide to bullet journalling. You can fancy it up as much as you want, there are lots of them online, but for me the simplest format is the best. It is my log, not my sketchbook, I couldn't successfully combine those two, lol.

http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/

I'm working on teaching the kids how to do it.


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Post by: Smmarrt on January 17, 2017 10:07:29 PM
A few pages from my first "glue book", mentioned on the previous page. Bits and pieces and scraps and found junk and more.



Mostly blue and green things.









This is still unbound and resides in a candy box. As I said previously, I love this little thing which has no purpose. And I feel I can always add to it and/or delete pages from it. It is 6" by 6" - cut up corrugated cardboard.


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Post by: mandykaye on January 18, 2017 01:54:24 AM
Awesome pages! I never thought to keep those waiting line tickets! Great idea! And I totally remember seeing some similar 70's(?) patterns in my mom's sewing box lol!


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Post by: SonjaBoo on January 18, 2017 04:06:19 AM
Love those pages, Smmarrt! The fast and easy guy wearing the caftan is hilarious. :D

I started a project recently obsessed with. I received a small tonage of goodies from mom2em in the recent paper stash swap, and started to work on this book.



The covers generally started out like this:


Then got gessoed and painted:




Here are some page photos. The only rule of the book is it has to be made from items that mom2em sent along. I have painted and stenciled on many things, but they are still the original items!
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710769)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710771)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710773)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710774)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710776)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710777)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710778)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710779)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=710780)

Here's a look from the top. I'm hoping this photo doesn't come out wonky -- Craftster photo editing doesn't always like my iPhone photos.


It's not done yet, but I'm happy with the progress so far. It's really freeing using materials that someone else sent along to you! I feel like I can experiment a little more.


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 18, 2017 05:58:10 AM
It's all great, but I love the ad with the two men and the white outfit on the guy on the left and the look he's giving the other guy! ;D


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Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 18, 2017 06:10:06 AM
Ooh, that looks amazing!


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Post by: Mlsocci74 on January 18, 2017 08:06:01 AM
Thank you so much craftylittlemonkey!  Not sure if that's exactly what I want but It is a great starting point for me.   

love the books Smmarrt and Sonjaboo. 


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Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 18, 2017 08:28:35 AM
Oh, yes, I am reading again what you wrote and it sounds like something else. There are journals out there with questions on the pages and you fill them out? I think one of my kids had a junior version of such a thing. It did not get completed as some of the info was uninteresting to the child in question. I think there must be lists of ideas one could pick and choose from for their own journal. I very much like the "key" and the index pages in the bullet journal format. It allows for such flexibility whilst making a quick search of what could end up being many different sorts of lists, notes, etc possible.
One thing I will say, it was worth the money to purchase a book with graph dots. It makes laying things out neatly much easier for someone like myself who is not great at illustration or lettering.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on January 18, 2017 10:45:30 AM
Just search "list ideas for journals" and all sorts of things come up.

I actually found a book I bought called  The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration - I think I bought it for my mom but in the craziness of last year, it was never delivered. Anyway, the subjects include five-year plan ideas, goals and dreams, how you like to have fun, things you treasure and things to get rid of/ignore.
Maybe I should take it on if I am planning to move/leave my job.



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Post by: audio on January 18, 2017 04:57:02 PM
smmarrt - your glue book is awesome!!!

sonjaboo - the cover to your book is so neat!! I love all the dimension and layers!!! Really cool!!!


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Post by: SonjaBoo on January 19, 2017 03:46:03 AM
Thank you! I feel like the cover needs something else, but am not sure what. More layers, I guess. Any thoughts, please send them along!


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Post by: Mlsocci74 on January 19, 2017 06:36:32 AM
Thank you Smmarrt.   :)


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Post by: Smmarrt on January 22, 2017 12:15:09 PM
Here is a quick and easy rubber band journal - video is about 32 minutes long but shorter if you fast forward through the covers and gluing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfNsF9Fnkw4&t=14s


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Post by: Smmarrt on January 22, 2017 12:30:01 PM
This is a 3-tiered collage journal - inspired by Karla Alg/kagedfish. My book is smaller than the one she makes in the tutorial because I just used a piece of cardboard I had in my stash:



Here is the tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZi3RzZRoq8&t=1009s


This book has 9 signatures with 3 pages in each. I used a Recollections card stock set from Michaels (can't beat the $2 price tag!) Here is the first set of three signatures added:



Here is the completed book:



My pages are 2.5" tall and 4.25" wide - Karla's pages are taller.

And here are the first 3 collages - just using up leftovers and scraps:









Now the cardboard was cheap and old so when I pierced my holes with my awl, the cardboard split and cracked.
Boo hoo.



So a little duct tape fixes that problem!





Yay! Duct tape solves all the problems!



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Post by: mandykaye on January 22, 2017 05:40:37 PM
Oh wow! Such a great idea! And so colorful and inspiring!


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Post by: Mlsocci74 on January 22, 2017 08:03:20 PM
What a great journal smmarrt.   


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Post by: SonjaBoo on January 23, 2017 04:43:43 AM
Awesome book, Smmarrt!


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 24, 2017 07:56:08 AM
I've worked on my junk journal some more, and am so happy with how it's coming out!  Here's some photos of the progress:

This is the first decoration I've added to the spine of the journal.  It's five of my favorite yarn colors braided together.  I plan on adding more stuff to the spine as inspiration hits me.

I used cereal box cardboard for the front and back covers.  I cut four pieces from two boxes, and glued two together each to make the front and the back.  I then used some decorative duct tape that my DD gave me awhile back (From Dollar Tree!) to cover the cardboard and make it stronger and more decorative.

These are the front and back covers-the outside of the covers.

This is the inside front cover.  I wrote the date I began the journal so if me or anyone else wants to know, it's there.  I'd also like to date each page as I create on them but I've forgot to do so so far.

This is the inside back cover.

And this is the very first page of my journal!  :D  I used positive word cutouts from magazines, and I really like how it came out.  I "tetris-ed" all the words to fit on the page.

I worked on two more pages yesterday, but they are private, so I don't want to post them.   :)

I'm loving my junk journal!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on January 24, 2017 08:31:16 AM
The very best kind of junk journal - using what you have and using up scraps! Looking forward to seeing more un-private pages.

Cereal box cardboard is one of my favorite things to use for covers.


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 24, 2017 09:16:59 AM
Thanks, Smmartt!  I feel that you are the junk journal "guru"  :D so a compliment from you about mine means a lot!  I want to make more journals, probably for my girls for a birthday or holiday.  And my next one will be more "junk" I think and it WILL be bound. 

On the private pages, I used stickers I had...I LOVE stickers and have a ton, but hardly use them b/c they are too "good" for most things.  I relished the opportunity to use any and all of my "good" stickers on those pages!  ::)


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Post by: mandykaye on January 24, 2017 11:37:48 PM
I worked on a ton of journal stuff today, but will have to wait a week or so to upload photos. I used up most of my monthly internet "allowance'' LOL! I made a journal inspired by one of Smmarrt's. It has stuff from my fellow craftsters from as far back as 2010 to now! Just little notes, envelopes, and a few journal pages. It turned out really well! I also put together a bunch of blank journals that I've had ready to go for a year or two. I just needed to stitch in the pages, but I finally got all 6 of them finished! Those will be for gifts or to sell at the spring craft bazaar. I also added some more to my altered cookbook journal. And...I gathered stuff for a couple other journals that I was inspired to create by Smmarrt! I just gesso'ed  the shiny side of a bunch of random cardboard pieces from food cartons/boxes so I can add them to this new journal. I will give a sneak peek later on that as well!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on February 08, 2017 02:57:21 PM
OK, so I finally took some photos of some little journals I made up.

The first collage is of more of my cook book art journal.


This next one is just a little 3"x5" journal made from a piece of cardboard covered in ink stained paper towel. I just used small pieces of scrap paper and made two signatures. I covered the stitches on the binding with colored duct tape.


This next collage is two different junk journals. The top six photos are of a journal I made for myself to keep track of crafster swap info. Its made up from some pages I received from swaps and notes and envelopes from swaps as well. Plus some other plain paper to fill in. I can;t show a lot of it as it has addresses and real names, but I really like how it came out!

The bottom three are another journal made the same way, only with plain (unwritten) papers and envelopes. I am going to give this to a friend.


Some of you may recognize some papers and stuff you may have sent over the years lol. The oldest thing in the craftster journal (that I know of) is a decorated envelope from 2010.

I made the covers from Stove Top Stuffing boxes lol. I covered with wallpaper and other pretty papers I received from swaps. I finished off with patterned duct tape.

I have a few other journals in the works. One is a junk mail junk journal. Not sure how "junky" I'll keep it. I'm sure I'll paint over a lot of it though...


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on February 08, 2017 03:39:53 PM
I love the cover with the ink stained paper towel!  Did you cover it with anything to make it so it wouldn't rip?


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Post by: mandykaye on February 08, 2017 04:06:07 PM
I love the cover with the ink stained paper towel!  Did you cover it with anything to make it so it wouldn't rip?

Thanks!

Naw, its just a little scrap book and cost nothing to make. It didn't take much time either so it doesn't matter if it gets beat up a little ;) If I were to gift or swap it, I would probably seal it though. But this is just something I'll throw in my purse to jot down things on. It is glued on pretty well so I think it will last awhile. I'm trying to use stuff I have to make these journals. I have so many papers and we use a lot of cardboard containers around here so I've been thinking of ways to make stuff more useful ;) And I have a lot of teenage nieces and nephews to give stuff too if its not quite "swap worthy" lol.


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Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 01, 2017 01:49:49 PM
Smmarrt I love your 3 part book. I saw something similar with figures in it so you could make different characters. It was heads, bodies, then legs and it was SO cool! What a groovy way to use your illustrations or character studies if you are good at sketching those. I wish I was but it could be fun to do magazine collage of people.

LBBB your junk journal is very bright and cheerful. It's great that you're using the "good" supplies for yourself, you are worth it!

mandykaye, I love your books, they are each so unique and beautiful. I aspire to such lovely paper art, one of these days...

I made a little 4" X 4" book for the snarky swap, it's covered in naughty language so I'll just post a couple pictures :).


There are maybe 7-8 stitched signatures with 3-4 folded pages each. I can't remember exactly how many, I just kept making them until it seemed thick enough for the size. I glued the binding, added end papers and spine reinforcing strips, a ribbon book mark, made a 3 piece hard card cover and glued on some of the precious Japanese indigo dyed shibori I hoard in my stash.

It was fun! I want to show the kids how to make books, I think it would amaze them to know they have that skill. We're doing a kid art workshop at their school so junk journals for that would really be an awesome project.


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Post by: mandykaye on March 01, 2017 02:06:58 PM
That would be an awesome kid craft!!! I would love to see what they come up with!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 14, 2017 09:55:57 AM
I came across something today that reminded me of a convo about spacing out pages while maintaining a tight binding in Wulf's little book topic here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451349.10
There are a couple of options for doing that, here are some links if anybody is interested:
http://lousloonies.forumandco.com/t426-piano-hinge-book
http://www.artscrapandmore.com/2011/09/mini-of-quotes-part2-with-avitals.html

It's a thing to do if there will be stuff added to the pages of the book that will make it difficult to close. That's fun if it's one of those stuffed junk journals but not so much fun if you're hoping to store it on a book shelf and it needs to stay book shaped, lol.
Anyhoo, I'm really getting into making books lately and hoping to improve my technique. Here's another teeny one. I took process pics but frankly they are not any better than the ones I followed online so I'm going to leave it up to the experts out there.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on March 14, 2017 06:48:48 PM
I love your little books! I might make some with all the scrap paper pieces I have lying around. I seriously don't know what to do with all the journals I keep making though! I have another pile of envelopes and cards from ATC swaps that I'm saving up to make another little journal for myself. I like to make journals and look at them, but I rarely fill them out lol. The only one I've been writing in is my "swap journal" that I keep track of all the swaps I've been joining.


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Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 14, 2017 07:45:37 PM
I keep saying I am going to keep track of swaps but I never do. I give the little books away, I have too many of them too.


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Post by: seeuudee on March 15, 2017 11:47:58 PM
I have started a journal using the accordion hinge, but I am planning to bind it into a hard cover, rather than use the ribbon method. I am going to store that idea for next time though :)

Closed...


Open...


I went with the accordion hinge purely because I wanted space to add more "stuff" and wanted it to still close.


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Post by: Smmarrt on March 16, 2017 09:24:27 AM
This is a book structure I want to try - I might steal this, seeuudee, and craft along with you!


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Post by: Smmarrt on March 22, 2017 10:22:39 AM
SPRING CHALLENGE - Make a book out of RECYCLED ITEMS



I make books out of cereal &/or cracker boxes and coffee sleeves. I save the food boxes at work and collect the coffee sleeves from all of my coffee-drinking coworkers. I challenge you to find something that you use or come into contact with in your daily life and make a book out of it. Might be your Cliff Bar addiction (I promise we won't judge), shopping bags, junk mail or something you see on your daily walk/run that you never considered before.

Post your completed projects here  - we all want to learn new techniques and it might spark an idea when we see what you use to make a book. This challenge runs through the month of April so get crafty!


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Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 22, 2017 12:30:18 PM
I have just the project, I'm working on it for a swap. I think you will enjoy the process pics, it will certainly be unusual materials!


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Post by: mandykaye on March 22, 2017 07:36:53 PM
Just the little nudge I needed to get finished on a couple journals I've been gathering items for!


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Post by: Smmarrt on March 22, 2017 08:47:37 PM
A few more pics and details:

These are made from above mentioned cracker boxes, I used mixed media paper for pages. They are approximately 5" by 6".



These are made from coffee sleeves - the pages are made from copy paper. I make these in bunches and send them to my mom. She gives them to her book club friends.



I need to cut pages for about 10 more coffee sleeve books and pack them up to send. This is an easy thing to do while watching tv. So happy baseball season is almost here!


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Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 23, 2017 06:34:54 AM
I just love those coffee cozy books...I have been collecting those for "someday"...now I know what I want to do with them...beautiful job...


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Post by: SonjaBoo on April 13, 2017 04:31:33 AM
Hey y'all, there's a junk journal swap starting up now if anyone is interested!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452131.0


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on April 13, 2017 09:03:38 AM
My goal is to actually start using my junk journal for something, ha!

This is a neat little tutorial:

http://www.insightsandbellylaughs.com/?paged=3


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 13, 2017 03:41:10 PM
I have received a few beautiful ones and am so afraid of messing them up with my own stuff...I most touch them, flip through them for inspiration, etc.

I am going to make one and I am sure I will actually use it to keep my myriad of thoughts in one place...


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on April 19, 2017 12:27:49 AM
Another Junk Journal - don't know its purpose yet but will probably be a place for leftover bits and pieces.



Inside cover is spray-inked paper:



Inside pages are maps, Gelli prints and other stenciled and painted papers:








It is super chunky so I used the file bands as a temporary binding - I did measure to add holes and grommets.
I just think it is easier to work with loose pages and I can subtract pages if it gets too fat.



I usually add paper or fabric on the inside of the spine for more stability but this paper matched the colors of the cracker box and the spine just had the nutritional info.  

I have about 5 more of these started - but I will have to give them away because I cannot possibly fill all of these books!


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Post by: Smmarrt on April 19, 2017 12:32:02 AM
Forgot to add the book is 7.25" tall, 5.25" across and under 1.5" thick.

I did glue some of the thinner papers together using Nori paste - it dries fairly quickly and no bumps!


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Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 19, 2017 04:50:57 AM
I have never heard of file bands...what a great way to keep the pages together and still be versatile enough to add or subtract pages!

I hope I have my papercraft room set up soon so I can have a space to work on some journals...I certainly have the materials..

Lovely job...and I do learn so many things from you, Smmarrt!


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Post by: Smmarrt on April 19, 2017 09:14:17 AM
https://smile.amazon.com/Alliance-07800-Non-Latex-Assorted-Resealable/dp/B000NNXY8Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492618401&sr=8-1&keywords=file+bands

I found mine at one of the office stores - about the same price.


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Post by: craftylittlemonkey on April 19, 2017 09:17:29 AM
That is really beautiful. I don't think I can do that, nothing I try with paper turns out quite so nice. I'll have to keep practicing, thanks for the inspiration!


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Post by: Smmarrt on April 19, 2017 06:14:30 PM
Enabler alert!

Artists and Craftmen Supply has Marabu spray acrylics on sale for $3.00 a bottle - there are over 20 colors.  http://www.artistcraftsman.com/sale/marabu/marabu-art-spray.html
I first bought some from Blitsy (2nd addictive site, sorry!) and they retail for $6.99 regularly.

You can buy/order and pay with your Amazon account - uh oh. I have an Amazon store card! I do have a brick and mortar A&C store here in SF but it's far away so it's a destination for me.

Deco Arts also has spray acrylic paints (only about 12 colors) - I do like them also and I think they cost $4.50 - $5 retail.  https://decoart.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Session_ID=53ed88c365b76b5e5db55da1d9f99b5c&Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=D&Category_Code=MMM

Acrylic sprays are great for coloring paper quickly and for use with stencils. And because they are acrylic - they are permanent when dry, unlike the Distress Sprays. I use them on top of Gelli prints and as I said- to color papers quickly.

Don't blame me if you blow your tax refund on these!   ;D ;D ;D

(P.S. I posted this in the Paper & Mixed Media Craft along thread also.)


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Post by: Smmarrt on July 10, 2017 12:13:53 PM
The first in a series of 5 or 6 junk journals I'm making and giving away (some are surprises and some are requests) using Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. I do collect these but I like the non-shiny covers - 1965 I think? Anyway, these were free or about to be recycled so I rescued them.




For a friend, Jana, who is going through some stuff....



The inside is covered in fabric after I reinforced the spine with sticky-back canvas.

And the pages are the usual - security envelopes, scrapbook scraps, card stock, vintage book pages, et cetera.











I'm sending if off today! Now to finish mom's request and my coworker's!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on July 21, 2017 04:03:28 PM
Another journal, another post and as always, starring my left pointer finger. Seriously, can a sister get a binder clip?

This is a Flow-ish journal - inspired by Flow magazine. It is a Dutch magazine (printed in English, too!) that is crafty, house-y, and life-style-y. They also print a Flow for Paper Lovers - a thick book with all kinds of goodies that you are encouraged to rip out and use in your own projects. This has inspired folks to make these for their crafty friends so here is the first one I have made.

The cover should be a repurposed item - I used a a cookie box. I painted the plain side of the box and kept the printed side as is.





The pages are not bound in - I used file bands (as discussed on page 2 or 3 of this thread). You fill it with everything we use in the junk journals - all kinds of paper. The receiver can pull out stuff to use. Similar to the paper destash swaps = this is just a prettier way of exchanging stuff.



Some random pages:





Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on July 21, 2017 06:27:13 PM
Awesome journals Smmarrt!! I need to get my stuff together to make another journal from all the notes and envies I've gotten from swaps. I have a huge stack of stuff!

I've been hearing of Flow-ish journals from the Shannon Green group on facebook but I really haven't sit down and watched any videos on them yet.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Ludi on July 26, 2017 04:33:34 PM
I'm going to try to join this craftalong!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: SonjaBoo on July 28, 2017 12:03:52 PM
I love them both, Smmarrt, but that Nancy Drew cover is epic! :D Great idea.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2017 06:41:25 AM
I love your idea of using the bands to hold removeable items for swaps or for oneself so much that I bought a ton of them!  Unfortunately, I have forgotten where I put them...but I think a search this weekend will be in order...I really love your journals...


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Ludi on August 22, 2017 12:24:50 PM
I'm struggling with a small art journal.  Here are the covers (bee and butterfly) and the few pages I have completed.  Some are paper and embroidery and some just paper.  I haven't decided if I will decorate the backs of the pages.  Maybe I will journal on them!



Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on August 22, 2017 11:26:13 PM
Oh wow! Those are beautiful Ludi!! I love the idea of a round journal!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 24, 2017 07:06:33 AM
I am so excited to see how that turns out Ludi, it is magnificent already.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Ludi on August 24, 2017 11:40:29 AM
Thank you!   :D


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on December 03, 2017 09:47:18 PM
Hellllllooooooooo! It's quiet in here. I have been working on more altered book junk journals and inspired by Onyxnox, mini passport journals. I got a sweet deal on the die (and I used a gift card that I received in June) and bought the Eileen Hull Sizzix die and the mat board, too. I don't like the texture of the mat board so I will use regular cardboard (from the back of a pad of paper, perhaps) for the next one.



I painted the mat board before cutting. I used organza ribbon to tie.

Inside I used all of my favorites - painted papers, scraps and bits and everything left over on my desk.



And the beginnings of two pages:



I like this small format and I am just gluing stuff in to get the juices flowing.

I hope to continue this craft-along in 2018 - who's with me?


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on December 04, 2017 02:33:47 AM
Looks awesome Smmarrt! I have stuff to make more journals but may get around to them after the first of the year!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 04, 2017 04:41:44 AM
Love the idea of using favorite papers to get started!

I have received so many and now I just need to bite the bullet and jump in...

I love that you show off your inside pages...


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Sharalee on January 13, 2018 12:15:46 PM
I hope this is OK to put this mini junk journal in here. This is for my Sister, she just had surgery so I wanted to cheer her up. I've made several in the past couple months. I'm working on one right now. I love your junk journals "Smmarrt" they are so well design & fun! ☺✨ I'll put the one I'm working on now in here soon.

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Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on January 13, 2018 05:54:40 PM
Those are really cool Sharalee! Love the size as well!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 15, 2018 06:31:55 AM
You seem to always have the neatest mix of things in your junk journals!  I also love how happy your themes seem to be...makes me smiles to see the hearts and butterflies and lace!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on January 15, 2018 08:57:02 PM
Looks super junky to me! I am finishing up another batch of Nancy Drew journals and some other books from the library book sale last fall.

Hope to see more books everyone (but I'm looking at you, AIMR!)


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Sharalee on January 26, 2018 06:55:26 PM
Thanks for the kind comments "Mandykaye", "alwaysinmyroom", & "Smmarrt". ✨I finished the Junk Journal I was working on. This is for my sister-in-law she heard about the one I made my Sis & so I said I'd make her one too. Not really no theme, but they love cats. I put a few cat stickers & she can put pics of their cat in there too!!! ✨☺                  

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Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: mandykaye on January 30, 2018 01:15:41 AM
Cute! Making little journals is addicting lol! I've been working on my art/mixed media journals for the past month. I haven't actually put together any journals in awhile. I hope to get back to it since I am trying to de-stash my hoard and making junk journals is such a great way to do that!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: BelleBeryl on September 01, 2018 12:52:23 AM
Started a red/green Christmas journal after watching Gayle Agostinelli do hers in august and yesterday I watch her finished journal on Youtube. I know is a bit early...


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on October 04, 2018 05:50:31 AM
I'm struggling with a small art journal.  Here are the covers (bee and butterfly) and the few pages I have completed.  Some are paper and embroidery and some just paper.  I haven't decided if I will decorate the backs of the pages.  Maybe I will journal on them!

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/123133_22Aug17_pagesaug.jpg[/img]

Ludi I am curious about this journal, have you worked on it some more?


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on December 27, 2018 08:33:09 AM
This was a quiet year - should we keep on going in 2019?

I still make books and give them away. How about you?


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on December 27, 2018 09:56:33 AM
I am sorry to say that the only "junk" I've been recycling are wine bags and the occasional cracker box. I've mostly made blank journals to give away and I do intend to continue but it's on hold while I *gulp* clean the studio.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 19, 2019 06:41:25 PM
I'm working on a magazine journal that I found inspiration for on Pinterest.  it's literally using magazines put together and used as really any sort of journal you want.  however, I'm putting a stiff back cover and spine on it to make sure they stay together, and so it's not so floppy while writing in it.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: loves2experiment on February 19, 2019 10:08:06 PM
I'm keen to make a couple of junk journals.  So far, all I've done is gather materials for the journals.  Time to get cracking!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on February 19, 2019 10:15:59 PM
There are some tutorials on YT for magazine journals - if you're making a hard cover for the back, what are you doing for the front cover?

Just curious - I haven't made one yet. Post some pics, please!   ;D




Title: Re: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 20, 2019 04:29:20 PM
There are some tutorials on YT for magazine journals - if you're making a hard cover for the back, what are you doing for the front cover?

Just curious - I haven't made one yet. Post some pics, please!   ;D




I actually found mine on Pinterest, but it was technically uploaded to YT...I think.   :D

I just left the front cover alone.  I wanted to leave the magazine cover image as the cover.  plus, if it doesn't really work out, I can use it to decorate another journal.  and the same may go for most of the pages.

here's a few pictures of the finished product.  I can't rotate the third picture for some reason, but that one doesn't really matter.  it works whichever way you look at it.

the cover (I can't WAIT for this game!!!!!!!!!!)


the back cover

I cut a piece of thin cardboard to make a harder back cover.  I then wrapped a piece of paper around it, used my double-sided mounting tape (which is kinda thick) to stick them together, and since this would then create empty space for me to potentially poke through while writing, I filled in the area inside the mounting tape with pieces of cardboard.  so it's really pretty sturdy.  then I put Duck Tape around it.  and the piece of tape on the spine is really, REALLY crooked.  oops.

inside

in some places, the pages look like they're splitting away from the spines of the magazines.  we'll see how long it lasts.  I left in pages dealing with games I like and pages I can just cover with paper so I can write on them.  I also stuck the magazines together at the spine with the mounting tape.  this made the whole thing thicker so that it wouldn't look so bulky on one side when I start putting things in it.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on February 20, 2019 04:42:32 PM
Cool, lots of surface area to add to. If pages start coming loose you can always add tape or glue that page to the one next to it making sure to get some of the glue at the spine. At worst, you could try a stab stitch binding (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-r6c_trSxY) That will mean you lose an inch of surface at the spine but it would hold everything in place very well.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 20, 2019 04:53:23 PM
thanks.  I did forget to add a picture showing how thick it is.  but after measuring it, it's exactly 1 inch thick at the spine.  wow. I'm good.  lol.

but yeah, when my last journal started coming apart, I did try to add glue and tape, but it didn't always work out.  I was also kinda rushed and upset when I tried to fix it so that probably didn't help.  two pages ended up glued together only because I added way too much glue and it smooshed out toward the center of the pages.  so I just added more glue and they became one thick, hard page. lol.  I'll add more pictures as I decorate the pages.  I won't be writing in it for a while, so now it's just something to work on when I need something to do.  I need more picture mounts or better glue sticks.  or even regular double-sided tape.  something PERMANENT to stick things to the pages.  the photo mounts I have suck.  they say they're "removable initially", but they're still coming off the pages in the other journals that they've been used in.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on February 20, 2019 08:45:47 PM
That looks fun to work in and on. If you're creating for yourself, then does it matter if it isn't built to last for 100 years?

I know it's important to me to work in something that is durable and sturdy, but in the end, it's just a playground to try out supplies, techniques, whatever. It can be recreated over and over if need be. I keep buying the 50-cent composition books from Target, setting a goal (lettering! fonts! collect quotes!) and after 10 pages or so, if I hate it, I recycle and start over. Or I rip out the pages I used, bring the book to school and let the kids use it.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on February 20, 2019 08:54:01 PM
Another book cover, another journal to make.

I found this at the creative reuse warehouse - Chronicle Books often donates their mock-ups and blank books.



It was just the cover paper and the three pieces of book board. I already covered the spine with muslin before I thought to take photos.



And I want the inside covers to have some wild and crazy fabric - this is what I've selected so far. I might remember some other hidden remnant this weekend.



I will more than likely punch holes in the spine, add grommets and use the pamphlet stitch to bind. I will go back to the creative reuse place this weekend and look for cool stuff to add to it.


Title: Re: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 20, 2019 09:23:05 PM
That looks fun to work in and on. If you're creating for yourself, then does it matter if it isn't built to last for 100 years?

I know it's important to me to work in something that is durable and sturdy, but in the end, it's just a playground to try out supplies, techniques, whatever. It can be recreated over and over if need be. I keep buying the 50-cent composition books from Target, setting a goal (lettering! fonts! collect quotes!) and after 10 pages or so, if I hate it, I recycle and start over. Or I rip out the pages I used, bring the book to school and let the kids use it.

thanks.  and no, not really.  but I'm also not big on my journals falling apart.  I already have one that I bought that did that (stupid glued-in pages, as usual).  it's being held closed by rubber bands that I need to replace because some have already rotted and broke.  ::)

I have comp notebooks I can play with.  I did cover one in scrapbook paper years ago.  maybe I should play around with it some more and cover the others that I have.  and buy more to cover.  :D


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Maimun on February 21, 2019 09:20:52 PM
Smmarrt, if I found that book, Iíd probably be screaming from joy for 3 hours!!  What an amazing find!  I so wish there was a reuse center around here. 

Kraft-Karasu, that journal looks great.  I found 2 old Somerset magazines that Iíll experiment with.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 22, 2019 01:46:34 PM
Mun, we don't have them around here either...at least I don't think we do.  if we do, I need to find them.  if we don't, I wish we had them too.  I need to look this stuff up.

and thank you!  I got matching Duck Tape today for a second one.  but...I don't have anymore cardboard.  :(  I used the cardboard from a wall calendar and it was the last piece I had.  so I'm holding off on the second one until I decide what to do.  I also forgot to mention that I used 5 magazines for that thing.  lol.  I hope you share your experiment with us!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on February 22, 2019 03:05:25 PM
I just Googled this and got here - hope you find something close by!

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&channel=iphone_bm&ei=zn9wXObgOc-WsQXp16rADg&q=creative+reuse+centers+usa&oq=creative+reuse+centers+usa&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i71l8.0.0..34006...0.0..0.0.0.......0......gws-wiz.pxYIYBsJanw

In some places, you can go to a recycling center to get magazines and cardboard....




Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 22, 2019 03:47:56 PM
man.  lots of broken links, missing pages, etc. for areas near me.  I found one that said it had an eBay store, but the store doesn't exist.  :(  it may just come down to Goodwill for me.  but thanks for the links.  hopefully others have better luck than me.

and that's a good idea for recycling centers.  that I might have a better chance with.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: digreen on February 22, 2019 09:46:51 PM
A creative use center would ROCK. That might be a thing to set up as a franchise and make them in every community; wouldn't cost a lot of $, just rent & staff, and maybe shipping the trash from one community to another...hmm.

Anyway, I came here to mention that your local library may have a shelf of magazines that it gives away, after they are a bit old, like a couple of years ols. Also craig's list 'free' section, or freecycle, have stuff, & you can put out a call for specific things too.

General Q. What's the difference between a junk journal and an altered book? Is it that the journal needs to be bound up?


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Maimun on February 23, 2019 07:38:21 PM
on thread: I  was trying to start a journaling group and asked my local library if they could hold on to creative, inspirational, and picture-filled magazines for me.  They gave me a big box and didn't charge me.

I think the biggest difference between a junk journal and an altered book is that the altered book still keeps its original form for the most part.  The pages might be covered, thinned out, or glued together, etc, but for the most part, it's still mostly intact.  And these books are usually used as art pieces or some kind of finished piece.  The junk journals are pretty much pages repurposed into a set for journaling.

But like so many creations, there probably isn't set definition. ;)

off-thread:  I'm looking for work again after the 3rd time in 5 years, the place I'd been working in since 2000 let me go and nothing has been working out.  I'm seriously thinking of hanging out my own shingle with a reuse center and getting art therapists who might need an office.

digreen, ScrapUSA has a business model that they share.  I haven't looked at it yet, but that's where I will start.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: geekgirl1000100 on March 21, 2019 06:50:52 AM
I came across this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaPz7iZcIFA

She makes really pretty junk journals but what's cool is she has created a check list of ideas to make a junk journal.  For those times you sit down and just go blank on what to do or add.  It gave me several new ideas that I'm excited to try out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaPz7iZcIFA


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on April 02, 2019 09:44:12 AM
I want to view the videos and artists you are linking, but the April Fools prank in making the link un-clickable.

I agree with what Maimun said about altered books versus junk journals. I use a few books as paint clean-off and glue books/collage books. But I love making my own journals with odd bits and things.

About creative reuse centers, there is a non-profit model and has hints on how to get started. It would be a community effort but if you can find storage, you can get started collecting and accepting donations.

https://sites.google.com/scrap-sf.org/home/creative-reuse/start-a-creative-reuse-center


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on April 02, 2019 09:58:39 AM
Here's another good list:

https://www.artofrecycle.org/our_neighbors.html


Title: Re: Re: Junk Journal-along 2016
Post by: geekgirl1000100 on October 21, 2019 12:07:34 PM
Smmarrt , I remembered someone on this forum talking about classes and had some downtime at work and went back through this thread and found your post. 

I few years ago I did Lifebook by Tam Laporte.  It was a year long online course thing where you got 2-3 lessons per month.  It was ok.  I did pick up some techniques but I didn't like listening to her and the whole thing was a bit too touchy-feely for me.

But I kinda wanted to do something similar again and have been looking around.  Donna Downey apparently only did the Inspiration Wednesdays in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and you can download each one for $35 each or all three for $75.  Do you think it is worth it for $75?  did you like it?  The Lifebook was ~$100-120 so I figured I'd be paying around that much.

Wanderlust is $150 and I was considering that but I liked that the Inspiration Wednesday ones are available now and I don't have to wait until January.

Has anyone else taken any similar mixed media online courses and have any they would recommend?

Jump! Jump! Jump!

I have to admit, I just like making the books - I don't always use them. I am taking 2 online art classes (Donna Downey Inspiration Wednesdays and Everything Art Wanderlust 2016) but I am using purchased journals for those classes. I suppose I could craft one for next year's Wanderlust....but I haven't used up all the pages in this year's book. I am making one for my BFF to explain what they are, with a vintage "History of Idaho" cover.

And the big library book sale is next weekend (my favorite event of the year!) and everything is $1 on Sunday. I look for foreign language books, atlases and dictionaries, craft books and this year, I will be searching for cool hardcover books that I can cannibalize. It feels so wrong but yet, it makes me happy!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on October 21, 2019 02:21:16 PM
Yes to Donna Downey - she doesn't repeat herself too much and you learn some new stuff. She uses media you might not have already and I think she offers alternatives to the products she uses in the lessons. If itís still available, I would buy the class that teaches you how to make her journal - I think itís only $5. Iíve made a few for friends and I like the size of the finished book.

I have been doing Wanderlust for a few years - I buy it early-bird so itís only about $95. I donít try everything but there is a lot of content and new things to try. If you have the money, I do recommend it.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: geekgirl1000100 on October 22, 2019 04:45:37 AM
I went ahead and got the 3 years of Inspiration Wednesday for $75.  When I signed in the journal tutorial was in my workshop list for free.  I watched it, looks fairly straightforward and I just bought a grommet tool so I'm sure I'll be making some of those!  I like that I have all the content at once and the videos are on the shorter side.  I watched the first one from 2015 and really liked her pacing.  I'm excited to get started BUT I have to finish up a different project first.

I may still also do Wanderlust.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on October 22, 2019 10:55:09 AM
Yay for you! Donna Downey does love her glaze and toward the end, she glazes everything. But other than that, she uses a lot of weird and wonderful stuff.

I like the book tutorial - they make a nice gift for arty friends.


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: AHDesign on November 23, 2019 02:50:45 PM
I am glad to see this thread, thank you to the OP!


Title: Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books!
Post by: Smmarrt on December 04, 2019 03:54:28 PM
I hope to import this thread, or at least the ideas & discussion, over to Reddit. I need some time this weekend to learn about Reddit and the subreddit and I did see that many of the boards are on the side of the Craftster subreddit.

I have so many books in progress and I do actually work in some of them but I don't want to clog the thread with my stuff.


I hope you all continue to work on pages/books/prompts.