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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Junk Journal Gallery on: June 12, 2017 04:55:00 AM
It has taken me so long to upload photos of the lovely journal SonjaBoo sent me, pride week has been a bit busy for me Grin

But finally, here are the photos. First of all, I have to say that I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY but everything SonjaBoo sent me - I feel so incredibly spoiled, I was seriously breathless with my jaw hanging open when I first opened this package, and I just can't stop looking at and touching everything.



The journal is ring-bound, with a lovely fabric cover that has gorgeous stamping and stenciling with texture paste, I think. And the rings are decorated with the cutest fabric, seriously.



And, for real, LOOK how many pages this thing has Shocked SonjaBoo added SO MUCH to it, and I am just speechless, honestly, speechless.

Here are some of my favourite pages:





















We also agreed to send each other some extras, and once again, I feel so, so, so spoiled and blown away. She sent me two lovely handmade envelopes (that are absolutely going into the junk journal too) filled with beautiful washi samples, fabric flowers, and just a TON of ephemera and stickers.



And an obligatory 'cat approves of this package' photo.



I am seriously speechless over this package, SonjaBoo, thank you so much.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Junk Journal Gallery on: June 04, 2017 12:15:27 PM
So glad you're enjoying the book! I have a (very bad) video flip-through of it here in case anyone is interested Grin

For the binding, I used staples to bind the signatures (using this tutorial for staple binding without a stapler), then I made a spine out of a strip of thin cardboard (about three times the width of my signatures) and glued all the signatures in there - I basically used the hidden spine technique from this video except I just glued everything in. The covers are paper-covered chipboard, with duct tape in the middle, and the hidden spine is stuck on the duct tape. Then it's all extra secured exactly like in the video, by gluing the edges of the spine on the covers and covering it all with endpapers.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Junk Journal Gallery on: May 26, 2017 06:54:47 AM
Both of these are so beautiful Shocked

Τhe woven spine of stellato_escuro's joournal is sooooo beautiful, I can't even. I desperately want to make a journal with a woven spine now. And The cover is great, and I love all the rose prints throughout the journal <3

And geekgirl's cover and spine are so beautiful, I'm in awe! Ι love all the vintage pages so much *_*
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Junk Journal Gallery on: May 25, 2017 05:28:38 AM
Can't wait to see everyone'es journals!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: May 22, 2017 04:36:37 AM
But when I impulsively stopped at Value Village this morning, looking for something else entirely, I found a hardcover book that's exactly the right size. The pages were brittle and falling apart, but the cover is in excellent shape. I've cut out the original page block and glued mine in, and it's drying right now. The next step is going to be to somehow make it look less like the nineteenth century German religious calendar that it once was. How hard could that be?

Oh Wulf, what a find! I love old books as covers for journals. I keep meaning to go to this flea market that I've been told has a ton of old books for one euro, but anxiety and laziness keep me from it.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: May 16, 2017 01:45:13 PM
I am all ready to send too Cheesy I'll be going to the post office on Friday because there is a massive week-long strike here.

I had the same problem a lot of you mentioned - I have so much paper, I could probably make about ten journals. And in preparation for the journal I'll get, I've been hoarding even MORE junk than usual so I can stick it in my new journal, I have this big box of bits from packaging, receipts, business cards, leaflets, even the sleeves from my coffee cups >.>
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: May 05, 2017 05:35:03 AM
I also have a package coming that I ordered a while ago that I hope will arrive tomorrow so I can use some of that, too.  I don't need a bigger paper stash, but some things are hard to resist. Cheesy

Me toooo, I have a huge order of washi tape and stickers coming in, and I am hoping it will arrive soon so I can include some of those goodies in my package Cheesy
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: April 30, 2017 04:18:05 AM
I am halfway done with my pages too, but I still haven't decided what I want to do for the cover. Still trying to decide between fabric or paper for it.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: April 22, 2017 05:26:11 PM
Ooooh Wulf I LOVE that idea about making one page wider and gluing them together - I usually use washi tape to piece together smaller papers but that is not always as durable as I'd like. I think I might start using your tip!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: April 22, 2017 10:26:56 AM
I've done the ring method too, it's nice cause you can bulk up your pages easier than you can in any other method that uses signatures. I think my favourite method though is saddle stitch, either sewn or with staples.

I just made a junk journal for a friend using this girl's method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTgrNOhI4QM
she essentially does staple saddle stitch - I don't have a big stapler so I used this method and it worked like a charm, it was SO easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn_Hq4nfOk8

I usually make small notebooks and signatures using this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWHkY5jOoqM&index=14&list=PL2F704E01F80BA1E9
(sealemon has a ton of bookbinding videos btw, if you haven't checked them out definitely do) and it's easy and fast enough but the stapling was much faster (and you can change the positioning of the staples in each signature if you have smaller pieces of paper etc)
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