I mentioned having become hooked on You Tube videos of people making junk journals. It seems such a good idea to use up scraps of lace, bits of paper, glue, tape, and bits and bobs. One thing I have from my various craft hobbies over the years is bit and bobs. Time to have a go myself, and where better to show you my laughable efforts than here in Scrap Happy. After all I was using scraps and I did enjoy it very much indeed, so I am happy. And you will have a good laugh.
Do you sense a rider coming up, well several riders.
1 To have something look gorgeous is not as easy as it looks.
2 People who do You Tubes are very good at what they do. They sell the finished product for oodles of money.
3 My definition of junk is clearly not the same as others, considerable sums of money are spent on buying in the gorgeousness.
4 Some have clearly spent even more readies on craft materials and equipment than I have.
5 Some journals are real works of art, space for writing anything is not huge, or logical, but they do look fabulous.
So I decided to put all that behind me. I aspired to make a journal out of genuine junk , so that I can write stuff down. Now some junk journalists buy old books and pull them to bits. I don’t know that I will ever be able to pull a book to bits, it goes against my nature, maybe I will be able to do this one day. That way they start with a good cover and paper.
Some demonstrate that you can achieve lovely books with cereal packets. I had the inside piece of card from Mr E’s shirt. I cut it and painted it.
This is my learning junk journal so won’t have many signature pages ( Inside pages to the uninitiated) . I had tried printing out some photos of myself and my brother on the computer. Now we only have a black and white printer so that rules out all sorts of things. They didn’t look good, so were now junk.
I decided to paint the reverse side.
Mistake one- do not rest page you are working on, on some wet paint underneath. You will get a mess.
Mistake two- don’t try to clean it off with a piece of tissue, you will make a bigger mess, but you can stick something over it. In this case a pressed flower.
That’s the reverse side I was painting on and when I had made the mess I decided that this would be part of a learning journal. I quite like the page on the right though.
I am a less is more kind of person ( laziness?) , but junk journalling is a more is best kind of craft.
Moving on I wondered if you could buy a something and make life a bit easier by only having pages to decorate. June is Go Wild month. Last year I kept notes but they were just in a notebook I have for jotting things down in, you know ,books to read, knitting patterns to try, places to go, to do lists. I thought wouldn’t it be nice to have something just for Go Wild.
Off to Hobbycraft where I bought a book, no idea what it’s for, maybe scrap booking.
Anyway I covered it.
I even managed to cut a place to get the ribbon through my paper. I am naturally pretty bad at this sort of thing, why did I think it was a good idea? The book cost about £4 but the rest of stuff is genuinely bits and bobs that have been languishing in a box, well for yonks plus ages.
Inside. Now I recall when doing my City and Guilds Course on Creative Embroidery , and having to keep sketchbooks, clippings books etc being told to get something, anything on page one or you would be stuck forever. I’ve not got there yet but.
I think these two bits may feature, again, stuff I have had for rather a long time, therefore junk, certainly I can see my children just chucking the contents of my box in a skip. ( I still have not got over my brother hurling out all my Mum’s calligraphy leftovers, although maybe I should be grateful). But to someone else’s eyes, my stuff -its junk.
And then I had a close encounter with a blackbird, so I decided to just write something about that, and I had page two, and then I found a picture of bluebells so I had page three too.
And the whole thing seems less daunting. I think it’s a question of go for it and see what happens.
Finally I saw a You Tube, yes that again, on what to do with those pesky labels you cut out of clothes. I do tend to hang onto them too, they have nice designs and ribbons. You cover them with something pretty.
I have pretty paper
I can do that. Mistake three- you can see the writing on the card through the lined file paper I thought would be good for the back. I shall have to redo them.
But washy tape and a bit of an old card from something works well, and you can tie them or just use a paper clip.
So that’s how far I have got.
My aim now is to keep practising , at some point I have to make the shirt card into an actual book.
To keep working on the Go Wild journal.
Eventually I would like to make something from all the pieces of paper my Dad and Mum saved that I can’t bear to part with. I even found a Latin exercise book of my Dad’s. He had torn out most of his work, but in the middle was a page of latin adverbs. I must use that.
I don’t want to spend a fortune on this, I would like to use up the various leftover (scrap) materials I have. Maybe one day I can destroy and reuse a book , but I am not there yet.
Have you tried making journals? If so what are your top tips?
Please have a look at the other Scrap Happy posts over at Kate’s