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Scrap Happy Journal!

I have concluded that what I have been making for my Go Wild challenge journal is best described as a Scrap Happy Journal. It has elements of junk journaling to it, in that I use my junk/scraps. However “junk journals” are really wonderful works of art in which there is space to write, after the journal is constructed. I ran out of time to make much of anything before I wanted to start writing. So I am writing and constructing as I go, and the result is somewhere between scrap-book and a junk journal.ย  However I am happy, hence I am making a Scrap Happy Journal.

However there is the occasional item not from scrap, but from a publication I chanced upon in the newsagent last month.

Full of gorgeous paper, which for some unknown reason I am perfectly capable of cutting into. It won’t be long before I am able to be ruthless with a book.

I am also indebted to the wonderful Willowbound journal blog who has been my inspiration this month.

So here is my Scrap Happy Journal so far.

The cover is the same, and I finally found what I wanted to be on page one.

How apt is that for me? That was on the back of the magazine, and once I had cut that out the rest was easy.

An attempt at making a tag to go with the page about a walk in May in a bluebell wood. Thanks to Willowbound Journal for the inspiration.

Next my effort at making a pocket, inside the written instructions on how to sow a meadow and a card for notes. It keeps coming unstuck , hence the mini peg.

And another tag, I found the map in a cutting I had from an old magazine, everything from stash. That’s a real stash, yes I keep stamps too. I think I may be incurable in hoarding this stuff, so good to have found a use for it all.

An attempt at a collage- painted paper, Victorian scrap butterfly, picture from Daphne’s diary and poem found on-line, because I like it.

Tea dyed paper and an attempt at trapping a lace edging- previously also tea dyed. Not as easy as it looks to trap it- went a bit wobbly.

Blue painted background, tea dyed paper, round sticker from Daphne’s Diary, think the centre strip was from left over card making stuff.

An attempt at making a belly band. Have failed to figure out how I should use one, hence the paper clip. Picture from my stash of magazine cuttings. I really do keep all this stuff!

Cutting from an old magazine which went with the pictures below and to illustrate the river birds I spied on my trip last week to York. The picture of the swan is a cigarette card and I confess I did buy it for about 10p from the flea market in town.

I read that drawing wobbly lines was a good thing, not sure I agree, painted backgroud, stuck down with washi tape which seems to have lost its sticky.

Sticker from Daphne’s Diary- wobbly felt tip pen lines certainly don’t work.

And finally

A mod potched napkin- doesn’t that stuff smell disgusting. The page for last night’s journal entry.

So that’s as far as I got.

As you know two weeks ago I was in a right old state trying to do everything at once and in a real tizwaz. I shall complete this months journaling, use my scraps as I go. I do very much want to learn more and produce a junk journal in which to keep my parents ephemera, but I shall learn how to walk before I try running!

Please do visitย Kateย  for some more Scrap Happy joy.

In the meantime


PS No Knit and Natter this week, back next Friday. Have a wonderful weekend, love to know what you hoard and if you have found a way to put it to good use.



Comments on: "Scrap Happy Journal!" (43)

  1. I love this, it is a wonderful idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun.

  2. This is just lovely. You look like you are having a lot of fun with it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. My journals are all so plain. ;( Your’s inspire me but I always write a full 8×11 sheet of every thing that happened that day and no fluff at all. I may have to change that now. I love the fluff. If having all that creative ephemera is hoarding, we creative people are all hoarders. Oh well. I have lots and lots of stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun stuff and now I need to use it to make journals. I love Daphne’s Diary. We get them here too but a bit on the pricey side. Worth it though. Keep creating. You are so good at it.

    • Ah thank you. You have no idea how good it feels to have finally found something to do with all my stuff that is too nice to throw away.

      • I’m working on that too. I have quite a good bit here and not sure there will be enough time to use it all. Passing things along as thoughtfully as I can.

  4. Your journal is lovely. So inventive! xx

  5. Looks as if it is getting on wonderfully and giving you lots of fun. Great!

  6. This is so lovely, Cathy! I really need to stop reading all these wonderfully crafty and imaginative blogs, because now I want to try this, too! I especially love your first and last pages.

  7. What a wonderful journey you’re on! I think these junk/art journals are fabulous. I can see that being yet another rabbit hole one could fall into and find it hard to climb out of. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yes it is a rabbit hole , but a joy to have found something to do with everyhting I have kept over the years because I loved it, and fun to be creating something from scraps/junk.

  8. I can but stand in awe as I will not a quilter be.

  9. Looks wonderful. You have found some lovely bits and bobs for it. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  10. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    I love it too! Have been thinking of projects for kids to do over summer holidays and this is providing me with inspiration!!! Thank you!

  11. I love it! I’m inspired by you!!! And I adore that magazine. It’s so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  12. claire93 said:

    looks like you are having fun with this, even wobbly lines, and it’s making an interesting nature trail book.

  13. I like all the experimentation in this – it must have taken ages.

    • It is huge fun and I spend ages looking for bits of tissue to wipe my hands on from glue and paint, I doa bit then go away while the stuff dries, several bits on the go at once… but little enough to do in odd moments here and there.

  14. A Friday without Knit and Natter is like a day without sunshine!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But this post was really quite sunny it it’s own right. I think it’s the perfect project for all the bits you’ve stored away–get them out and mix and match and make something lovely from them! And I know Pauline is right, that you’ll start noticing what elements and techniques work best as you develop your own style. Carry on!

    • Thank you Kerry, I have so many bits squirrelled away its not true. Then I see a You Tube video and think , yes I have got some of those, and some of those, I can do that…. Huge fun.

  15. Hi Cathy…I love your book….I subscribed to Daphne’s diary for two years and kept very copy!!!….such beautiful pages that I just couldn’t throw away! I have wanted to do something with them and now you have given me food for thought…..have a lovely weekend…

    Take care
    Jan x

    • The pages are wonderful and just demanding to be made into something. I did read about one person who buys two copies, one to read and one to cut! I bet you would make super junk journals!

  16. What a wonderful record of a Nana going Wild! Looks fun!

  17. It’s all coming along rather well isn’t it! The whole point is to try things out, keeping and discarding until you find a style you like and then developing that. It’s always changing. And everyone has different ways, that’s the fun of it. The one thing I discovered when I was fiddling around making books was more is better. I was delighted with that finding because I tend to think you can never have too many layers……… But not everyone works that way. I particularly liked your ‘belly band’ page because it is layered and interesting and textural with all the different bits attached and something interesting to read about too. I love pockets too – make tags and write stuff on them and stick ’em in pockets – enormous fun! Oh, and washi tape is not very sticky. If you want it to stick down well add some glue or paste or double sided sticky to it. Keep on playing, it’s all coming along rather well!

    • Thank you for the encouragement, especially with the bellyband comment. That was very much a case of this looks as if it need something adding, and then a well what now, add more. It’s also having to work out the logistics of things, and the order to add stuff in. I am enjoying the process very much indeed. And there’s the geometry too of how to make something to size, so out of my comfort zone, but all very absorbing.

  18. What a great way to use things you have hoarded before that T.V. programme employs presenters to come into your house and, wearing masks, fight their way through ceiling high stacks of magazines to shame you in front of the nation (or whoever watches that programme).
    Seriously though, what fun you are having with this project and sharing it with us too ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I love your scrap happy journal! What a great way to record your memories. Itโ€™s been a long time since Iโ€™ve attempted anything like this, but what a wonderful keepsake.

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