Yarn, Yorkshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

It’s scrap happy day tomorrow and I have a fabric something to share, so I thought that today I would share the junk journal I continued to make during June as part of my Go Wild activities.

I fell in love with the whole idea of junk journalling thanks to Yarn and Pencil and Willowbound Journals.

JD from Willowbound Journals helped me on my way when I won a giveaway on her blog.

Such lovely happy mail! Thanks JD.

You may recall that at one point I got in a right old muddle trying to learn how to make a junk journal and wanting to write it at the same time. I eventually calmed down considerably and decided to do things my way. Junk Journals take a long time to make and many makers buy in new materials for their work. I very much wanted to use stuff I had leftover from other projects, which is how I ended up calling what I was making -a scrap happy journal.

I am pleased to say I just about managed to stay on top of the making and using the journal right through June.

That was the last page I shared in the June scrap happy post. Sometime during the second part of June I hit upon the idea of printing off the poem The Glory of the Garden by Rudyard Kipling. I then cut out the individual verses and placed them in various locations in the journal. Lots of people have added   inspirational words to their journals, which are really great but I don’t think I am an inspirational word type of person. Poetry is more me.

I rather liked this picture I cut from a magazine and I have attached one of the envelopes JD gave me. Inside is a butterfly cigarette card backed onto yellow paper and one of the verses.

I think this was probably when I started to think about garden poems. I like the little wooden butterfly and bit of lace I added in the corner.

the nearest I get to a collage, with paint and stamping. The book mark tucked in keeps falling out so I have now employed a paperclip to keep it in situ.

Envelopes feature quite a bit in junk journals, inside is a bird sketching book from the issue of Daphne’s Diary.

I just had to include the puffin cruise and the sea-bird guide we were all given.

And finally I printed off the whole poem to end June with.

Am I done with junk journals? NO. But I now want to take my time and learn how to make a journal, select the items I want to include and take it slowly, because the one I want to make  will include the little bits and bobs my Dad just couldn’t part with.

I shall also continue with this scrap happy journal, but again taking my time.

Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to write my Fabric Scrap Happy post tomorrow.

Any hints and tips on journal making, greatly appreciated. And I wonder what crafts others have tried , bought materials for which are now stuck unused in boxes somewhere. Has anyone found alternative uses for those crafty scraps?


Comments on: "Scrap Happy Junk Journal" (26)

  1. I absolutely love this junk journal!!! I have a lot of bits and pieces that would work nicely in one but have been reluctant to try it. Maybe I’ll give it a go since yours turned out so wonderful. It must have been fun making it.

  2. I love your take on a junk journal! I love the idea of junk journals and have thought about starting one, but I didn’t really have a starting point. Thinking of it your way, a place to catch all the scraps of things we love but don’t have a home for, sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. What a lovely record of your ‘Wild’ days!
    Do you know Jenni at Jennibellie
    Lots of fun stuff about Journalling.

  4. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    What a beautiful way to keep a journal and all those memories and favourite things.

    • It is a distinct improvement on the account I wrote last year in an ordinary notebook. Next year if there is a next year I shall be more prepared.

  5. Oooh! I love this. Yours is very pretty!
    I have started collecting my bits of pretty things from my sewing. I noticed most were from previous made outfits for my oldest 4 children. Little bits of fabric, lace, ribbon that I’ve saved since my oldest firstborn (daughter) was 5! She would be 42 now, she died at 28 in a car accident. So those things make me smile remembering her and my other children. How proud I was of what I made them, even tho they wanted store bought! ;o)

    But I have not bought my journal book yet. I think I’ll give my journal a name, but nothing in my head yet. I will not journal about today, but write my thoughts and feelings, past and present. Seeing yours makes me want to start right now! But no time yet.

    Doing one in your Father’s memory would be priceless! Wonderful idea.

    • I think a journal about your family would be a wonderful thing to make. So sorry to hear how you lost your daughter, a gap in your life which never heals. It must be a comfort to have the little bits of lace and fabric and to recall their use.
      Bless you.xx

  6. Such a great compilation of 2018’s Get Wild adventures and thoughts!

  7. I haven’t heard of a junk journal, what a fabulous idea xx

  8. You are going to be so glad you started this! Just going back and reviewing this, your first effort, will be fun and remind you of both this summer and the place you started with your scrapbook/journals. I agree that the one that will honor your father’s things deserves more careful planning but don’t over-think it to the point of never getting started!

    • Thank you, and yes that is always a danger. One tip I picked up was to scan things you are gong to use, just in case! I shall have a few trail runs before I use anything precious. At the moment everything is stuck in an old metal deed box, which is a shame and a waste.

  9. I love the way you have focused your scrap happy junk journal (great name – and I salute you for using up scraps rather than buying new!) on this Rudyard Kipling poem, The Glory of the Garden. I didn’t know it before but have just read it online, and it says so much about gardens that is just right. You just have to look past the bits about undergardeners and ‘prentice boy – that’s me actually in our garden hierarchy!

    • I am the gopher in garden terms, and have been rather left to my own devices this year. The weeds/ wildflowers that flourish may well be reminiscent of Mickey Mouse as the sorcerors apprentice, now they have seeded there will be no stopping them.
      I love the idea of junk journals, then you hear they were made using downloaded printable art and Tim Holt this and that, and no longer are they junk journals to my mind, but that is what a junk journal is, so I felt the need to coin my own name using Kate’s Scrap Happy meme.

  10. You’ve obviously enjoyed yourself with this – enough to know that you want to continue As you have a bit of experience now, I think it’s a good idea to step back, consider what you’ve learnt and what areas you think you could improve on and then all systems go for the next bit and to do justice to your Dad’s bits and bobs. Ooh – reading that back I sound like a very sensible person. Don’t be fooled – I have absolutely no experience with scrapbooking or journal making although I have bits and bobs enough to fill many volumes. I like your idea of using things you already have, some with sentimental value, or stalking the charity shops – so much more interesting than just buying stuff.
    Looking forward to seeing what you’ve done with scrappy fabric – sounds like you might be doing something similar to me. We’ll see tomorrow.

    • Lynne you are so talented with fabric, what you have made will be incrediblly good, whereas mine is well , to be as nice as I can be to myself- quirky! But I had fun.
      I love messing around with paper and glue and I have no illusions on my skill level! So good to use some of the stuff!

  11. You’re already doing so much better than I would, I don’t think I have any suggestions to offer you! I’m looking forward to seeing what you have for us tomorrow 🙂

  12. Shirley said:

    It looks charming, so many delights to enjoy as the pages are turned and what a good idea about your father’s memorabilia. 🙂

    • Thank you Shirley. I shall sort through the things I kept of Dad’s in the autumn and then make plans, some of them are very sweet notes between my parents.

  13. Good job Cathy! I think your journal is pretty and bright and each page is different . There’s lots of butterflies too which always appeal to me. To answer your last question: I use a lot of my painting scraps in cards and also sometimes bits get added back into other paintings I’m currently still working my way through my cupboard of yarns and using them all up in scrappy blankets……

    • That’s a good use for the yarn, and for the painting scraps. I do make cards too, which have created scraps of their own. The pair of boots was left over from card making!
      Sometimes you go into charity shops and see things for sale which are clearly left overs from someone’s hobbies. Better there than in landfill, but better to use them oneself! And not buy more stuff.
      Thank you for your positive feedback on the journal.

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