If you've ever looked at a Junk Journal 'Bits' pack in my vintagey/crafty supply Etsy shop, or if you've ever thought about making your own, but you don't know where to go with it once you've got all the items there in front of you ... then this post - filled with photos from one of my latest projects - is just for you!
By their very nature no two junk journals can ever be the same.
The items are usually reclaimed, not mass-produced plus and we all decorate them with our unique photos, words and 'bits' and so ...
I've tried to make this post not merely about just sharing my project but also about the general ideas behind each page. That way the ideas should be easy to transfer into your personal project, without you needing to have all the same supplies.
pick up the 'Blue Sky & Blackboards' kit I began with here in my shop.
full - detailed - product description here to get the full picture of what's included .. there's a lot! [Black and white chequerboard sticky tape anyone?].
Here's a few of the things I added to the kit myself ...
If you're interested in / have bought the kit I'll point out which items are from it as we move along - LOOK OUT FOR THE *asterisks* AS THEY DENOTE THAT THE ITEM MENTIONED IS PART OF THE KIT.
My May 2014 as a Junk Journal ...
The end result is approximately 17x11cm [just larger than the average 6x4" postcard] and it's a tag style book threaded on to a single book- ring*:
The covers [above] are made from sturdy cardboard decorated with - but not hidden behind - number paper*, soft template paper from an old craft magazine* plus some slashes of colour - the overall effect I was aiming for was messy arty collagey scrappiness.
Inside I began with a brief introductory page with some typed wording, a chalkboard label* [similar, but not identical designs are in the kit] with cotton tape* that I coloured with spray ink:
While many of my pages feature photos - I'm a lapsed scrapbooker after all -[see below] ... they're not by any means an essential part of junk journaling.
Examples of photo-free pages:
If there's a phrase, quote or lyric you like then make that the sole focus of a page, with other elements there to act as a backdrop:
|* Scrap of mesh / 'Must Have' label + sticky tape - all from kit|
Other photo-free options include pure collage; which is really just using paper for the love of it! No need to even attempt to tell a story - not in words at least. Try expressing yourself with colour and shapes instead!
Below is a similar idea, only this time with new ephemera - a leaflet from the place I visited. Rather than keep it separate in an envelope etc ... I simply used it as a page. What better way to give an album a very specific personalised theme?
|*The 'Love This' chalkboard label and kraft luggage tag are from the kit.|
Now I've convinced you you don't need to use photos ... let me show you how you can if you want to!
A scrapbooker does Junk Journaling:
If you're used to scrapping 12x12 then the surroundings may feel a little different ... a little smaller, more condensed, more relaxed even ...
... but you can still work with the familiar premise of photo + title + journaling as these pages demonstrate:
To get my photos small enough ...
- I make a photo collage [in Picasa, but there are probably lots of other methods] using two images.
- I then save it and print it out on to regular 4x6" photo paper. Then I simply cut them apart!
Sometimes less is more ...
... especially on such a small scale, so I don't always embellish my photos:
And 'embellishments' needn't be 3D ones ... I personally like to use the smallest of scraps in a minimal arrangement:
|*Tag [page base] and patterned paper from the kit.|
Or ... by typing [or writing / stamping / using rub-ons] directly on to it as I did here [with the title of the sculpture 'Ocean Voices':
Believe it or not ... there are actually more pages from this petite journal left to chat about! And, as they' all share something in common - an element of interactivity - I'm going to allocate them their own dedicated post in a few days time.
Before then ... I'll be back with other stuff and nonsense ... and you can check out the new kit here ... or dig out an existing kit and get journaling!
If there's an idea in this post you'd like to try out please do save / Pin this post for future reference ... and maybe even share it with your crafty friends too! Thanks so much!
* Items labelled with the asterisk are included in the 'Blue Sky & Blackboards' kit available from my Etsy shop.