Country Garden Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Sharon Hoerth of The Journalocity Shop, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Country Garden Junk Journal for us this week. As you know, we feature one new Junk Journal project each week created by one of our creative team of artists. Our Design Team Members select from the 100’s of Vintage Image Bundles on our Premium Membership Site, for their creations, in order to show you beautiful ways to use those images. We hope you will be totally inspired by this series!
Therefore, please make sure you check out the video tour at the bottom of the page…please scroll all the way down to see it. Are you ready to be inspired? I will step out of the way and let Sharon introduce herself, and tell you all about her incredible project…
Hi everyone! My August design team project really took me back to my childhood days. I remember my parents and grandparents pouring through the seed catalogs in early spring picking out the vegetables and flowers they would plant in early summer. The Seed Catalog Bundle on the GF Premium Membership site was the perfect jumping off point for my Country Garden themed journal. I paired vintage fabrics with the vintage images to create that nostalgic feel in this journal.
For the construction of this journal, I decided to incorporate a no-sew technique in which you glue a ribbon or string into the spine that is used to tie and hold in the one-signature text block. I used a natural-colored string to compliment the garden theme.
This technique allows the user to remove the signature and replace it with a new one, if desired. I used an antique ticking fabric for my spine and book title pages from the Antique Title Pages bundle to line the inside covers.
What is a garden journal without some real flowers for inspiration? On this page I taped in a pressed lavender stalk. It not only looks good, but smells good too!
I am always looking for unique ways to create belly-bands and tucks. On these first two pages I incorporated found ephemera. I used a strip of vintage laundry labels to create a thin belly band and a vintage embroidered napkin to create a corner pocket.
On this third page, I cut around the lacy pattern on the coffee dyed paper to create a more interesting edge to the tuck spot.
I love the way old book pages give a journal a lived-in feel. In this journal I used cookbook and embroidery book pages to compliment the printables.
It is fun to do a little slow stitching onto elements in a journal to give it some extra texture. Here I simply tore a strip of linen fabric to use as a bookmark and then stitched three little flowers onto the front for a little interest.
Finding unique places to tuck papers and bits of ephemera can sometimes be a challenge. I searched my stash and found this index card with a glassine pocket. It is the perfect size to tuck vintage tea cards.
If I can’t find the perfect size envelop to add to a page, I like to create my own. Envelopes are simple and easy to make. For this one, I used a piece of coffee dyed paper, treated it with beeswax, and stitched up the sides. For extra embellishment, I added a strip of paper to the flap with a pretty stenciled pattern. The wax treatment gives the envelop a beautiful translucent texture.
Let’s take a tour of it together:
COUNTRY GARDEN JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Premium Membership Bundles used in this project:
Garden Club Tour
My handmade journals are for sale in my Etsy Shop
You can also follow me on Instagram
Thanks so much!
Check out the Graphics Fairy Premium Membership Site HERE!