Delft Blue Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Henriette van Mierlo, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Delft Blue 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 Henriette introduce herself, and tell you all about her lovely project…
Hi, it’s my pleasure to present to you another junk journal made with some beautiful bundles from the Graphics Fairy premium membership site. This time I went for a Delft blue themed journal.
Delft blue is a kind of pottery with blue decorations, traditional made here in the Netherlands, in Delft. It originated in the 16e century as an alternative for the expensive blue and white Chinese porcelain. But still only the very rich people could afford Delft blue porcelain. Nowadays there are only a few factories left that make Delft blue ceramics in the authentic way. I think Japanese and Chinese images and Delft blue go well together so I decided to make a junk journal in that theme. As usual I started with the cover. This is made from white cotton fabric, Japanese style fabric and in between a slightly smaller piece of batting fabric. I’ve sewn it all together to create the cover.
For the closure I attached the two pieces of a Chinese knot applique to a dark blue elastic band. By using the elastic band there is room for the journal to grow. On the inside of the cover, on both sides, I’ve sewn two fabric pockets. The fabric has a blue and white floral pattern.
There are three signatures in this junk journal containing all different kinds of paper, both old and new. I used tea dyed papers, vintage/antique Chinese and Japanese papers, wallpapers, printed papers from the Graphics Fairy bundles and others. In the middle of each signature, on the strings, I’ve added little blue and white beads and a Chinese coin. There are pockets and a belly band from lace trims but also fabric clusters here and there in the journal. I like to put snippets of fabric on the edges of the papers in my journals, they give the journal extra interest and you can put little dangles or beads on it.
There are four photographs in this journal. I found two of them on the Graphics Fairy public domain site, just search for Japan or kimono girl images. The other two are from the Graphics Fairy premium site bundles. All the bundles I used to create this journal are listed below.
Tags are always part of my journals and in the blue and white Chinoiserie bundle you can find some beautiful pre-made ones. I only printed them out and backed them with tea dyed or kraft paper.
Using all kinds of different paper scraps, I collaged a large tag and added some gold accents in the form of a gold eyelet and a circle sticker.
The Delft Blue ephemera bundle has some great images you can use to create journaling cards with.
AND this bundle also has pre-made postage stamps and envelopes. I used some of the postage stamps as tuck spots for ephemera.
Finally, I also added washi tape, little blue and white cabochons throughout the journal, a metal bookmark and I’ve sewn a little fabric tea bag.
I’m happy with how this journal turned out. The color combination of the blues, cremes and beige go very well together and I love the mix of vintage and new papers. I hope I’ve inspired you to create similar journal yourself.
DELFT BLUE JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Let’s take a tour of it together:
Here are all the bundles I used:
- Blue and white Chinoiserie
- Delft Blue ephemera
- Instant ancestors II
- Mother’s day ephemera
- Image from the little bird collage tutorial
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