Springtime Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Sharon Hoerth of The Journalocity Shop, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Springtime 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…
I found a hardcover book that I wanted to repurpose into a spring themed journal because it was the perfect color and size I was looking for, but the front cover was quite uninteresting. To solve this problem, I used a pretty image of another book cover from the Provence Bundle on the Premium Membership Site to cover the front of my journal. I adhered a mesh strip from the original book spine along the left side of the front cover image. I also wrapped a piece of lace around the lower portion of the spine. These two elements provide additional texture and interest to an otherwise plain book cover. For the inside covers, I used two beautiful zoological book title page images. These images carry through the spring meadow theme I was going for with this project.
Fabric flips provide a fun, decorative and private journaling spot. I love to add an unexpected surprise under flips when creating these spots. Here I stamped an image of a pretty medieval lady.
I love using vintage papers in my creations. Here I used a vintage music sheet as the base material for this top loading tuck spot. It not only provides ample room for a large tag to tuck underneath, but also folds out to reveal two pockets inside to store extra journaling cards.
One challenge of using old book covers to create journals is that you are limited to the exact size of the existing book. When using digital images as journal pages, this can become a problem if the image isn’t quite the same scale as the book cover. Here I worked around that challenge by layering a wallpaper digital behind the castle image to get the page height I needed.
Using black and white book pages gives the eye a bit of rest, but also allows for a lot of freedom when it comes to embellishing the pages. On this center spread I layered in pieces of colorful wallpaper and stamped flourishes. I also placed a wax seal at the top of the page. To finish everything off, I tied vintage costume jewelry to the signature strings.
Cabinet cards don’t always have to be portraits. Here I created my own faux version of a cabinet card by layering a landscape photo, wallpaper image and a cabinet card frame image. Machine stitching adds a nice touch to the frame.
Waxing paper is one of my favorite ways to change up the texture and weight of my journal pages. On this page I coated a handmade paper with beeswax. I love the translucent effect it gives and allows you to see through the paper to the printing behind the page.
To give old papers a new twist, try printing pretty images onto them. Ledger paper makes a great background for birds and other botanical images.
I’m always looking for interesting ways to add extra journaling spaces to my projects. For this journal I created an imitation legal document by taking an antique book page and layering both blank and printed onion skin papers on top. To give it that authentic legal feel, I created a fold at the top and held all the layers together with vintage brass brads. (Photo 10)
There are so many fun frames to play with on the Premium Membership Site. I chose a particularly ornate frame to compliment this journaling card. Cutting out the center hole allows the bunny image to peek through from underneath.
SPRING JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Let’s take a tour of it together:
I hope this journal has given you inspiration on how to incorporate many different images, textures and materials into one project.
Premium Membership Bundles used in this project:
The Secret Garden
Antique Title pages
French Attic Ephemera
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Thanks so much!
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