Envelope Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Jane Chipp of Willow Blue Vintage, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Envelope 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 Jane tell you all about her lovely project…
This month I thought I’d try a different format for my journal. I decided to make all of the pages from envelopes…the front of each envelope serves as a journaling page and the envelopes can all hold journaling cards, ephemera or any other little treasures.
As a starting point, I printed out some printable envelopes from the premium site to use as templates (type ‘envelope’ into the search bar to find some). To make the envelopes I used lots of different Graphics Fairy papers as well as several old book pages, glassine paper and some prints of some of my artworks. I made envelopes in lots of different shapes and sizes. To assemble the journal, I paired up the envelopes and attached them with a strip of rice paper in the middle and created two signatures; taking care to ensure that the envelopes all faced the same way. I stitched the signatures into a card cover and used eyelets and string for the closure.
Then came the fun part of decorating the envelopes and filling them. I used so many GF prints this month! I printed out lots of small ephemera pieces…tickets, calling cards, library cards…all sorts of bits that I could collage onto and tuck into the envelopes. I also found some gorgeous old photographs from the free site that I printed onto photograph paper.
I didn’t have a specific theme, but wanted it to look like a gathering of family memories…old photographs, mementoes and flowers and leaves picked from the garden. One of my favorite touches was some labels that I found in the printables in the Lepidopterist bundle. I printed them at about half size and used them to label some of the dried leaves and flowers that I collaged onto the envelopes.
Anyone who’s seen my previous journals will know that I love painting over photographs…I did several in this journal too using muted green colors to match in with the dried flowers.
I collaged the cover with several GF prints and added a vintage tea card of a butterfly and some dried flowers. I made a tuck spot on the inside front cover from an old photograph. It was of a lady kneeling to tend to her plants. I painted out the background and added dried flowers to it and I must admit…a rather love it! I used some printables from the Catherina Klein Birds bundle…gorgeous little postage stamps that I cut out with a deckle edge and popped in several of the envelopes.
This structure, using envelopes for all the pages, makes a really enticing journal. Because each envelope has ephemera tucked inside you can feel things through the envelopes and its really lovely to open each envelope to see what’s inside.
ENVELOPE JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Let’s take a tour of it together:
The list of bundles that I used this time is really long because I used so many papers to create the envelopes, and so many small items as ephemera in the envelopes.
The bundles that I used were:
- Mini French Ephemera
- Angel Ephemera
- Bibliophile Ephemera
- Aeronautical Adventure
- French Paperie Collection
- Sewing Ephemera
- Mini Ephemera Pieces
- Delicate Endpapers
- French Attic Ephemera
- Blank Papers & Parchment
- Script Ephemera 2
- Blank Paper Ephemera
- The Lepidopterist
- Catharina Klein Birds
- Herbal Apothecary Shop
I hope this journal has given you some ideas for using these fabulous bundles.
I will be listing this journal for sale on Wednesday 18 August 2021 in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WillowBlueVintage
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Such a beautiful journal! I’m taken with the structure and love the idea of using different envelopes.
Thanks so much Linda! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I love this envelope journal..so gourgous..i love the huge mix of ephemera and how well it all goes together..an amazing job you’ve done…very inspiring..cheers.. Michelle
Thanks for the kind words Michelle 🙂 Jane did such an amazing job and we are so glad you enjoyed it too!