Hey, everyone! Kate Stevens of Pixie K Designs, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a pretty Wild Ocean 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 Kate tell you all about her incredible project…
If I’m honest I didn’t have a specific theme in mind for this project when I started searching images on the Graphics Fairy site. For my past projects I have started with a bundle I love and a theme in mind and moved forward from there. This time, because I was a bit lost as to a theme for my journal I decided to use the search option and see where it led me. I really love old receipts, invoices and documents so I decided to start there and refined my image search to French receipts and documents. From this search I decided I wanted to do something French themed and old. (Pretty vague I know) I have a small amount of genuine French ephemera and letters I wanted to scan or copy and use, as well as the images from The Graphics Fairy website. I also wanted to incorporate my pages from a late 1800’s copy of “The Girls Own Paper” specifically the fashion pages.
As I printed and aged my invoices, scanned some of my French envelopes and gathered my old laces and trims this journal slowly evolved. I imagine it as a collection of invoices, letters and stationery as kept buy a woman in the late 1800’s who maybe travelled to Paris to shop and order the supplies she may need to run a house or hold a party. It’s a loose theme and the pages of the fashion from the era are from an English magazine not French but that is the joy of imagination and artistic licence right?
I covered a book cover I owned with an old upholstery fabric and then started to put things together. I think I definitely should have created a bigger spine for this journal. However a lot of the pieces can be removed.
I experimented with printing on as many different types of paper as I could with more than a few fails. It was fun seeing what my printer would and wouldn’t print. It is not a fan of tracing paper that is for sure.
I used the invoices and documents as pages and tuck spots and I have folded them and clipped and tucked them throughout the journal.
One of my favourite things is the wallpaper printable fussy cut to make a tuck spot for the little mini journal booklet I made. I also love the rose image from the Favourite French Things bundle which I have used twice in the journal.
I made a file folder that I initially thought would sit at the back of the journal but ended up becoming the centre signature but not bound in. This is not something I have done before, it is completely removable and very experimental for me but I like how it turned out.
At some point I decided my journal needed photographs of people and landmarks in Paris.
You will see them dotted around the journal creating interest and a sense of the journal actually belonging to someone long ago.
I hope you have enjoyed browsing through this journal with me.
Premium site bundles used:
Favorite French Things
Chelsea Flower show Inspired
Train Travel Bundle
French Paperie bundle
Mini French Ephemera
French Attic Ephemera
French Ephemera and transfers
French Newspapers and Ephemera
FRENCH INVOICE JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
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