Hey, everyone! Danielle Robotham, one of our amazing new Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Nature’s Album 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 Danielle tell you all about her incredible project…
Hello everyone, my name is Danielle of Fill A Space and I’m beyond delighted to share my first design team project for The Graphics Fairy!
Whilst excitedly browsing the premium website, I was instantly inspired by the selection of album frame bundles, I just knew I wanted to build my journal around them. I’m calling this
journal ‘Natures Album’ and I wanted to evoke the feeling that the journal had been pieced together during a woodland walk. Knowing the wonderful catalogue of nature themed
content available on the site I started searching for key words, forest, woods, Mother Nature, florals and so forth, which further fed my inspiration. I then started collecting images
that paired with the colour palette of my chosen album frame bundle ‘The Family Album Pages’. All the bundles and images I used are listed below.
My initial focus was ensuring the frame images were the main focal point of my cover, the star of the show if you will! After choosing an antique book cover as my base, I sized the
frames appropriately to fit within the dimensions of the book cover, printed them out and mounted them on some thick card stock. The tricky part then lay ahead, using a scalpel to
cut out the centre of the frames, which wasn’t as hard as I anticipated Phew! I then distressed all edges with a combination of scissors, distress ink and paint.
Once distressed and decorated with brads, I backed both cover frames with another piece of card that I had covered with antique ledger and a beautiful floral print from ‘The Bittersweet
Hues’ bundle. Ensuring I only glued three sides of the frame, enabling an opening to insert an image or in this case a pressed floral. I used a combination of two different construction
techniques I had learnt from various journal courses I have taken part in. Using vintage linen to adhere the album frames to the book cover, to create flip outs and a stick to decorate the
My eyes lit up once I discovered the ‘Enchanted Forest’ bundle which had the perfect printable sheet containing phrases and quotes related to the woods! I printed them out and
fussy cut them to use in various ways throughout the journal, such as laminated to create a floating card.
I used a die cut to create a specimen sample of a pheasant feather, combining a book cover digital and the word ‘wings’ from the ‘Enchanted Forest’ printable sheet.
Wanting to make use of one of my favourite quotes from the printable sheet I used the back of a vintage cheque book to display one of the larger quotes. I cut and glued all the phrases
and quotes, but you could also print them directly onto sticker paper to save you some time, hindsight is twenty twenty right!
One of my favourite details about this journal are the scrap fabric clusters. I started by collecting various textured lace together and simply layering them to create clusters using
three to four pieces for each, then running a straight stitch down the centre to secure them. You could also use fabric glue on its own or in addition to a straight stitch.
To further embellish the clusters, I gathered some dried flowers, feathers and a few film slides I had in my stash. Tucking them through holes in the lace and/or hand embroidering a
few crosses or tacking stitches to secure the natural pieces in place. I used the trusty stapler on some of the pieces too.
You could use all sorts of natural materials to create organic looking clusters, like bark, dried moss, samaras seeds (she says as she wishes she had found some to use!), the possibilities are endless.
I used various pieces of linen and sari silk I had rust and tea dyed for this project as I thought they enhanced the raw feeling of the theme. The Graphics Fairy Premium site has a vast
selection of tutorials, including how to Eco Dye papers. I experimented with dying various weights of paper such as wallpaper lining and embossed papers.
If I know anything it’s that The Graphics Fairy will never let you down if you’re looking for bird themed imagery, you are simply spoilt for choice! I found these lovely birds nest images
that I printed A4, then tore them in half to create two floating journaling pages. To add further interest and texture I glued a feather to the nests.
Thanks to the endless inspiration gained from browsing the premium site I could have worked on this journal endlessly; a little has gone a long way to bringing this theme together. I’m delighted with how this journal came together; I hope you enjoy it too!
Let’s take a tour of the journal:
NATURE’S ALBUM JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Premium Membership Bundles I used:
A Rose Is A Rose
Fall Colors Ephemera
Family Album Pages
Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
Thank You So Much!
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