Orange Themed Junk Journal
Hey guys, once again one of our fabulous Junk Journal Design Team Members, Terri Kolte, has created a fabulous junk journal for us. As you know, we are featuring one new Junk Journal each week created by our team of talented artists. Our goal is that you be totally inspired by this series! Terri created a fun Orange Themed Junk Journal! Be sure to check out the video tour at the bottom of the page…you need to scroll all the way down to see it. Are you ready to be inspired?
And now I will let Terri tell you about her project in her own words…
Hello there! It’s Terri from The Gypsy Magpie and today I’ve got a junk journal to share with you that is filled with all things “orange”! I never know where inspiration will come from but as soon as I opened up the Orange Ephemera bundle on the Premium Member site I knew I had to use these colorful images.There are so many different styles of junk journals it can be overwhelming to choose how to build the structure or “base” that will allow ample room for embellishment. I tend to work with card stock most often, covering it with printed scrapbook paper or images from the bundles.
There truly is no right way or wrong way to put one together but an easy way to begin is with copy paper. You can try out different sizes and ways to fold. If you don’t like it, toss it into the trash and start again!
Cut your pages different sizes, fold different ways, create flaps and pockets. Copy paper allows you to write notes and keep track of measurements. You don’t need more than 3 or 4 pages for a journal because once folded in half you have double the number of pages plus they are double-sided. Journals grow before you realize it!!
Once you feel the copy paper sample is headed in a direction that you like, duplicate it with some card stock. If you have a score board now is the time to pull it out and get some nice creases in that paper. It’s OK if you don’t- junk journals are the perfect opportunity to use what you have and just go with the flow.
You can cover those blank pages with scrapbook paper, dictionary pages, sheet music, even pages turn from a children’s story book. These all make great base pages, ready for embellishing.
Browse the image bundles and start printing. BEWARE: it’s addicting! I’ve spent countless hours looking through images and printing out stacks to play with. You can print on copy paper- or, if your printer will accept it you can try a lightweight card stock. Take some time to cut up the image sheets and fussy cut wherever you like. It makes assembling your journal much easier if you have a good selection of items ready to go.
I used all the images in the Orange Ephemera bundle, a photo frame filled with an Instant Ancestor, several tags and library cards, plus a variety of butterflies and moths.
Think of each page as a tiny collage- move things around as much as you like. Cut images to make them fit, cover parts if you need to. Remember- there are no rules. Add bits of ribbon or lace, pieces of everyday ephemera (ticket stubs, snips of packaging, postage stamps, dried leaves or petals, etc).
A junk journal can be completed in a single sitting- or it can evolve over weeks, months- as you find additional items to include. Enjoy the process!
I hope you’ll give it a try- it’s such a soul-filling, creative outlet for me. We can all use more of that type of activity, don’t you think?
The Premium Membership Bundles used in this project:
- Orange Ephemera
- Blank Paper Ephemera
- Ephemera Collection
- Interesting Insects
- Family Album Pages
- Instant Ancestors
Orange Themed Junk Journal Video Flip Tour:
To see a flip-through of Terri’s Orange Themed Junk Journal, check out the video below:
You can find me on my website: The Gypsy Magpie or IG: @thegypsymagpie to stay up to date with my latest projects. In the meantime, have a great week everyone!
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Thanks so much Kandie 🙂 So glad you liked it, Terri is amazing 🙂
I came across your video on youtube this morning. What a lovely little journal you made. Also loved the blue one, though I can’t remember the title on that video. I’m already thinking of ways I can use this to make a journal like it. Thanks for sharing this. It’s wonderful.
Oh thank you so much! Terri is amazing and I am so glad you enjoyed her beautiful work. Happy creating 🙂