Seamstress Folio Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Sharon Hoerth of The Journalocity Shop, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Seamstress Folio 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…
Sometimes a person finds a vintage or antique item and even though you are not sure what to do with it, you get it anyway because you love it. That was the case with the leather folio I found at an antique store about a year ago. The concept for this journal started rolling around in my head about five months ago. I knew I wanted to make a journal out of the beautiful and worn leather folio I found, but I wasn’t sure in what format or theme. It hit me one day as I was working in my own planner that this would make the perfect project planning journal. I decided to make several removable inserts for the folio with the thought that each insert could be used to plan out a sewing, stitching or journal project. I landed on a sewing theme for the contents as I am a seamstress at heart and have collected some lovely vintage sewing related ephemera. I had fun tucking several of these cherished items in page pockets.
I got busy making button and thread cards using advertising images from the wonderful sewing themed bundles in the Premium Membership Site. These elements add nice texture and interest to the pages.
I love to combine authentic vintage papers with digital images and printables provided in the bundles. For example, I stitched a paper measuring tape to a printable lace page and used an original sewing pattern envelop on the opposite side of the spread. The old and the new combine nicely into a cohesive look.
To compliment the sewing theme, I incorporated several shoe images throughout the journal. They can be resized to serve as pages, journaling cards or even page tabs. Shoes, along with dresses and stitchery provide wonderful imagery to get creative juices flowing in planning out your next project.
To provide a tactile experience and add interest, I created several pages from fabric blocks. Fabric pages are flexible and provide a nice spot to pin laces, trims and fabric swatches. On this page I pinned a beautiful piece of upholstery trim and crocheted lace.
Altering junk mail envelops is one of my favorite things to do. I like to turn them inside out so the pattern on the inside becomes the design on the outside. They can be trimmed, cut down and reglued to fit the journal you are working in. Adding stenciling, collage work and a string tie finishes it off nicely. Envelopes provide a practical place to stuff all those goodies we like to put in our journals.
As far as I’m concerned, if something lays fairly flat, it is not off limits to use in a journal. A garment label from a thrift store men’s suit made its way onto this page as a fun tuck spot.
And even a piece of used duct tape was fodder for the base of a corner cluster stapled to a vintage instruction sheet. I think the grungy duct tape pairs nicely with the silk ruffle and vintage label.
SEAMSTRESS FOLIO 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:
Vintage Paper Lace
Book Covers and Tintypes
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