Sketchbook Nature Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Ingrid Carlsen of Karatootie, one of our amazing new Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Sketchbook Nature 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 Ingrid tell you all about her incredible project…
I don’t have New Year’s resolutions, but instead intentions. One of my intentions this year was that I wanted to be more in nature and include things like nature journaling as part of my creative process. That’s where the idea of this journal was born, starting with the beautiful images from the “Forget Me Not Collection” from The Graphics Fairy Premium Site. The moment I saw this collection, I knew that I was going to make a nature-themed journal.
What sets this journal apart from most of my other journals is first, the absence of pink, although it is sprinkled in sporadically in small doses, but it’s definitely not the star of this cream and blue beauty.
Its delicate flowers and birds seem to dance across the pages, as if alive with the joy and wonder of nature itself.
Something else that is different from my other journals is that instead of this being one journal with signatures, I created several mini journals inside of two main journals. They can be easily thrown in your bag as you are on the go. Ready to be filled with sketches, mementos, and memories!
Throughout the pages of the journals, you will see a cohesiveness in the use of earthy, metallic, and sparkly elements that reflect some components found in nature. If you look closely you will see that a lot of the edges are tattered and weathered to mimic a journal that is used and loved.
A nature journal gives me the sense of connection to something greater than myself…to the beauty and majesty of the natural world. Layering fabrics behind ephemera gives your pages an organic feel as well as grounding your images to the page.
In a world that often seems to forget the beauty of nature, this journal is a reminder of all that is magical and wondrous in the world. In the words of Lao Tzu, “Nature does not hurry, yet
everything is accomplished.” The collection speaks for itself in the collaged background pages. They didn’t even need any extra focal points.
If you only take one thing away from this post, let it be an encouragement for you to take risks and look for collections that you wouldn’t normally be drawn to. To think outside of your normal
color palette and push your creativity. I am so glad that I did, I am completely in love with the colors and the ethereal feel of this journal!
Take a tour of the journal here:
JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Premium site bundles used:
- forget me not
- french blue and cream ephemera
- catharina klein birds
- french ephemera
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Beautiful journal! Ingrid’s work is so inspiring!
Karen Watson says
Hi Cheri, I’m so glad you enjoyed Ingrid’s lovely journal!