Star Notes Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Gina Testa of Gina Makes It, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Star Notes 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 Gina tell you all about her incredible project…
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been mesmerized by the night sky—the sun, the stars and everything beyond. In between the rogue Astronomy class I took during college one summer through present-day middle adulthood, I’ve never really learned as much as I have wanted to about the night sky. After some browsing through the Graphics Fairy Premium Membership site and seeing three astronomy-themed bundles, I decided then and there I was going to create a 6 x 8 soft-covered journal to pursue my self-paced star studies.
I started by pinpointing which bundles I wanted to use and it was very easy to decide – Luna the Magical Queen, Endless Skies, and Celestial Images. I sized and printed the images and extras onto a mixture of Southworth White Linen Paper and Canon Matte Photo Paper. I located the cover I wanted to use by performing a search in the Images tab and filtering by color and type (blue and journal cover). I printed the cover, crumped it up into a ball and smoothed it back out. I wanted a very worn in look so I inked the edges, as well as parts of the middle. Next, I had the idea to create a fabric scrap moon on the cover, so I drew and cut out a crescent moon template on white card stock and began tearing and gluing down an assortment of creamy vintage linens. I used my sewing machine to add some stitching around the edges.
I began assembling my signature utilizing a mixture of the images I printed from the bundles and some coffee-dyed paper. I attached ephemera with paper clips and masking tape. I created lots of pockets and tuck spots using the circular images from the bundles after sewing around the circumference.
I added some vintage linens to soften some pages and also add some much-needed texture. If you know me, you know I don’t like to over decorate a journal before I’ve had a chance to use it, so I leave my pages nice and open for when I’m ready to start working in them.
I did start working in the first few pages already because I was way too excited to just let the journal sit. I knew I wanted to use this journal as a mixture of study and field guide, plus I’ve had this idea for a while, so getting started wasn’t hard at all.
For the first page, I added a picture, some journaling, and a quote from one of the bundles. On the next few pages, I started added some astronomy terms and charts, as well as some sketches of some main ideas.
I’ll be working in this journal periodically on my YouTube channel if you’d like to see how I use it.
STAR NOTES JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Let’s take a tour of it together:
Here is a list of the bundles I used:
Luna the Magical Queen
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Your journal is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
There is a wonderful app free call Skyview that can help locate
and identify constellations.
It would be cool to take some screen shots and add them to your journal.
It would even be fun to add screen shots to your journal when you are traveling.
Karen Watson says
That sounds so cool Jackie! What a great idea! 🌜
Cynthia Henry says
Love the star study journal! Thanks Gine for so many good ideas! I am really being drawn to the no-stitch binding that I am seeing so much of. I haven’t tried it yet. And I really want to., just afraid I may not get it to work so well. I also love Gina’s embelishment on the front cover, with the cloth quarter moon! So, so many things I want to try yet! Thank you so much for all the inspiration!
Karen Watson says
I’m so glad you were inspired by Gina’s lovely journal Cynthia! I love it too! 🌙