Touch of Bleu Junk Journal
Hey, everyone! Marie Willetts from Crafty Landing, one of our amazing new Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Touch of Bleu 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 Marie tell you all about her incredible project…
Hello, Graphics Fairy fans! I’m Marie, a mere 4’ 8’’, 50-something, habitual tea-drinking woman from Cornwall in the UK. I’m excited to be here sharing my very first Design Team Project with you all. I’m also a little nervous, as the talent around here is pretty amazing. I mean, how can one not be inspired by so many fabulous projects? One of the many things I love about Graphics Fairy is being able to manipulate the images in a way that suits the project I’m creating. I enjoy perusing the site, selecting the images I want, then using them to create a collage for a journal page or tag. It’s great! The journal I am sharing with you today is a traveler’s notebook size (approximately 8×4.5 inches), and I’ve named her ‘Touch Of Bleu’. It’s mostly neutral in tone, but as you will see, there is a sprinkling of blue throughout.
Don’t you just love a side view? All the different pages, along with the hint of lace trims just tempting you to have a closer look. How can you resist, right? I recently acquired a book of French portraits, and the image of the beautiful lady holding her dog is one from that book. I’ve used it as the tie closure for the journal.
Once the tie closure has been removed, you will find this delicate shoe image from the French Blue and Cream Ephemera bundle. Of course, a beautiful young French woman such as she, would have worn these darling shoes.
In this precious photo you can see that I’ve added a little lace and button cluster to the top corner, and layered it on top of a matching lace pocket. Peeking out from the side underneath, you can just see one of my collaged journal pages that I mentioned before. I show you these pages in more detail in the video flip through.
Here is an example of adding some colour to a more neutral journal. I first collaged the background using papers from the French Blue and Cream collection, then I fussy cut a full-length Parisian lady that I found in my stash, and added some smaller pieces of ephemera, again from the French Blue and Cream collection. The strip of thin blue lace helps to give the page an element of texture.
This page turned out to be one of my favourites in the journal. I love the way it looks against the slightly bigger page underneath. Having pages of differing sizes is something I like to do a lot in my
journals. I feel it adds that extra bit of definition and is more pleasing to the eye. This is actually a tag which I made using one of the journal page printables for the base, then I chose a floral frame from Vintage Album Frames and made it into a pocket, adding a flower in the corner. I finished off the top part of the tag with a piece of embossed handmade paper and dark blue trim.
I wanted to share this page with you because it clearly shows a quick and easy way of using the individual images. I chose this petunia flower from the Butterfly Garden bundle and used the ‘copy
and paste’ function to place it on top of the French invoice sheet. I was able to resize and position the flower exactly where I wanted it. Hey presto! Simple to do, yet so effective!
I find that adding lace pockets, and using a selection of die-cut and embossed papers helps to create interest in your journal, as you can see on these pages. You will also notice that I’ve added different sized tags and journal cards so that the pages become a feast for the eyes. The tags that I’ve used here are from the French Blue and Cream Tags and Collage sheets. I’ve added some lace and a button to one of the tags. Sometimes, just adding the tiniest of details can make all the difference, don’t you think?
Here, on the left page, I’ve used one of the Graphic Fairy bookmarks and added a gold vase to it from The Gilded Age bundle. I have made a flip-out on the opposite page, where I’ve used some
notepaper from the Forget Me Not bundle, torn it then added a piece of aged tape. I’ve also created a pocket holding some ephemera. I love to include plenty of journaling spots. Hidden places are the best!
Isn’t this little bird tag the cutest? And I’m ending with another image of those darling French shoes, because I adore them! I hope you have enjoyed this little wander through my French-vibe journal, ‘Touch Of Bleu’. Please check out the video flip-through to see more, and thank you for welcoming me to the Graphics Fairy family.
TOUCH OF BLEU JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Premium Membership Bundles I used:
French Blue and Cream Bundle and Printables
Favorite French Things
Vintage Album Frames
Forget Me Not
The Gilded Age
ATC Envelopes – Floral French Engravings
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