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Junk Journal - First gentle. Photos and Video

Junk Journal - First gentle.  Photos and Video
Junk Journal - A4 size

What about ye folks.  Im back again! My sister had a very wonderful 21st Birthday, thank you to everyone who wished her a Happy Birthday.  And even after me posting such an embarrassing story and photo of her in my last post, my wee T is still talking to me!  I think after 21 years of having me as her sister, Tara has come to realise that I'm a bit of a nut, have no limits to what I will say or do and if there is an opportunity to create an embarrassing moment....well she knows I'll take it, lol.

I decided I wanted to make her something that she could add to over the years.  So, I made her a Junk Journal. They seem to be all the rage in the USA at the moment but they are slowly making their way over here.  For those who don't know what a Junk Journal is, its like a notebook or album that you can journal in, stick photo's in, keep wee memories like cinema tickets in, wee notes from boyfriends or a funny sticker or flyer you saw.  The point to them is that they are not structured layouts or pages like in Scrapbooks.  In a Junk Journal you can stick in whatever you want, wherever you want.  Doodle on a page, write a diary entry, put photos of a night out with the girls in it or just fill it full of little things you've collected over the years.....its entirely up to you.

So this is what I made T.  Originally I was going to bind it, using my Bind it All but it ended up a bit chunky monkey and I also wanted it easily unbound so she could add more pages to it in the future.  So I used gardeners string and simply tied them in double knotted bows.  I show the photos of the pages I decorated only.  I added blank pages that T can add her own crafty touch to.
I just LOVE the cover, I think its so cute and Fairy Garden Whimsical looking.

The wee fence is wooden and very kindly sent to me by Fiona (Jennings644 on Youtube).  I added the wee flowers and then a Tim Holtz Bookplate with T's name which I got from Blitsy (link no longer in service) and made a wee pearly bling thing and just added Glossy Accents over it.

I love this sentiment.  I just stamped it on the paper with the wee wooden single stamps that you can buy.  I think an alphabet cost me £1 for the whole set.

"Life is a blank page......its your job to fill it in.  I also added a wooden "Cherish" on the page with "Life" which is the Tim Holtz Alphabet die cuts. The wee wooden Cherish is from a lovely friend Tricia who is "alittleshabbychic" on youtube.  She's an amazing and talented crafter.  Check her channel out here if you get a chance.

This is a flower I made from patterned paper using the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies.  The wee butterfly is an applique sent to me from Fiona.  I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink spray.  The flower was painted with Stickles.

Tim Holtz Bookplate with Tara's name and I made a wee pearly "thingymabobber" and covered the name with Glossy Accents to seal it.  And look!  No air bubbles!  Im learning!!  The ornate plates were bought on (Link no longer in service)

Inside cover I added a wee pocket that actually expands a bit.  I did a mountain/valley sort of pocket so it expands out to fit plenty of tags etc.  I used Tim Holtz Bookplate and Tag die to make the tags.  Added 2 of my flowers with a sticker sentiment and a wee key and heart.  I punched along the top with the Martha Stewart Doily Punch.  The flower applique was again from Fiona.  The wee tag above is just a personal message from a Big Sister to her wee Sister.

Im so chuffed with this tag!!  Its my first time EVER making one!  On the back, I used a line stamp so she could journal on it.

As T and her boyfriend Steven (Hello Steven!) are heading to Paris for 4 days, I thought it fitting to do a  little Paris page.  I stamped over the page with wee french stamps and added a corner pocket using this beautiful rose trim from SaCrafters Zibbet store.  Its so soft!  You can find it here (Link no longer in service)

I made these postcards using the same french stamps (I mention the name of them on the video!).  She can journal on these and then add photos to the back.

I really love the Tim Holtz Grunge Board Alphabets.  My only gripe with them is that they are around £20 a pack so Im almost a bit peeved when I use them, lol.   More postcards in this pocket.

I added one of my hand made flowers and did a little embossing too.  The  Fleur de Lis ironworks stamping was that same stamp set and I fussy cut the top out.....I need to get the Tim Holtz die because fussy cutting all that out nearly sent me mental! lol

These are the postcards I made.  I love these.   All made different sizes for her to add a number of photos or just one with some writing too.  Or she can just stick stuff all over them.  Its up to her!

"Me and You" page which I left very plain.  Its entirely upto her what she wants to do with it.....that is the point after all.  I added one of my teeny Fluffy Goodness Flowers and a wee flourish and bookplate.

I love these wee flowers, they are so dinky and cute.  Perfectly small and great for any project as they are only around 2.5cm wide.

The next "me and you" page has wee die cut photo mats with gorgeous lace that the lovely Maddy, Izzwizz Creations here in Blogland sent me, with wee tags inserted.  Please go along to her blog, she's an incredible artist and a wonderful friend.....Hey Maddy (I'm waving at the screen like an eejit!)

Other than the cover, this is my favourite page.  I stamped all over the page and distressed around the page with my favourite Distress Ink, Vintage Photo.  I added this beautiful trim and then 2 wee coin envelopes and a wee envelope.  I think I said on the video the trim was from Fiona but its actually from an Ebay store called Diamante UK.  Is it just me.....or does anyone else see a face on this page??

I added the eyelets and string to the coin envelopes using my Big Bite.  Under each is a Bookplate where she can write on the wee pull out tab and say whats in each envelope.

This is again one of my larger Fluffy Goodness Flowers dyed with my own homemade glimmer mist.  This trim was again from Fi!  And I added tags and two Journal pages.

I added a flower spray stamp and added pearls, gems, green and silver stickles.

This one is pretty similar

Double pocket page with envelopes and tags.  The bottom one has one of my flowers.  The top is an applique from Fi with one of my flower centres.
I love this border embellishment Fiona sent me.  Its 3d and its so pretty.

A very simple page with K&Co travel journal tags and beautiful lace corner from Tricia (alittleshabbychic)

That lace is stunning.  I'll have to ask her where she got it.  "HEY TRICIA!!  Where'd ya get your lace from Misses?!!" heehee

A plain wee girlie page with SaCrafters Flatback pearls and Tim Holtz dressform. I stamped a Timmy sentiment and Chandelier at the top right corner.

The Tim Holtz dressform die covered with lace guessed it.....Fiona, lol. 

I added this charm onto the front using a swivel clasp so T can take it off and add it to her bag etc.  The wee charms are from Maddy.....thank you Maddy, you're a Star!  I made the wee pearl and crystals droplets and I added a wee locket and the gorgeous end piece was made by Tricia (alittleshabbychic)....thank you Tricia.

Sorry for the blurry photo!  Here's the Birthday girl modelling the rain coat she bought for going to Paris!  She is the spitting image of me in this photo! heehee.....not exactly complimenting myself there am I, lol. I really need to show you a sensible photo of my wee T, but they are hard photo's to find.
Here's the video for all you sensible people who couldn't be bothered to read all of that above, lol.

Thanks for stopping by folks.  Thats it from now from me.

Toodles Noodles........Loops xx

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  1. This is simply stunning and I am sure she will treasure it!!!

  2. This is so gorgeous. Simply stunning and I just love it. I am sure it will be treasured.

  3. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous journal Lee. You certainly have been busy making this one with so much detail and I bet Tara loves it to bits.
    Happy Easter.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  4. such a beautiful album. sure she was thrilled x :)

  5. WOW! Lee This is absolutely stunning, so much work has gone into this, LOVE all the gorgeous details...I am sure she will treasure it....Happy Easter.
    Wendy xx

  6. this is great, thanks for sharing


  7. Absolutely incredible Lee, love all the gorgeous details and the design and lay out are amazing. Love it!!!!

    Donna x

  8. Gorgeous Lee just gorgeous!
    I read every word and devoured every photo!!
    Hugs Laurie xx

  9. It's adorable, sweet Heart!!! I love the fence! Looks amazing! Hugs, kissinia

  10. I think I need you to be MY sister!! Fab job on the book and I know Tara will love it!!! And I clean forgot about your gorgous flowers and was thinking, man, wonder where she got those awesome flowers, when it hit me... oh yeah! Lucky you to have such an awesome talent!!!

  11. Wow this is so fab Lee! I love the journal I bet she did too and she really does look so fetching in her raincoat lol! Hugs Rebekah xx

  12. Stunning Lee what a journal I love it , the colours are beautiful and for a first attempt its fabulous ( love the raincoat too).
    Have a nice Easter Sunday and Monday Hugs Elaine

  13. Hi Lee
    A stunning and beautiful journal,and a fabulous idea,have a lovely weekend,Happy Easter
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  14. My word this must of taken you an eternity, what a fantasic thing to be given! Your sister will treasure it for sure!!! I have a work collegue who is leaving work and the area in 2 weeks and i have volountered to make her - sorry you are leaving, congrats on your new job, welcome to your new home etc card. I love the ideas that i have got from your journal! You are so talented!!!! Fab work (and i read through the blog!) - Sonia xxx

  15. WOW, amazing, went the long route, can browse at leisure that way, lol, so, so love it all, boy , you sure have an amazing talent, thanks for sharing and am sure she is ecstatic over it............:))
    lotsa luv
    ps:: you still make the most gorjuss flowers ever!!

  16. Oh my goodness Lee, this is out if this world amazing! Wow, wow and thrice wow! Where to start? I love the front cover with the fabulous whimsy flower garden. The stamped flower flourishes with gems are wonderful. The lace dress on the sewing form is so beautiful. I love every page and I'm sure Tara is thrilled to bits with it. And what a wonderful way to display some of your fantastic flowery goodness! Well done my dear friend. Have a very happy Easter day and eat tons of chocolate so we can see some more altered choccy boxes :-)
    Love Maddy x

  17. Lee this is gorgeous such hard work and lots of creative thought went into this. Love Alison xxx

  18. What a stunning---stunning Journal, I'm sure Tara will treasure it always.........the details and layouts are amazing, your flowers are stunning...... I will certainly come back for idea's from this, what a wonderful keepsake!

  19. wow this is fantastic lee.really love all the amazign details :D

    xx coops xx

  20. OM Gosh Lee this is absolutely stunning! It's so pretty, so girly, so lovely I really want it or one like it! I bet she'll love it - so stunning hugs Karen x

  21. Wow! Lee this is absolutely amazing, it must have taken you ages, I bet your sister will treasure it, some many wonderful details, I love your handmade flowers and all of the images and trims that you have used. Just so fabulous. Hope you are having a lovely easter weekend
    Lindsay xx

  22. Absolutely stunning journal Lee, I'm sure your sister will cherish it. I love all the fab details and the fact that you have made it so you can add pages along the way. Great idea.
    Hugs Debbie x

  23. That is one over the top gorgeous journal you've created for your sis Lee, she'll treasure this for life! Your love and dedication certainly show! Ira x

  24. |I love coming over here Lee - you put so much work and love into your projects, they really are a feast for the eyes and food for the soul

  25. wow wow wow this looks fantastic, a lot of love and hard work in this x

  26. OMG Lee, this is gorgeous! T must be over the moon with it, lucky girl to have such a talented sister :-D Hope you are well hun, hugs Sue xx

  27. Wow and double wow this journal is amazing, so much work must have gone into it. I am sure your sister will treasure it, who wouldn't, you are very talented x

  28. Wow. Beautiful and elegant. Love it:-)

  29. Lee you do take great photos of your work, each one is a pleasure to look at and this journal is fantastic, I love how you've used so many textures and great ideas it all goes together so beautifully, I love all the little envelopes and tags all held in place with lace & prettiness, ooh it's totally gorgeous!
    Your charms are gorgeous and the piccy of you is lovely. Take care, hugs Teresa xx

  30. Totally LOVE! It is wonderful, love all the details. Just gorgeous! Kim

  31. Hi Loops,
    WOW WOW!!! I just adore your journal.
    I was going oooh ahh all the way through the pics!
    Just beautiful, your so clever! It's all so pretty!
    Love, Mel. xxx

  32. wow how really stunning an absolute work of art honey ... love what you have done ... it will certainly be treasured ... there is so much to look at ... and I am sure you loved doing it ... well done happy crafting and love sandy xx

  33. wow this is stunning. fab ideas throughout x

  34. stunning journal lee,
    gorgous,gorgous love it,
    your sister will be over the moon.
    sue xx

  35. love it!! It's so pretty and girly! Your sister will love it!

    Hugs Ann xxx

  36. Hey Lee, just stumbled onto your blog, this is absolutely fantastic! What a perfect idea! It's sooo gorgeous, I just love it! I'm following your blog now and looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future :D

    Tags xx

  37. Hi Lee Hope everything is great with you I been off line for a while got a lot of catching up to do, You Done it again,So love this Journal, your sister will treasure it, Just love your Tag, It is beautiful...

  38. Wow wow wow! What a spectacular gift!!! I love all of the pearls and the flowers and how each page has its own 'look'!! You can see you have put a lot of effort into this Lee. Simply beautiful! Rach :) xx

  39. Oh big sister, aren't you lovely. As much as I adore my junk journal, could you maybe refrain from posting hideous photos of me? :P I don't even know why I am asking.. because I know in a week or two there will probably be a worse one up. But alas, I love you. Who knows why!! xo

  40. wow super video link lee ... don't think this was on your blog when I last looked ... thank you for doing it for us all ... it looks absolutely super and I am sure you loved doing it for your sister ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  41. Beautiful beautiful journal. I adore it. xx

  42. Wow! Lee this is absolutely stunning, Tara will love and treasure it. Romayne xx (DC)


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