"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Junk Journal Embellishments Using Words, Sentences, and Phrases from Old Books and Magazines

 It has been said that books don't change people;
 sentences do! And, even paragraphs!
With that in mind,
 have created embellishments on page pockets,
 library cards, and on the covers of my junk journals.

Here are some pictures of ideas for you to consider using in your junk journal
 the next time a sentence, paragraph or even a phrase in a table of contents catches your attention:

A chapter title was cut from an old book and placed on top of a title to a library card that had featured a book on a boys boarding school. That subject didn't fit in with the theme of my journal. The library card was purchased on A Tattered Dream on Etsy.  The sari silk fabric was purchased from Bohodaydreams. The peacock chipboard is from Dusty Attic.

These chapter titles came from an old book where the subject matter were women as weaker vessels. Ha! They made their way on the below three journal covers I created.

These words were from a magazine spread: Tear It, Crunch It, Paint It, Stitch It...oh don't we all relate
to those action words?


Here's an example where I need to find the right word or phrase and affix it to the simple design below.

I hope you have found some inspiration here to use in your junk journals.

All my best,


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Spring Journal

Look what is on my desk....a spring journal in the making.
I was inspired by Shabby Souls fabric binding and fabric hinges.
She has been awing us with her unique Shabby vintage journals
for quite some time.
I was further inspired by Amity Bloom's wallpaper delights.
The cover is vintage wallpaper and the usual bits that you
are already familiar with, including some of my 
messy thread embellishments.
My mom shared some vintage recipe cards with me, and I quickly
set to create some lovely tucks with them.

Here are some pictures of what i have finished so far...stay tuned more
pictures are to follow.

Stay safe my friends.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

What's On My Desk...making progress on the cover of my journal

Happy New Years Friends
and welcome back to my blog.

Sharing some progress on my junk journal cover today.
I purchased some old books to re-purpose into art.
The spine on the old books were easy to remove from the old book pages.
However, the newer books are not that easy to remove,
and you will see the poor results I had in the pics below.  
I think I found a way to repair it with some cardboard from
a paper towel roll and will attempt the repair later on, and before
I finished sewing in the signatures.
I was influenced by the talented Nellie Wortman, and
the lovable Mrs. Cog with her paper clipped fabric book markers.
Here are some pics of my progress...keep in mind some pages are still not complete.

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