If you saw my video where I created the first “Junk Your Stuff” journal (you can see that video here) then you will know that I had a lot of leftover paper from the paper pad I used. I was determined to use up that paper so I set about making another journal and I call this one “Junk Your Stuff Journal 2”. Other than three or four sheets of the paper that I kept aside, I used up the rest of the paper pad. Yay!!! In this journal I also used up a bunch of fabric scraps, embellishments, ribbons and odd and end things I have had a while. I bound the journal with rings so it would expand easily and each page has three holes with large eyelets for stability. Each page of the journal is a 12 x 12 sheet of paper folded in half. Then, I stitched paper strips, tags, fabric strips and other things on each page. I just kept building layers and each page is different. I love this journal, it’s so chunky and fun. I don’t think of this journal as complete because I can keep adding to it. I haven’t decided what to actually use the journal for but I’ll think of something.
Can you believe January is almost over!!! All I did was blink and poof, it was gone. lol
I have a little project I worked on last year that I never shared with you guys. I have some rolls of burlap that I really love and I thought I would use some of it to create a little journal. Inside the journal I used up some 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I have had for a while. I just cut the 12 x 12 paper in half making them 12 x 6 pieces. On the outside I used a lot of left over fibers I had in my stash as well as fabric, trim and lace scraps. I used an old button and a piece of twine for the closure and the twine wraps around the journal giving it room to grow a little bit. The tag on the front of the journal is a tag I used to wipe off excess paint from another project. I left it in that ‘unfinished’ state and just glued it to the front of the journal. I really like how that looks. I also added a smaller bit of lace scrap and a button to the tag. I think it’s really cute and I love all of the texture and color it has. It’s amazing what you can do with your scraps and leftover papers. Give it a try.
I’m starting to sound repetitive but here I go again with my “use your stuff” mantra. I took a break from my paper bag project to make some cute little journals using up fabric scraps and the rest of scrapbook paper pads. Did I tell you about the paper bag project? If not, in short, I am using up all the paper bags that I was keeping under the cabinet in my kitchen because I made a deal with myself that I could only keep them if I used them quickly. I had planned to throw them away but I just couldn’t. I love the paper texture and color so I kept the deal with myself and I am working on the paper bags a little each week. There will be photos and a video soon. But, moving on to the fabric scraps journal project. I went through my fabric scraps box and pulled out all kinds of ribbon, lace, trims and fabrics and created cute little journals. I also managed to finish up the papers in two scrapbook paper pads that I used to make the signatures in the journals. They are very easy, cute and fun to make. And best of all there is no stress involved in creating them. Take a look at the photos and watch the video and you’ll see. Maybe you will be inspired to make one for yourself. 🙂
I have talked a lot about using your scraps and items in your stash and not holding on to them. So, I have done just that and using my stash in my art. I recently used a bunch of stickers on some of my mixed media projects but I still have several packages I had pulled out that I wanted to use. I went rummaging through my drawers and found a small composition book I have had for a while. I decided to alter it and use up all of those stickers. I decorated the outside then went through each page and added a sticker to it. lol I plan to use the book for little notes to myself on things I need to do or ideas I have for creating. A sticker on each page will just add a little interest as I go through it making my notes. I will show you a photo of the outside of the book but I did not take any photos of the inside pages. Just imagine a cute little sticker in the corner or the center or even the top part of the page. I have to say, it was a lot of fun throwing those stickers in the book with no rhyme or reason. I think I might do that again. Find some of your old stash and use it up. It’s fun. 🙂