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Yes, Another “Junk Your Stuff” Journal

Junk Your Stuff Journal 2

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.  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.  

See you soon,

Laurie

Junk Your Stuff Journal 2
Junk Your Stuff Journal 2
Junk Your Stuff Journal 2
Junk Your Stuff Journal 2

Mixed Media Bunny Canvases Using Wood Garland

Burlap Bunny Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Easter right around the corner I have had bunnies on my mind.  Probably not a shock right? lol About two years ago I bought a bunny garland from Target (photo below) with the intention to take apart the garland and make something with it.  As with most of my good intentions the garland wound up in a drawer.  I decided this was going to be the year that I actually did something with that garland so, today, I took apart the garland and started playing.  I created two canvases which I think are super cute and I have three more bunnies I will make something with in the next few days.

They are super easy to make and you don’t have to have a garland to make one.  Just find an image of a bunny that you like, the size you like and print it out.  From the image you can make a cardboard or card-stock bunny, decorate it, then use it on your canvas.  One of my canvases is burlap and all I did was distress the edges with Walnut Stain by Ranger.  The other canvas I used a piece of drop paper and glued it to the canvas. Then I added paint, some stamping (stamps are from Roben-Marie Smith), markings and some rub-ons until I was happy.  Then I added my bunnies and some flowers and embellishments.  I really love how they turned out.

These would make cute gifts no mater what time of year it is.  I plan on hanging mine in my art studio year round and just enjoy looking at them. I hope you will give it a go.

See you soon,
Laurie

Bunny Canvases
Burlap Bunny Canvas
Bunny Canvases
Bunny Garland

Bird’s-Eye – A Large Tag

Bird’s-Eye – A Large Tag

Happy February. 🙂  Here is another one of those projects I worked on a few months ago where I used a lot of my paper scraps and fibers from other projects.  First, I covered a 5 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch tag by Ranger with scrapbook paper. Then, I gathered up some fabric, fiber and paper scraps and a few odd die cuts I had on my desk and started layering.  When I was happy with how the tag looked I cut the word “Bird’s-Eye” from my dictionary and added it where the eye of the bird would go. I also cut out the definition of the word “Birds-Eye” and glued it above the bird.  At the bottom I used two metal embellishments I had on my desk too.  It was simple and fast to make and it helped me use up some more of my scraps.  Creating can be fun, fast and easy. I encourage you to use simple pieces at your fingertips and create a cute, funky tag or journal page with them.

Until next time,

Laurie 🙂

Bird’s-Eye – A Large Tag
Bird’s-Eye – A Large Tag
Bird’s-Eye – A Large Tag

Junk Your Stuff – Tags Using Packaging Part 1

Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging

Here we go again…Junking Our Stuff. lol While creating the “Junk Your Stuff” Paper Bag Journals I used up a lot of product but I also wound up with a boat load of packaging. I started cutting the packaging into tag shapes of various sizes and started making tags using more of my stash. This first group of tags was a lot of fun to make but I have a lot of tags to make and a lot of stash to use so there will be a several parts to this series.  I hope you enjoy and get some ideas. Thank you for watching. 🙂

Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging
Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging
Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging

 

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

I have a couple of drawers full of flowers I use in my creations.  I have gone through those drawers and using up the flowers pretty fast. I am close to being able to move all the flowers into one draw.  I have learned over the years what I do and don’t like so in the future I will be more selective when I buy flowers.  Then, you have to account for taste changes.  What I once liked could be something I don’t like after having it in a drawer for 20 years. No more of that.  That stuff has to go.  So, I took some odd flowers I had and added my strips of fabric to them to make them flowers I like and will use.  There is a video on you YouTube channel if you would like to see the process of how I made them.  It was fun to use up old stuff and create something ‘new’ that won’t go to waste. 🙂

Laurie

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

 

 

 

 

Creating Pages In My “Junk Your Stuff” Junk Journals From Paper Bags

My Personal Junk Your Stuff Journals

I decided to create a Part III video to the “Junk Your Stuff” Junk Journal From Paper Bags project. I wanted you to see how I work in my journal and hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration for working in yours journals.  I also mentioned in one of my videos how the “Pockets and Posies” pockets would look great in these journals.  I made one and love it. There will be photos of it below.  Here are some photos of the pages I created in my junk journal as well as a link to the video showing you how I created it. I hope you feel inspired.

Junk Your Stuff Journal Page
Junk Your Stuff Journal Page
Junk Your Stuff Journal Pages
Junk Your Stuff Journal Pages
Junk Your Stuff Envelope Journal From Paper Bag
Junk Your Stuff Envelope Journal From Paper Bag (Inside)
My Personal Junk Your Stuff Journals

“Junk Your Stuff” – Junk Journals From Paper Bags

Junk Your Stuff – Paper Bag Junk Journals

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out a cabinet in my kitchen where I keep plastic and paper bags. When I saw the stack of paper bags (see above photo) I had kept from grocery shopping trips I thought, hmmm, I don’t need all these bags so I will throw them away.  At the time I was saving them I was thinking I really wanted to make something artsy with them but the stack kept growing and nothing artsy was being made.  So, I grabbed the entire stack and set them on the counter to be tossed out when I was done.  When I was finished with the cabinet cleaning, I walked over to the paper bags and picked them up to carry out to the trash can.  But I hesitated. The crinkly sound the bags made and the feel of the paper was sooooo appealing. lol  I thought, ok, I need to make something with these bags. But I made myself a deal. I could keep the bags as long as I actually used them to make something. If I didn’t start using them that week they were going in the trash. So, I took them up to my art studio to await their fate. lol  The very next day I started making my Junk Your Stuff journals.  I worked my way through each and every paper bag.  Then, I went through my drawers and storage containers and pulled out all kinds of stuff I have been wanting to use up to decorate them.  I have to say I am very pleased that I used all of the bags and I love how they turned out.  I hope you enjoy the photos below and there is also a link to the video where I show you how I made them.  Now, go Junk Your Stuff! 🙂

Laurie

Junk Your Stuff – Junk Journals From Paper Bags
Junk Your Stuff – Junk Journals From Paper Bags
Junk Your Stuff – Junk Journals From Paper Bags

“Junk Your Stuff” Intro – Junk Journals From Paper Bags Part I

“Junk Your Stuff” Intro – Junk Journals From Paper Bags Part II