Junk Journal with blue floral upholstery cover
Junk Journal with blue upholstery
When I was in school, and when we actually had art classes, my favorite thing to do was make collages. I think that is part of why I love making these junk journals.
I like going to antique stores looking around at all the things that were from days gone by. I have some favorites that I go to that I love partly because they are really neat stores that carry the type of things I shop for and partly because it is a time I shop with my dear friend that shares the same love for the stores. Going shopping with my friend is a high light in my memory bank.
When I’m shopping for items I can use in my journals; I look for old books with interesting pages, laces, pictures of things that would make a stand out collage, old dresser scarves, doilies, handkerchiefs and such. Sometimes I look for things that I might could arrange together to create photos that would collage interestingly.
To start my collages, I sometimes start with pages that have a lot of elements to choose from. Then I began cutting away some details on the page and start adding other laces, fabrics, book pages or other things that have texture to the cutaway spot by stitching them on so that they make the page have a dimensional appearance.
Another way to make a standout page in a junk journal is to place two pages together that will complement each other and give a beautiful illusion. Like in this picture the first page is an image of a crochet tablecloth on a vellum sheet with a lovely flower stitched on the edge of the page. The second page is an image of a lady from an antique pillowcase. When the vellum sheet lays on top of the lady image, it creates a stunning image.
The pages on almost every page of this journal have lace stitched down on the edges. It makes such a lovely journal. When you open the journal and run your hand down the side of the laces, it feels beautiful. The coffee dyed lace and the coffee dyed papers create an aged appearance to the journal.