Junk Journal with brown upholstery cover
Junk Journal with a brown upholstery cover
Junk Journaling is a fun art form. It gives you time to be able to let loose and try putting together various objects to create something beautiful, but I will warn you its addictive. It also creates a lot of stuff in the art room because you find excuses to need things like papers, books, stamps, ink, paint, glitter, beads, etc. My art room grew tremendously when I started making the journals.
Junk journals are a form of mixed media. Mixed media art has grown in interest, and the junk journal has really evolved. It gives the journaler a page that isn’t blank to began writing, and it frames photos so beautifully. They are keep sake journals to pass down to generations. I know people who make a junk journal for every month or for every holiday, like one decorated for Christmas and journaling about the whole months events and having all the Christmas photos in.
I’ve seen some for October with events such as going to a farm to get pumpkins, hayrides, and trick or treating in just that perfect costume. How cute would one be with an Easter theme?
I mostly try to keep my journals I sell with a neutral theme so that they can be used for anything. I may make some for Christmas just because I do get caught up in all the Christmas excitement and because I buy a lot of the supplies at the end of the year sells to use for the next year.
In all of my junk journals, I always have at least one sometimes more flower elements. On this one in the first picture, I stitched down a piece of a book page to a vellum sheet. Next, I stitched down a piece of velvet trim on top of the book page. Lastly, I added a crochet flower that I backed with coffee dyed cheesecloth with a button.
I love nature, and I love collecting pieces of it on occasion. I made this nature element by taking two CD covers and opening them flat. I coffee dyed them and then stitched them together sandwiching the leaves between the plastic see-through window. You need to make sure to stitch around the plastic circle because you don’t want the leaves to be able to float around everywhere in the CD cover. On this one, just for whimsy, I stitched curves at the end instead of having a boxed look.
When I made this, I had one worry, I was afraid that they might mildew or turn an ugly color. I did take the leaves and put them between book pages for about two weeks before putting them in the CD covers. This particular picture is showing leaves that have been encased for a whole year, and they are still green, and there is no mold. Hurray! I wonder if it was because I put them between book pages for a couple of weeks or if its because they are stitched so well to where the air isn’t getting there. But who cares they are pretty, and I plan to do more.
Junk Journal Collage element
Another way I may make a collage element is by taking a page that has pictures of multiple components and lay a piece of vellum on top. Then I start cutting away the vellum where I wish to bring an item to the front. By doing this, some of the elements on the page you can still see in a shadow effect through the vellum and some of the details you see clearly because there is no vellum. I stitch around on the vellum where I made my cutouts to adhere the two sheets together.
On the first image, I had a sheet with a postcard, a heart and some sort of writing page. I wanted to make it look like possible a love note kind of thing so I just cut out the heart and left the other elements that might be like love notes in the shadow of the vellum. I also decided to insert a book page between the two sheets just because it stood for writing.
The second picture I did the same thing, the heart is cut out, and all the other elements are left in the shadows of the vellum. Notice that I stitched around each component making them come a little more visible because they were outlined and the stitches gave a nice texture to the page. I used a light color of thread on this one because I didn’t want the stitches to be a focal point, but that is an option you could add to the art.
An easy envelope element is to add a regular envelope to the journal. I usually do have them in the center of a signature, but this one is different. I took a piece of paper and folded it into thirds. You need to measure the width of your journal pages and make sure the paper is a width that will fit on your journal page.
On The top edge of a third of the paper fold the two corners to the center. Then fold the bottom third up towards the top. I like to add a strip of paper across the bottom third of the paper for the top point to go through for closure. Before attaching the strip fold the top down and see how wide the strip will need to be for the point to go in and where the strip will need to be glued down, then you glue down the two ends of the strip.
For the envelope you have two choices, you can glue the middle third of the page to your journal on just the ends leaving a tag spot behind the envelope, or you can glue the whole middle third of the paper down.
This envelope will then open up for journaling on, or you can hide something inside.
I place a picture element, usually, at the beginning of my signatures. I choose a nice paper that is within my colors of the journal that will make a pretty background for a picture.
I cut a 3×3 square and then cut it in half diagonally making two triangles. I place the triangles at two corners of the page and glue or stitch the corners of the triangle to the corners of the page.
Sometimes before adhering the triangles down I will do a decorative stitch on the center edge of the triangle that will look nice next to the picture.
In the journal I make pretty tags to go into the picture spots until I have a picture or until I either write on the back of the tag, or write behind the tag. There are a lot of ways you can use this element in your journal.
If I replace the tag with a photo I usually glue the tag down on card stock and use it as a tag some where else in the journal.
Half the fun of making a junk journal is in the making of tags. The photo is showing how to make a really simple one by coping a photo on vellum and stitching it down on a book page. I used a decorative stitch and sewed in curvy lines to give it a little extra interest. Then I painted gesso in the middle, on the book page side, for writing on and leaving the stitching and some of the book page in view.