Junk Journal with raised Bird image on book cover
Junk Journal with a raised Bird Image
Birds always seem to come back to me as a favorite because they have such a calming effect on me. The front of this journal has a different technique used. Instead of something added on top of the book for an image, the image is underneath the fabric bringing a texture up into the material. The edges of the bird, branch, and leaves have a worn look to them giving an old appearance to the journal.
There are book corners on the journal with some metal elements added on top to polish the journal off.
A tassel with crochet lace and a chain with beads and charms are attached to the spine.
I love to add lace and flower elements to the edges of my pages. One of the techniques I like to use is to stitch down a gathered piece of fabric on the side of the page. My preferred choice of material is one that will fray giving a little more weathered look. In the image above the green fabric is silk. Then I added a flower element that has some dangling pieces to the green fabric by a button.
The other flower image shows that I stitched down some lace on the side of the page and then stitched a leaf trim on top of that. Lastly, I sewed on a crochet flower with a button.
Notice that each one had some green going down the page to symbolize stems and leaves to the flower.
The pages that are in the images above show how I like to take various elements and combine them into something pretty.
The first one is a vellum sheet with an image of a crochet tablecloth. I had a paper page that had words on it, so I cut out happiness and added some coffee dyed cheesecloth behind it and sewed it onto the vellum sheet. Caution, don’t sew it on straight, it doesn’t make an eye-catching collage if it’s straight. Next, I cut out a square piece of a book page and painted gesso on it so that it had a shadow of the words, but it could also be written on in the journal. I have a square piece of the book page on both sides of the vellum. Then I folded a paper doily in half and folded it over the page. I then stitched the three pieces together. I liked this technique because you have to raise the doily to write in the space. That way your writing has a little-hidden feature, and it works the same way on both sides of the paper. I used dark brown thread so that the stitching showed up real well.
The next image is basically the same technique I just used a piece of music sheet instead of a book page, and I didn’t add gesso. I think pages like that are great for you to add your photos to. The elements make a beautiful frame for the pictures.
Strategic Placement of Pages
The images above show how you can strategically place pages together to make an interesting element.
Here I had a vellum sheet with a vintage pillowcase floral image on it. The next page I had a vintage pillowcase image of a lady. The properties of the vellum being see through you can see the two images come together to make an interesting picture.
This is my favorite collage page. The red flower is an image of a picture I bought at an attic store that I printed on vellum. I folded a doily over to where it didn’t cover the flower and to where there was room on the doily on the other side to write on. The stitching on the front and the stitching coming through from the back made this a really nice looking page.
As you can see from the above photos that the pages with the lace edges are really beautiful.