Recently, I was looking around my craft room at all the scrap paper and fabric I have collected over time. I thought to myself – “why not use these scraps for inspiration for my next junk journal?” A challenge decided to I create for myself – yes! I did not have a theme in mind for a journal, so I let my scraps guide me and let my creativity flow.
First off, I literally grabbed a stack of scrap paper, a handful of fabric and lace bits and went from there. I immediately saw a theme come together. A floral theme with a vintage vibe. I was getting excited. There was not any specific way I wanted to assemble this journal, so I started with making some ephemera.
I recorded a series of videos on my YouTube channel on the process. I titled the series Using My Scraps Challenge/Junk Journal Inspiration. Here is a link to the first in the series:
Below is a picture of some of the ephemera I created to use in this journal:
In part two of the video series, I concentrated on making a snippet roll. I always create one with the fabrics that I use in a journal. I tend to add lots of lace, bling and tulle to my snippet rolls- you know I love to embellish! These snippet rolls are very versatile. They can be used as belly bands, side tucks, spine covers and cut up for corner clusters. This particular roll turned out to be quite long as you can see:
This journal was taking shape! Next on to the interior and exterior of my journal cover. To continue with my using my scraps challenge, the interior of the journal cover was made from a paper fabric collage I created. I used a curtain topper I found at Goodwill for the exterior. How the journal cover was put together is detailed in part three in my video series. Below is the fabric cover base after it had been sewn to the paper fabric collage:
The next step was to assemble the pages for my journal. With a vintage floral theme going, page selection was a breeze. After deciding the order of the pages, I ended up with three signatures. Each signature was covered with lace, a crochet doily, or a vintage handkerchief as seen below:
Here are some additional images of the pages of the journal. As you can see, I had quite a bit in my scrap stash to use for the journal. The below photos show additional ephemera, lace, postcards, trim, tags, and pockets I added:
An ornate applique with hues of peach and green was the perfect embellishment for the cover. I found this applique at an antique mall in my area. The vendor had a lot of these for sale, I wish I would have purchased more! In addition, I added a few vintage buttons and a piece of jewelry. I used a peach dyed strip of vintage lace for the tie closure. Here is a close up of the applique and embellishments:
A final flip through is also on my YouTube channel:
As you can see from this post, you don’t even need to have a theme in mind for a junk journal. Just grab some of your scrap fabric and paper and start creating!
Glitter on friends,