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Victorian Sunset Junk Journal

My Inspiration

The inspiration for this Victorian Sunset themed junk journal came from a custom order. The request was for a Victorian theme using all the colors of the sunset. Orange was the main color for this journal along with complementary colors of yellow, gold, burgundy, green and cream.

I like to start each of my journals with a focal piece. Something to base everything else on. In this case, it was some upholstery fabric I recently got from a thrift store. Using this piece, I gathered all my other fabrics, laces, appliques, trims ribbons and papers that coordinated with the fabric.

As you can see, there is not any orange or yellow in this fabric. I used additional fabric, appliques, papers, ribbon and jewels to add the Victorian Sunset color scheme to the journal.

Cover and Page Construction

The journal cover was made using a cardboard box. First, the fabric was glued to the box using fabri tac and E6000 which insured the fabric was secured permanently. Then, using the same method, I layered additional fabric, appliques and jewelry. Don’t you love the vintage seed packet on the cover? The colors work so well!!! Oh, and the orange pin? Just perfect!

Constructing my pages was relatively easy. The pages that I gathered included:

music sheets

vintage ledger pages

scrapbook paper

coffee stained paper

magazine pages

free domain internet pages

digitals from this Etsy shop:

Images from The Graphics Fairy

Tutorials used in the creation of the Sunset Victorian Junk Journal

A number of YouTube videos were created during the process of this journal. I love to inspire people. This is a great way to highlight how I put a journal together. Here are the links to the videos I created along with a few pictures highlighting the finished pieces.

Layered Tags:

Decorating a Junk Journal page:

Embellishment and Decoration

In my mind, a journal is not complete without lots of decoration. Therefore, I used vintage postcards, greeting cards, various small ephemera, magazine and book pages to fill the pages. I love to incorporate lace, ribbon, fabric snippets, appliques and jewelry in all my journals. The photos below highlight how these embellishments add so much interest to a page.

My Victorian Sunset themed junk journal ended up with 3 signatures attached to the spine using a 5 hole pamphlet stitch. Additional tags, tuck spots and ephemera were added to pockets, side tucks and belly bands for the final touches.

A full flip through is on my YouTube channel:

Glitter on friends,

I am a self proclaimed junk journal fanatic and creative crafter. If it is vintage, I am in! I recently retired from the corporate world and now have more time to devote to my love of creating one of a kind treasures. Besides junk journals my hobbies include thrifting, flea market outings, fashion, cooking, hanging with my girlfriends and daughter and golf with my husband. I currently live in the mountains of beautiful Colorado.