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Juliette – A French Themed Traveler’s Notebook Junk Journal

Juliette my French Themed Traveler’s notebook Junk Journal was inspired by a Eastern robe garment I found at a thrift store. I absolutely love to find items and use them to create a junk journal. I saw sparkly gold fabric peeking out of the edges of this robe and it immediately drew me in. This is all I need to get my inspiration going, ideas immediately pop to mind.

My Inspiration

The colors for this journal were dictated by the gorgeous pink and gold trim. First off, I gathered additional fabrics, trim, journal pages, vintage ephemera, jewelry and images that coordinated.

Cover Construction

The dimensions for this travelers notebook style journal are 5 1/2″ x 10″. The cover image was from Vogue Magazine and was found on Picryl . Juliette was a perfect name for her. A vintage piece of wallpaper in a neutral color along with a piece of script ephemera provided a complimentary background to Juliette. After arranging the images on the wallpaper, I glued them all down and added a layer of matte mod podge over the top. As you know, I love to highly embellish my covers. With this journal, I added an applique at the top along with some lace trim, a vintage button and sari silk ribbon to create a tassel. Along the bottom I added a cut out from a table runner that had gold accents. It was exactly what the cover needed to be complete. The interior of the cover was lined with an authentic page from an Au Bon Marche catalog dated 1933.

The creation of this traveler’s notebook junk journal just took off from there. A vintage theme, with a distressed look was what I was aiming for. The pages I chose were either coffee, tea dyed or water colored with a light pink shade. They included graph, ledger, book, lined and unlined, along with graphics from I sprayed some of the pages with gold glimmer mist spray, stenciled a few and did some embossing.

Tutorials used to create Juliette

My goal with Juliette was to use the gold and pink robe fabric throughout the journal. My “what can I create with that??” series on YouTube takes you through my process from start to finish. Here is the link to the first in the series: In this first video, I started with the garment and decided to create a shabby chic side pocket featuring a strip of the fabric as an accent piece:

The next video in the series focuses on using embossed cardstock and envelopes to create a 3 tiered pocket page, with at least nine pockets. I incorporated a strip of the fabric as a tie closure:

As you can see from these photos, the journal came together quite nicely.

This has inspired me to create more traveler’s notebook style junk journals which you will see in the future.

Inspiration comes from many things and is all around! Check out your local thrift store and see what treasures you can find!

Glitter on,

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.