Saturday, February 18, 2012

Journals N' Stuff

So, it came down to the doing instead of the looking. The creating, the mess, the lost sleep, the paper everywhere. Torn between the clean surface and no visual clutter and the need (no, the compulsion) to cover that surface with creative flotsam & jetsam. And many days that's what appears on my craft table. I find things and stuff and bits that catch my eye. "I can use that", "that's pretty" or "I'll eat one more chocolate because I need the foil for my project!"
The drawers are full and I pull out the little pieces and touch them and fold them, or smooth them-like we did as children with the foil on the big Easter eggs. Carefully pushing the wrinkles out to the edge. Smooth.
When I was growing up in the UK, we saved all the finds in a scrapbook: not the carefully planned and color colo rcordinated scrapbooks of today but construction paper books, big and ready for little hands to Sellotape(Scotch Tape) the treasures in. Chunky, bulgy pages. Today it's called a Smash Book. The same thing, just a new "go-round". Or is it a Junque Journal? Either way, anything goes.  I have been inspired by Jennibellie, love her use of materials and her tutorials are great. She inspires and the rest of us follow! is what I have been working on. A journal that will evolve.
I began by gathering card stock from my stash. Nice and heavy and lovely pictures. Some will remain as backgrounds, some will be covered, painted, collaged etc.

I scored and folded. Added some water color paper to create signatures. Added greeting cards that I could not part with. And poked holes (carefully)
to bind.

I don't have a binding maching so have 3 hole punched the hand bound signatures. They will all fit on loose leaf rings and my thought is that I can add more as I wish.
Jennibellie loves to add dangles and beads to her journals and you will notice these when you watch (and listen) to her tutorials. Tactile. So..... I added a few trinkets of my own.

and then, I was on the internet again (!) and found this tutorial and just had to make some of these too!

Hope you like what you see and perhaps it has given you ideas to create your own junque journal or scrapbook or smash book. I'll show you how the pages evolve.


BritChickNY said...

Hoping this inspires others to have fun while creating!

Jennibellie said...

This is awesome Angie!! Very beautiful! And I certainly don't think you follow...your work is as good as any I saw and your kind words always prompt me forward to create better videos for you and for others to enjoy. Much love and wishes, Jennibellie xxx

Jennibellie said...

Lol yes but unfortunately I give in to them all night long - last night past 5am before I finally managed to 'shhhhh' the mind lol I'm paying for it now though :( re: camera qu I'm going to first copy what I put to Gwen (no offence intended, just no point retyping lol) - I use an old nikon mainly, I have a couple of other cameras/camcorders but that is the best quality for both pictures/videos. Unfortunately because it is old it won't take the capacity of SDHC cards, so I'm stuck after every 20 mins of recording to stop, remove the data to the PC and start off again...very tedious lol - but I think I manage the magic of not letting that be known on the videos hmm? I dunno, but I try :) for the set up I generally use a full size collapse-able tripod and sometimes one of those Joby things :) x

Fran T said...

thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I love what you did and how these came out! Hope to stop back by again soon to see what you are up to!

Jennibellie said...

Yes I've finally been playing with tissue boxes for you lol the pink journal on my blog is actually a *mistake* one, I was trying to create a totally different journal - see I've a tutorial for using the boxes for a nice journal in mind but when I was making the first one went on autopilot and made it completely wrong lol so next time I get hold of some boxes will pay attention and hopefully the particular journal I have in mind for the boxes will work. Thanks for dropping by, (ps I miss your posts :( - what are you up to???) much love to you xxxx

Willow said...

This looks grand ... I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing!