If it wasn’t for crafting there are many times where I didn’t think I would ever get through the day. My mother-in-law passing has hit us pretty hard and we are trying to get through it the best ways we know how. Hubs likes to talk it out and I like to sit in my craft room and do some crafting. I don’t know if I ever mentioned this or not but lately I’ve been into making a lot of junk journals.
I’m working on one right now that I started on a few days ago. The junk journal started out as an old book that I found at this little old mans yard sale. It’s an old 1942 University Of Carolina year book. What caught my eye about the book was the cover of it. It has raised 3-d letters on the cover of the title of the book and covered in creamy navy blue leather. I was somewhat surprised to see that it was in such good shape for it’s age. So, I remember picking it up and looking through it at all the wonderful images of men and women from the 1940’s. So much nostalgia, lol. So, the little old man saw that I was interested in the book and shouted the price at me, “$5.00” he said. Well, you better believe that I snatched that book up faster than you could imagine, lol.
So, I gutted the inside of the book because I wanted to use all the images from the book in my crafting. The spine was in really great shape but I reinforced it just the same because I plan on either selling it or using it myself. Now, I have Roku on my smart tv and I can get youtube on it too so lately I’ve been watching lot’s of junk journal tutorials. I don’t watch them to learn how to make junk journals because I’ve already figured that part out, lol. But I like to see what everyone else is doing in the junk journal world. So, after watching a few of them, youtube shows you some other videos that may interest you.
Well, I was looking at a few that caught my eye and one channel in particular was called The Rebookery where she was making these junk journals using vintage stuff that she found at thrift stores and other places. I really liked how she worked on creating her journals and while I was watching some of her videos I kept looking at that 1942 year book I had purchased from that little old man and decided it would be a good idea to try out her style of creating using that year book. So, the past few days I have been sitting here crafting like a maniac.
However, I realized that I would have to do some of the same things she did in her videos with this book because the book cover was so big that regular scrapbook paper was too small for it. So, I started sewing pages together just like she did to make them bigger. And I also added fabric ruffles and fabric borders on some of the pages. After that, I went into some of my really old fabric stash and grabbed some old stuff that I thought I could use to make some pockets to add to the pages.
I have to say, I’m really having a good time creating this junk journal. It has been so much fun to go through old stuff that I never thought I would ever use. I’m putting lots of it into this junk journal and so far it’s turning into a big fatty, lol. I have some really old playing cards, gift cards, vintage lace and other items that I plan on adding to it too. It’s going to be so scrumptious when I get through with it, lol.
And, if I can get my video camera to work right I will take a few pics of the junk journal as soon as it’s finished and add them here so you can see what it looks like. I’m quite proud of it and I do believe this is some of my best work. There is a lot of love poured into this junk journal and if it doesn’t sell, I have no problem keeping it for myself, lol.
Thanks for stopping by and hugs, Mod Girl.