Monday, 6 August 2018

My Junk Journal Part #3 - Completed!!

Hello dear visitors and welcome to my blog.   Hope you are having a lovely day!!  

 I have finally completed my first Junk Journal.  Gosh, it has taken me such a long time to get this done but I have thoroughly enjoyed creating it.
In a previous post (HERE) I shared the first signature of this journal but I had to change it .. again!!  The cover I made for the original journal was a wrap around and, when I finished the second signature, the two together were way too thick for the cover I made.  I had to make the decision whether to cut off the wrap around section (which I didn't want to do) or, to create a whole new cover (which I definitely didn't want to do) or, the last option was to take some pages out of both signatures so they would fit.  This last option is what I finally decided to do.  So now my book looks different again!!!  Not a lot different, but different just the same!!  LOL!!  Have to say though, I am quite happy with it!!

I was only going to show you the completed second signature in this post but, as the first one has now changed, I am actually showing the completed journal.   Must warn you, there are a lot of photos, so you may want to grab yourself a cuppa!!

A reminder of the cover.
I had some trouble deciding what kind of closure to use and in the end went with a bulldog clip attached to a little bit of chain.  As you can see, I also attached a few charms as well.

I used the pamphlet stitch to sew both signatures into the book.

The inside front cover and the cover of the first signature.  The flower is attached to an altered paper clip which holds a couple of journaling tags.
Below, the page on the left is the same as shown before but, on the right I've added some stenciling, stamping and strips of washi tape.  The tape idea came from Astrid Maclean.  She uses it a lot in her journals and I loved the look so much I decided to use some in mine.  If you don't know Astrid and would like to see her works HERE is the link.  Believe me, you won't be sorry .. her creations are amazing!!
Not 100% happy with the way I added the washi, but I'm hoping that, with some practice, it will get better!  LOL!!
Added stenciling and stamping to the page on the left  but the right side is the same as shown in Part #1 with that ingenious lift up tab idea I pinched .. errr .. borrowed .. from Jenny Marples at Pushing the Right Buttons!  LOL!!
Again, I just added a touch of stenciling and stamping to the page on the right.
Just the cute flower stencil with a little added stamping on the left and the page folds out.
This is where I removed some of the pages ..
 .. and here is the centre of the signature.
 I attached a couple of charms to the ends of the thread I used to sew the signature to the cover.
The stained tracing paper on the right folds out.
Love, love, love those stains!
Added stenciling and stamping on the right side.
Here I've added stenciling and strips of washi to the left side and added an altered paper clip as well.  They are so handy for tuck spots.
A tiny little clip on the left and stencil and stamp on the right.  The right side page folds out as well.  Means there's plenty of room for journaling or adding photos and ephemera.

Here I just added the stencil and washi on the left side ..
 .. and here is the back cover of the first signature and the front cover of the second.  I do hope you are still with me!!!
So, here we are inside the second signature.  As you can see, there is a pocket on the left with a couple of tags and on the right I've left the page clean and just added strips of washi tape.
 This flower is another altered paper clip.
Just a little stamping on the left and more of the tea stained tracing paper on the right.
 Folded a doily over the edge of this page and added a little washi for some interest.
 Another pocket on the left with some tags, one of which is a booklet.  The little banner on the right can be moved or taken out completely as it is simply attached to the page with a small clip.
 A couple of different sized pages here with the usual stenciling and also a touch of lace.
Page on the left folds out.

The middle of the second signature.
 Again, I have attached a couple of charms to the ends of the thread used to sew the signature to the cover.
Page on the right folds out.
Page on the right .. you guessed it!! .. folds out!!  LOL!!
A triangular pocket this time to hold some tags.  I really like this shape of pocket and will certainly use it in other books.
Another altered paper clip (you can see how I make these HERE) and more of the tea stained tracing paper.

On the last page is a small envelope which doubles duty as a tuck spot ..
The back cover of the second signature and the inside back cover of the journal.
And there it is!!  My first Junk Journal done and dusted!!  I hope you managed to stick it out till the end and I really hope you like it!!

As stated at the beginning of this post, this book took a really long time to complete mainly because I didn't work on it all the time.  I only dragged it out every once in a while when I wasn't busy with other things and I also changed it around a few times!  I had a lot of fun with it though because I wasn't in a rush to finish and I could take my time to decide what I wanted to do and how I wanted it to look.  I do love how it turned out and am definitely making more of these.

I am sharing this in the August Mini Album Makers Challenge

Update:  I am totally thrilled and delighted (and, let me say, stunned) to tell you that my little book was chosen as the Design Team Favourite for August.  I would like to thank all the members of the Mini Album Makers Challenge Team for giving me this honour!  You made my day!! 

Thank you so much for your visit and for the lovely comments left on my last post.  I really do appreciate it and I must apologise for falling behind again with my blog visits.  This post was scheduled because I haven't been very well just lately and have not been able to get on my computer.  Thankfully I am starting to come good now and, hopefully, I can catch up with all of you soon.

Whatever you like doing, do it lots, and have fun with it!!
Have a great day!!
Take care and God Bless.


  1. Wow!! This is absolutely amazing, Margaret!! The work you put into this is incredible and it looks spectacular!! Each page is absolutely stunning!! The details you added are gorgeous!! I just love every single thing about this!! It's a work of art!! I hope you are feeling much better. Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Absolutely amazing Margaret! So many gorgeous details to look at! Wow, wow, wow....... love it xx

  3. Really amazing book! Hugs! Maria ;-)

  4. I can imagine this was a lot of work Margaret. But it looks stunning.
    Hugs Veerle

  5. Sorry you have been unwell Margy - it certainly takes the fun and energy out of life. Now, I took your advice and made a cuppa, so I could enjoy each and every one of your pages and drool over every one. What a work of art you've created; no wonder it took a long time. I love the little secret pockets, the layers, the stamping and especially the stained vellum. The little metal embellies tied with string, are charming, as are the tags hanging from bull dog clips and the postage stamp edges on the flower embellies. Sensational - congrats on an outstanding project. xo

  6. sensational , amazing , and so inspiring ... love love love my beautiful Margy xoxo

  7. What a gorgeous album! All the little pretty touches make this so beautiful! I really LOVE the stained papers.

  8. Oh wow this is amazing! Really each and every page is a delight with the stencilling stamping and flower clips and charms.. I am sure it was good fun to create even if you did it every now and then.. A real treasure to have! And I hope you are on the mend now, not good to be feeling poorly.. I am having computer problems at the moment.. Ggrrrr I hate it when they don't work properly.. May have to get a newer model!! Just as well I am not a computer definitely need. Newer model! Hehe! Take care!

  9. Hello to you Marg~
    I am awestruck! at this amazing journal you have created. I don't know where to begin!
    It is beautiful Marg; truly gorgeous work~
    I love all the 'bits' of stenciling you did on the pages. That adds so much depth and interest. So beautifully done, with all the tags, pockets, stained pages . . Love your work Margaret~ Hugs to you and thanks too, karen o

  10. Sensational! This is awesome! Such beautiful work!

  11. It was definitely worth taking time over making this journal Margaret because it is gorgeous! I loved seeing your pages and all the little tucks and embellishments you added. Your altered clips are always so beautiful too!

    While I am here I would like to thank you for joining in our challenge this month at Mini Album Makers too! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Surely, there has never been a more beautiful and detailed journal than this treasure you've created! I am in awe of your patience with this project and the tremendous result! Every single detail amazes and inspires! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Mini Album Makers. Big hugs, Autumn PS. Make sure to add our challenge badge to this post to be eligible to win the prize. :)

  13. Wauw I LOVE your album! Beautiful made and with so many wonderful details to look at. Love the little charms added, a very good idea. This is truly a great piece of art.
    Hope you are feeling well again, thanks for the fantastic inspiration. Marlies x

  14. Well, Margaret, I sure think this was worth all the effort and the time it took to complete. Your junk journal is anything but junk; each page is BEAUTIFUL and so well thought out. The colors flow effortlessly and you eye for detail is amazing! I love that bit of frayed ribbon on your last paperclip embellishment. It's those little details that really melt my heart! Well done, you! Sending hugs!

  15. What a beautiful journal! I feel your pain for sometimes having to make part of it over again but it is always worth it in the end. Definitely a treasure!
    ~ Heather

  16. What a beautiful journal in perfect vintage neutrals. I love the whispers of stencilling on the pages, especially the wildflower stems - right up my street! - and the fabulous distressed papers. I think you made the right decision - and now you have some pages ready for the next journal, right?! Thanks so much for joining in at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

  17. Wow Margaret! it may have taken you a long time but SO worth it ! Your journal is fabulous and each page is stunning with all those wonderful papers, pockets, tags and stamped pages. What a wonderful idea to close the journal with a beautifully decorated bull dog clip! So many wonderful details! Thank you for sharing your fabulous journal with us at Mini Album Makers for this month's challenge. Jennie x

  18. Super, super project...the end result is so fabulous! ;-) Love this to bits!

  19. Margaret, this is such a beautiful journal. Love the closure and the tiny charms hanging from the inside of the signatures. Each little bit that you added is so clever and gorgeous. So happy you shared this on the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog. PS: Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.

  20. Margaret, I am THRILLED to see this be the favorite over at MAM's blog! Those ladies know a great thing when they see it! CONGRATULATIONS! Hugs!


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I read and appreciate every single one.