For the last 2 years I haven’t been beadmaking and jewellery making is on the back burner, always there but not making anything.
It’s all since my Fall back in June 2017 😢😢 my workshop has stood still like its lost in time…. Cobwebs and dust…. Including spiders….. Brrrrrr….😱
Its messy in there and I don’t really want to spend time in it, I need to clean it, not my favourite thing at all!!! And of course it needs tidying which I’m rubbish at!!! 🙄🙄🙄😂😂
Since then I got into Art Journalling and Mixed Media…. Watching YouTube while I was recovering is how I originally got hooked on it, then that in turn I found junk journalling and the making of them.
It took months to make my first journal and as much as I loved the process it took time to learn new techniques etc. to achieve the result I got….it was sometimes daunting, often frustrating but definitely worth the journey….
I am getting a bit quicker at creating them now but still it takes me time and lots of decision making along the way.
IT’S SPRINGTIME JUNK JOURNAL
I love it, I enjoy making them personalised for each recipient. I don’t make them to sell I make them to pass on to individuals I know. I love themes and I have quite a long list of journal themes I want to make….. Yes I really need to make a journal for that! 😂😂
But what to do with them once I’ve made them for me, in the theme I love…. Mmmmm….
I needed to use them!
I don’t record my daily life, it doesn’t interest me enough to do that!
So how to use them?
I made my Old Dutch for me to kind of work that out….
And I could use it anyway I wanted to, not really an art journal but not a diary either….
Creative journalling is what I call it!
I can use it to store things I’ve done, cards etc I receive that means sometime to me, so some memory keeping.
This was my Mother’s Day card from #1daughter
I cut it apart down the middle, the heart is the front which is whole and the rest was cut into tags and decoration.
And of course junk journalling is also visual journalling adding embellishments, prettying it up if you like….adding tuck spots and pockets to hold things in you want to keep, as well as just making a page look enjoyable to look at.
Stencilling is a favourite
Napkin decoupage and fabrics that were my #1daughter little ‘blankie’ when she was very young.
I want to put some photos of her onto a card or tag to tuck into the belly band I made on the righthand page above
The postcard on the left page is also a pocket so need to make something to go into that as well.
Below is just a decorated collage page which I loved the way it turned out.
Sometimes they work but quite often they don’t…. That’s why I’m not showing the opposite page 🙄🙄
The piece of fabric is a flip up again one of the blankie fabrics you can just see it behind it on a previous page.
Here it is below, more photos for there too I think.. and I want to embellish the front of it with lace etc.
More decoupaging with napkins, this spread on the right page (below) is finished and was from Happy Mail from Noit (Noit Art on YT) last year
The fabric flip on the left is from a dress I made a looooong time ago, loved the fabric but when I finally got the dress finished I couldn’t fit into it any longer…. 😢😢😢 I haven’t worked out what I’m going to do with this page yet! I might just glue it down completely and collage on top of it….. 🤔🤔🤔🤔 If I’m not sure I just leave it to ponder until I do know.!
WIP I still have to finish both of these pages above and below all from napkins, well except from what’s already on the page of course!
This one below is a Daphnes Diary magazine page with some fashion images I fussy cut out and glued on and then added the napkin along the top …. This isn’t quite finished yet I think I may add some lace down the side.. We’ll see!
More pondering I think….
Its a bit whacky this one but I really like it…. I look at it as the ladies are walking and posing on the roses…. Ha ha! 😁
This page is dedicated to Monty my old hound dog, I lost him last year and this sunflowers card was sent from the Vet who came out to put him to sleep. He was so lovely and I was really touched by this sweet card.
This was from Ineke from Holland who sent me this New Year card, hoping this year would be a better one for me. ❤️🌼Thank you my lovely friend 😘
This was a birthday invite of one of my Hubbies friend, I really loved the roses..
This was my birthday card from…. #1daughter of course! Why do I call her that you may ask!?
Well she is my only child and so she is Number 1! As well as my whole world 🌼❤️🌍❤️🌼
I loved this lady which came out of a Daphne’s Diary… I’ve also still got the negative part to it as well. I will probably put it in with the reverse showing which is in blue..
Roxy Creations digital linen on the right and my Red fashion Tag in the bag pocket on the left… I am really happy with the tag…. I need to make some more I think!!
Couple of tags in different pockets
More Daphnes Diary pages this one is a ballet dancer, there are some more images to add yet…
More lovely birthday cards, below from hubbie, above from my brother and SIL.
This one I was trying out my metallic pearly watercolours I got for my birthday from #1daughter, they are a bit unusual to use and I got some of the sheen coming off the blue but not alot from the copper in this photo. In real life the copper really shines but the blue you have to catch the light just right on it.
I will have to check out how to use them as they take a bit of getting used to, YouTube will tell me somewhere I believe! They are called Coliro – pearlcolors from Germany.
So that’s what’s in my Old Dutch for now, I still have more ideas to work out and things to finish which I hope to get some more ‘Journal with Me’ videos done soon…. So many things to do and finish I’m getting very behind now…
Then there’s my Dutch Tulip jj to fill up as well from my trip to see Ineke.
I am currently working in this one at the moment so hoping I can do my next ‘Chatty jj with me’ in the next couple of days with that….
Catch you all again soon
Bye for now