Friday, 26 February 2021

Hayley 2020 Junk Journal...by Belinda Spencer

 Happy FriYAY Scrapping Clearly fans!!


It's Belinda here today to share my latest project featuring lots of awesome supplies from the Scrapping Clearly store.

Today I am sharing what I am doing with the fabulous Scrap FX Chevrons Junk Journal. I absolutely LOVE these journals. I love the mix of different papers and that you can choose to put it together however you wish. For my journal, I replaced some pages with patterned papers from the Vicki Boutin Kaleidoscope collection and decorated other pages with the same papers.

Here's a peek at what I have created so far in this junk journal dedicated to my darling daughter and what she got up to in such a difficult year not only with Covid but our own personal struggles with our son's health crisis. I am so thankful to have such a kind, thoughtful and helpful daughter.

'Hayley 2020 Junk Journal'


Here you can see some of the supplies I used. Well these are the ones I started with anyway. I tried to stick to the fabulous products above but I have added in a few things here and there; some from my stash. I find when I am working on a journal like this that I grab whatever is on my desk and add that in too. Even when I was photographing what I have completed so far, I found myself thinking I could add more to the pages. And I probably will down the track! I have only completed the first 6 months so there's still time to add more!

I found the journal was pretty easy to put together. I was already familiar with how to make my own journal but even a newbie should be able to put it together with minimal fuss. You just need to make sure you have the creases of all the pages lined up nice and tight before you start poking holes and stitching it together. The kit comes with all the instructions to make life easy.


For the title page I diluted some Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Paint and painted onto the page with a large soft paintbrush. I tried not to add too much water to the page as I knew it was going to warp but I don't really mind the warping. The papers in the journal are not really designed for too much water/wet medium but you can always add in some mixed media/watercolour paper. I applied the Art By Marlene All The Circles Cling Stamp over the top using Aquamarine Archival Ink. I stamped some leaves and the bird from the Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set onto book paper using Jet Black Archival Ink and then fussy cut them. I added double sided tape to the back of the book paper before I fussy cut the images to strengthen the book paper before I cut it. This also means that once it is cut out you have an instant sticker ready to add to your page. Much easier than messing around with glue.

I covered the front cover with some stunning paper from the Vicki Boutin Kaleidoscope range. I stamped a mandala from the Art By Marlene Mandala Tapestry Stamp Set and then punched a patterned paper circle to add to the middle. I stamped the year in the circle. I added some stickers and the title using Thickers.



And now we come to the January pages. On the left hand side I stamped some flowers from the Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set. I painted loosely around them with Jane Davenport Watercolours Brights Palette. I stamped some leaves on book paper, fussy cut and added them to the page. I used the Heidi Swapp Old School ABC Stamp Set for the 'January'. I used the Darkroom Door Sketched Alphabet Stamp Set for the 'Fire' title.


I created a flap on this page to add my journaling documenting the bushfire we had in our town and how we had to evacuate as the smoke got a little too close for comfort.


In February I have focussed on the kids' tennis training and competition. I love the different sized, interesting pages that are included in this set. I added in the patterned paper page that you can see on the left hand side but the cute little page with the tab on the side is part of the kit. The tabbed page is a fairly sturdy cardstock so I swiped it through some Distress Oxide and spritzed water on my craft sheet and there was hardly any warping. I did this after I put the journal together. It would be a lot easier to plan your journal out beforehand and do this step before putting it all together. That's not how I roll though! I figure stuff out as I go. LOL



In March things got too scary Covid-19 wise so I took my kids out of school and kept them safe at home with me. This was our first time homeschooling and it went really well. Luckily my kids are self starters and just stuck to their regular school timetable.

I have used mostly patterned paper from the Kaleidoscope range here to decorate the pages. There are some stickers too from the collection. On the right hand side I used some Darkroom Door stamps too including Lots of Labels and Diary Dates. Oh and I like to add messy borders around the pages too using a black journaling pen.


In April our world came crashing down around us with our son's health crisis and we began a new normal of living at the hospital. This page documents how well Hayley handled the whole crappy situation and what a champion she is.

The kit comes with a sheet of patterned transparency that I really love. I added minimal decoration on this piece as I liked it just as it was. I simply added a strip of patterned paper, stamped the month on it and added some love heart stickers.


On the other side of the transparency page I added another strip of patterned paper and decorated with more Kaleidoscope stickers. I still need to add something more to this page. I'm thinking a quote of some sort or maybe 'May' using Thickers or stamps. The photo page is another patterned paper one that I have added into the journal. I have added my photo as well as stickers to decorate this page.


May is Hayley's birthday month so of course I had to add another couple of pages. I used some Heidi Swapp Photo Corners on my photo and added a banner sticker over the top. I added some stamping and stickers as well.

The die cut page on the right came with the kit but here I have covered it with patterned paper. This page documents Hayley's first proper test while homeschooling and I added a little flap with journaling inside.



Finally the June pages! I covered the other side of the die cut page with patterned paper again. This time when I covered it I folded the patterned paper and cut around it again to create a little booklet. I still need to add the month in and a few more elements but I will share that and the rest of the journal soon


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I am playing with my junk journal and that it inspires you to create your own junk journal. 

Cheers
Belinda

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