Over in my Facebook Art Journaling group we have just completed a junk journal challenge which ran through the month of August. I have had an overwhelming amount of people taking part and loved every minute of it. Such beautiful books and journals were created. I for one will most definitely be making many more, they are so pretty and it has been so therapeutic. I will be using mine as a Happiness and Inspiration journal to log my moments of happiness and likes as well as adding mood boards and inspirational quotes.
The images from my journal are below as well as a video flip through of the completed journal. You can check out the pages participants have made using the hashtag #kmmamjunkjournal on Instagram, there are some stunning pages. People have taken part across a range of platforms; on their blog, in the group, You Tube, on Instagram and on Google Plus.
For the pages I used a variety of different papers and vintage ephemera from scrapbook paper, old books, vintage cigarette cards, vellum, journal cards and printables which I used to make some cute tags. I also used envelopes and paper bags to create pockets and pouches. Finally, I added some lace and trimming to some corrugated cardboard for the cover which was hand sewn. I bound it all together using two large ring clasps and then added some pretty ribbon.
Completed Junk Journal Flip Through Videos
We have six members of the challenge that have filmed their videos. Mine is posted below. If viewing from email please click the header to come on to the page or click here to view the video directly.
Check out the members stunningly beautiful videos and please subscribe to them from the links below.
Stephanie Kitching's Journal
Ashleigh (The Onyx Raven's Journal)
Susie Brays Journal
There are a few more videos but they are posted over in the group
Participants Junk Journal Photos:
Finally I will leave you with a plethora of the 'delicious' images (Thanks She for that word) of the participants journals, I love every single one of them, thank you for taking part, can't wait to see how you fill them up throughout the year.
I hope to run the challenge again next year as it was such a success. I have several smaller challenges going on and mini challenges in the group that you can take part in, or you can simply just be a part of the community. If you enjoyed the post, please do pin the image below to Pinterest and leave a comment. I hope to see you in the group soon.
Take Care and thank you to all who took part,
This week I have been making my first real flip book for a pen pals 'Happy Mail' / 'Snail Mail' in America. I have documented the plan with me / make with me process in the video below. It's so easy and would also make a great gift for your child's teacher or as a Mothers Day gift, just adapt what you fill the envelopes with (reward stickers, pens, herbal tea), the possibilities are endless. I will be making my next one this week as a leaving gift for a work colleague.
Equipment and Resources Needed:
I hope that you have enjoyed the tutorial, I would love to see what you create, remember to tag me on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #kmmam
Happy Happy Mail creating
Mothers Day Paper Crafts: Pocket Letters
Mothers Day Paper Crafting: 12x12 Scrapbook Page
As you probably have guessed, I'm a bit of a notebook and paper lover as well as my general crafts and planner obsession, so was pleased to hear that today is National Notebook Day - yay, long live paper! I'm not sure if this is a UK day or a US day to be honest, if anyone can enlighten me please do leave me a comment.
You can check out my 10 Best Notebook Posts below (yes there are that many notebook related posts on my blog!)
I am also pleased to announce that I am officially a member of the lovely Susie Bray's PR Team for her fantastic range of notebooks and Traveler's Notebook diary, blank, dot and grid and tn inserts over at Queen Mabel & Doris.
Her shop will officially open for orders on Wednesday 24th May - so be sure to head over to her Facebook group for more information on how to order. You can use the PR code KERRY10 for 10% off your orders. Make sure you check it out, they are fantastic quality and can be totally customized.
Thanks for reading and Happy Notebooking!
I have a bit of a 'vintage ephemera' obsession of late. I am in love with the pretty journals I see on Instagram that use old botany/floral images and vintage ladies. So I have had a look around the internet and found the ten best free vintage ephemera printables / digi scraps sites for use in your planners, smash books, journals, collage art, mixed media and scrapbooks. Have fun browsing, scrapping and journaling.
Follow my Ephemera boards on Pinterest: Creative Journaling Process Videos
6. Free Vintage Digital Stamps
This is my favourite, another stunning collection of ephemera and digital stamps. Ephemera from all vintage eras and a lovely collection of vintage lady printables. The images below used ladies from their collection. Most can be used on website banners cards to sell too.
7. The Graphics Fairy
A gorgeous collection of digital downloads for scrapbooking and journaling. Some are free, some are from the weekly email archive and some are premium downloads. A great resource.
8. Wings of Whimsy
Lots of cute holiday based ephemera, lovely Easter images.
9. The Old Design Shop
Lots of old book images and pretty vintage ephemera, a haven for vintage goodies.
10. Sweetly Scrapped
Scanned ephemera from the link above - all vintage and all beautiful. Click the link to the main site from the banner for all of her digital resources. A scrappers and creative journalers little bit of heaven. Great quality scanned and edited images to use as the originals or as blank tags.
I hope you enjoyed the links as much as I enjoyed browsing them to put this post together. Please do tag the shops if you post your creations on Instagram or Twitter etc. I would love a tag too, would love to see what you have created. Use the tag #kmmam (Kerrymay._.Makes A Mess). Don't forget to have a browse through my printables and my Best Free Planner Printable Sites.
Take Care, Kerry xx
Join in the craft tag with Zook Paper Co and Kerrymay._.Makes
The following is a craft tag FAQ style collaboration video that Zulma from Zook Paper Co had the idea for. We came up with 5 craft/planner/art questions and answered them, then we tag challenge you to answer the same questions. I hope that you enjoy the video and hope that you all have a go at joining in. You can answer as a reply to the channel video, here on the blog, on Facebook or Instagram, your own blog or you can film your own video over on You Tube (be sure to tag us both in your video if you do). If you are reading this from an email or blog reader please click the title of the blog post to see the video in full xx
If you take part please give us a link and let us know your link too so we can see your answers, we'd love to hear from you and hope you Give Us 5!
Link to Kerrymay._.Makes - www.youtube.com/channel/UCANXb1_Wc597C9XSQz-wR8g Link to Zook Paper Co - www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBYSfN8rakRmfIcg536xhA
Mothers Day is fast approaching, so why not make a lovely D.I.Y Pocket Letter as a personalised gift or card alternative? I made my first one last week and I love the finished result, such an easy paper craft and quick to make too.
I have been planning on making a pocket letter for quite some time now after seeing a tutorial last year by Mrs Brimbles. I have been sitting on the pockets themselves for well over 6 months and finally got around to making one after taking part in a weekend of challenges lead by Michelle Mills and Louise Maylan as part of their Stampin' Up workshop/monthly kit. More information on the workshops can be found on my Scrapbook post.
12x12 SCRAPBOOK PAGE:
In the kit we has a variety of different papers and a set layout we needed to follow, but we could play around with it in any way of our choice. I chose my colours and papers first to match the summer holiday we had as a family last year and chose a family photo from the holiday, the words on the yellow cardstock really do fit in with my theme too. It is quite important (I found) to gather all your elements and embellishments first, but you can easily add extras as you create. I wasn't sure at first whether I liked the finished result, but it has grown on me and I now like it (I can be a fussy bugger!).
In addition to the kit, I also used some spray ink and watercolour, so added some A4 watercolour paper which I trimmed down to a square. You can see the process and materials used in the video on my channel. Click below to see my Scrap With Me Video or click the link here if viewing from the email subscription.
To be a part of the next Torn Apart cycle contact Michelle Mills over on her page www.facebook.com/uglybugplans for more details, or you can be part of 'Team Louise' by contacting Louise over on her group Sma*shing, Scr*pping, Planners and Paper.
I recently got in to 'smash booking' in my Lyradori Traveler's Notebook and I must say I love doing them. I really don't have the patience or time to create full scrapbooks and layouts, so much prefer the stick anything any way you choose method.
This post uses an affiliate link, but it is for a product that I love and use myself.
What is a Smash Book?
As you can see from the video below a smash book is like a scrapbook, but following no set structure and it doesn't have to be painstakingly neat and organised. I love that you can save receipts, tickets, photos and other keepsakes and just glue them to a page to keep forever. I often journal alongside mine as a way of remembering special days and events.
How to Create a Smash Book
Smash books can take many forms and you don't have to use the official smash book. You can use traditional scrapbooks, notebooks, traveler's notebooks, moleskine inserts or make them yourself using a variety of different papers and then either stitch them together or use a long armed stapler or loose binder rings to clip them together. The one in the video is using a Moleskine Cahier Notebook that I bought off Amazon (three for around £6.20). I then used scrapbook papers, ephemera, bits from magazines, washi tape, photos, stickers, tickets, stamps and journaling cards to put the pages together... the sky's the limit!
I'd love to hear about your smashbook journey in the comments below. So... do you smash book and what do you use it to document? Is there anything holding you back?
Hi I'm Kerry a blogger from Nottinghamshire UK, a drama teacher and a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.