Heart Junk Journal

Hello lovely people!

Here is a new journal I made!

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It is made almost entirely out of recycled materials. I just looove when I’m able to turn “junk” into something beautiful and useful.

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I took a piece of soft plastic sheet that was sitting in my studio for ages, layered it with some soft (again) plastic packaging material and cotton fabric, stitched them and made the cover. Then I added an applique piece to the front cover which was made with cotton fabric and silk, and I think it looks just right for this journal. Of course, the closure was also made with a recycled piece, aΒ  band that came from my mother’s shirt, brand new, just unwanted, πŸ™‚Β  and I added my handmade fabric beads to the ends to make it more pretty. There are also my handmade beads on the spine, as well as on the inside of the journal.

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There are stitched book pages in there, my handmade papers, plain white pages, etc.

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Oohhh it makes me so happy! I really love this journal. So colorful and cute!

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The above photo shows an envelope that I made out of a book page, stitched and painted and clipped to the page. There is so much room in this journal for writing and adding things!

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I went crazy with details and embellishments!

 

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And that is it! I hope you like it, and I hope it will give you some ideas on how to recycle more. πŸ™‚ You can find this lovely fun journal in my Etsy store.

Thank you for visiting!

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Hello everyone and Happy Holidays! I hope you are having a great time!

I wanted to share with you some of the things I made well, just for fun. πŸ™‚ I altered some puzzle pieces and made earrings out of them, and also used my handmade beads to make jewelry. So without too much talking, here they are! πŸ™‚

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Next time I’ll show you my handwovens.Β  (If I don’t forget to photograph them that is.)Β  πŸ™‚

Something New

Actually, all I wanted to do is organize and clean my studio! But then some of my souvenir journals sold and I had to make new journals for the shop. Then a friend called me to say that her friends wanted to buy shawls from me , so I had to weave. And then my dog had some health problems, which as usual made me go insane with worry, so to calm my self down, I made beads. Lots of beads. That way I could be in the same room with him, and it kept my hands busy and my mind occupied. It helped.

Luckily, he feels better now.

So here are the shawls:

Variegated yarn with a touch of sparkling mohair,Β  very warm and soft.

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The next one looks completely different than in this photo, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate. It’s a shame it looks so ugly here when in real life it’s lovely and sparkly and violet…

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Shades of green:

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This shawl was finished about a monthΒ  ago, but I forgot to photograph it, so here it is now.

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I hope ladies will like them. πŸ™‚

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Masculine journal:

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Coptic binding, mixed media journal.

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And a feminine one:

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Altered book. Handmade paper, coffee stained paper, lace, paint.

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And beads, of course!

Beaded beads

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Yarn beads

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Sequin beads

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Painted beads

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Denim beads

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Suede beads

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Leather beads

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Paper beads

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Crazy giant bead

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And now I want to make even more beads! They are SO addictive! I’ll have to buy more storage containers because I have no idea where to put them. πŸ™‚ But it is so relaxing and fun to take all those fabric scraps, bits of yarn, all kinds of paper, and while watching (well, actually listening to) TV, make these beauties. And yes, my living room is a mess again, but who cares. I have gorgeous beads now! πŸ™‚

Oh, and I almost finished organizing and cleaning my studio, although it will soon be a complete chaos there, as it usually is, but never mind. πŸ™‚

My New Journal

Yay! Recycling is the best! I made a journal using an unwanted calendar, a paper bag, some old beads, handmade beads, and paint. And because the calendar was so big, I have enough material for another journal!

I’ve cut a piece of the calendar to make the cover, and then wrapped it with painted paper bag.

And with beads on the spine, it now looks like this!

For the inside I left the bag unpainted. I like it that way.Β  (don’t mind the first page, it’s not finished,hehe)

But pages two and three are πŸ™‚

I have to admit, I am still a bit shy to show you my work because I can’t draw or paint, have no talent for it, but I think it would be good for me to face that fear. So, here I am, showing you my “art”. πŸ™‚

I am just happy that I used some trash and made something useful!