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, a  band that came from my mother’s shirt, brand new, just unwanted, 🙂  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. 🙂 You can find this lovely fun journal in my Etsy store.

Thank you for visiting!

Good News and a Giveaway

Hello lovely people!

I have some great news to share with you – my Etsy shop is finally working again! I am slowly adding more things to it, but there are some lovely journals there already. You can take a look and tell me what you think. 🙂

So to celebrate that, I would like to give this lovely little journal to one of you!

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It is a small journal, about 4,5 x 5,5 “, but it is quite fat and it has hard cover, very textural and lovely, and a lot of pages inside, as well as pockets and tuck spots. There is also a clay piece on the cover as a decoration and a focal point.

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Do you like it? If you do, just leave me a comment and I will be back very soon (probably in about 5 days) to draw a winner. Also, if you wish you could leave a comment on my FB profile and that way you’re also in a game(although that will still count as one entry). 🙂

Good luck!

A Lovely Weekend and a Journal

Sunny Autumn days. Perfect for riding a bike! 🙂

Me and my bike

And going to less urban areas.

River

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Shells

Texture

But also great for making journals!

Handwoven fabric, lace, cotton, beads etc. Mixed papers inside. Hand and machine stitched, my big fat white journal, perfect for writing quotes and other inspiring things from the books I read.  🙂 My current “book stuff” journal is almost full, so this new one will be just perfect for that. Do you write down interesting stuff from the books you read? When I was about nine or ten, my mother suggested I should do that and I have been doing it ever since. I wish I also wrote down a title of every book that I’ve read, but I didn’t. 😦

Anyway, here are the photos:

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Have a great day! 🙂

Playing in my Journals

I looove my journals! I know, I have too many already, but I can’t stop making them! I made a small one out of a brochure (something my husband brought from his trip to Denmark last year – yes, I keep all kinds of junk) and it’s so cute! Small and cute!

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It’s a little bit bigger than my hand, as you can see in the next photo.

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I love playing in it. 🙂

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Sometimes I feel like working in a bigger journal, sometimes I like working in a small one. That’s why I have to have so many of them. 🙂

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My birthday was on September the 18th, so this spread was inspired by that.

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And I also finished working in this old journal!

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I made it a long time ago, and it might be my first handmade journal (if I remember correctly). My dear “handmade paper/ textured / first time coptic binding / beginners” journal.

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There it is, on the left, with a beaded spine. Now happily living on a shelf with my other Art and Travel journals. 🙂

My Journals

The finished ones, that is. 🙂

Spring Cleaning?

I think my cleaning will be a looong process. Everywhere I turn I seem to find interesting things to play with! First I went through my books to see what will stay and what will be donated to library or given to friends, because I buy books all the time and I don’t have the space anymore to keep them all. And sure enough, I found many books that are just perfect for altering! 🙂 But I did put aside two huge bags for donation and that feels good. I loved reading them and now someone else will be able to enjoy them.

Then I “found” some clothes that are going to be recycled and I already have a million ideas for that! So, for now I have one altered book that I’m working on, some fabric recycling projects that I’m working on, my fabric stash is checked and reduced just a tiny bit, resulting in this:

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As you can see, I added eco dyed paper to this journal, along with my handmade paper, which means I now have to make more paper and dye more paper, and now I have ideas for that too! 🙂

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Looking through my yarn also resulted in finding some interesting lonely skeins which simply begged me to use them. And I did! I wove a scarf! I can’t show it to you now as it has to be washed first, but I can already see this cleaning as a never ending story. 🙂

And it’s not over yet! I made two junk mail journals! You know how it is – you start sorting and cleaning your shoes, and then you find shoe boxes that you don’t need, right? So you think: “Well this box is nice and colorful, I could make something with it!” Right? 🙂 It turns out my favorite shoes came in a very pretty box that I used to make two journal covers! How cool is that! And all those papers and junk mail finally found their home. Ahhh, by the end of Winter I will have a clean home. LOL!

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Look at all these papers and envelopes and bags that will NOT go to trash! It feels so good knowing that I helped the Earth at least a tiny bit.

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Now it’s paint/art journaling time! Oh yeah, and cleaning too! Or maybe weaving?

As you can see, I am officially gone crazy, but there is nothing so amazing as this creative madness! I must enjoy it while it lasts. 🙂

 

Beautiful Slovenia

I’m back! Home sweet home! It’s great to travel, but it’s always great to come home, right? I missed my studio and my hands became a bit restless. I need to make things, make art, bake and cook, and do all the things I love doing. Well, apart from ironing and vacuuming. I can live without that, no problem.:)

But what a wonderful vacation it was! Slovenia is a beautiful country! I enjoyed every minute there, but let me just show you the photos, you will see what I mean.

Gorgeous nature

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Lakes and mountains, everything I love.

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Lake Bled

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It may be from the 7th Century, but  jewelry is jewelry! 🙂

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Clothing now and then:

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Oohhh, handmade paper, quill and ink. Paradise!

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My favorite, Postojna Cave:

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It was absolutely amazing! I was blown away by the beauty of the cave and by forces of nature that made it!

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Us ❤

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Ljubljana is a lovely town. I especially loved the old part.

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My little journal is filled with memories. 🙂

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Have a great day/night everyone!

 

 

Before I Go

It’s time for traveling! We are going to visit the parents, travel to Slovenia, go to the mountains (no matter how bad the weather might be), and hopefully have a wonderful time! Yay! We have almost three weeks for all that, and with hubby working long hours lately, this is exactly what we needed. Time for fun and to just be together.

So I made a big bag for moi, and a small bag to go inside of a big one, for makeup and other lady’s things that a lady needs on her travels. 🙂

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The back

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And a small one

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I also made a travel journal, or better say I decorated a journal I made some time ago, added things to the cover, and a bit on the inside, just to make it more interesting. I didn’t have the time to make a completely new one, so this little thing came in handy. I like it.

It needs a title, which will be “Slovenia 2014”. 🙂

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It’s small, 6×3,5 inches, but it’s big enough for a five days trip.

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That’s it for now! See you soon! 🙂