Junk Journal No 1: Mixed Media Art Journal Cover

Junk Collector

I never thought of myself as a hoarder but since our family room remodel I think my hubby would call me one. I can’t believe the amount of crafting items or potential craft items that I have saved. Everything from old cereal boxes, Valentine’s candy boxes to empty oatmeal containers. I had so many ideas of projects to make with these items but no time to do it or space to store them until I use them.
Thankfully, this remodel has forced me to purge anything that it not priority since storage is limited.I just went out this morning and bought some new storage containers. I will try to get some pictures up soon. I am getting excited that the room is coming together! Almost there.
Are you a junk collector when it comes to crafting or a organized crafter?

Creating The Journal Cover

Most times when creating a journal I do the cover last. Usually, that is because I procrastinate when it comes to the binding. For this journal, I used a magazine as the base but instead of using the magazine cover as intended, I used a brown paper bag as it was more sturdy.
I covered the paper bag with paint and added a border stenciled with texture paste. The border was embossed with yellow. A checkerboard stamp was used in the background and then I splattered various colors of paint after adding my embellishments.

It’s A Completed Journal

And here you can see the spine with all the completed pages. Click the links to see the rest of the pages:
A Love Like Ours Is Eternal
Will Winter Never End
Isn’t She Beautiful
The Ornamental Swan
You Are Special
Stars In My Eye
Through The Yellow Spectacles
And that’s it for me today. My baby girl is turning 2 today and I am busy making lots of party food and putting the finishing touches on her birthday outfit for tomorrow. Maybe I’ll have some pictures to share next week.
Have a great weekend,

Challenges Entered:

Mini Album Makers Challenge: February

Wednesday Simon Says: Make Your Own Background

Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes

 13arts: Inspired by Mood board

Craft Stamper: February Take-It Make-It

21 thoughts on “Junk Journal No 1: Mixed Media Art Journal Cover”

  • Wonderful cover for your beautiful journal. I tend to collect junk, perhaps a bad habit from my teaching days when we collected everything for the students to us in art. But I do try to have a purge here and there! Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

  • I always save my cover till last, but I don’t make my own covers. Yours is beautiful. I was in awe of it and the yellow and green you used was wonderful. I must be a hoarder, too, because I just rounded up five food boxes to be used in my art. Rather sad, but true.
    I hope your daughter has a great birthday and you will share her day and new outfit with us next week. It sounds like a perfect T post to me (grin). Happy birthday to her.

  • Your cover is just AMAZING Kate! The completed journal is absolutely stunning! – Oh yes I am a big hoarder of junk as well but I also tidy out often to make room for my thoughts!
    Happy weekend !
    oxo Susi

  • What a beautiful cover and so fitting for all your amazing pages that you created – perfect 😁. Wishing your daughter a very Happy Birthday, it sounds like you have a fun party planned 😀. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

  • The cover is amazing Kate, super textures and colours and I adore that little steampunk guy!!
    Happy birthday to your daughter, I am sure it will be wonderful and she will look amazing and dorable in her new outfit! Good luck with the final stages of the remodel, and oh how I recognize what you went through!!
    Have a great party and weekend! xxx

  • What a great finish to your journal Kate! Gorgeous! I am happy you share the back links, I always like to go back and remember what is inside!
    As for the question about neat and organized? yes, no! heehee I’d like to think so, but am the same with hoarding things that might be useful! heehee
    Happy Birthday to your little one!
    Have a beautiful weekend- has spring reached you yet?
    Jackie xx

  • The cover is simply perfect for your beautiful journal. My dear Kate, you work is exquisite!
    It sounds like your remodeling is going well – what fun! I don’t keep a lot of things, but when it comes to crafting supplies well……I tend to keep too much. 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend! Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

  • Wow Kate. Finishing a journal is a big accomplishment! Love your cover-I am all about green right now. Must be the winter world we are all living in. And I do save too many things, but then I get in a mood and say when I am actually going to use that? that’s my latest mantra. I only save it if it is really unique or if I can decide when I will use it. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

  • I have spent some time looking through your wonderful pages and I love them all, particularly the ‘Isn’t She Beautiful’ one, that really is so very beautiful. Your cover is stunning, I just love the embellishments you added! Thanks so much for joining in with Mini Album Makers this month. Anne x

  • Absolutely beautiful. I adore the texture on the front cover and the little girl sits perfectly. Beautifully embellished. I love journals when they are full of pages don’t you, they are so tactile. Wonderful pages and details too. Tracy x

  • I’m an organized hoarder. LOL! And I always do my covers last. I find this to be a problem lately because I layer things so much and often use all of my good layering stuff inside then have two or three scraps leftover for the cover and panic! I’ve felt my covers were the least impressive of three of my books lately and just have to switch that up somehow! I’m crazy over this color of green and the fun boy and his lovely layered bed. Fantastic and such an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Mini Album Makers this month! Hugs, Autumn

  • I love the long elegant shape of this and all your trademark texture and style – a fabulous album, and well worth hoarding all those bits and bobs, I’d say! Thanks so much for playing along at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

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