Through The Yellow Spectacles: Mixed Media Junk Journal

Life Through Yellow Spectacles

As we start the new year I am thinking and dreaming up all that I want to accomplish this coming year. I can see my year through ‘yellow colored spectacles’. Sadly, the newness wears off after a few months, maybe even a few weeks.
But in my case, that was yesterday. I was thinking of all that I had to accomplish for the day…grocery shopping, Goodwill drop, pick up a library book and a cleaning at the dentist, all while I was backing out of the driveway. And then I heard the CRUNCH. My heart started pounding as I remembered the car parked in the driveway right behind me. Yeah, I forgot to look. Worst of all, it wasn’t our car.
Not exactly the perfect way to start off the new year but after many tears I realize it is not the end of the world. Sure, it will cost money to fix two vehicles but it could have been worse. No one was hurt and the damage is minimal.
So, as we start the new year I am going to try and keep those pretty spectacles on and keep on carrying on!

Making The Journal Layout

The Inspiration

For the new year I am trying something new. A junk journal.
Joyce Kers over at Scraps of Elegance makes the most beautiful Junk Journals. I have been eyeing them for a while and finally decided to try my hand at one. Mine is by no means as elegant but I used ALL scraps from my box. And who doesn’t love to use up scraps!

The Process

My base is a coveted Anthropology magazine that I have been hoarding forever. I added paper to the magazine pages. I found out by trial and error that painted magazine paper and heat do not mix. ๐Ÿ˜‰
After adding paper scraps and painting my background I stamped with a Christy Tomlinson Stamp. As I said before, this is a junk journal so my goal is to only use items on my desk and items from my scrap box which includes previously discarded stamped images.
Lastly, I layered my scraps of choice and doodled around the edges with a white out pen.
Thanks for stopping by,

Challenges Entered:

The Artistic Stamper: Anything Goes

The Craft Stamper: Anything Goes

Create Artiste: Anything Mixed Media Goes

More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes Optional:Blue

Art Journal Journey: New Year New Adventures


22 thoughts on “Through The Yellow Spectacles: Mixed Media Junk Journal”

  • Your new journal looks wonderful, you are off to a good start there. Sorry about the damage to the cars, not nice, but the main thing is that nobody was hurt. These things happen. Hugs, Valerie

  • It’s a difficult way to start the new year, but at least you found the bright side, and are still wearing those yellow glasses. I’m in awe of this entry. Like you, I love Anthropology magazine, but I have never had anything turn out this wonderful in my art when I used it. I also LOVE the idea of recycling and using what you have on hand. I’m truly in awe of that concept because I try to live by it.
    Thanks for sharing this incredible, beautifully layered spread with us at Art Journal Journey, dear Kate.

  • This is fantastic – so beautiful!
    Did you know that I ordered two new glasses for me this week?!Lol!
    Amazing – I am looking forward to the next pages in your cool new Junk Journal Kate !
    The blog of Joyce Kers is just beautiful as well- thank you for the link!
    And a big THANK YOU for joining Art Journal Journey with this spectacular spread!
    I love everything about it! WOW!
    oxo Susi

  • Happy New Year! Sorry to hear about the cars. But it’s done and you can’t change it. So try not to worry about it. Things can only get better…right ๐Ÿ™‚ Super JJ pages. Loving the idea of using everything up. This seems to be a common theme around the blogs for this New Year….using up old stash or using stash or stamps you haven’t used for ages. Sounds really exciting and a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see more of your pages.
    Take care, Hugs Flo x

  • Your page is amazing with all those beautiful colours and images! I love the shape and size of your journal book too, so different and new ๐Ÿ˜. Sorry to hear about the cars and I hope you are ok, it’s so easily done when you get into automatic pilot. Wishing you a great new week! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • This is going to be a really awesome journal and it is so cool you decided to use your coveted book!
    The first of many exciting pages are totally cool and I look forward to more!
    Sorry to hear about the “crunch” I have done something similar , so I know how you feel,yuck! Heads up though Kate! it has to go up from here!
    Best wishes for all good things to come!
    Jackie xx

  • Great idea to use all your scraps in this junk journal: I will take it! I love the bright colours and the richness of your spread, what a better way to overcome such bad events! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media blog!

  • I love the vibrant colours on your layout and all of the layers. The white border ties it all together so nicely too! I think that we all need yellow glasses for the year ahead ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing your pages with us at Craft Stamper’s Take It, Make It challenge.

  • Beautiful pages! Love the colours and textures. Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Stamper Take it Make it challenge // Melina

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