Junk Journal, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Hello, hello…  How’s life treating you? Busy with creating & a change of days has been uppermost on my mind & in my life. Summer vacation started 2 days ago & having the young man about certainly makes a difference in my mornings & afternoons, but I love having him around…most of the time. The 2 of us are spending at least 30 minutes each day reading…a book. You know one that you hold in your  hand & interact with by turning pages. I’m reading a book on Elizabeth I & he’s reading Harry Potter.

A summer celebration must include that wonderful summer getaway, time by the sea. Just listed are 6 tags featuring colors of the sea & mermaids all in a vintage-inspired sort of way.

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The mermaid illustrations all came from books published in the late 1800s & early 1900s. I am a cheapie, rather than purchase tools & bits I try creating something similar with what I have. I wanted to make some vintage-looking ribbon for the tags. Ribbon steeped in tea just doesn’t take on that spotted, dappled look of age even though I tried. Lightbulb…I wadded up paper towels & pressed the towel on an ink pad & then dabbed at the ribbon. I like the spots, although I think brown ink would look even better. I’m going to try all this again with satin binding, brown ink, & see how it works…I have a feeling it will look old & decrepit, just the way I like it.

Magic Mermaid Etsy Image 1

The Silly Teddy Bear tags are listed as well.

Teddy Bear Image 3

You can find both listings at Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop.

I have the next package for the Junk Journal Journey nearly ready.   Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

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May 27

Another apology is required. Every once in a while life gets in the way of creating. There’s been a plethora of bad news that has come to those I love & are important to me. It’s not as though this bad news has always been final, but it has certainly affected me in various ways. It’s hard to concentrate on designing, at least for me, when precious people in my life are struggling, in pain, and facing some hard facts of life. My heart goes out to each of these members of my family.

I will get back on schedule next week, with more ‘stuff’ for your junk journal journey. You’ll find more listings on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop including these Silly Teddy Bear Tags.

SotC Teddy Bear Tags Sheet 1 copy

The tags were extracted from a book published in 1907. The borders are vintage frames from an old type book circa early 1900s. The tags come in various formats: 1.) All files come as PDFs so you can add text in Adobe Reader  2.) PNG files, individual tags & sheets, completed with backgrounds & aged along with sheets & individual tags with no backgrounds. Just print on a colored paper of your choice. This option is great for saving ink. 3.) One sheet of the six tags is in JPG format, as seen above. This option requires nothing but printing making it a convenient option. Just handwrite whatever you wish to say. Aren’t multiple options great?

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This photo was taken at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo Ohio. There’s s sadness in this photo that conveys how I feel about my country right now. 

I seldom get on my patriotic soap box, but when things seem to be spinning out of control I cannot hold my fingers back. Get out the grill, patty up burgers, toss a few hot dogs on the hot coals, whip up potato salad, bake an apple pie & pause a moment this Memorial weekend to ponder the liberties we should all hold dear. My grandfather, father, & uncles took up arms when called upon to do so. I can never express just how important these freedoms are to me. People sacrificed so we could continue living in a land of freedom.  It is all those fighting warriors who served in times of war & times of peace, from the lowest man on the military totem pole to the highest general that I offer the deepest gratitude.

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Freebies, Junk Journal

Junk Journal Journey

Junk Journal Journey

Well here we are…1 week later & I have the first kit ready to be downloaded. If you’re taking this journey with me I’ll bet you’re anxious to get started. Here’s what’s in the kit…

Flower Gathering Junk Journal Kit 1

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~ 4 Pages/Papers 8.5-inches x 11-inches: You can print the papers on one side or both. There will likely be a narrow white border around the paper after printing, just trim it off & then fold the paper in half. These four papers become 16 pages of your junk journal. Print on standard, 8.5-inch x 11-inch paper.

Papers for junk kit

~ Library Card Pocket, Flip, & Book Plate: an old library pocket from a book was used as a template for the pocket that you can tuck keepsakes into. I lined the pocket with a printed paper to give it a finished look. The book plate would look great on the inside page of your junk journal. Don’t forget to write in your name!  A flip is an element that you can flip open & write a little something on the inside. Kind of like a secret little space. Print all these elements on standard 8.5-inch x 11-inch paper.

Book Plate Envelope Flip

~ Tags: 2 kinds of tags are included in the Flower Gathering Junk Journal kit. The first are word tags that you cut out & glue wherever you want a little something-something. The word tags are on the same page as the flip because both look great printed on standard, 8.5-inch x 11-inch print paper.

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The second sheet of tags are 4 wonderful gift type tags with lovely ladies wearing fanciful hats adorned with flowers. These tags look best when printed on 65 lb – 110 lb card stock. Just cut out, punch a hole if you want to add a ribbon or string. Tuck the tags into pockets or use to decorate a page.

There are many ways to approach this project. You can wait until all the kits are available & then begin or print, cut & fold the elements in this kit. Start collecting ephemera like these things I’m considering using in my Flower Gathering Junk Journal…

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Check out the sweet edge on that envelope that was tucked in my laptop wooden desk. I can’t think of a better way to preserve it than it make it part of my new/old journal. I also found a petal paper envelope, old seed packets, & stationery. Bits of ribbon, lace, & buttons would look charming, too. Oh & don’t forget to include paper doilies, if you have them.

If you want to add a bit of age to your ephemera, you can tea or coffee dye.  Here’s a video I used before coffee dying my first batch of papers. Coffee Dying Video

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I used the oven method so I could get a lot done in a short time.

I’ll bet you’re ready to download & get started, but before we do that there’s a bit of info you’ll want to know.  This kit will not be on studioonthecorner.com forever. This is part of a larger kit that will be listed on the Studio on the Corner Etsy shop. The purchased kit will have more options like PDF files & individual elements for digital creating. I’ve not decided how long the kit will be available for free, but I’ll post it here on the blog as well as on social media sites before removing the files.

Here’s the link to the kit: Flower Gathering Junk Journal Kit

Resources to Help You Get Started

Coffee Dying Paper

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 1

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 2

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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