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Old Stuff

Did you know today, Friday March 2nd is Old Stuff Day?  It’s no secret that I like old stuff! Heck I am kind of old stuff, too. Anyhow let’s talk about old stuff because it’s a good topic with more themes than Carter’s got liver pills. SotC b&w teacup and saucer

I have no idea what draws some people to old stuff. The desire to collect old stuff & admire it, use it or upcycle remains a mystery to me. I am one of those people though. Time-worn & well-loved everyday things from the past soothes my soul. A continuing question & answer dialog happens in my head when I see something of interest to me. How did this card of sweet buttons end up in a second hand shop? What did the lady who stitched this quilt look like? Did she enjoy sewing? Was quilting just another drudgery, a chance to socialize, or was it artistic expression? Perhaps it was some of each.

SotC SunburstWho’s bed did the quilt cover? How much of life’s moments happened beneath this quilt? The pillow talk of newly weds who received the quilt as a wedding gift, gleeful laughs of children jumping on the quilt-covered bed, the last breath of a loved one.  The story of our lives are told through the common items we use everyday. I’ll be honest, when I don’t know the story, I invent one.

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Old stuff can be anything from a Big Chief tablet  to a medieval castle. From the most simple every day item to dreamy elegance. I am a firm believer in surrounding yourself with what you love, what inspires you, brings contentment & a feeling of security. For me it’s something with age to it.

Some of the plainest things from the past are the ephemera that is usually tossed away, but there’s such beauty in an old hand-written letter. A receipt tells a marvelous story of the price of pigs in 1880.  Calling cards, trade cards, postcards, silly or fine, give us a peak  into the trends of the day.  SotC Clockface.png

Then, there’s what we do with these old things today that really counts. Storage becomes an old canning jar, galvanized bucket, or crock. a child’s frilly lace  underskirt becomes a decorative addition to a bedroom, that crazy metal alarm clock looks so 1930s on a nightstand. Ephemera & illustrations from old books are reborn as tags, cards, labels, boxes, bags, you name it….

It’s a wonderful world of old stuff that is much more fascinating than the new stuff, at least in my very humble opinion.  I love the idea that something forgotten in a box, like an old children’s book long out of print, becomes something new & shiny. The work of authors & illustrators languishing in the dust for the past is seen again in a new light. I hear the whispers now from those who have gone before & they are delighting in the new found in old stuff.

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I have some old stuff to share with you. The images used (except for the divider above) plus more are part of an Old Stuff freebie package. Most of the images are in PNG format & the cute duck in a bonnet is a JPG.  Use this old stuff to create, tags, labels, or whatever printable makes your heart sing. You can also use them in digital designs on your blog, your website or however you wish. I do ask that you do not giveaway the PNG images, but instead link back to Studio on the Corner blog to share the package.  Thanks so much, you’re the best!

Just click the following link:    Old Stuff Freebies

It’s a fair size zipped folder so give it time to download. Enjoy!

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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

Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Freebies, Junk Journal

May 6

 

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After a couple years of considering making a junk or art journal, it took the news of a baby on the way to inspire me to get busy & create one…Baby’s Record Book.

I started by jotting down ideas, what would I need, & making a plan.

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but it was the doing that got my creative juices flowing.

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I would add to that list scrapbook elements, gift cards, birth announcements, receipts, bills, pages from old baby books, & loads of created bits like pockets & papers. I am a fortunate soul when it comes to ephemera with a bit of a collection of my own, but I am blessed with family & friends who share, too. Three adorable baby books were loaned to me. The top baby book belonged to my grandson-on-the-way & my 14 year old grandson’s great-grandfather who was born in 1916. I had no idea baby books or record books as they were called existed then. I scanned pages & used at least one in each signature.

Baby Books

The satiny white with flowers is all about their great-aunt. The adorable image of the baby surrounded by flowers came from the baby that belongs to their grandpa.

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I was brought to tears as I leafed carefully through each book, touching the tiny treasures that have resided between the pages for so many years, especially the one that belonged to great-grandpa. He left us way too soon before my son had a chance to know him. These three books inspired me beyond measure. Thank you J for loaning them to me.

 

This little pile of ephemera is all about children’s writing & adds a wonderful touch to the pages. All was discovered at a garage sale & some belonged to the great-grandmother & great, great aunt of my grandchildren.

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So charming!

I used a book that I no longer wanted because it was the right size.  Let me just say, crazy me did not get a video of the finished book or even the outside, but there are photos of the pages to share.

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The was a library card pocket made from polka dot paper dipped in coffee & dried in the oven to give it a vintage look. All the papers I used were coffee dyed & oven dried. A mini baby book with great-grandpas baby info was tucked into the pocket along with an old baby announcement from the early 1900s. The info was erased so mom & dad can add their wee one’s info.  BTW…when I say erased I’m talking about creating a copy of the original & photoshopping the writing out.

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This is one of the pages from the oldest baby book, scanned & turned into a border that was printed onto a coffee-dyed paper.

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Old family baby photos were scanned, printed & tucked into pockets & folds. The baby in the above photo is  one of the  great, great grandpas.

I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed making the junk journal. The hardest part for me was sewing the signatures to the cover.

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One signature sewn in & 2 to go!

Once that was done it was just a few tweaks to finish it up.  A sweet fabric glued to the cover gave the outside that vintage look, a front & back inside cover with a note to the baby was added. The book closure was satin fabric from my son’s wedding stitched into ribbon & lastly I added a purchased photo holder that looks like a pocket watch for a bit of a nostalgic finishing touch.

Junk Journal Journey

Creating the Baby Record Book junk journal brought me so much pleasure that I’ve decided to do another one just for me….& you, too! Lets make a simple junk journal. Starting next week I’ll share a “page” per week with anyone & everyone who wants to start a junk journal. All you have to do is download the junk journal kit that will have one 11-inch x 8.5-inch page which will actually turn out to be four pages all together. You’ll also receive bits & pieces like: papers, pockets, lifts, tags, labels, journal spots, envelopes etc.  along with suggestions, resources, & a short tutorial or two.

Here’s a sneak preview:

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It’s all about the beauty of flowers, butterflies, birds & old ephemera. These bits are works in progress, but give you an idea. You can expect a more vintage-inspired look.

You’ll want to start collecting ‘junk’ ephemera like envelopes, papers of all kinds, perhaps a favorite card you received that you’d like to keep, business cards with appealing graphics, a ticket from an event, a page from an old book, dictionary, magazine, or newspaper, even receipts & bills. Instead of tossing out junk mail, take a look at it perhaps there’s something you could use in your junk journal.

There are loads of things you can purchase to enhance your junk journal like beautiful metal corners to reinforce the cover, little doo-dads like charms & fasteners, & tools galore. I purchased 1 new tool: an inexpensive bone folder/paper creaser. It was well worth the $5 I spent. I also purchased a little photo case shaped like an old pocket watch. I wanted the little one’s photo to be added to the outside of the book.  You can find all kinds of goodies at Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, & one of my favorites for grungy, old looking accessories at Tim Holtz’s site. BTW…Tim’s wares are also sold at JoAnn Fabrics & Michael’s. You’ll need lots of glue, so stock up!

There’s a wonderful resource/tutorial that I followed while making the baby book journal. If you’ve never made a junk journal check it out. The YouTube video in 6 parts, Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book by Marianne Kensington formerly known as A Pocketful of Vintage. You can find the first video at the following link:  Junk Journal Tutorial 1 Listening & watching Marianne work is such a treat…love her Australian accent.

We’ll dive deeper into creating a junk journal next week when the first page & accessories are available for download. Until then check out some of the beautiful junk & art journals that people everywhere are creating, just google ‘junk journal’.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey, but even if creating a junk journal isn’t something you want to do you’re welcome to each week’s junk journal freebie.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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