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Monday, August 3, 2020

Jane’s Memoirs Junk Journal Design Team Project for FotoBella

Hello again crafty friends! Today I am finally back on the blog sharing the finished junk journal using the Blue Fern Studios Jane’s Memoirs Bundle from FotoBella . I didn’t anticipate taking so long to create this album. Just kept adding and adding to it and had to finally just say “STOP”!

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Jane’s Memoirs Junk Journal

I had created very small junk journals in the past and didn’t think it would be much of a challenge to create a larger one. I did however start thinking that this really is not for a beginner to take on but if you are determined just like I am, I say “Go for it”!

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Blue Fern Studios Jane’s Memoirs

Blue Fern Studios Supplies

Before I began, I knew that I would be making a Fabric and Paper Junk Journal using the Blue Fern Studios Jane’s Memoirs Collection that I was sent from Fotobella. If you saw my first post, I shared how I gathered up some of the papers, ephemera, and other items. I then coffee and tea dyed these items.

Part I

I began by ironing the muslin fabric. Secondly, I used some sewing chalk to mark where I would cut 3 pages. Each of them, measuring 8 X 10 in size. Yes, this is a pretty large junk journal overall. I, then thought I would follow the same concept as making a cover page for a paper album in which you can find a lot of tutorials on YouTube if you aren’t familiar with that.

Before adhering the cut corner of the base pages I ironed them again this time using Faultless Spray Starch.

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Shabby fabric flower and Tassle Spine
blue fern studios, junk journal cover

Part II

I used Helmar Fabric glue to adhere the cut edges. I, then used Helmar Quilting Basting Spray to temporarily hold the inner fabrics to the base so I can sew them later.

The next step I did was making the pages for my album. I had already decided on using a vintage photo album that I had found at a thrift store some years back.

This project was perfect for it. I used the entire album including the cover but that was more like a gothic cover. But, I did end up cutting up the book itself. I only used a few pages from that to adhere to papers from the Blue Fern Studios Collection.

I also left some blank and added some photos into the frames that were already on the pages. The way that I added these book pages is that I began by cutting some pieces of muslin into 2.5 X 11 strips, I adhered them to the book pages leaving a small area which will be adhered to the muslin piece that will be my “spine”. This was a bit of a challenge, because my paper signatures would be going in between some of these book pages. So I had to leave enough room for those and make sure they weren’t too thick either.

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Part III

Then, I sewed my signatures, you can find tons of tutorials on Youtube for these as well. Just use one that you are comfortable using and easy to understand. Once I had them done, I did the same with the signatures using muslin strips this way I can adhere them in between the book pages I had already adhered to the muslin piece that will basically be the “spine”.

*Please note that before adhering the pages onto the fabric pages, I sewed the fabric pages down the center of the main cover page. I had already added paper from the collection to some of the fabric pages. I also forgot to mention that I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink In Tea Dye to distress every page on this album.*

Once I was done doing this, I began embellishing the pages. I used some of the ephemera from the collection that was left over and used some on the pages of the signatures as well. As well as adding more stamping using both of the stamps from the bundle also. In my junk journal I created many tuck spots and left areas to journal blank. It was hard to cut into the papers since they are all so beautiful.

For the cover page, I covered up the muslin by adding some beautiful vintage lace. I had bought at a consignment shop along with the lace and trim that is around the entire edge of the album. I used some of the paper flowers that came in the Blue Fern Studios Collection bundle and also the chipboard for the cover. The tassel used on the spine was from some curtains that I was no longer using. This looked great I thought!

Anyhow crafty friends here I am posting the rest of the junk journal in this photo video I created. I also will be uploading a full video where I do a flip thru of the pages which include the signatures that I didn’t photograph only the cover of them because that would have been too much photos. Plus I wanted to do a video explaining in better detail how I created this junk journal.

Jane’s Memoirs 8x10 Fabric & Paper Junk Journal

Well crafty friend I hope that you like what I created this month. I apologize it took me so long to create. I was well over my head but knew I wanted to create this! Thank you for taking the time to read my post! Till next time!

Hugs,

Jeanne

Products used from Fotobella online store:

Blue Fern Studios Jane’s Memoirs Collection Bundle

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Steps I am taking to create a Blue Fern Jane Austen Junk Journal

Hello again crafty friends!! This month I was sent the Blue Fern Studios Jane Memoirs Bundle.

I knew instantly that I wanted to create a junk journal. I haven’t made very many journals before so I thought I would do a small series of the process for beginners since I’m pretty much a beginner as well.

Blue Fern Studios Jane’s Memoirs

Let’s Get Started with Blue Fern Studios

First, I started by gathering up some of the Blue Fern Studio supplies I thought would be great for this journal. Once I chose what I would be using and little extra just in case, I decided to coffee dye and tea dye some of the papers I gathered up.

Once I was done with the process of coffee/tea dyeing, I was excited to use the clear stamps from the collection. So, that was my next step in the process of creating this junk journal.

Get to Stamping

These below, are the clear stamps that come with this Blue Fern Studio Bundle from Fotobella. The first one is “London Souvenir” & the second one is “Registered Letter”.

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London Souvenir Clear Stamp
Registered Letter Clear Stamp

I stamped some of the ephemera, and also stamped on the dyed papers, music sheets, tags, folders. Also, I love the idea of stamping on some small tea bags that I had in my stash. A favorite product I like to use when creating anything with a vintage theme is the Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper. But, once you stamp on this paper you need to immediately have to heat set it with your heat tool because it will smear and will not dry.

Note: I didn’t take photo’s of every piece of Blue Fern ephemera , papers that I would be using so I can keep a little bit as a surprise and share it on my final post.

I know this was a short post but I am trying to do this project as a series this month. Hopefully that works out. I will be back next week with another step in how to create a junk journal. So stay tuned!!

Hugs,

Jeanne

P.S. Don’t forget to take a look at this amazing bundle by Blue Fern Studios that is at an amazing price!

Blue Fern Studios Jane’s Memoirs Collection Bundle

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bo Bunny Botanical Journal Design Team Project by Laurie

Hi everyone. Laurie here with my first project with the absolutely gorgeous Bo Bunny Botanical Journal collection. I cannot express how much I love this collection! The images and colors are exquisite.

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Bo Bunny Botanical Journal mini album

The Bo Bunny Botanical Journal Details

I knew as soon as I received this I wanted to do a mini album. After much deliberation, I decided it made no sense to reinvent the wheel when Fotobella.com already had the perfect beginning. I used the Graphic 45 ATC Reictangle Pocket and Tag Album and just made some minor adjustments to give it my own spin.

For the cover, I trimmed down the large piece from the Noteworthy pack. I really wanted the beautiful image to be the main focus so I chose to do simple embellishments. The layered chipboard sticker and a chipboard butterfly were the perfect pieces.

A Look Inside

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Inside cover and first page

I added a diagonal pocket to the inside front and back covers to hold the two fabulous tags from the paper collection. I had to shorten them just a bit to fit inside. The album contains 4 page groups. Each group has a blank page, then two pages with pockets, and then another blank page. On each blank page, I added a flap to the front and back side to hold the cute seed packet cut aparts. There are 12 in the collection and I also used 4 cut aparts with just floral images.

Page 2 and 3

I left the little atc tags that come with the album blank to be used for journaling. In the other 4 pockets, I added little tags from the Noteworthy collection. Behind each flap are two spots for photos.

Inside flaps

Each of these includes a patterned photo mat and a solid one. On each solid mat, I added a small piece from the Noteworthy pack as a tuck spot for extra photos.

The Outside of the Bo Bunny Botanical Journal

To cover the spine, I measured and trimmed out a rectangle to go around the attached label. Then, I cut a small strip from a scrap and glued it down inside the frame. I used chipboard pieces for extra elements.

The Spine

On the back of the album, I simply added a section of the beautiful butterfly border sticker. It was just enough to carry the botanical theme all around the cover.

Back Cover

How You Can Make One

Everything I used for this album can be found at the Fotobella.com online scrapbook store. They have a great variety of products to choose from and it is so easy to mix and match between collections.

These are the products I used:

Bo Bunny Botanical Journal I Want It All Collection
Graphic 45 ATC Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album

I hope you have enjoyed the project and that you are inspired to create one of your own.

Happy Crafting!