Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Junk Journal July - Days 21 to 31

This is a summary of the final 10 days of Junk Journal July hosted by @megjournals.  If you missed the two previous posts about this junk journaling challenge and are curious, you can catch up here and here.

During this last stretch, I skipped around, and some days I skipped completely but then caught up by combining a couple of prompts in one layout.  For simplicity's sake, though, I'm going to arrange this summary in chronological order.

Day 21 - FOCUS was the prompt.  I used bits of what I hesitate to call junk mail, as it was very useful and inspirational.  I was worried my Venn diagram would be lost on the page, so the big circle was an afterthought, but it does pull the whole thing into better focus, I think.  This one was fun!

Day 22 - BLENDED. I used a blend of fabric and paper in this one, and there is a nice blend of bathing suit imagery across several decades of the 20th century. I found these images in an old photo album from the 1910s.  I love the handwritten captions on them!  Can you imagine swimming in that garb now?  The photos were small black and white ones, but on the morning I made this page, I had the idea to upload and run them through the colorize process on MyHeritage.com. Turned out pretty interesting, and it's one of my favorite pages!

Day 23 - MAXIMALISM. If you say "go big or go home," most of the time I'll happily do the latter. Anyway, I tried, lol.  This one's got gold mylar, junk mail, dried flower book images, butterfly transfers, and a really old picture of my hometown's main bridge from 100+ years ago.

Days 24-26 - PAINT SPLATTERS, PEACEFUL, and MEMENTO.  I didn't plan it this way, but it happened that this page ticked the boxes for three days' worth of prompts.  Black and red tempera paint splatters and doodles made the background interesting.  Then I collaged on some graphics from a magazine recipe page from the 1990s over some fabric squares.  Cooking and baking (and fabric) are very peaceful things for me, my happy place.  

The memento is my mom's recipe card for one of her favorite old-time cookies.  I made the pocket for it from the cellophane wrapper from a package of stickers.

Day 27 - STRIPPED BACK. This was a nice change from the maximalism page. The circled words are my attempt to create a poem from this random vintage book page.  It reads:


she had decided

(you hafta go for more)

to walk

with considerable wind,


Days 28-29 - STENCILING and GEOMETRIC.  I made an easy scissor-cut stencil of diamond and heart shapes and stenciled that onto a brown paper bag. My geometric interpretation was pretty broad, but you can identify circles, squares, rectangles, etc. I used a vintage pattern again, the inside of a junk mail return envelope, a Mary Engelbreit greeting card a friend sent me recently, and I folded some of the pattern tissue into a gathered skirt and gave it a "Sew Easy" waistband. A fussy-cut fabric flower adds the final embellishment.  Another one of my favorite pages!

Day 30 - FAVORITE QUOTE.  I don't know why, but I went into this day thinking the prompt was favorite poem (not quote) which was a tossup between Mary Oliver's Wild Geese and Wendell Berry's The Peace of Wild Things.  Oops, my mistake.  I pasted those onto a page anyway but did little else to really embellish the page (no picture).  I did, however, have a couple of quotes already pulled for the final page, so I went ahead and worked on that.

Day 31 - FAREWELL.  My farewell quotes were applied to either side of a tag covered with pattern tissue paper and a little golden butterfly.  A throwback to Day 1's theme of beginning, these quotes were about ending, and that felt like a good way to tie things together to wrap up Junk Journal July.

On the back of the page, which originally came from an old cookbook, I pasted a cookie recipe in my mom's handwriting, which she had jotted on the back of a deposit slip.  She must have needed a quick piece of paper to copy a recipe someone was sharing, and that made me smile.  I don't remember her making these cookies, so I tested out the recipe myself.  The cookies were just okay, but I had to substitute ingredients to make them gluten- and dairy-free, so that may have been where they fell short.  Anyway, a good place to scrapbook the recipe, and maybe I'll try it again sometime.

Whew!  That was a good creative challenge.  I am happy for it to conclude, at least the daily obligation of it, and move on to sewing-related things again.  Glad I spent some time in the junk journal world, though.  It was a nice vacation!


Monday, July 25, 2022

Junk Journal July - Days 11 to 20

Continuing with the Junk Journal July pages (if you missed the first post, go back one), the Day 11 prompt was FUSSY CUTTING.  I had done quite a bit of fussy cutting already on previous pages, but continuing in that vein was fine with me.

"You belong among the wildflowers, you belong on a boat out at sea..." 
Yes, I had the Tom Petty song earworm the whole time I made this, which was not at all a bad thing as it's one of my favorites.

DYED was the prompt for Day 12. I used scraps of hand-dyed fabric (by Vicki Welsh), sewn together and then sprayed with a bleach solution to discharge the dye in spots, then rinsed, dried, and finished with a poem in Sharpie marker.  A bookmark of several strands of gold pearl cotton completed the page.

MIRRORED and NATURE were the prompts for Days 13 and 14, which I combined into a two-page spread.  I was inspired by a quote one of my Facebook friends posted that morning, along with another friend's gift—actually the gift wrap, which was a shiny mylar—both of which became incorporated into these two pages.  I also used a photo taken by me last year, rubber stamps, transfer butterflies, fabric scrap, and more fussy cut dried plant pictures on tea-dyed paper.

The next day's prompt was TEXTURE, and I threw a lot of bits and pieces at this endeavor.  Literally, bits of what would otherwise be tossed as trash from a forage through a drawer:  Waxed paper cough drop wrapper, corrugated cardboard, stretch wrap bandage, plastic packaging, part of a paper coin sleeve, knit tubular fabric bandage, postage stamp, etc.  I embellished it with fussy-cut flowers, jute cording, latex and tempera paints.  The stamping was done with some of the corrugated cardboard in a crosshatch pattern.

ONE-SIDED was the prompt I worked on for Day 16.  It seemed like a good time to assemble the grooms that I had trimmed off and saved from the BOUQUET journal page (see previous post), being one side of the wedding photo equation. I grouped them on one side of the page as well. 

Luckily, it worked out that there was a blank page available opposite the brides (BOUQUET) page, so that's where the men were congregated.  Looks like they all could use a stiff drink!

It's safe to say that by this point in the junk journaling process, I was starting to find my groove.  Day 17 prompt was GO-TO PALETTE, so I went with what seemed to speak to me most, collage with a vintage 1970s pattern, flowers, and fabric.  This turned out to be one of my favorites so far!

CUT OUT was the prompt for Day 18.  I kept it pretty simple and was happy with the effect. I overlaid a fussy-cut wreath on vellum page and then cut out the middle to reveal a vintage portrait on the page behind it.  The photo of "Anna" is from the 1880s; she was a friend and neighbor of my ancestors.  

She seems to be looking over at the ladies next to her, which made me think of the old jingle, "You've come a long way, baby..."  How things changed in those 90 years between!

Days 19 and 20 were TUCKED AWAY and BLACK AND WHITE. I combined them into this two-page deal. I made a pocket, or tuck spot on the left corner.  I kept the left side in the black and white theme, but then carried it over into the right side with a horoscope diagram of the 12 houses, and a different type of sign (i.e. not zodiac) with a bit of whimsy. Backgrounds are pages from a coloring book, one blank and one I colored in a couple years ago. 

The pocket is an image from an Edgar Alan Poe story, and those are my fingerprints on the left side above it, an idea that looked better in my head than on paper, but that's okay.

That brings things up to date through the first two-thirds of Junk Journal July.  I'll have one more JJJ post next week to wrap it up.  Then it's back to quilts!  I have two back from the longarmer to bind and the Positivity QAL quilt to put together, for starters.