Junk Journal | Story Teller – Vicky Boutin | Morag Cutts

Hi friends, I have a brand new project for you today using the Story Teller collection by Vicki Boutin.  I think I may have mentioned that I am in LOVE with this collection.  It speaks to me in so many different ways 🙂

Junk Journal

I have been inspired by the various journals I have seen online and decided to create one for myself.  I have used old kraft envelopes for my base and made inserts from greeting card bases and tea stained paper.  So my ‘journal’ is not strictly made from junk. I probably won’t journal in it but I will use it for experimenting or just when I want to cut and stick but don’t have much time. So may be it shouldn’t be called a junk journal after all….

The cover is the Mariposa paper.  I added some detail by stenciling circles with Distress Oxide and stamped randomly around the edges. I fussy cut the typewriter from the Story Teller journal paper before adding stickers and other bits and pieces from my stash.

The inside cover is decorated with the Assemblage paper – the tiny collages are so gorgeous – you really need to look close to see all the detail!  The book plate is from the Journaling Die-cuts and sticker from the Tell Your Story Chipboard stickers.

The pages of the book are organised into two ‘signatures’. To make these I’ve used the greeting card as the outer cover and folded tea-stained paper inside.

You can decorate the pages as you like – I wanted to experiment with different eclectic ideas.  On the left of the page above, you can see I used one of the die-cut rules to create a place to hold ephemera.  I was inspired by the cut apart sheet so layered paper scraps, tickers and button to decorate.  The right had side has a pocket made from an old map – perfect to hold the journal cards.

On this page I created a simple pocket from the Memoir paper by folding the paper in half and sewing around the open egdes.  I taped it into the journal using washi tape – you can include extra pages and pockets when making up your book but I do like the extra texture from the washi tape.

This page has another pocket – this time made from an envelope cut in half.  It holds some extra kraft tags and tickets.  I think I’ll store some blank tags in the book so when I feel like making a tag, I can be inspired by the fabulous elements in the book.

The book is closed with some ribbon – it’s torn from a some scrap fabric.  I used the same fabric to add a ruffle to one of the edges.

I have created a flip through of the album on YouTube – it’s much easier to see the pages  and construction of the book:

Junk Journal Flip Through on YouTube

Thank you so much for stopping by – I hope I have inspired you to look at this fabulous collection.  You can find the entire collection here.



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