"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Artists' Cafe Junk Journal

Have you worked on a journal and 85% into the process,
you pull a 180 degree turn and start another one? 
I finished the “other one” in record time! 
It just moved on its own…
while the “first one” sits in a box packed away waiting for a rainy day. 
I truly love the “first one,”
but I ran into some technical issues…
the covers on junk journals really throw me.
I feel so inept when it comes to the covers. 
You know those places that finish up a quilt cover for a fellow quilter? 
The quilter does all the designing and sewing. 
Then they send the unfinished quilt it to a woman or company who will finish the top of the quilt.
I wish there was such a place I could send my finished journal pages to
so that they could design covers for me. Ha.
So here I am sharing with you my “Artists’ CafĂ© Junk Journal.” 
It’s a pretty place where I can journal my fav online artists,
record places to purchase goods for junk journals,
and other websites that I find inspiring…
you may find your blog or website in my journal someday too. ;).   


Monday, January 1, 2018

White Kraft Envelopes with Long Flaps for Junk Journal Journalists

Happy New Year Friends!
I got a little me time over the  holidays 
to start working on a 
Reflections Junk Journal.
I so adore those White Kraft Envelopes
with Long Flaps for 
Junk Journalists.
These envelopes can be purchased at

The journal pages are 4.5 by 6.5 inches and 
you can see that the
white kraft envelopes fit fine on this page size.
The paper quality of these envelopes worked well with
the coffee dying process.
I chose to use a moist coffee filter with the wet grounds still
in the filter.  I then punched the filter down on top of
each envelope until I arrived at the desired appearance. 
A Tim Holtz stencil and Vintage Photo Distressed Ink pad were used
to create more interest as well at some stamping too.
Of course, I had to alter them with some mixed media elements to 
make them shine. 
I hope I have inspired you to use these envelopes in a new way in
your junk journal. 
Unfortunately, I did not buy enough of these envelopes
so I will be purchasing more soon. 
Thank you for viewing with me!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy Holidays: Christmas Junk Journal

Happy Holidays Friends!
I’ve had this project on my art desk in various stages for some time now.
I was delighted to find some time to sneak away and finish it up before the year ended.    
Like many of you, I adore working with fibers, threads and fabrics,
and in this project I created little page labels and tags using these items.
I love how the little labels came out and will use this technique again. 
I found inspiration in putting these colors together when I came upon a Pier 1 Christmas sale and found this fabulous birch tree inspired paper wrapping.
I couldn’t wait to unwrap it and get started to complete the journal.
See the link to my YouTube Channel below, and 
Here are some of pages you will find in my junk journal:

  Check out what became of the wrapping paper in my junk journal too.

The little metal round tag, inventory tags, elegant and delicate tatting looking lacy bit,
and the black and white striped paper bas was purchased from A Tattered Dream on Etsy 

Thank you for looking and I will see you again in the New Year!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Autumn Enchantment - Junk Journal

Hello Friends!

I'd like to share another junk journal with you today using
Shimmerz Paints to enhance some embellishments.
Below is a round metal rim office tag and Shimmerz Candlelight Paint was used to make the little leaf die-cut look like a metal or resin like piece.
I purchased the round metal rim office tags from
A Tattered Dream on Etsy.
I love how metal rim office tage turned out and will be using Shimmerz Candlelight more often.

I am enjoying making these junk journals.
They're perfect for preserving memories by journaling, adding photos, vintage doily's and laces, and ephemera. 
In this journal, I've incorporated some photos, and an ticket to a play I saw many, many years ago. These tickets make great little collages too. 

You can find a short slideshow of the entire journal on my newly created YouTube Channel.

And, you can visit Shimmerz Paints Blog to get all the product details too. 
I hope the junk journal inspires you to create one also.
Use your scrapbook tools, mixed media skills, add in some sewing, and you can have one too.
Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Maple Leaves, Shimmerz Paints, and Tim Holtz Tickets

Hello my art friends!
I am up on Shimmerz Paints Blog today
sharing these maple leaf embellishments using
Shimmerz Paints
and Tim Holtz Tickets.
Come on by and I'll
tell you how I created them.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Shimmerz Paints Design Team Post - An Arty Mixed Media Tag

Hello Blog Friends!
Today, I'm up on the Shimmerz Paints Blog
sharing my Lawrence Alma -Tadema inspired
tag using some yummy, creamy colors.
Come on over to Shimmerz 
and I'll tell you what products I used.
See you there!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Tags a Shimmerz Paints Design Team Project

Autumn is my favorite time of year! 
Now, and when I was a kid,
if I find a pile of faded dead fall leaves in my walking path,
I stomp on them just to hear the crunchy noise they made under my shoes.
and I tell you what products I used to create these autumn tags.

Thanks for visiting.