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Old Book Scrap Buster Project

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Old Book Scrap Buster Project

I got to the point where I had TONS of paper scraps I was saving for my junk journal, and I figured out a great way to use them up. I glue them onto book pages while watching TV. Then, I have a whole book full of collaged backgrounds ready and waiting (and hidden and protected in a book). Here's how I do it and what I've made with the collaged pages. Step 1 I like to add strips of another book or old music - anything neutral and printed.  Step 2 Then I add some plain texture. I like...

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My favorite Way to Decorate a Junk Mail Envelope

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My favorite Way to Decorate a Junk Mail Envelope

I love to use real junk in my junk journals - you know - that stuff that comes into your house and immediately gets thrown out. And the classic example of junk is the window envelope. They are pretty cool, but they aren't easy to make pretty. The Challenges of the Window Envelope First of all, many of them have writing on them. That's not pretty, so some camouflage is in order. Second, the window itself is hard to decorate around. If you are trying to cover the writing with pretty paper, you have to cut around the window, which...

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Hidden Journaling Spots

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Hidden Journaling Spots

I like to get a little playful with my junk journals. One way to do that is to make journaling spots that are "secret". Here are some ways I've found to add journaling spots that aren't obvious. The Envelope Flip This envelope opens, so you can put a folded up piece of journaling inside it. But it also is only attached to the page with a layer of sewing on the envelope flap. You can flip it up, revealing the hidden journaling spot on the page beneath. Folded Page and Folded Tag Hidden Spots This photo is hiding two secret...

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Let's Make Stickers!

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Let's Make Stickers!

I LOVE using stickers in my journals and mixed media projects. But they are expensive and some of them come with plastic backs, which are terrible for the environment. So I tried to figure out all the ways I can make my own stickers. Here's what I came up with. Make Faux Stamps Some of these stamps I designed, but some of them I got from Wikimedia Commons Public Domain. I lined them up in Photoshop (you could use Word or any other software that allows images.) Then I printed them on paper and used lickable glue on the back (recipe...

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Junk Mail Specimen Slides - Plus a Free Printable

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Junk Mail Specimen Slides - Plus a Free Printable

 I have a ton of mangled, ripped window envelopes. I saved them because I figured that one day I'd think of something amazing to make with them, and that day has come! Check out my specimen slides! Directions and the printable are below. There's s video of the process here: Specimen Slide Video Step 1 I started with this printable, which I printed on kraft cardstock. Then I cut out the individual slides. There is a link to the free printable below. Please do not share it with anyone. Free Specimen Slide Printable Step 2 Then I positioned the slide cut...

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