I have some wonderful old magazine and book pages that I want to use in my junk journals. But some of them are so fragile, they'd fall apart if I put them in as is.
I've come up with some ways to make good use of these gems. Here are some of my ideas.
Small images from old magazines make wonderful stickers. And, once the images have been turned into stickers, they are super sturdy. Here's a link to the inexpensive (and amazing) sticker maker I use. Xyron Sticker Maker
Make a Masterboard
A masterboard is just a collage that you make and cut up and decorate into journaling cards, tags, etc. Once the fragile papers are collaged onto several layers of paper, they are sturdier. The image on the left is a masterboard. The 3 items on the right are things I made from the masterboard.
Journaling Cards, Tag, and Flip Down Journaling Spot Made From a Masterboard.
Make a Belly Band
If you take a fragile page and fold it several times and then sew around the edges, it becomes sturdy enough to work with. You can then decorate that and use it as a belly band.
Belly Band Holding Journaling Cards
Glue Fragile Papers to Sturdier Paper
I love this old Coke ad and wanted to use it as a page in my journal. But it was so fragile, it would have ripped right out had I sewn it in a signature. So I used a sturdy piece of paper in the signature and just glued the ad onto that page. I used rubber cement and the page didn't wrinkle at all.
I hope that gives you a few new ideas and gets you excited about using some delicious old papers in your work. Here's quick video if you are interested. Video on Using Fragile Pages
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