Gypsy Soul Junk Journal

Finished a new junk journal. Gypsy Soul Junk Journal made using Calico Collage Gypsy Love digital images, Lots of lace, Velvet fabric for the cover, Stamping throughout and more.

Gypsy Soul Junk Journal

This Gypsy Soul Junk Journal measures 6.5 in. x 9.5 in. with a 1.25 in. spine. There are three signatures with 8 pages in each for a grand total of 96 pages. The sheets are 8.5 x 11 inch folded in half.

Here is a video flip through of the Gypsy Soul Junk Journal.

For the pages I used the sheets I line my Tattered Angels Spray box. So there is lots of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists on all of the pages.

The lined pages are a linen paper that I printed lines on each side. I like having lines to write in my journals.

Lots of washi tape used on several elements in this Gypsy Soul Junk Journal.

I even sewed lace on several of the journal cards. Then added distressed Inks to add more color. You will find that I like bright colors in my junk journals. I’m not one for the old paper look. I want color.

Lots of sewn elements in this journal. The most I’ve done so far in a junk journal. I like using the pages out of an old book to add pockets, tuck spots etc. It is fun to figure out new ways to make a cool tuck spot in these junk journals.

When I work on a junk journal I try to use as many scraps of paper from my stash. For example, the journal cards throughout this journal are all from scraps. Some may not have made it for the final cut in the original project so these went into my scrap bin.

Many people made fun of me for keeping all of these scraps, I even sort these by color. But now I’m able to use these up in Junk Journals. The funkier the piece the better.

Recently a friend gave me a box of fabric. I decided to dig through it and see what I found. I didn’t get far into the box and I found a beautiful piece of velvet. This is perfect for the cover. Don’t you just love the feel of velvet?

Making these junk journals gives me so much joy. I love to flip through and look at all the elements. I hope that you enjoy seeing what I create too.

Gypsy Soul Junk Journal

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Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry

Being part of the CCB Traveling Journal group is a lot of fun. Here is the April Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry. I used the Naturally Aged Paint System Precious Stone as the foundation along with lots of other supplies.

Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry

Supplies used in Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry
Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kit – Granite (Precious Stone Faux Finish Paint Kit)
7gypsies Ordre Du Jour 8×8 Paper Pad
Architextures™ Junque Pack – Parlour
Memory Box die Large Ringlets
Gold Rinea Foil
Brutus Monroe Be Brave Stamp set
Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink
Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink, Vintage Photo
Zig Two Way Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Check out the video showing the Naturally Aged kit. I used this as the background for the journal page.

Since the note on the journal said that the pages were thin and that paints were seeping through I decided that it would be easier to create the page outside of the journal and then paste it when it was complete. That’s a cool thing about art journaling, it is easy to adapt when necessary.

Then here is the video showing how I made the Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry.

Do you like to art journal? Art journaling is a great way to express yourself. It isn’t necessary that you share the entry with the world, but you can do the entry for your own pleasure.

Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry

What I love about art journaling is there isn’t a right or wrong way to make an entry. Create whatever you want, with whatever supplies you like to use.

The process of making a journal entry in this traveling art journal is something that I enjoy. Each month a new journal arrives and a plan forms on how I will create my page.

Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry

To see the other journal entries do a search on Social media for this tag: #ccbtravellingartjournal or #ccbtravelingartjournal Also make sure you visit Canvas Corp Brands Blog, there are lots of beautiful things posted to inspire you.

Be Brave CCB Traveling Journal Entry

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Mini Natures Glory Junk Journal

So I’m in love with this Natures Glory journal Kit by Calico College. So today, I’m sharing a Mini Natures Glory Junk Journal that I made. It’s a great little journal that will fit in a bag easily.

Colorful images, journal spots, and pockets, plenty of room to journal, add photos or other small mementos. When I pick up this journal and hold it in my hand, it makes me smile.

Video flip through for Mini Natures Glory Junk Journal.

For this journal, I asked my very sweet husband if he could print the pages at 5 x 7 in. He brought home a set of papers that were printed at 5 x 7 in. but I was hoping that he could get two images per a sheet of paper and explained better what I really wanted.

The next set of papers were just what I wanted. With these papers, I then proceeded to print journal lines on the back sides so there would be lots of room to journal.

I also printed journal lines on some linen text weight paper that I have in my stash. This paper is a pale green. But once I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists the green faded into pretty pinks, teals and purples.

This journal measures 3.75 inches by 5 inches tall and 1 inch thick. It has three signatures of 7 pages each, providing 84 pages in this tiny journal.

Since I had two sets of papers and one was actually smaller than the other I used one for the pages in the journal. The other set became journal spots or papers that could be taken out of the journal.

Washi tape and stamping was also used on many of the pages. I think I just love the idea that when you pick up this journal there really aren’t any blank white pages for you to be intimidated by instead, you will be inspired to write or doodle on the colorful pages.

A length of purple lace seam binding ties the journal close.

Journal making is a lot of fun. I’m really enjoying these digital kits from Calico Collage. The images that she uses in the kits are beautiful. Make sure to check out her shop to see all of the beautiful kits she offers.

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How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal

Loving the Spring Peacock Kit from Calico Collage. I have to show you How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal. Once you see the images in this kit you will want to download it today.

How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal

For this journal, I decided that my foundation papers would be made from some paper I had in my stash. Years ago when Xpedex paper had a retail store in Oklahoma City I would shop there on a regular basis.

While shopping at Xpedex I would look at their clearance section. One of these visits I found 6 reams of letter size (8.5 in. x 11 in.) paper for four dollars a ream. What was wrong with the paper? It was a flecked sage green. While I love green, it wasn’t a favorite color of mine.

The manager noticed that I was looking at the paper and came over. He said hey I’ve had this paper on the shelf way too long. I’ll make a deal you can’t pass by today. How about I sell these to you for two dollars a ream. I said sold. Not knowing what I was going to do with that paper, but heck at that price I could use it for something some day.

Well, today is that “some day”. Pulling out my Tattered Angel glimmer mists I got an idea. I would mist the papers and change the color. Since the sage was such a light color the glimmer mists would easily change the color.

Wow, what a change the glimmer mists made to the paper. It was so much fun to see the transformation right before my eyes.

Supplies used in How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal
Calico Collage Spring Peacock Journal Kit
Brutus Monroe Surface Ink Aubergine
Tim Hotz Distress Inks, Vintage Photo,  Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: True Turquoise, Cranberry Zing, Turquoise Blue, Pop Rocks, Blarney, Vintage Pink, Party Pink, Blue Bubbles
Glitter Washi Tape
Copy Paper
Heat Tool
Books by Hand Bone Folder
Fiskars 5 Inch RazorEdge Micro-Tip Easy Action Shears
Dictionary Pages
Waxed Linen Thread
Book Binding Kit – Awl, needle
Jumbo Paperclips
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Scrapbook paper
Blue Book Binding Tape
Butterfly Stamps
Peacock Stamp set – Recollections.
Jr Legal paper pad
Lace Seam Binding

Now down to How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal.

The best thing to do is decide on the final size you want your pages. The kit is designed for 5 in. x 7 in. I chose to cut my pages down to 7.5 in. x 11 in. That way there would be a small border around each of the Calico Collage image.

Sort through the images and choose which ones you want to use. In my case, I was able to decide that I wanted three signatures of four sheets of paper each.

Next start selecting Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and spray each piece of copy paper, or text weight paper on both sides. Dry with a heat tool, or set aside to air dry.

Select images from the kit. Use coordinating Brutus Monroe ink or Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the images to finish the edges. Adhere the images with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. When I adhere a full page I left the top open so that it created a natural pocket. Think of gluing in a U shape. Also don’t use tape if you are planning on making a pocket, as items put into the pocket will stick to the tape.

On some of the pages, I wanted to have lined journaling spots. This is where a Jr Legal paper pad is handy. They are light weight and add a perfect touch to the journal. These look wonderful with a little glimmer mist sprayed on these as well.

Here is a fast process video on How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal

It took me about four hours of playing with this journal to get it finished. I really enjoyed making this journal and plan to make more similar to this one.

The completed journal is available for sale in my shop.

Now that you have seen the images and see How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal, are you ready to make your own? Please share what you make by joining the Fans of Calico Collage Facebook group. It is a small friendly group and we love seeing what others create with Calico Collage images.



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How to make a sewing journal page

As a member of the Canvas Corp Brands creative crew I have the opportunity to be in a round robin. Today I’ll share How to make a sewing journal page. The journal will travel to eleven other artists around the world and then return to me in a year.

Since I began my creative journey by making my own barbie doll clothes, I knew that a sewing theme was to be the first entry.

How to make a sewing journal page

Supplies used in How to make a sewing journal page:
Strathmore Visual Journal Watercolor 5.5″X8″-22 Sheets
Wax paper
Protape Artists Tape
Brutus Monroe Detail ink – Raven
Script background stamp – A Stamp in the Hand
PostModern Designs – Swirl Stamp
Canvas Corp: Printed Tissuestock 12″X12″ 10/Pkg-Damask Ivory
Liquitex Professional Matte Fluid Medium, 8-Ounce
Fast’N Final Lightweight spackling
Color Factory PA214 5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencil – Measured
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencil – Harlequin
Uchida 22500 CUL Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
Paper towels
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Cranberry Zing, Turquoise Blue, Pop Rocks, Iridescent Gold
Small spray bottle with water
Paint Brush
Heirloom Collection: Sewing on Ivory paper – Canvas Corp
Small Paint Pallet
7gypsies Gypsy Seamstress: 12×12 Seamstress paper
Fiskars Micro Tip Scissors
Brutus Monroe Inks, Sea, Aubergine, Rouge, mini Detail Ink Raven
7Gypsies Architextures,Treasures – Dress Form Model 1954
Lace Hem tape – or Seam binding – Teal and Burgundy
Aleene’s White Tacky Glue
Bone Folder
Lace Doiley
Pearl Gemstones
Ranger Blending Tool
Tsukineko 6-Pack Fantastix, Brush/Bullet Tip Combo for All Purpose Ink
Old 7 gypsies Sticker sheet – Y is for year
Tattered Angels White High Impact Paint
Sakura 30181 Pigma Micron Blister Card 01 Ink Pen, 0.25-mm, Black

Here is a video on How to make a sewing journal page:

Making this journal page was a fun project to me. I was able to think about how I began my art journey with sewing. It will be so much fun to see the other artists journal entries. Do a search on Social media for this tag: #ccbtravellingartjournal or #ccbtravelingartjournal

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How to make a sewing journal page

How to Make a Travel ATC size Junk Journal

After making the Traveling Through Junk Journal I had left over papers. So I decided that I would share How to Make a Travel ATC size Junk Journal. An ATC is 2.5 in. x 3.5 in. in size. So this is a small journal filled with lots of journal spots.

Using some of the scraps left over papers from the Calico Collage Travelin’ Through digital images I made a mini Travel ATC size Junk Journal.

The foundation of the journal is a piece of cardstock that was cut at 3.5 inches tall and scored at 2.5 inches. Two of these were cut and scored.

Fold like an accordion, then glue the pages together but leave the top open to form a pocket.

Trim the scraps to fit on the pages formed in the book. Distress with Tim Holtz Distress ink – Brushed Corduroy.

Adhere the scraps to the pages with Aleene’s white glue.

Make tuck spots with other scraps and add to the book.

Add journal tags in the pockets. These were left over from the kit.

Glue a piece of twine around the outside of the cover. Make long enough to tie the journal closed. Add scraps to make the cover and back.

Distress the title of the paper collection with Tim Holtz Distress ink – Brushed Corduroy. Trim the corners so that this will fit on the cover. Adhere to the cover at an angle.

This was a fun Travel ATC size Junk Journal to make, as I got to use up all the scraps left over from the big journal.

A video of How to Make a Travel ATC size Junk Journal was made:

Being able to use up scraps is one of my goals this year and I’m glad that I got to make this little Travel ATC size Junk Journal. I hope to make more little journals like this throughout the year.

What kind of little journals would you make?

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How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal

Having fun making junk journals. Sharing How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal today. Using the Calico Collage Travelin Through Digital kit.

How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal


For this journal, I used some watercolor paper I had on hand for the pages. Some chipboard claimed from paper boxes. And all the scraps from cutting up the kit that I could.

How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal

While looking through my stash I found a stack of travel themed journal cards. These were perfect to add into the pockets that were created in my journal. I also found a few library pockets and coin envelopes.


Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven was used with the Stamps. Zettiology stamps were used as journal notes on some of the items. These stamps are so cool.

Tim Holtz Distress ink was used to finish the cut edges of the papers and blend when needed. There were even a few journal cards used from one of his card sets.

The Calico Collage Traveling Through Digital kit has lots of beautiful papers and I used most of the kit. Lots of journaling tags and pockets in this kit. The little flags were made into tuck spots and altered or embellished paper clips too.

When I ran out of the flags I used scraps to make more by folding these in half, gluing and cutting a pennant shape on the end. Don’t throw out those scraps.

The watercolor paper was 6 in. x 24.5 in. I made score marks at 5 in. The leftover piece was 4.5 in. So this became a fold out piece. I think this added character to the book, don’t you?

For the closure on this journal, I used a piece of ribbon and a piece of velcro. A scrap of cardboard was cut at 1 in. square. Covered with a scrap from an old book then a square of the digital papers on top. Having the square helps have a handle to open the closure.

A video was made of the process. It is at super fast speed. So feel free to ask questions.

This was a fun book to make. I like how the size turned out and how sleek this book looks.

Would you carry this Traveling Through Junk Journal with you on a trip?

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Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit

I made a Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit. This kit is so beautiful I just had to make another journal using these papers. Many of the pages can be used outside of Valentines and I know I’ll be printing more of these for other projects.

Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit

For this journal I decided to make the journal out of 11 in. x 17 in. card stock folded into thirds with pockets. There are lots of tutorials out there on how to make a journal like this so I won’t take the time to explain. But if you are interested I’ll make a follow up post.

Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit

Once I had the pages defined I started distressing the papers and adding each of the printed images or scrap papers to the pages.

Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit

Every page has something added. Either it has a pocket or a tuck spot. All kinds of places to add notes or photos. Lots of little bits to write love notes or memories.

Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit

My thought was this would be a great journal to write love notes to that one that you love and give it to them. What fun would they have going through each page looking at each item. They could enjoy seeing the beautiful papers and seeing what you add to the book.

Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit

Here is a list of some of the items used:
Calico Collage Valentines Love Journal Kit
Calico Collage Vintage Valentines
Calico Collage Romantic Lovers
Prima Paper Flowers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Pages from an old book
Scraps of paper
Corner Rounder
Silhouette Cameo 3
Paper Cutter
Aleens White Glue
Glitter Paint
Scraps of Burlap
Tag Punch
Paper Clip Embellishments
Hand made Papers

A flip through video shows all of the pages and the items added.

This video is a process video that shows how the book was made. It took over 3 hours to make this journal. Actually more as some of the time was planning on how to create the journal.

I really enjoyed making this Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit. There will be more journals offered in my shop so keep coming back to see what I have created.

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Valentine Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Journal Kit