Monday, February 10, 2020

What To Do With A Junk Journal

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
This journal was created using the Letters & Postcards printable kit
from My Porch Prints

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What To Do With A Junk Journal
Maybe you've heard of junk journals? (Click here for a beginner's tutorial.)
They are these cool, beautiful handmade books created from bits of discarded "junk"... things like receipts, old book pages & papers, doilies and other ephemera. Some are made of fabric, some of paper, old grocery bags, file folders, cereal boxes. If you spend any time on Pinterest, YouTube or Instagram, you have to agree these junk journal things are beautiful!

But what do you DO with them?

I once asked the same question. And I think anyone with an interest in creating these pretty journals is probably wondering the same thing.

Well, here are a few ideas for what you might do with a junk journal:

Diary/Journal
The most obvious use, at least to me, is to make a good old fashioned journal. Record your thoughts and feelings in the pretty tea-dyed pages.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using the Mysterious Woman Journal Kit
from My Porch Prints


Art Journal/Sketch Book
If you make junk journals, you probably already have an interest in art on some level. Why use blank white pages when you can sketch and draw out your ideas in a book that is already creative and inspiring?

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Lavender Layered Journal Cover


Memory Book/Photo Album
Gather pictures of that new baby, or postcards and letters from your grandparents, or just memories of your friendship through the years... concert tickets, receipts, fun memories scribbled on tags or bits of coffee-dyed paper. What a pretty collection of memories & photos!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using the Letters & Postcards Journal Kit

Travel Journal
Go on an adventure, and take a junk journal with you! Fill those pockets with ticket stubs, luggage tags, that weird candy you ate in Nepal? Save the wrapper! You'll never forget that memory. That postcard from Florida? That train ticket to Paris? Each bit of "junk" from your journeys can be saved as a memory. And don't forget a few Polaroid photos, too!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using the World Traveler Scrap Pack


Art/Collectible
You hang pictures on your wall, you decorate your shelves with boxes & knick-knacks... why can't a journal be a piece of art in your home? Fill up a bookshelf with journals of every theme! Place one on your coffee table as an interesting conversation piece. Fill it with the things you love, and your guests can get to know you as they flip through its pages.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using Fairy Tale Journal Kit & Fairy Tale Mini Books

Wedding Guest Book
Perfect for a vintage, woodland or other themed wedding. The junk journal guest book can be themed to match! And guests can write not only their names, but also well-wishes and memories for the happy couple.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Woodland Romance Journal Kit

Prayer Journal
Record your prayers and favorite Bible passages. Draw a picture to go with what you've read. Your time with God can take on a new creativity, reflecting the talents he's blessed you with!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Prayer Journal Kit

Botanical Journal/ Field Guide
You love nature. Your garden. Your walks. Pluck a few flowers or leaves and preserve them in your journal! Find out their names or properties. Or draw pictures of what you see... be it bird, bug or beast.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Botanical Wax Paper Bag Journal

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Letters & Postcards Journal Flip-Thru Video

Day Planner
Keep your chaotic life in check. Make those grocery lists, track sleep or weight loss... like a bullet journal, but with a shabby, coffee-dyed creative twist.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Easy Beginner's Bullet Journal Printable


Creative Planner
You love to make projects... sewing, cooking, mixed media, refinishing furniture, gardening, etc. Whatever your hobby, you need to be organized and plan out your future projects, and a junk journal can be just the place to do that! When inspiration strikes, record your ideas and maybe sketch a little drawing to go with it. Or cut out pictures from magazines as inspiration.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Sewing Journal Printable Kit

Recipe Journal
Whether it's your great-grandma's homemade noodles or that cake pop you loved from Pinterest... pictures and ingredients combine to create a recipe journal! Make it kitchen themed with images of vintage 50s appliances. Or food themed with scrumptious cakes, tea & desserts! Record memories of those special times in the kitchen, with grandma or grandpa, mom or dad or your babies & grandbabies.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Tea & Dessert Folio Kit

Flow-ish/Gift Journal
You're not the only person who loves to create! So, share your journal in a swap. And include pretty bits of art supplies, papers and tags within the pages and pockets for your friend to use in HER journal!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Letters & Postcards Journal Kit



What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Botanical Notes Junk Journal Kit

FREEBIE! Print This List
If you sell or gift journals, please enjoy this FREEBIE! It is a vintage-style card that lists the ideas in this article. You can include it in your journal for your customers and friends.
Click here for the full-size printable file.


Freebie Printable


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

"I AM" Mini Book Freebie Printable


I Am statements from Jesus in the Bible

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
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"I AM" Mini Book Printable
Hello Porch people! I've put together this FREE sweet printable mini book featuring the "I AM" statements from Jesus in the Bible. Sometimes I really need help to remember His promises and who Jesus says he is. This little book makes a nice stocking stuffer or gift. I kept the design neutral so it can be gifted to a girl or a guy, but you can decorate it using your own unique style. And the best part? It fits inside a 3.75 x 2.25 inch mint tin.

This is a free download. Just click the link below to download the PDF file. (Includes photo instructions to assemble your mini book.) Please remember this is for personal use only. Enjoy!

Decorate Your Mint Tin
Need some ideas for decorating your mint tin? Watch this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

I AM free Mini Book from My Porch Prints: Jesus Bible


I AM free Mini Book from My Porch Prints: Jesus Bible

I Am statements from Jesus in the Bible

I AM free Mini Book from My Porch Prints: Jesus Bible

I AM free Mini Book from My Porch Prints: Jesus Bible

I AM free Mini Book from My Porch Prints: Jesus Bible

I AM free Mini Book from My Porch Prints: Jesus Bible

I AM free Mini Book from My Porch Prints: Jesus Bible

Download This Freebie
Download the PDF file for this "I AM" mini book by clicking here.
Includes photo instructions to assemble your mini book.
*Tip: Round the corners for a nice, finished look and easier fit in your mint tin.

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Tin Box Mini Book printable available in my Etsy shop: My Porch Prints




Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Halloween Wheel Window Card Tutorial



Halloween Wheel Window Card
This super-cute Halloween Wheel Window Card has a window and a wheel with spinning words. It's cute on its own or as a cover or insert for a junk journal!
To make it you'll need a few supplies:

Supplies:
Black Cardstock
Tim Holtz Ornate Plate
Brass Fastener
Circle Punch
Awl Or Other Sharp Tool
Craft Knife
Mounting Tape
Tape, Glue, Scissors, Etc.

Printables:
Pumpkin Image (I got mine from Jento Design on Etsy)
(Pumpkin image is also available in the cover of my Cozy Autumn Journal Kit Printable)
"Seasons" Journal Words Printable from My Porch Prints
Coffee Stained Book Pages Printable from My Porch Prints


Preparing The Black Card
To begin, cut an 8.5x11 inch sheet of black cardstock in half to create two 8.5x5.5 pieces. Then cut an extra half-inch off the side & bottom of one piece. This will be your main card.


Punch Half-Circle
Punch a half-circle in the center bottom of the smaller, main card.


Bookplate Pumpkin
Next, place your book plate in the center of your pumpkin image and trace the inside, the outside corners, and the fastening holes.



Use your awl or sharp tool to punch the fastener holes.


Using a craft knife, cut out the center tracing.


Next, attach your bookplate to your pumpkin as shown.


Creating Your Wheel
Find a circle shape that is the same size or slightly smaller than your main black card. Trace it onto the larger cardstock piece (NOT the one with the half-circle punched out). Cut it out. This will become your wheel.



Find and mark the center of your circle.
One way to do this is to place the circle on a piece of paper and use a ruler to cut the paper to the same size as the circle. Then, measure each side and mark the halfway point. For instance, my paper was 4x4 inches. So, the center of each side was the 2 inch mark. I drew a line at each 2-inch mark, and where the lines intersected was the center of my paper.

I used my awl to create a hole in the center of my paper, then placed my circle on the paper, lining my circle edges with my paper edges, and flipped it over. Using a pencil, I marked through the hole I created onto my circle. You can also look up "How to find the center of a circle" if that is more helpful.


Create a hole in the center of your circle or wheel. Then align the wheel in the bottom-center of your card (where you punched the half-circle). And mark through the center hole. Use the awl to punch it out.


Creating Your Window
This part is just a little tricky. It took me some trial and error. With the wheel aligned on the center bottom of your card, place the pumpkin over the top edge of the wheel so that your wheel shows through the window. (See photo above.) You'll want to align it carefully. The wheel should show through, but the edges of the wheel should not.


Now that you have your pumpkin and wheel aligned, carefully remove the wheel by sliding it away. Do not move your pumpkin.


Use a pencil to trace inside your pumpkin bookplate onto your card.


Now, remove your pumpkin and use your craft knife to cut out where you marked with your pencil.

Back of card.
Turn your card to the back (see above photo) and use your brass fastener to attach your wheel to the back of the card. Then flip it back to the front again.

Front of card.
 Your wheel should completely cover the window you cut out as shown above.


Adding Seasonal Words
Use glue to attach your cut-out "Seasons" Journal Words to the wheel, using the cut-out hole as a guide for placing the words. (See the above photo.)


When you've glued on a word, spin the wheel until the word disappears and attach another word. Repeat until the wheel is full of words. Try to space them evenly. Note: Be sure to leave plenty of space between the words so no more than one shows up in the window at a time.



When you've finished applying your words to the wheel through the window, use a piece of tape to secure your brass fastener.


Attach Pumpkin
You might also want to secure the fasteners on your pumpkin book plate. Then glue your pumpkin to your card, lining up the window so the words show through and covering your brass fastener.

If your pumpkin isn't large enough to cover your fastener, consider using some cheesecloth or decorative tissue paper underneath your pumpkin to hide the fastener. Just don't cover your window.



Print your Coffee Stained Book Page on cardstock and fold it in half as shown.


Use strips of mounting tape to attach your completed pumpkin card to the folded "Coffee Stained Book Page" card.


Align the pumpkin card with the bottom of the folding card as shown below.


If you want, ink the edges of your card, and you're finished! Now you can use the punched out part at the bottom to move the spinning wheel and change the words in your window. See video below.
If you liked this tutorial, please share!
Thanks!
Stephanie from My Porch Prints