Junk Journals

Mini Christmas Junk Journal

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Hello! Today I have a mini junk journal cover to show y’all! This could make a great gift. It is perfect for a pocket journal or a purse journal. This small journal is perfect for quick notes, little things that happen during your day, or for those random ideas that pop up. It measures about 3 3/4in x 3 3/4in.

I have a bunch of random, clean up type Gelli prints I was looking through. This red piece just said Christmas to me. With Christmas about one month away, I need to get started on some handmade gifts.

The paper/Gelli print was done on white cardstock. I picked up a ream from Walmart in their office section. My paper wasn’t as ‘Christmasy’ as I wanted, so I sprayed a nice thick coat of Distress Stain in Crushed Olive. The distress stain gave it that bit of Christmas pop it needed.

This Gelli print was double-sided and the side I picked for the inside, was definitely not Christmas at all!

Of course that had to get a nice coat of crushed olive also.

After the inside was dried, I still didn’t think it was very Christmasy, so I covered it with vintage ledger paper. I got really lucky at a local estate sale and picked up 4 antique/vintage ledgers, most of the papers in them were not used. I love going to estate sales, you never know what you are going to find!

I couldn’t decide on the type of closer I wanted for this little book. While trying to figure out the front, I found some ribbon I picked up last year during the after Christmas sales. You can’t beat 50% off ribbon when Christmas comes every year, I don’t mind squirreling (my hubby and kids call it hoarding) things away for next year. As you can see from the pictures, I burned the edges with a lighter to help stop fraying. It gives it a more vintage look to the ends, which is also a plus.

After spraying the cover with crushed olive and adding the ribbon, I felt the cover still need a bit more of a Christmas touch to it. I found this lace in my stash. I forgot to take a before picture, but it was white, so I sprayed it down, with, of course, crushed olive. You can either wait for it to dry, which I did, or hit it with a heat gun. I glued the lace down with Fabric Tac.

I finished off the cover with a Tim Holtz Christmas Snippet. Come back tomorrow and see the inside! Enjoy!

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