I’m still here

Hi everyone,

I still here. I’ve been busy creating, making videos and opening my etsy shop.ย  Don’t worry, I might mention it from time to time but I won’t bombard you with etsy stuff. It puts me of blogs when people do that.

It all takes time and I’ve found it rather overwhelming at times and had to take steps back before being able to proceed some more. In hoping etsy will provide pocket money so that I can afford to get journaling supplies.

So I have uploaded more videos over the last week and one was even a tutorial! Go me!!

I’ll add some photos and then add YouTube links at the bottom of this post in case you are interested.

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Pretty aren’t they? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I think that I’ve uploaded about five videos to YouTube since my last blog. I won’t paste all the links here but you can find them by clicking on my face on YouTube (beneath the video).

Thank you so much for visiting,

Lots of love, Tracey xxx

 

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First Video posted!!

I can hardly believe I’ve done it!

I’ve not been around here much as I’ve fully immersed myself in making junk journals and their ephemera. It’s very difficult to show a journal in a blog post so I’m pushing myself to create YouTube videos.

If you are interested it can be foundย HERE

 

Dyeing paper

I thought I’d write a short post on paper dyeing. Haha ๐Ÿ˜„ most of my posts are short!

I use these papers in my journals because I like the antiquey look and it makes for a interesting journal. It’s particularly useful when using lots of different papers as it unifies while each piece retains its intrinsic qualities.

Here is an image of the onion skins simmering away…

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In the image below from left to right is coffee dyed, onion skin dyed and tea dyed paper.

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I onion dyed a batch of paper this morning. I love the golden colour it produces, it’s a very rich colour. I used an aluminium dyepot that I knew would dull the colour. As the Rayburn was lit and the oven not too hot I dried the paper in there on old cake racks.

It’s important to use separate pots and utensils for dyeing and to store them away from those used for food.

I placed coins on the following sheet before it went in the oven. I like the results…

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I will try this technique again.

As the dye bath is not depleted of onion skin dye I’ve put a hank of my handspun yarn in it. I’ll leave it to soak for a day or so.

Thanks for dropping by

Tracey xx ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ

Laughing at myself…

I was looking out through my window when the light was such that the foliage across the way reminded me of a sideways envelope! ๐Ÿ˜†ย So, I ask, does that qualify me as a true junk journaler?! ๐Ÿ˜†

First time that’s happened.

I took a picture but the light had changed a little so that the envelope flap is not quite the sideways v it had previously been a minute before…

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In case your not as crazy as me, it’s the one in the middle ๐Ÿ˜†

Happy Sunday everyone,

Love Tracey xxx

Book covers for junk journals

Hello!

I’ve spent my morning creating/recovering two book covers. I carefully removed the contents a couple of days ago and separated the signatures (groups of pages sewn into hardback books) so that they can be used too,ย  although not necessarily in these books.

Both came from a charity shop sale for 50p each. I’ve removed the spine from the green one and replaced it with a wider, new spine. I love how they are coming along thus far and am quite exited about it ๐Ÿ˜†โค

I shall decorate the covers a bit once I’ve had a think and a play. Next I will be gathering pages together. I had a big tea dyeing session in the garden yesterday plus I experimented with a watercolour bath using old tubes of paint before they dry up. It did colour those pieces but at the moment only I would notice.

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The clips are holding paper in places while it dries.

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I’m planning to sew two signatures into each book; I don’t think three would fit as I shall add pockets and tuck shops and other ephemera.

This lovely lady (Gayle Agostinelli) has been a great teacher and source of inspiration…

 

I’ll show you the pages in the next installment ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for visiting. Bye for now,

Tracey xx โค

CONVERSATION WITHโ€ฆThe Cheshire Cat from Wonderlandโ€ฆabout virtual friendships in older age

OVER THE HILL on the YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Over the Hill on the Yelllow Brick Road, I saw a grinning cat sitting in a tree. A moment later, the cat disappeared. The next moment, he appeared on the top of a bush. Then strangely, his body faded. All that remained was his smile and his eyes. Was it possible he was the Cheshire Cat from the story of Alice in Wonderland? I had to ask!

cheshire catHeyโ€”are youโ€”

CHESIRE CAT: Yes I am. The Cheshire Cat.

But, you live in Wonderland. What are you doing here? How did you get Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road?

CHESHIRE CAT: How does anyone ever get anywhere? With great difficulty.

I suppose.

CHESHIRE CAT: But I just had to come. Like the rest of you here, Iโ€™m growing older and trying to figure out where I belong in the world. Iโ€™m having trouble relating to the Mad Hatter, the Whiteโ€ฆ

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Junk journal notebook

How can you explain in a text message what a junk journal is using as few characters as possible because the text was to travel from the to UK to NZ?! My answer was to say I’ll make a small one for you mum ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜†

I had just finished making my first one and it was very well received by my dear friend whose birthday it was for. I started the notebook sized one immediately but thinking about the process a little more carefully. I made the cover first and my sewing machine was most disgruntled sewing through paper and card and decided to go into a huff and missed lots of stitches. I decided not to worry about it and carried on. Having completed the cover I started gathering recycled paper together for a tea dyeing session. These were baked dry and ironed. Other papers were assembled and mingled in with the tea dyed pages. There are 23 leaves creating 46 pages which were sewn to the cover as a single signature. Next came the decoration and addition of ephemera.

I really enjoyed making both the journals. I’m only showing images of a few pages and the cover of the second junk notebook. It’s secured with a length of lace tied around the cover and finished with a simple bow…

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Inside the front cover (above).

This last week I’ve also made these for future junk journals…

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And these clusters below made out of scraps…

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Unsurprisingly, I’m a bit behind with my Coastal stashbusting blanket CAL ๐Ÿ˜†

I have loved making these junk journals and have several ideas for some more. I can’t wait to make one for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

A note about the dyeing… I had coffee dyed a batch of paper for the first junk journal but I really didn’t like the subsequent smell. I don’t usually mind the smell of coffee. So the second time I used tea. It didn’t produce such a strong stain. I used old tea bags that were used, left to dry out and then stored. For the dye bath I poured hot water over the bags and let them soak for an hour before using.ย  I will try making the bath stronger next time. Most of the bags were earl grey so the paper has a more pleasant smell ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My faith journaling is going very well and I shall have to compile a new one of those soon also. I use rings to bind these so that I can add stuff in. It’s amazing how fast it has filled up. In it I write personal prayers and answers to prayer, scripture and any thoughts I have about it, plus I use it as a time to listen to what God has to say to me and I write what I believe he is saying into my journal.

It’s a while since I wrote a post…I can can’t remember if there’s anything else I’m meant to add…??

Thank you for visiting me ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜