15 Sept 2017

Vintage Journal

Today I'm Sharing my very first Junk Journal I have wanted to make one for so long and at long last I got my hands on Eileen Hull Journal Die from Country View Crafts and I was off.  I am also sharing this JJ with the A Vintage Journey challenge which is Alterted Art and Mini Album Makers Challenge

The Die is fabulous and making the covers is so addictive, I have cut several now from all sorts of recycled bits they are waiting to be turned into my next projects what ever that may be lol.
However back to this post, I have cut the covers from recycled mount board hubby had disguarded, it was a not very nice shade of brown, I was going to paint over with gesso and colour, but at the last minute I decided to see if I could run the covers through an embossing folder....yes it worked.  Next step I painted with paper artsy paint, colour chalk which is a soft cream, sanded this back and I just loved the result so stopped there.

The tag was recycled from my bits box which I stamped over Tim Holtz stamps, the lace was  originally a piece from lace collar from Mums sewing box when she last had a clear out, and the trim on the spine was from my Grandmothers sewing bits and bobs I inherited from her along with her singer treadle sewing machine which I still have. To finish the cover I went over the edges with Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss which is gorgeous and sparkly but in a subtle way.

I have also started on the pages using lots of Tim Holtz stamps and coffe dyed papers, I have really enjoyed this new journey and love love trying out new things, playing with stamps and punches and lace all my me happy.  As you can see from the thickness of the book I have gone a bit overboard hee hee hee but it is so addictive once you start.


I wanted this to be a vintage Junk Journal as I was using the lace and trims from My Grandmother and Mums sewing boxes I think now though it will also where I try new things and practice my JJ skills and of course use my stamps......a lot.

Hope you have enjoyed looking and I will share more pages as I go along.


  1. This is gorgeous! You have done such a fabulous job - love the cover and the inside is looking wonderful too. It's lovely that you have used bits and bobs from both your Mum and your Grandma. xxx

  2. Lovely! The pages go so well with the cover. It is so nice that you used stuff from your mother and grandmother - makes it all the more meaningful! ~Heather

  3. This is beautifully altered. Love what you did with Eileen's die. The cover of your booklet is beautifully layered. Thanks for joining the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

  4. Wow, what a wonderful album, I just love the cover, so many beautiful details!! Perfect use of Eileen's new die!!!Thank you so much for sharing it with us on the mini album makers challenge blog and AVJ!

  5. This is gorgeous! It's such a joy to have you share with us in our first challenge at Mini Album Makers.

  6. Hi sweet Maggie, oh how I've fallen in love!!! I am addicted to using this die too and have embossed one of my covers with a folder, but later it was lost in my texture paint layers. Definitely want to revisit this! I love how you sanded to reveal the chipboard color. It works beautifully with the white paint. The subtle embossed edges are truly amazing too. Your coffee stained paper inserts are out of this world beautiful! Wow, there are so many details to admire. :) Thank you so much for sharing with our first challenge at Mini Album Makers. Hugs, Autumn

  7. Oh, be still my beating heart, I love this gorgeous journal, inside and out! I don't think you have over-filled it at all, I think it looks amazing like that. It must feel so special too, since you incorporated things from your Mum and Grandmother. I love Eileen's journal die too and you have used it so beautifully! Anne xx

  8. What a great journal. I love all the details you added! What fun!! Thanks for joining our FIRST challenge at Mini Album Makers!

  9. what a wonderful journal cover you created! love the look of the paint sanded down and the tag with the lovely lacey bits - and your inside pages are beautiful ready for whatever the user wants to place there - thanks for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Challenge! Julia xx

  10. An absolutely lovely junk journal, Maggie - so wonderful to include all those laces and trims handed down through the family, and you've created a beautiful heirloom with them. Thank you so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey and playing along with the first Mini Album Makers Challenge.
    Alison x

  11. Congratulations Maggie - you have made an absolutely wonderful junk journal and not one bit junkie!!! Following your bliss has really paid off. Congratulations!
    sandy xx

  12. Do make sure you take a look at the winners' post over at Mini Album Makers, won't you?!


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