Mini Junk Journal: Part III

Denim Junk Journal

How to make pretty journals made out of trash and leftover or found materials around your home.

Welcome to Layered Page and thank you to those who follow my blog. Today is part three of my mini junk journal series where you will discover ways to use recycled materials to make pretty journals without breaking the bank. It is possible to make pretty journals with junk or recycled materials as I like to call it!

My objective when creating these junk journals is to use old ephemera AKA recycled materials, packaging, scraps of paper that I would otherwise throw out.

In today’s junk journal, I have to admit I used a new material to bind this journal. I wanted to see how Dollar Tree thread held up. I thought the thread would break as soon as I bound and tighten the signatures in the journal. I was shocked it didn’t! So far, it’s held up really well. I’m getting ahead of my self here. Let’s start from the beginning.

I took a cracker jack box to use for my journal. Every time I look at one of those boxes, it takes me back to my childhood. Anyhow, I’ve been wanting to make a denim journal cover for a while now and I had a scrap piece left over from the quilting project. Keep those fabric scraps! The bling on the cover is from an old worn out pair of jeans I kept. It was in no condition to donate to a charity shop and there was no way I was about to throw them away.

The inside of the cover is collage with packaging from the mail. Those are great to keep for your projects.

Signatures in Place

The signatures are made up of junk mail, scraps of construction paper kids use for crafts. I decided to coffee dye those papers to give them an old look and they feel so crinkly! Love it! I will do a post on my coffee dying process soon. Now that the journal is constructed, I will begin decorating and journaling the inside pages.

Be sure to take a look at my Mini Junk Journal: Part I. This post will give you more details in my process of constructing a journal.

Mini Junk Journal: Part II

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages! Often times, I post my decorated journal pages on Instagram.

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie

Stitch Mindspace: Calm

Mix Media Image for bannersThe movement of hand stitching slows my mind down and clears out all the day’s clutter. I’m able to focus and explore my creative side and be at peace with myself. With stitching the sky’s the limit. There is no right or wrong way to stitch. Your expression is your own. My stitching is free form and without the industrial look-if you will. When beginning your journey in finding your inner stitch-as I like to call it- you will be astonished with how quickly you grow as a person and your outlook on life!

Brush your fingers along the fabrics and adsorb the colors and textures. Be in the moment. You’ll be inspired. You’ll be at peace. Calm. -Stephanie

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Denim Quilting On The Cheap

In a recent post I talked about the many projects I’m working on and I talked a little about a Denim Rag Quilting project I’ve started. Since I’m doing this on my free time I have almost finished cutting out the squares/blocks. You don’t need a fancy template (Square Ruler) for measuring your squares when making a Denim Rag Quilt. I used an old cardboard box lid I cut 8×8 (shown in the picture). I did not use a fabric pen but a regular pin I had on my desk. I turned the jeans inside out to trace my squares. If you don’t have a Quilting Rotary Cutter, that’s okay. You don’t need it for this project unless you want the process to be quicker. Though it didn’t take much time to cut out the squares and I’m a bit crafty so I enjoyed using the scissors. Also, I did not use a Self Healing Cutting mat for cutting. I measured and cut out all the squares on my bed while watching TV. The size of the Quilt will be 49W/60L and that equals to 6 squares per row, 7 rows which comes to 42 Squares in total. Depending on the size of the jeans you can get about 6 squares per leg from a pair of jeans. This Quilt is basically going to be the size of a Throw Blanket. Be sure to save your denim scraps for other projects!

I was thinking about using some of my vintage fabric style scraps I use for mix media projects but I decided to do some patch squares on some of the denim blocks using my Grandmother’s scraps. I inherited a lot of her quilting supply and her sewing machine when she went to be with the Lord a few years ago. So this quilt with be dear to my heart and this is my way of honoring her love of quilting.

You really can make denim rag quilts on a budget and with what you have on hand without spending a lot of money. So go grab a few pairs of old jeans and get started! I’ll continue to share my process with you all! These quilts are a lot of fun to make.

Blessings

Projects Galore

Before I went to bed I started cutting my first pair of old jeans for several projects. I will be making patches with the legs for a denim rag quilt. Since the pockets have buckles on this pair, I’ll use them for another project. The scraps of hem and waist from the jeans will be used to make place mats and throw rugs. The remaining scraps I’ll use for my mix media art projects. Many and I mean many more jeans to prep for these projects. This will take time as I’m doing this on my free time from work, family life, visiting friends, reading, writing, visible mending project, blogging and Poshing on Poshmark so I’ll post updates on here once in awhile. Okay, I’ll just fess up right now. As you can see I have A LOT going on and adding more projects to the mix is a bit nuts. Oh, did I mention I’m also working on Acrylic Painting for wall hangings as well? Yikes. I need to prioritize or put something on the back burner. Yeah…y’all think? But hey, I love it all and I don’t think my brain knows how to shut down. Anyhow, it will all work out. Somehow. *laughing*