Sunday, August 6, 2017

How to use up your stash!

Hello cyber friends! I have got the answer for that BIG question, how do I use up my ever growing stash?  Ok here it is, make a junk journal!  Doing so, will provide you with hours of entertainment as you sort through your stash and wonder what on earth prompted you to buy some things and with other things, you'll be so tickled that you finally got to use that special item!  Those bits and pieces of leftover paper collections are perfect in a junk journal.
These journals are so easy to make if you use Sizzix's XL journal die designed by Eileen Hull.  You just cut out two chip or mat board covers, add your favorite design paper inside and out and then assemble with elastic bands.  The process is so easy, I am guessing that if you give it a try, you will be addicted as am I!!  Though this is my 1st junk journal, it's my 4th journal using this die, in less than a month. Can you say addicted?!

So the next question is, what is a junk journal?  Well it's pretty much like its name, its a journal of junk.  They are often made from old music sheets, paper bags, maps, note papers, junk mail, really anything goes!  I chose to use scraps of scrapbook paper that I have accumulated over the years along with bits and pieces from my very old embellishment stash!  You can then use the journal for whatever you want.  I am using mine simply as a conversation piece.  It's filled with quotes and pictures and just fun "stuff".
I had so much fun searching for just the right "thing" in my stash of "stuff" that I haven't touched in years.  Sometimes I was wondering, did I really buy that, what was I thinking??  But, seriously, what a great way to use up my stash!

These journal dies have been selling like hot cakes and it's been hard to get your hands on one.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique has one in stock as I am writing this.  I made this book for me but I am also entering it in the current Frilly and Funkie challenge, Read Any Good Books Lately,  which is to "create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project, alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! "

I made a video to share my journal with you and hopefully inspire you to make your own junk journal.

Here are a few of my favorite pages.

I did age some paper to use in my journal.  I simply took copy paper, dipped it in tea and then dried in the oven for a few minutes.  That gave me gorgeous aged paper.

The fun thing about junk journals, is that there are no rules. Just have fun, be creative, put your imagination to work!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my journal!  I really appreciate it.


  1. J'adore trop beau tout a fait ce que j aime ♥

  2. Beautiful journal, fantastic attention to detail. Tracy x

  3. Well, this knocks my socks off! It's wonderfully artsy and whimsical, Maggi! The aged pages are fabulous. You have a new obsession! LOL

  4. Maggi, the more I see of this the more I'm blown away!!!!!! Love every bit of this...

  5. Absolutely gorgeous Maggi!!

  6. I loved your journal!!! So many fun pages. Thanks to you and so many other Crafters a newbie like me has countless ideas on creating journals!!!!

  7. VERY cool Maggi! I could see myself loving to do this as well! There's nothing so satisfying as making use of what you have and turning it into a thing of beauty! You've done just that!!

  8. Your journal is beautiful Maggi, I really enjoyed your video!

  9. This is gorgeous. Never quite knew what to do to the inside of a journal. Love this and thanks for the inspiration.

  10. So much fun to watch, awesome work and yes we all have drawers of "stuff", love the junk journals that you can incorporate all those "treasures" that we hate to part with, fun to see them in a book that one can go through time and again or gift to a special someone, thank you for sharing, love your tutorial.

  11. We must have been channeling one another. I just pulled and folded almost 200 sheets of fuggly papers and ones I had bought multiples of for two junk journals. Now the real fun begins. One will be a gift.

  12. This reminds me of a publication I used to get many , many, many years ago. All sorts of ephemera and goodies. Gads for the life of me I can't remember the name. I know lots of us peeps have boxes of stuff that we received in the mail. Also stuff we were trying out, just to play. I'm going to get out my boxes of stuff and go to town. Thanks Maggi for the inspiration!

  13. Forgive me if this is a stupid question, what do you do with this beautiful journal when it is finished?

    1. No problem, you're not the first to ask this question. You can most anything with a junk journal, you could use it as a mini, an art jouranl, whatever you want.

      I made and embellished this journal with only one thought in mind and that was to use up old paper and embellies. Then I added lots of quotes throughout so it's just going to be a little "coffee table" book and its only purpose is to look through it and enjoy the quotes and photos.

  14. Amazing junk journal! I love how you've made a work of art out of 'junk'! Right up my alley! I can't wait to see the video! I am thrilled you shared this in my 'Read Any Good Books Lately' challenge at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs! Sara Emily

  15. Gorgeous journal! I love how much it looked like a book with the many pages when you showed the inside edges. Beautiful design on the cover with the artsy embellishments and the inside pages are lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie "Read any Good Books Lately" challenge!


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