Recycled Materials

Scrap Wool Garland

 

Wool-Fetti: Junquemail Contessa

Wool-Fetti: Junquemail Contessa

Wool Scrap Garland: Junquemail Contessa

Wool Scrap Garland: Junquemail Contessa

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New Art & Junque Journal

Yay! Finished another art and junk journal.  This one is upcycled from an old recipe binder.  Rings hold 5.5 x 8.5 sized paper.  I used a lot of the papers left over from the two journals posted earlier, some map pages, pre-made and handmade envelopes, pockets and a bunch of other types of paper.  This one will be my new working journal…I already have a few page ideas that I can’t wait to start working on.

The printed sari ribbon I have been using on my handmade journals was purchased from LaShell Wyskochil’s Etsy Shop.

Art and Junque Journal -  Junquemail Contessa

Art and Junque Journal – Junquemail Contessa

Tabs were made from ribbon scraps and words from dictionaries mod-podged on to cardstock.

Art and Junque Journal -  Junquemail Contessa

Art and Junque Journal – Junquemail Contessa

Elastic was added inside the front cover to hold extra paper and journals cards.

Art and Junque Journal -  Junquemail Contessa

Art and Junque Journal – Junquemail Contessa

Another great thing about today….we relocated (temporarily) our offices to the other end of the building.  Office space that is less than half the size of what we had before.  That meant a lot of purging.  A facility manager was going to toss these Sherwin-Williams paint swatch files.  I asked my boss if I could take them and he said “YES!”.  There are about 1500 cards between the two. So, a lot of color cards to play with and 2 file boxes to alter into rolodex type journals. 🙂

Paint Color File - Junquemail Contessa

Paint Color File – Junquemail Contessa

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I appreciate you stopping by…. xoxo.

Handmade Art Journals

Handmade art journals complete with pockets, tags, journal cards and envelope inserts.  Made using scrap paper, sari ribbon and fabric pieces, wool, dictionary pages and ephemera. (Avital Gertner’s Bookmaking Tutorial)

Art Journal with flower ribbon wrap:

Over 500 pages (front and back) including: 28 handmade envelopes, 5 mini notepads, 6 pockets with journal cards tucked in.  Size:  4 ½ inches wide, 5 inches high, 3 inches thick (tightly closed).

Art Journal with gray/white ribbon wrap:

Over 200 pages (front and back) including: 22 handmade envelopes, 5 mini notepads, 10 pockets with journal cards tucked in.  Size:  3.25 inches wide, 4.25 inches high, 4 inches thick (tightly closed).

Thanks for visiting…xoxo.

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Fabric Sample Books: DECONSTRUCTED

Investment:

$20.00 worth of fabric sample books and one day spent:

  • Tearing off the cardboard casings.
  • Removing staples….dozens and dozens of staples.
  • Trimming glue off of the fabric.
  • Removing paper labels from the fabric.
  • Sorting and bagging the samples I didn’t want to keep.
  • A HUGE mess….
  • Small scratches and cuts to my hands and achy fingers from tearing and pulling and cutting.

Return on investment:

  • Hundreds of fabric pieces, all different colors and textures and patterns to use in Artist Trading Cards, Art Journaling, Fabric Beads and Sewing.

Absolutely worth it!

Fabric Sample Books (Deconstructed) - Junquemail Contessa

Fabric Sample Books (Deconstructed) – Junquemail Contessa

New Handmade Journal: Little Bit

I really wanted to  change things up a little bit.  The CAJJ is the perfect size for me, but I also wanted something on a smaller scale.  I stumbled upon Avital Gertner’s tutorial on how to make a journal from a soap bar box.  Fortunately, I figured out how to modify the instructions to use a slightly bigger box that held Mentadent toothpaste refills.

This is going to be the beginning of a wonderful relationship.  Meet my new journal…….Little Bit.  Little Bit’s pages are approximately 3.25 inches wide x 4.25 high with the binding measuring in at 3.75 inches.  She just got made last night so I’m not yet done filling her with all of the pages and pockets she will be embracing within her covers.

Everyday