Friday, July 8, 2011

VC Rocks July 2011 Blog Hop

Welcome to the VC Rocks ABC Blog Hop - Anything But a Card.
Today I am excited to show you my Junque Journal.  It's a work in progress.  This "art journal" has also been called a glue book or junk journal or smash book.  (I learned how to make this by watching you tube videos by tangiebaxter.)   My journal is loaded with those little pieces of junk that I know I am not going to scrapbook, but want to keep, like:
concert tickets,
notes that my kids wrote to me when they were young,
prayer cards,
pretty postcards from our trip to Galveston,
letters my mother and grandmother wrote to us....

I used a regular old dollar store composition book and pulled out my Stampin' Up! retired and current Designer Series Papers.  I cut them to size, glued them to different pages, added embellishments from previous swaps (ATCs, inchies), even corner punched some of the pages.  This makes for a big bulky journal and the ribbons I used throughout the book hold it together very well.
What I used for the cover is the current SU Flirtatious Specialty DSP.  I put plenty of glue on the backside. (Stampin' Up! glue is perfect for covering these composition books.)  

Other items I used to decorate the cover are:
Alphabet Simple Letters and 3" circle sizzix dies,
Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, and Melon Mambo cardstock,
Antique and metallic brads,
Victoria Crochet trim,
retired felt and crochet flowers,
Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Seude and Pear Pizzaz inks.
Stamp sets: 
French Foliage, Artistic Etchings, Elements of Style,
Delicate Doilies, Notes and Details, In a Word (retired).

Inside the journal some items I added:
a card from the kids, the year after their dad's cancer,

inspirational cards, ATCs from swaps,

letters from my mom and grandmother,

and hairstyles from the past years.  (My hair was much thicker then. Lol)

Thanks for joining us this month.
Leave a comment for me, and on Monday a randomly picked commenter will win an assortment of items like those I used to decorate this journal!

If you want to go to the beginning of the swap, go to VC Rocks Blog.



  1. Love this idea! It is way better than keeping those items in a drawer somewhere!

  2. What a great idea! I love the cover! Those hairdos are great, too! :)

  3. Beautiful! I have seen this done before but I think yours is the prettiest I have seen.

  4. OMG! I love this. What a fun and brilliant idea. I want to do one of these. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Your pages and cover are just stunning!

  5. Love this!! What a great idea. TFS

  6. I love the Shabby Chic look!

  7. Terrific project Elizabeth!

  8. I have a composition book sitting right here. Wanna fix it up for me?

    Seriously, this is AWESOME and I need to try this. Great idea EK!!!!

  9. Oh, Elizabeth, that is absolutely beautiful, and so are you. thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. What a cute it! thanks for hopping...

  11. cute idea. I have so many of these that I have been meaning to do but now I really need to do this. Hey, you used the same blogger as I did.

    Carey and Roscoe

  12. Beautiful book! Just beautiful. Great idea!!

  13. Wow, gorgeous book. Love the idea, I think we all have lots of stuff that could use a specail place. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Great, great idea. I have lots of "gotta keep" items that never get scrapbooked and this would be just the thing. Thanks for sharing.

  15. OOOOH! I love this. What a great idea! So many acid things can't go into your scrapbooks and what a wonderful way of saving them. You did a wonderful job on this, now I will have to try one.

  16. Oh, that's beautiful! What a great place to keep all your little treasures. And it has so much texture it would just be impossible for me to walk past it without touching it!

  17. Wow, that is gorgeous! I have several boxes of "stuff" that would be great in a journal (or two or three) like this - guess I better get busy before I completely lose all my important "stuff" forever! TFS a special part of your life.

  18. Elizabeth, this Journal is stunning, The last couple of years I have seen your work and this is what I have come to expect.... BUT! You out did yourself on this one! This Journal is EXTRA STUNNING!

  19. This is a great project, well done to you, thank you for sharing such an inspiring project.

  20. Very pretty! Love the colors.


  21. I love journals! You did a great job on this one!

  22. What a great idea. I, too, have many treasures that are shoved inside a series of boxes and drawers. I should sort through them and make one of these (or maybe 2-3) memory books. My kids would love to have them in that form someday, I'm sure!

  23. Wow..what a fabulous Journal!! I love it!!..books are my favorite thing to make.:)

  24. I love this idea. I wish I'd seen this 8 months ago. I have a sister-in-law who went through surgery and chemo treatments. I'm sure she would have loved this. I may still try to put it together and give it to her next Sat -- we're having a "I Won" party for her. Thanks!


  25. Great idea! I may have to try to do one of these for myself and I have tons of comp. books, even some with black pages. TFS!

    Cindy Ferenz
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers
    stampindragon at verizon dot net

  26. Love the journal you created; great idea and a beautiful keepsake!

  27. I showed your junk journal to my daughter, we are making our own tomorrow. Thanks for inspiring us!

  28. This is so cute. I love the idea and how it turned out!
    God bless,
    Bonnie S
    stampin-ak at gci dot net