Sunday, January 9, 2011

Junque Journals!! Who Knew!?!

So, I was recently turned on to Junque Journaling. If your new to the idea, my understanding of a junque journal is that it's just a fancy name for a book of "junk" that you just can't part with, or might have a slight sentimental attachment to, or just aren't sure what else to do with it! My kids, God love 'em, are ALWAYS making me little treasures to have and to hold for EVER! Now I finally have a place to put all those little treasures and trinkets they offer.

A junque journal is great for concert tickets, Chinese cookie fortunes, receipts, canceled stamps from around the world, collage bits you just can't part with or bring yourself to use on anything, wine labels of your new favorite wine, beer labels from your favorite beer, miscellaneous doodles or sketches, favorite quotes of the day, a silly joke your kids made up, ANYTHING GOES!!! And the beauty of it is... it doesn't have to be beautiful! You can make it as junky, or arty, or crafty, or plain and simple as you wish! It's your book of treasures (aka - junk), do with it as you wish!

Some pointers I learned: Use one of those basic B&W composition books you can get at Wally-World for under a dollar. Add narrow ribbons along the spine, randomly throughout the book for extra support on the spine and for Glam! crinkle up various pages and ink them up with 2-3 colors of ink for pizazz! And best of all, glue all sorts of scrap pages you have piled up from your scrap booking days, and slap on some stickers, or a LOT of stickers and use those up as well!
Not only did I have a fun afternoon creating these with my kiddo's, but I put a SERIOUS dent in my scrap paper and sticker stash! YAY!!! Now, all I need is to start doing fun things so I have treasures to add to the junque journal! ha ha

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Start With Art!

So my New Years Resolution for 2011 is to start each day with ART! Whether it be a doodle, a journal entry, an ATC, or a quick sketch, I plan to start each day doing a little something artistic. It doesn't matter if it's only for 10 minutes while I drink my morning Earl Grey, or if I'm lucky enough to sneak in an hour or two before the family wakes up! Each day will start with ART!!!
Here are a few of the things I've done so far.

"Love Life"

12" x 8" journal page

"Circus Elephant"
5" x 5" Canvas

"Bird Girl "

Standard ATC

I also hope to be a better blogger, and post regularly, but I'm not making any promises. ha