Monday, April 27, 2009

Junk Journal

I have been going nuts making these journals. This one is for Margaret in NM, because she couldn't participate in the cereal box journal swap with school and all. And April 29 just happens to be her birthday so I had added incentive to get this journal made quickly! Her favorite colors are in the blue/ green family so when I found a cheese and bread stick snack box with those colors, the inspiration struck immediately! The graphics made me think of the pool and beach ("splashy" colors) so I unearthed a photo album I garbage picked from a neighbor when she was tossing her deceased ex-husband's stuff. The pool photos from the 1970s seem perfect! Cheesy!


This bathing diva's suit is the perfect color for this project and don't you love the zany camera angle? I covered up the box's unwanted graphics with fractal foil stars I cut from a mylar sticker sheet.





Inside the journal I included a couple plastic sleeves of embellishments since I don't know what Margaret has left of her art stash (she sent me a box load of it about a year ago when she was cleaning things out). I included metal fly screening, puzzle pieces (in blues and greens), vintage postage stamps, scraps of Chinese newspaper and Chinese fortunes, a silver toned house key, mother of pearl buttons, shell and star shaped sequins, etc, etc. One page in the book (tipped in) is made of clear Easter grass (gift shred) run through a laminator for a glistening water look.







Other pages are made of grocery bags, old ledger pages, and some atlas maps of the oceans -to keep the blue theme going. I also included a piece of loose marbelized paper just because I had it (I had a good time rummaging through little used boxes and folders of stuff in my studio).
Now go get some junk and make someone's day!




7 comments:

Linda said...

As we already know...Margaret is GOING TO LOVE this! Way to go!

Erica said...

Do you ever find yourself in the grocery store just looking for packaging that would make a good journal? Love this one. Good job!

Lorrie said...

Wonderful, Nathalie! I'm looking at packaging in a whole new way these days!

Lorrie

Margaret said...

now don't I just wish I was the other Maragret! great choice of cover, love the dunk em pool theme, great colours!

Chris said...

this is sooooooooo funny!!! I bought a box of these on MOnday for my son to take to school for snack on Tuesday & I kept thinking -- This would be a great journal... I guess great minds think alike!! :)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

What a fantastic gift, hope you get to see Margaret's face when she opens it! You are really creating junk journals like a house a fire!

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