Monday, 28 August 2017

Mini Junk Journal : Keeping Life Simple


Hello everyone and welcome on a very wet and windy day here in Shetland! 

Today I am sharing a tiny little junk journal made using Eileen Hull's Needle Book Die but which has a big role to play keeping my life simple (more of that later!).


Having come home from seven weeks away it is not surprising that my motivation and inspiration seems to have been left somewhere else! I decided to have a little play yesterday in between various different commitments. But I am pleased to say the little journal came together very quickly.


I took some ordinary book papers and shabbied them up a bit with Distress Inks and a little texture paste. I really needed some mini embellishments too so had to hunt for these in my stash - but I was surprised what I found whilst looking for them!


I kept the back simple .......


.... and added some shabbied cardstock as a spine. You can just see the elastics holding in the signatures under the ribbon.


And here is the inside. I have used some coffee stained papers, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and more blue cardstock. It was great to use up lots of little bits that were lying around in my "blue" box.


I made two signatures  ......


..... did a little stamping here and there ......


..... and made some flaps for a few tags.

And what am I going to use it for ..... well look at this horrendous drawer full of all my knitting needles. There is also another huge tube standing on the desk as well.


I will record in my little journal all my needles ..... one signature for double enders and the second signature for the circular needles (which I favour more these days). It might not make the drawer any tidier, but at least when I am planning a new knitting project I will know that I do actually have the needles. So often I end up buying new ones when I already have some!


As the little book is going to be kept in my knitting basket I did keep the embellishments simple so they don't get caught or pulled off and hopefully the quote will remind me that I can indeed make like simple by knowing what I have!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope this gives you some ideas for the lovely little die from Eileen.

Jennie x


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9 comments:

Ruth said...

What a delightful project Jennie...in fact it's as cute as a button! Lovely useful idea too. Beautiful! xxx

Eileen Hull said...

Such a clever idea Jennie- I am constantly buying supplies I already have 😬. Love this book you made!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love the blue and vintage feel. Tracy x

Redanne said...

Oh Jennie, this is such a fabulous way to use the Needlebook die, I love your little journal, it is just the perfect size to record your knitting needles in! Beautifully decorated too! I could do with making one of these too, I have more needles than I will ever need.... Hugs, Anne xx

Brenda Brown said...

Such a gorgeous little book and made with a purpose, you're going to be so organised on the knitting front. Love all the papers and pages and sweet embellishments xxx

Julia Aston said...

I just love your little book Jennie! Lovely soft colors on papers and decorations - and a perfect place to keep account of your needle sizes! Julia xx

Marci said...

So soft and pretty.

Team Clark said...

You definitely found your inspiration with this one Jennie! I just love it! Every inch, every faded color. And for it to be so useful makes it even more special. Truly inspired. Hugs, Autumn

A Pink said...

Such a beautiful mini junk journal! Jennie . So stylized and classy- a real beauty . A wonderful idea to use it to reference your collection of needles- though I would be hesitant to scribe in it if it were mine or I would have to make sure I used my best handwriting always . Sure you'll have no problems there .
hugs x