Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Colour Creations Early Espresso

Stampin' Up DSP In Good Taste Junk Journal Cover


Hello again, crafty friends, and thanks for having a look at my blog on the lovely deep brown of Early Espresso. I have chosen to make a junk journal for this week, and I am using a DSP which has lots of blues and browns - In Good Taste.




I started off by cutting a sheet of DSP for the cover of the journal. The DSP is quite sturdy, so there is no real need to reinforce it with cardstock. The measurements I used were 26.5 cm by 15 cm. I then scored the DSP at 3.5 cm (the closing flap) and 15 cm (the middle fold). This gave a page size of 11.5 cm x 15 cm. I rounded the corners of the flap piece with the corner rounder of the Detailed Trio Punch.

I hope the pics below will help to explain:
Junk Journal Cover Score Lines






Stampin' Up Junk Journal Cover Early Espresso In Good Taste


I then cut sheets of additional DSP and any other papers I had lying around that I liked the look of, such as the paper from a Typo and Officeworks paper bags. I cut these to 23 cm x 15 cm and folded in half to fit inside the cover. I placed them in the order I liked, trying to alternate relatively plain patterns with busy patterns. 

I added interest by making pocket pages and using a sewing machine to stitch these in.

I fastened the pages in the centre using a 3 hold pamphlet stitch, as shown in the diagram below:

 
3 Hole Junk Journal Pamphlet Stitch


Make one hole through the centre and one hole about 2.5 cm from the top and bottom edges using the paper piercing tool of Take Your Pick.

Then, thread an embroidery needle with Linen Thread and, starting from the inside, take the needle through the centre, bring back through the top hole from the outside, cross over to the bottom hole and take the thread back through to the outside, and finish off by bringing the thread back through the centre hole a second time. Cut the thread and tie a bow, making sure the thread is holding everything nice and tight and secure. 



Stampin' Up Junk Journal Middle of signature Linen Thread

Now to decorate the pages! You can use anything you want. I used embossing paste to add texture to some of the pages. The page featured below is made from the print on a Typo bag. The busy-ness of this page is alternated with a piece of calming In Good Taste DSP!


Stampin' Up Junk Journal Early Espresso In Good Taste DSP decorate embossing paste
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Using an old magazine I found words I could cut out to make sentences that were special to me. 

Stampin' Up!'s coordinating ink and cardstock made the In Good Taste DSP junk journal easy to decorate.

I just found inspiration everywhere in this old financial magazine I had! This was on the back cover and the words just stood out:


End This Year Magazine Page For Journal


And so, I created this for the last page of the journal. I just love the back page especially, don't you? 

Fingers crossed and hoping for the best!  


Stampin' Up Junk Journal Early Espresso In Good Taste DSP Final Page


I made a vellum butterfly from Positive Thoughts stamp set with Early Espresso ink, die cut it out with the coordinating Nature's Thoughts dies, and attached it with a brad to the back cover. To fasten and keep the journal shut I cut out a slit in the flap measuring about 2 cm x 0.5 cm (depending on the diameter of the brad).



Stampin' Up Junk Journal Early Espresso In Good Taste DSP Butterfly closure latch Positive Thoughts Nature's Thoughts



Stampin' Up Junk Journal Early Espresso In Good Taste DSP Butterfly closure latch Positive Thoughts Nature's Thoughts


Finally, I decorated the journal cover by cutting out the numbers 2020 with Playful Alphabet dies stuck to foam adhesive sheets. I stamped the cover with Very Versailles stamp set in Early Espresso ink. The picture of the final journal is shown above.

A junk journal just keeps on growing and you never know quite when you are finished. I will probably keep playing with this one for a while.  Junk journals are a great way to use up old DSP and I gave one to my mother for her birthday. I asked her to fill it with verses and sayings that were special to her, and maybe I will inherit it back one day! It would be a keepsake of her love and wisdom! And because she never stops being a mum and loves to give me advice, it ticks that box too!  
 
I had so much fun making my junk journals and I hope you give them a go too!

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StampinUp! - VERY VERSAILLES CLING STAMP SET StampinUp! - VERY VERSAILLES CLING STAMP SET
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StampinUp! - POSITIVE THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SET StampinUp! - POSITIVE THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SET
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StampinUp! - NATURE'S THOUGHTS DIES StampinUp! - NATURE'S THOUGHTS DIES
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StampinUp! - IN GOOD TASTE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER StampinUp! - IN GOOD TASTE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
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StampinUp! - EMBOSSING PASTE StampinUp! - EMBOSSING PASTE
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StampinUp! - PALETTE KNIVES StampinUp! - PALETTE KNIVES
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StampinUp! - BASIC PATTERN DECORATIVE MASKS StampinUp! - BASIC PATTERN DECORATIVE MASKS
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StampinUp! - MULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE StampinUp! - MULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE
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StampinUp! - PAPER TRIMMER StampinUp! - PAPER TRIMMER
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StampinUp! - PAPER SNIPS SCISSORS StampinUp! - PAPER SNIPS SCISSORS
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StampinUp! - PLAYFUL ALPHABET DIES StampinUp! - PLAYFUL ALPHABET DIES
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StampinUp! - FOAM ADHESIVE SHEETS StampinUp! - FOAM ADHESIVE SHEETS
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StampinUp! - TAKE YOUR PICK StampinUp! - TAKE YOUR PICK
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StampinUp! - DETAILED TRIO PUNCH StampinUp! - DETAILED TRIO PUNCH
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9 comments:

  1. Wow Su this is a work of art. So creative! Thank you for joining the Colour Creations showcase with your beautiful Early Espresso card xx

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  2. Another very creative project, Su. Lovely use of neutrals, and a variety of elements. Nice work!

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  3. Great idea Su, lots of interesting stuff to put in there for 2020

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  4. Love your junk journal. I hope you continue to show us progress as you fill it up.

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  5. What a great project - a really lovely way to show off the products together, as well as create a treasured momento.

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  6. A Lot of work went into this card, Beautiful Su.

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  7. How very clever and great use of up-cycling some magazines for a piece of art!

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  8. LOVE this Sujatha. So awesome. Especially love that butterfly closure :)

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  9. Very clever and creative, Sujatha. Great use of this DSP too.

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