Outside My Comfort Zone

Hello all,

Today I just wanted to share with you what I have been up to for the last few days. I thought that it would be easier for me to do a video walk through first, and then list all the materials and the process I used in creating this project. It’s a short video, so please enjoy and let me know what you think.

This Junk Journal was made using a Jell-O box, paper bag, scrap paper, handmade embellishments, scraps of fabric, ribbon, staples, glue, time, love and imagination.

Step By Step

  1. I opened up the Jell-O box and cut off the top and bottom flaps.
  2. Laid the box down on a paper bag and cut around the box leaving about 2″ from the edge of the box so that I could fold it over and cover the inside as well.
  3. I used Tombow Multi-Purpose glue and glued down the paper to the front of the box first, then folded over the top and bottom pieces to the inside and glued those down and the same to each end.
  4. I took another piece of the paper bag about 1 1/2″ – 2 ” wide and the length of the open box and glued that piece down the center where the two pieces from the top and bottom meet. I did this for extra support and also to cover up the seam.
  5. Then I poked the holes where I wanted to sew in my signatures.
  6. Then I poked the holes in the signatures to match the holes in the cover and began sewing in each signature. Here is where I learned how to sew in my signatures Lolly Palooza.
  7. Added all the clothe tabs.
  8. Filled all the pockets with ephemera.
  9. Decorated and embellished pockets and pages.
  10. Added eyelets and ribbon for closure.

See it’s not really that hard and there aren’t that many steps. I actually found that the decorating and embellishing took me the longest because I kept changing my mind.

So now don’t you feel like trying one of these Junk Journals? Go on, you can do it, clean out your stash and make something beautiful.

I hope that this will inspire you to try something new whether it be a craft, a hobby, a new job, a different type of food, etc.. Whatever it may be that makes you step outside your comfort zone and expand your knowledge.

Life is about learning, changing and growing.

Namaste

Sheila

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