Did you have fun playing with crayons? I did! And I’m gonna keep at it, too, it was so much fun.
This week’s Creativity Challenge is a bit more of a “project”. We’re going to start something, but it might take a long time for it to be considered finished; however, lots of my other challenges are still works-in-progress, so I’m OK with that on this one, too.
We’re going to:
Now, if you haven’t ever heard of a junk journal or smash book, just Google it, and read up on them. There are many different kinds, and I want you to choose the kind you want to make. So look around at what’s out there for your inspiration.
I made this easy one for myself last fall:
It’s simply held together with binder rings, and I hole-punched cards and various other things that I’ve kept as mementos and put them all together into this little book.
I can flip through it for the memories, add to it, take things out, etc. It’s fun!
But I want one that’s a little more “editable”. I want to add some of my own writing, vintage odds and ends, old book pages, lots of stuff. I want to embellish some of the pages, doodle on some, whatever strikes me. I want it to build and evolve over time. And I’ve been collecting goodies to use for awhile. Here’s a sampling of some of them:
I want to have more than one. I have a chipboard album I plan to start with, and I’m also starting one made from an old book. I took the insides out, trimmed off the spine, and had My Cowboy drill holes in it for binder rings. I’m gonna start filling it up with fun stuff, inspiring stuff, motivating stuff, ideas, art, and memories.
So that’s my challenge to you this week as well. Start yourself a junk journal! Just start, and then keep adding to it over time. You’ll know when to call it finished.
To help you get started, I’m having a give-away! I’m a big fan of the Etsy shop, The Paper Basket, and I sometimes order myself some goodies from her.
I got this pack of goodies from her recently that I’m giving away to one lucky winner, and that winner can use the fun pieces to help start their own junk journal!
Honestly, you don’t know how badly I want to keep this for myself, but if you leave a comment on this post, you’ll garner yourself a chance to win this one, and I promise to send it to the winner, even if I don’t want to! I’ll announce the winner in next week’s Creativity Challenge post.