Not Your Average Chick

Stationery Enthusiast & Mental Wellness Advocate

Hey, Chicks!


While I am no stranger to journaling and its benefits, I am new to the travel notebook and junk journal craze.  Many of you know that I began my blogging journey a little over a year ago and prior to that, I had no interest in the web.  That explains how I missed the cue for junk journaling.  Had I been aware of it four years ago, I would be a pro!  While I am not a pro I have dipped my toes into the diamond-water and have fallen in love.  In my efforts to stay true to my uniqueness I have been combining my newfound love for the two ever since discovering them.

You can read about the travel notebook here.

My collecting of pretty papers has grown into its own entity with stacks of gorgeous, graphic art.  My love for vintage shows through in my collection prompting me to incorporate vintage styles in my journaling.  To say I am addicted is an understatement.  For as long as I can remember my love of stationery has existed only to become a full-fledged obsession!  Much healthier than past addictions.

I decided before beginning this blog turning my love for stationery into a business.  The motive behind Not Your Average Chick is to motivate those with mental illness to journal about their experiences with mental illness.  Not specifically the struggles but life in general.  I have found journaling to help alleviate symptoms related to mental illness, personally addiction and bipolar disorder.  The benefits of journaling have proven a connection with self.  This connection is a healthy balance in an unbalanced world.

My own struggles with self-esteem and self-doubt have left me stuck with collecting items yet not following through with the creation of.  Never having been the creative type, outside from my imagination,  it was difficult to accept my style for all things stationery.

I am overly ecstatic to announce that I have overcome a huge hurdle!!  Buckling down and just doing it allowed me to create a beautiful junk journal that will soon be for sale.  From an old dilapidated book to a piece of art, I present to you my first ever completed junk journal.  I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Here goes nothing ……  PLEASE leave your comments on the results.

I did it-NYAC

front cover made by NYAC


I did it-NYAC

inside pages that have been dyed for an aging effect – made by NYAC


I did it-NYAC

more inside pages. including ledger paper and more dyed pages-made by NYAC

I did it-NYAC

an inside page where I used a 12×12 page cut down to size-made by NYAC

I did it-NYAC

inside pages including book pages from the original book-made by NYAC

I did it-NYAC

the back inside cover. I kept the original because it is interesting-made by NYAC

On the inside back cover, I have added an old library card envelope that I collected.  The card is an artist trading card made from a standard playing card, inserted into the library card envelope.  The card can be taken out for the owner to add more decoration to it and trade if they like.  I will be adding embellishment to some of the inside pages with lace and other materials.  Many of the pages will be left blanket so that the owner can journal and decorate themselves.

I did it-NYAC

the back cover where I collaged different pieces similar to the front-made by NYAC

I did it-NYAC

the book closed with a pearl charm that hangs below the book pages-made by NYAC


I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my style. I hope now you have an idea of what my future products will look like.  More importantly, I would love your feedback on the design and overall style of this upcycled book turned junk journal.



19 thoughts on “I DID IT!!!

  1. I like it! The vintage-ness of it is really cool. 😃

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    1. Thank you for the follow! It’s lovely seeing you here. I’m glad you like the vintage look of it. Yay! A man’s opinion is something I haven’t had. You rock!

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      1. Hahaha! Not sure about all that, but my pleasure. 😃😃

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      2. I truly need a man’s opinion frpm time to time as I am surrounded by women.

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      3. Hahaha! Well, I’m happy to help when needed. 😃

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      4. Thanks! And please do so. I value your opinion. 🙂

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  2. manyofus1980 says:

    congrats on finishing it! very cool! xox

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      1. were you able to imagine it by my descriptions? I try to describe in depth for you.


  3. amydwestphal says:

    I love it. It’s so pretty. The library envelope is such a cool touch. 👍😀

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    1. hee hee… reminds me of the good ole days, lol. It is crazy to me that things I grew up up, using, are considered vintage. Boo!

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      1. amydwestphal says:

        That’s always weird. Like how clothes and music from the 90s are vintage and classic. Sigh.🙄

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      2. I know right. I didn’t think it would ever happen to me. Like literally I never thought of things we grew up with becoming vintage. *tears streaming*

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  4. Be Thy Grace says:

    Wow, This is so awesome! I’m so glad you did it!

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    1. Thank you!! That is sweet of you to say. ❤


  5. Marieke says:

    I love this! Congrats 😀

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