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.
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 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.