Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Distressed Ephemera for Journals

 This month Eileen Hull's team is creating journal fodder to share with you.  So what is journal fodder?  Well, the definition of fodder is dry food for livestock.  Therefore, journal fodder must be food for your journal!  Creating junk journals is so much fun and you need lots of fodder.  My approach to making a junk journal is to dig into my stash and pull out bits and pieces of past projects.  I keep bins of scraps sorted by color and I use those scraps when making junk journals.

I made a signature for a junk journal that is filled with ephemera to share with you.  Let's start with the cover.  I used old Prima leftover paper from a Cigar something collection.  The collection had a bag of ephemera which I've used throughout.  I love cardboard with the facing torn off so I've used a bit  of that on the side.

Now we need some "building" papers for our signature.  I like to use a combination of leftover design papers and coffee or tea dyed papers because I like my junk journals to look old and, well, junkie!  On the two pages below, you can see what I mean.  The left page is leftover design paper and the right paget is tea dyed mixed media paper.  Just soak some paper (you can even use copy paper) in strong dark tea or coffed for a few minutes, then place on a baking sheet and put in a 250ºF oven for 3-4 minutes.  I'll share more details and techniques on June 29 on Facebook Live with Eileen Hull.   I also distress and ink my edges to add to the vintage well used look.

For the rest of this post, I'm sharing different ideas for pockets and ephemera.  Really there is no right or wrong way to make journal fodder.  Just let your imagination run with the things you have on hand. I've listed the dies I used on each 2 page set below the photo.  In addition to dies, I used a lot of stamps from my stash,  primarily Eileen Hull stamps and Graphic 45 stamps.

Some of these are tags I made, others are tags I've collected, there's even one from a clothing purchase!

I have a couple of distress texture kind of stamps and I've used them liberally throughout these pages.  One stamps random splatters and the other stamps random markings.  The "Build a Door" stamps shows the effect of these two stamps.

Sizzix ScoreBoards Die - Needle Book by Eileen Hull - discontinued
Sizzix Bigz Die - Recipe Card & Label by Eileen Hull - discontinued

On the right side I made a little book of 4 x 6 journaling cards leftover from some paper collection and put them together using a tab from the Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Journaling Card, Envelope & Windows by Eileen Hull.  It's kinda funky but funky is good!

These flowers are tucked into the pocket on the left.

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves by Eileen Hull (discontinued)

I hope I've given you some ideas for making journal fodder!  Be sure to join Eileen and me on June 29 at 4 PM EST on Facebook Live with Eileen Hull where we'll be making journal fodder and dying paper!

For more ideas, take a look at this junk journal I made.  There's a flip through video with lots of ideas for making journal fodder.  Link HERE.

Thanks for joining me today!


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