Today I'll be showing you some EXAMPLES of my JOURNAL PAGES where I've incorporated JUNK MAIL.
(Pages showing other types of junk will be shown in a future post.)
Let's start with this page where I've used JUNK MAIL in a variety of ways that might give you some ideas!
ENVELOPES comprise a BIG part of junk mail. The INSIDES of envelopes have a variety of PATTERNS that can easily be put to use. Often the colors of the insides of envelopes are BLUE or BLACK, but sometimes you can get lucky and find RED (Target envelope alert!) or GREEN.
(The way I store ENVELOPE INNARDS are in HANGING FILES in one of my FILE CABINETS. I sort by color. Finding NEW PATTERNS that you don't yet have can become a weird sort of sport.)
ABOVE I used the TARGETS from a Target envelope to act as the "bullets" for a little listing action. I then drew in some arrows and motion dashes in a light blue gel pen for more cohesion/ personal touch/ playfulness.
ALSO: Note the blue pattern ABOVE the Target list -- that's a blue envelope innard, NOT washi tape!
ALSO NOT WASHI TAPE are the red patterned strip and the blue patterned strip in the above photo. Again: ENVELOPE INNARDS!
OTHER IDEAS: Adding STICKERS (flowers), or a line of RUNNING STITCHES to further customize your envelope innard "washi/ not washi".
SEE the DOODLES above the washi/ not washi? The house, the graduation cap, and the umbrella were all teeny icons that came on JUNK MAIL.
I DOODLED some CONTEXT to create a little scene... and maybe a little story???
Below, another bunch of little junk mail icons and how I used them:
ANOTHER IDEA/ CHALLENGE: Sometimes -- because I'm someone who LOVES playing games and making EVERYTHING a game AND challenging myself -- I will take a PICK from THAT DAY's JUNK MAIL and I'll "have to" incorporate it into my journal page THAT DAY. For one, it's fun to think, "How do I incorporate this?" and for another, keeping up with the junk on this regular & daily basis keeps a lid on the burgeoning pile o'junk.
(If you get the impression from these blogposts that keeping a lid on having TOO MUCH is important to me, then you've perceived that accurately. I come from a long line of pack rats & hoarders, and I don't want to add my name to their ranks.)
ALL the add-ons on this page (with the exception of the alpha stickers of SAT and SUN), are JUNK.
Junk from mail, packaging, used note paper, illustrator directories, magazines, car service number.
I challenged myself to do this one weekend "just to see if I could", and to see if NOT using pre-established journal cards etc. would be a sad-making venture. Ya know what? I didn't feel "deprived" -- it was SO MUCH FUN and I depleted my supply of junk quite a bit. This challenge made me feel "justified" for saving this stuff for years, and made me want to continue to clip and save.
In the spread, here are the items that are JUNK:
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- Guy in Straight Jacket
- Pointing Hand
The peanut butter sandwiches (there were 3 of them) came in handy as 'round here, the phrase PEANUT BUTTER PEANUT BUTTER PEANUT BUTTER is frequently repeated. To say that my father "enjoys" peanut butter is an understatement. Using these sandwiches on my pages was my way of documenting and dealing with his life's focus. (And my own private "eye roll" to myself. Hey, you have YOUR coping mechanisms; I have mine!)
The pointing finger worked out really well on this day as a drawing prompt was to draw "SOMETHING SPARKLY". What better on a finger than a ring, right?
So there's another JUNK IDEA for ya: Use the JUNK to act as the springboard to respond to the daily prompts by drawing or writing RIGHT ON THEM.
The guy in a straight jacket: I've had him for a while. The great thing about him (besides the obvious) was that he was on a thicker stock paper -- a coated postcard. THE OTHER GREAT THING is that I only glued PART OF HIM DOWN -- his legs are FREE, so when you open the journal to that page, there is a little kick-out action that happens. A real simple pop-up technique.
This QWERTY code (above) made me think of a quilt, which made me think how cool a line of QWERTY QUILTS could be.
Since I'd had THIS idea, when MORE JUNK came into my life it gave me another quilt idea, and some pillowcase ideas as well:
So, as you can see, using junk mail and INTERACTING with it can be a good way to both CAPTURE and FURTHER ideas for OTHER PROJECTS.
We get a TON of liquor store advertisements in the mail. They're on good paper and in four-color, so I don't pitch them; I save them.
Above are two of the ways I've used some of those images. (Sorry, not everything in my personal journal is going to be PC.)
The above page used a LOT of images from the liquor store flyers.
Lemme break it down for ya...
I doodled CARS around the bottles of wine for that day's "holidays".
I doodled a drunk guy next to a bottle. Adding the "worried eyes" emoji sticker to the bottle made it look as though even the bottle was concerned about the drinking.
Another of the day's "holidays" lent itself to another wine-related doodle.
OK! I'm gonna wrap up this post now before it gets EVEN LONGER!
I hope you got something from this -- something that sparks inspiration for YOUR pages!
I'll be doing more in this series on using JUNK, but let me know in the comments if you have any QUESTIONS and/ or if you'd like to see MORE EXAMPLES of the type that I've showed here.
Thanks for stopping by!