EARTH DAY is coming up this Friday, and I thought that it would be a PERFECT TIME to do a series of posts on USING JUNK in YOUR JOURNAL.
Whether you've been wanting to USE JUNK to be more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, or you want to SAVE MONEY or CREATE LOOKS guaranteed to be UNIQUELY YOU and completely ONE-OF-A-KIND, using junk mail is a way to accomplish all of these things.
ABOVE: The junk mail that came today.
I've been asked where I get the JUNK I often put in my journal. (In fact, I've even had the comment of, "I wish I had your stuff!" which made me sorta laugh, cuz, it's just JUNK, and EVERYONE has junk. It's just a matter of seeing the OPPORTUNITIES for some cool journaling pages.)
I've also been asked how I store the JUNK until I use it.
Today I'm going to go through that process -- show you what I start with, what I end up with, and my storage.
(The pictures won't be particularly PRETTY in this blogpost, but in upcoming posts I'll show you how the JUNK makes its way into my journal, and those images will be more appealing!)
Today's mail included a usual assortment of junk: A credit card application; a subscription offer; a four-color postcard; an envelope FULL of four-color coupons.
I went through it all, and I go through it at a very rapid pace. I say that for those of you who are concerned that going through your junk mail is going to be too time-consuming: it doesn't have to be. And for those of you who get the heebies that you'll have to save EV-ER-EE-THING, here below is what I'm binning, which is almost everything:
At this stage of the game, I have a "sense" of what I want and what I don't. I let my eye and gut tell me quickly what might work with themes I tend to gravitate toward, and to what might:
- Be funny
- Start a story
- Provoke a drawing/ doodle
If you don't know yet what you like, my best advice is to go with your gut. If your gut cannot be trusted, go with some basic words -- nouns, adjectives that are in your life a lot. You will develop what you like as you go along and you'll get quicker and come to decisions fast.
The things that are going to resonate with YOU might be completely different. Good! That's as it should be!
I'll pick out a couple pieces to tell you why I'm saving them.
- The New York Times pieces: I have a taxi image I need to finish. I live near NY, so there's always the potential for that being called into play.
- BROKEN: Looks cool. There are plenty of things that can be or will be broken, so I could use this in any number of ways. I'll wait for the perfect opportunity.
- You know a great _____ when you see one.: I cut out the _____ word because the potential for what I could write in that space is funnier.
- unwanted, Disaster, problem, CRACKED: Good descriptors; can make ordinary journaling look "fancier".
- Smiling houses: I can always use a good happy house image, and I've done so in the past, like here, in both my journal and in the Year of the Doodle book:
As far as storage goes, here's my incredibly complicated system:
The top bin is for SMALL EPHEMERA, and the bottom bin is for BIGGER EPHEMERA. These are not big bins; they measure 13" x 8" x 4". I am keeping the ephemera limited to these boxes. I am not going to save so much crap that it buries me. Nope. If the pile is getting too big, then I need to use more junk for awhile to get the pile to dwindle.
Here's just some of the stuff in the SMALLER EPHEMERA bin. It's where I keep my Mexican Bingo cards, some funny playing cards, postage stamps, and junk mail pieces. I don't keep it organized inside the bin because A: I don't want to spend my time that way, and B: There is something pleasurable about digging through. Something unexpected pops up that really works. It's sort of magical. If junk can be considered MAGICAL.
So that's my process. Any questions? Comments? Leave them in the comment section!
Thanks for stopping by! :-)