Hey everyone, Tiffany here! For my project today, I decided to create a "junk journal" styled insert for my pocket traveler's notebook using the new Jolly kit. I mainly stuck with the light, white colors of the kit because they are my favorite and I wanted the journal to look more winter wonderland as oppose to Christmas, since I don't celebrate it. I love how the kit has those light pinks, blues and mints in it as well, so I pulled out everything in that color scheme. I also pulled out some white paper doilies and old book pages from my own stash to include in my insert making.
What I did first was create my insert cover. I mostly used the personal sized planner divider inserts for this. Since a pocket TN is so small, the personal planner inserts are perfect if you don't want to cut into one of the 12x12 papers. I took one of the inserts that I liked the plain pattern of (this pink star one) and cut it down to size. I then cut out a bunch of squares from the other different patterns and lightly glued them to the back side of that pink pattern insert, which covered up the Christmas part of that divider. Once I had a patchwork quilt feel to it, I went ahead and ran it through my sewing machine so that the end result really ended up looking like a patchwork quilt. After folding my cover in half, I embellished the edges with some lace and pom pom trims. I just love the delicate touch the trims give to the cover. I kept my cover super simple and added two of the snowflake die cuts layered in the center.
Next, I compiled my pages for the insert. I cut down to size a few of the papers from the kit. With the mint sided paper and the blue snowflake paper, I ended up applying a thin layer of white gesso over them, in order to soften and lighten them up just a little bit. I didn't want any dark papers in my journal because I wanted to keep it looking like a winter wonderland. I love how the gesso distresses the papers a bit and the white just looks like snow! I did this same technique with the Faith Love Joy planner divider as well, to soften up that darker blue color. Once I prepped those pages, I cut everything down to size, even some of my old book pages and assembled my insert. I added some plain white paper to, just so that I had enough alternating pages in my journal. I folded in a couple of white doilies as well and once I had everything ordered the way I want it, I stitched it all together.
Once I finished my insert, I went to work on a matching bookmark or page marker. I took that Faith Love Joy planner insert that I had gessoed and cut it down to size. I then took all the little leftover bits of paper I had on my desk and patchwork them all together like I did my journal cover. I ran it through my sewing machine as well. I then added a white doily, a piece of ripped book page and a bit from the cut apart sheet that says "Love Joy Faith" on it. Once I glued all those pieces down, I ran it through my sewing machine again to add stitching around the "Love Joy Faith" piece. I took another scrap and made it into a little tab to add to the top of my page marker. I also stitched that on. I embellished it with a phrase sticker from the Take Note kit that says "love to create" and another scrap piece of paper that I cut into a small banner strip, which I also ended up sewing on.
Now, since the pocket TN I'm using only has one secretarial pocket on the inside, I got a little creative with a small glassine bag, which I taped to the pocket. I decorated it with some old book page scrap and a few of the tickets from the cut apart sheet. On the inside, I used some scraps too make a little tag that reads "hello beautiful." The phrase stickers I used are from the Take Note kit. I added a paper clip from my stash just to hold the bag secure in place. In the actual secretarial pocket, I just made a card out of a planner divider scrap just to act as decoration for my pocket. I layered a doily, some book paper, and that cute little polar bear that I cut out of the cut apart sheet. I used the scalloped edge to that bear card at the top and just embellished the card with one of the gold foil clear stickers that says "Joy." I covered the back of the car with a poem from the Alice in Wonderland book I took the book pages from.
I love how soft and delicate everything came out looking. I don't really know how I'll fill this little journal up just yet, but I'm thinking of doing a daily photo challenge in December, so I might just want to add a photo a day that I take into its pages. I'm still very indecisive on that one. But I hope you enjoyed this little walk through of my journal!