A Junk Journal is like a regular journal only it's hand-made with recycled materials and ephemera to fit your individual personality. In my opinion, these types of journals are way more fun, playful and artistic!
Why French? Mostly because I love vintage French ephemera, images and design and I just happened to have lots of French ephemera that I used for these journals. However, you can use what ever you like.
What is a Travelers Junk Journal? It's a derivation of a Travelers notebook. A travelers notebook is a book like cover that holds smaller notebooks or inserts with elastic bands. These Junk Journals are a funky, bohemian version of a notebook insert or they can be used on their own. The size of these journals make them ideal to carry in your purse or satchel.
What's this all about?
In this class, my goal is to guide you to design your own individual junk journal because I'd like to think there is a story behind everything we collect, display or stash away, and what better way to use our collections than in an artisan journal with a Bohemian twist. In this class I share my treasure chest of 20 plus years in paper crafting and show you as many techniques and tips as I can to create your unique story in this eclectic journal. The beauty of this class is that it is open to all types of adventurous creatives from the beginning paper crafter to scrapbookers, junk journal junkies, mixed media artists, quilters, jewelers, painters...we all have a story to tell. I invite you to bring your personal stash so that you can create your own story in this Bohemian Junk Journal class. If journaling is not your thing, then use them like I do, as an arsenal for your personal collections or look book. We will be sewing paper, card stock and fabric for part of class, but we will also cover alternatives to sewing.
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"Robin. I have just completed all the videos. I am about 1/3 of the way through making all the pages. I have thoroughly enjoyed your very detailed demonstrations and appreciate links to 'where to get what' to create this masterpiece. I have never enjoyed a class as much as this! Thank you greatly for your talent, expertise, and patience! I look forward to the next class. I will probably need more help with making the jewelry. You are the BEST! "
Who is this course for?
Anyone and everyone, beginners to advanced, with a sense of adventure and a can-do attitude. The beginner junk journaler will learn everything they need to know in this course, hands down. And the more seasoned paper crafter will certainly learn a thing or two as well.
Who this course is not for:
I believe we are all life long learners and encourage you to check the list of what will be taught in this class down below. With that said, if you have many years under your belt with this type of journaling or paper craft or don’t think you can learn anything new, this class may not be for you.
Over 20 hours of video instruction, downloadable handouts and resources.
This class is PACKED with everything you need to know to make your own original Boho style Junk Journal!
Learn over 20 SOLID design, art and book making techniques to bring out your inner Bohemian style!
And guess what? The class is good forever!
Want specifics? Here are the techniques you can expect to learn:
~How to sew cardstock and fabric together to make a beautiful book cover using a special interfacing for a smooth and sturdy, no wrinkle surface.
~Learn how to make Artsy tuck spots, envelopes, tip-ins, flip outs.
~How to collage glassine and paper envelopes with napkins and other substrates.
~ Create mini collages of scrapbook paper & fabric collages to paper.
~Learn how to create fabric clusters out of snippet rolls.
~ Learn my method to tea and coffee dye paper and create lovely scents from it.
~ Distress techniques for fabric and paper/rubber stamping/faux Avery stickers and stenciling.
~Create full page accordian signature.
~Make your own paper clips and journal jewelry.
~ Learn how to make snippet rolls, fabric tabs and ruffled lace.
~ How to bind a journal.
~ How to make mini notebooks to add to your journal.
~ How to stamp on metal.
~3 ways to design the center fold of your journal.
~ Techniques to stabilize and protect antique paper in your journal.
~How to paint roses on old envelopes.
~How to use and apply wax seals on documents and envelopes.
FYI if some of the lingo is foreign to you we'll go over that in class too!
I eat, live and breath my craft, every day. Decades of accumulated knowledge, teaching and making. It’s what I do and now I’m going to show you that you can do it too.
YES! I cater to newbies and seasoned paper crafters alike, plus you can re-wind any segment a zillion times until you get it!
YES! Once you purchase the class I will send an email with resources. Now, just to clarify, junk journals are just that...made from recycled materials so technically you may not have to buy anything. With that being said I will give you my "secret" downloadable, free resource guide to purchase materials and tools and everything you’ll need to start. This free guide, that only you can see, also has recommendations for online and brick and mortar sources. All of these resources will be included again in the first part of the course as a downloadable handout.
When you sign up for class you’ll receive a password that will allow access to the classroom. Think of it this way, when you take an in person workshop, you drive (or fly) to the workshop location and enter the classroom, sit down and take the class only for this class you don’t have to fly or drive anywhere and you can turn on your device or computer in your jammies and eat cereal while you watch the instructional videos! If you know how to turn on your computer (or what ever devise you use) and are familiar with the internet or have bought things online or have any social media you should be able to take a course online no problem.
YES! Once you sign up, you will have immediate access to the student online forum to share successes and concerns and to ask questions of each other. There are also lots of journals that other students have made for you to check out!
Creating art and teaching creativity is a way of life for me and has been my main source of joy and income for many years. My mother made clothes for my sister and I growing up and I couldn't wait for her to show me how....I was 5. With small bits of fabric and buttons, I made clothes, bedding, jewelry, houses and other things for my dolls and I haven't stopped creating from that point on. I have no formal education in the arts but have always taken classes and read books to further my knowledge to make anything I put my mind to from soldering, mosaics, painting, jewelry, book making, clothing, tassels, crowns, crochet, macrame, knitting and so much more.
So I guess you could say my education has been my curiosity to learn from living a creative life and the adventures I have traveled to get there.
Over the years I've taught hundreds of classes in venues at large National art retreats to cozy home gatherings.
Online classes are a great way to reach those who cannot travel to my classes and I am so thrilled to have a platform that has opened that door.
Please also understand that you make this investment at no risk. You are covered by my personal, Iron Clad, No Questions Asked, 14-Day Guarantee. That is, you can spend 14 days going through the French Bohemian Travelers Junk Journal course and apply everything you learn to your business and life. If, within 14 days of your purchase, for any reason, you don’t believe the course was worth the investment, you can let me know and I will send you a full refund.