School Year – Junk Journal

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to a splendid edition of the Graphic 45 blog.  Today, we have a School Junk Journal in celebration of our August Challenge – #G45JunkJournal by the Inky Wizard, Kasia Bogatko.  This mixed media journal would be great to keep track of important events and memories throughout the school year.  Kasia used our an ABC Primer Deluxe Collector’s Edition to create this gem, but you could recreate this any of our paper collection to personalize any theme or needs.  Also, be sure to check out the bottom of this post to see who won our Weekly Blog Contest!


School Junk Journal

By Kasia Bogatko



This month's our challenge is the Junk Journal. I made a folio folder for the style of an old school notebook. I used the perfect collection for this theme – An ABC Primer. I used the papers and add-ons from this collection only. I have cut out many elements, it has a lot of. Thanks to them, you can do a really rich and varied artwork, without having to reach for anything else. Of course I wouldn't be myself if I didn’t use some string and gauze. They added the character that the Junk Journal should have.


Making this type of project, remember about aging each element! This is what gives your work the final character. I frayed with scissors all the edges of the notebook, but also every element. In the middle I glued pages from an old book, and on them I put the rest. Don’t be too precise, too perfect. This project is to be slightly ragged, careless, splashed. Use a watered inks, watercolors, or even coffee or tea, to make beautiful "old" stains and blots.


I hope that my project will inspire you to create such a journal yourself. The form is very versatile and depends on your imagination or available materials. You can use an old book and decorate its cover and pages, just as good as an old notebook or some unnecessary brochure. You can even fold together several pages of your favorite papers and sew them together. Try and share your ideas with us. Good luck!” ~Kasia


An ABC Primer—Deluxe Collector's Edition

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Weekly Contest Winner

This week’s prize package included a Decades Dye Inkpad Package, a $54 value.  The Winner is… Jenny MacRunnel!


This is what Jenny had to say on our Decades Ink Swatchbook Template Blog: “What a great tip! Thank you”


We want to thank everyone who left your thoughtful comments on our blog and social media this week.  We love our G45ers! Jenny, please email to claim your prize.


What a fantastic blog post!  Be sure to leave your gratitude for Kasia in the comments below and share your Junk Journals on our Graphic 45 – Official Community Page on Facebook.  As always… 


Happy Papercrafting!

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