A Junk Journal – PARTE UNO

Hello everyone! So here I am again to bring you guys one of my most recent obsessions; The Junk Journal.

I discovered this new passion through my passion/obsession/madness with planners. Just as I discovered the passion of planning and decorating your planner through the passion of organizing a diaper bag and showing its contents. Yep, it’s all a big loop of videos I watched on youtube while pregnant with my son Rocco. Although, I must admit I have created a junk journal of sorts before, very long ago, when I thought making myself believe Lestat was real, was as natural as dipping your bread in the cafe con leche! Oh my! Now I have to go have a cup of that sweetness.

Several cups after (a lot more cups after) I still have that junk journal and flipping through it the other night brought back so many memories, and a strong desire to go back to being that Laura, but not as much “wanting to be her” as wanting to have her life. However, I would never leave my son behind… so much for wanting.

This new junk journal I have created, I hope will become if not an outlet for creativity and inspiration, a place where to find peace. So why don’t I just stop blabbering about something or other, and show you guys what it looks like, and how I got it there.

Here is a few things I got wrong and will now remember for next junk journal (oh yea! there will be plenty more to come); I realized after making all the signatures that the spine of the cover I had selected was too small for the signatures. It would not glue to it because it was just too narrow of a space and my signatures were too bulky. It seemed fine to me before sewing them together… I guess I’m just not that good at measuring.

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All the washi tape is not only covering the holes I punched wrong but reinforcing some of the paper because a lot of it is just too old even when it doesn’t look vintage. Meh.

Sewing the signatures was first an arduous task. But once I did the first one, the rest became like a walk in the park. And I wouldn’t really be able to explain how I sew them here, but basically all I did was punch holes; miss the alignment; add washi tape to the holes on the wrong line; punch holes again, this time aligned; use a huge needle and a thick thread and sew away. Later I noticed I could have sewn each signature to the spine I created after realizing the original cover wouldn’t hold all of it. But… oh well!

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Okay so here I’m showing you the signatures (which I keep seeing 5 but there is actually 4) together with the new top cover and the bottom cover. No spine.

Before I came up with my own covers, I looked around the bit of mess in my room for a book or journal I could tear apart. But nothing I found was old enough or undesired enough, so…. several minutes later and a headache I went to the kitchen and had a beer. Yep. I bet you thought I would say cup of tea.

What I really did was came up with making my own book covers, after all, I have done this before! I created my own sketchbook for the sketchbook challenge, and if you have no clue what I’m talking about go check it out here. Thanks. Now back to this book in question;

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Sorry Scarlet Lime! But at least you have served more than one purpose. Okay, this picture is showing the top cover of the journal before doing anything to it. Gluing it to the signatures, or spine, or making it pretty… the whole ordeal.

I also used, for the spine, a piece of the box from the Planner Society. So my entire book cover and spine is made of the Planner Society’s box. Sweet. I first made sure the signatures would stay together by sweing them all together. How I did it was rather simple, I just ran a thread through all the threads in the back of each signature (don’t know if I’m making sense… sorry no picture of that). Then I glued a mesh that they actually sell for biding books. After that I glued the signatures all together with mesh and all to the spine. Then I had my signatures on a spine and no cover… but I knew I had figured out how to make the book. And I knew it would look magical. Yeah I can be a bit arrogant at times. I admit to that!

What follows here is just a few pictures of how it would look once I added the cover. Which I have no idea why I thought that was more informative than taking a picture of the spine of the book once finished putting it together. Ugh.

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Once I finished taking those useless pictures right above, I went ahead and got just regular paper (white, for printing, no big deal), and I glued the spine (holding the signatures) to the paper first, then I glued the covers to each side and that was it. I had finished the basics.

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This is the actual book before adding embellishments. It already looked sooooo pretty, thanks to Scarlet Lime and her Planner Society.❤

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At least you guys can see the mesh here glued to the signatures, well this is how it looked once opening the cover. Of course I took care of that and you guys will see how in the next post.

Well, now I will have to stop this post right here since it covers all the basics of how I made this book/junk jounal/amazing. In my next post I will be showing the finished product and a few other things.

Be sure to check out my youtube video for how it looks once I finished, before adding anything to the pages. Mind you is rather a long video and I do get carried away with talking about this or that… figures!

As always, thank you so much for reading me and I hope to read you in my comments section!!❤

I’m Back… with a Crafting Vengeance!

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Hi everyone! It’s been hell too long for me to be back to this blog. My very first blog, the place where I often shade more than tears writing my thoughts and sharing them with the world. I’m back to continue on this journey, and free my soul of the everyday life that obscures it. NOW!! There will be many changes to this blog.

First, there is going to be a lot of posting about planners and junk journals! Heck I’m obsessed. I thought of even changing the name, but no I won’t, planning and journaling have become an obsession in my life and so it all fits pretty awesomely under the same title.

Why not open a new blog for your crafting needs Laura? Well, because I don’t want to have like 20 blogs spread around the blogesphere, and I don’t want to part from this blog. I have written some good stuff here, most are bad… meh, but some are jewels and I can’t never leave them behind.

For a time I was obsessed with anime, and now I am obsessed with something -less popular among pop culture- but equally as magical. So… (also I forgot how to blog) here we go.

… OH! If you are interested in taking a peak at my planners and such, follow me on instagram @lalaandrocco  and/or pinterest

THANK YOU GUYS! XOXO

 

My Sad Night — Yet Another Excuse

Not really, but as I often do, I have come here tonight to over-read some of the posts I had written in the past year’s and I feel like I’m such a let down to my own blog. Jeez… I promise this and that, and in reality I’m making that promise to myself yet I don’t stick with it.

If there is one thing I have learned throughout the years is that I cannot say I will do something because I end up doing the opposite… yet I keep on saying I will do something. I’m determined, I just don’t use that for the right things.

Tonight I felt lonely, sad, and a bit disappointed with people overall; I asked myself this question: Either I don’t know how to pick friends, or I am a total nuts… and sadly but funny at the same time most friends that would read this would agree with the latter :p

My problem is with the cyber world, ALWAYS. Gladly my life outside this mess we call NET is not crappy. In reality that should matter the most right? So why do I keep insisting in doing things that have proven again and again to not go with my character… I guess I have to stick to using my computer for writing, emails, gaming, and of course watching dramas.

Oh! Drama world why did I ever discovered you?? Ha, ha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7,8,9,…,11 in the Skecthbook Challenge

There are men who fight one day and are good. Others fight for a year and are better. There are some that fight for many years, and are far better. But there are those who fight all their lives; those, are the indispensable ones. -Bertolt Brecht

MADNESS!!!!! Yes it has been very stressful these past few days, so much I ended up not working on the sketchbook for two full days D:

I came back to it today, and I have made progress. How much progress? Well, let’s see: I made an introduction page for the overall theme which is “The Last Word Spoken” (I changed my theme from “The Science of Story” to this one) and I have in mind an “about the artist” page for the last two pages of the sketchbook, so that killed 4 pages that I dont have to worry about anymore *sigh*. On the down side, I have 2 drawings I have finished sketching but Im not too pleased with, so I keep putting off adding color. *hangs head in shame*. Life is difficult!

Enough drama. Here is what I have done since day 6:

Intro page… its not the first two page, as the first two pages are a dedication and I posted that on the first day!

After making the intro page, -remember this drawing?- well I went back to it, and changed a few things… still NOT pleased with it. Any suggestions?

This is an add on from something I had in mind for this sketchbook in the first place, but since the theme changed it would not fit with the new theme… however, time is too precious to waste old ideas :p

The idea seemed so interesting and possible… now it seems MEH and when I think of all the detail on the hair… *sigh* I need a hammer!!! Got one?

What’s going on here? Well there is a broken birdcage, or seems like one… any suggestions as to what to do with it?

This one was one of those ideas you get right after you think you have all your ideas figured out… yep, this one was a saver, as I love it, and it was fun to sketch.

Wondering how it looks with color? :p

And this is it from me…  I have one more drawing from Maya, and I left it for the end as it is her last contribution to this mad challenge. Her sketchbook is already on the mail, making its way to NY Brookling… hooray for Maya!!!😀

Maya’s version of Jekyll and Hide. Artist: Maya Doan. Model: Maya Doan. lol.

I have only two more pages to think of what to do with… and about everything else to color, ink, finish, and GO! How many days are left? Ugh! Don’t even go there.

Day 6 in the Skecthbook Challenge

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. Jules Renard

Its been two days full of brainstorming, sketching, and finally applying color. I don’t think I have a back anymore because I don’t feel any pain… I should feel some pain, right? Moving on… Today I have nothing from dear Maya… sometimes, in the middle of a deadline and all the madness, you need a few hours (more like a day) to re-think the whole thing and get your ideas in order.

Maya will surely be joining me again in the next post🙂

Now I’ll stop babbling and get to the showing.

The finished drawing of the Dream Sketch I did inspired on the Korean movie Bi-Mong. You think my sketch is weird? The movie is even more!

Okay! Lets have fun for a little bit, this time around I’ll show you the whole coloring process😉

I also have the next drawing sketched out, but need to add a few more details to it. I’ll be completing that one today (hopefully) and tomorrow is the beginning of the end!! 8 More days until April 30th.