StencilGirl: Stenciled File Folder Mini Art Journal

I've got a new project over on StencilGirl Talk today - it's my monthly installment of Gwen's Gems! (I still giggle a bit when I type that.)

This month I've made a mini art journal out of a manila file folder. I've wanted to do this for a while, so I used my stencils along with my winter Art Bento Box to make this month's project.

File Folder Mini Art Journal Finished Cover - Gwen Lafleur

File Folder Mini Art Journal Inside 2 - Gwen LafleurMake sure you head over to read my post on StencilGirl Talk to see more photos and details as well as a tutorial so you can make your own!

Junque Journal Classes Part 1

In my never ending quest to get somewhat caught up with the list of "posts I want to put up on my blog," I bring you part 1 of my Junque Journal classes recap! 

I'd been eyeing these online Junque Journal classes by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer since she first put them up on her site, but I was hemming and hawing a bit over the price so I hadn't yet jumped in. Then, I went and spent a weekend taking in-person classes from her at the Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut, which I LOVED, and decided after seeing her journals in person that I had to take these classes. I signed up immediately after getting home.

I went with the Junque Journal bundle, and I'm really glad I did! The first of the two classes was one where we made our journals from scratch. Since I love making my own books, this was lots of fun! We started by making our own covers from 9x12 canvas panels, then created the inside pages and bound it all together. Here's how my book looked when I was done:

Junque Journal Cover 1 - Gwen LafleurFor my front cover, I used a few different stencils... the Aztec Sun Large Stencil by Lizzie Mayne for the background, then on the smaller panel I put on the front I used the Angel Circle stencil by Kate Thompson. I had fun using dimensional paints, embossing paste, and beads to get lots of texture. The whole thing is sealed with tar gel. On the spine, I used the Numbers stencil by Seth Apter.

Junque Journal Cover 2 - Gwen Lafleur

Here's my back cover, which I really like!

Junque Journal Back Cover - Gwen LafleurI used gelli prints, tissue paper, and the center is from a vintage French comic book. It's kind of a cool poem! I added some fun sticker words and again, sealed the whole thing with tar gel.

Here are the end papers - these were just made from gelli prints on deli paper left over from my classes with Julie.

Junque Journal Front End Papers - Gwen Lafleurand the back...

Junque Journal Back End Papers - Gwen LafleurI had received a package of washi tape I'd ordered on Etsy and it came from Hong Kong covered with the cutest stamps! I peeled them all off and collaged them inside the back cover of my book.

The inside pages were really fun to make - this is the "junque" part of the journal. They were made from lots of scrapbook paper, gelli prints, magazine pages, and lots of washi tape! I didn't take pictures of all of them, but here are several of the inside pages before working on them so that you can get an idea for what all of my base pages were like.

Junque Journal Inside Pages 7 - Gwen Lafleur
Junque Journal Inside Pages 7 - Gwen Lafleur
Junque Journal Inside Pages 7 - Gwen Lafleur

I travel as much as I can, so when I get home I like to take the luggage tags off of my suitcases and add those (along with the baggage claim stickers) onto the empty pages. There are quite a few scattered through the book!

Junque Journal Inside Pages 7 - Gwen Lafleur

On the one above, you can see where I've got an art journal page tipped into the book - this will obviously not get covered over! I have a few of these throughout the book, and I've added some decorated tags as well.

Junque Journal Inside Pages 7 - Gwen Lafleur
Junque Journal Inside Pages 7 - Gwen Lafleur
Junque Journal Inside Pages 7 - Gwen Lafleur

I've taken this book with me on several trips (at least three that I can think of off hand,) and it's holding up really well! It's pretty sturdy, and I've loved working in it. I'm getting close to finishing this one off (as I'm finally posting the beginning of it... ha!) and I can't wait to make another one!

Coming tomorrow... part 2 - the journal pages from the "30 Days in your Junque Journal" class.