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Junk Journal Swap Part 2

Okay, I’m finally getting around to showing you the awesome junk journal my friend Camilla gave me for our swap. To see the journal I gave her, read my  blog post titled “Junk Journal Part 1”. If you read my post about our junk journal swap you already know what the rules were. For those of you who don’t know the rules, they were fairly simple.

1. Nothing could be purchased for the journals from the day we agreed to do the swap. We wanted to use up some of the stuff we already had on hand and, of course, junk mail.

2. The finished journal had to be at least 1″ thick. I think we both met that criteria pretty well. The problem with junk journals is that they are so fun to make, it’s hard to stop!

Camilla  laid out my journal in specific sections such as my gym workouts, recipes and kitchen notes, fashion and style, family photographs, travel, art and vintage pictures. She did such an awesome job packing it with goodies. Enough with the talk, here are the pictures. Enjoy!

I’m so thrilled with this awesome journal and I’m glad we finally got to do the swap. I have a pile of stuff to go in it already. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight!




A little over a year ago on May 27th, I posted a blog about smash books. I even showed one I made  myself. Smash books and junk  journals are what I call, ” Scrapbooking for the rest of us”. I haven’t gotten into proper scrapbooking yet, although I’ve seen some awesome mixed-media type layouts. Most of my photos are still lingering on my computer’s memory.The ones I have actually printed out are lingering away in photo boxes. “One day,” I tell myself. “One day!”

But what about the ticket stubs, playbills, receipts, candy wrappers, maps, postcards and other ephemera you want to hold onto?  All of life’s little papers hold memories that deserve to be remembered. That is what junk journals and smash books are for. And the best part of junk journals is that there is absolutely no talent required to fill one. You can tape, glue or staple your papers in. No particular order is required. Then you can add doodles, stickers, sentiments or nothing. It’s entirely up to you.

I have filled up the junk journal I made a year ago and there is absolutely no empty spaces for anything else. IT IS STUFFED. So here are some random pictures from my stuffed junk journal.


In my next blog post I will show pictures of the awesome new junk journal that I got from my friend Camilla in a swap. And if you’d like to make a junk journal for yourself, see my post from May 27, 2013. If you’re not inclined to make  your own journal, but still want one to fill, please visit my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MossyCottage?ref=si_shop where I have many to choose from. Once you start “smashing” things into a journal you’ll see why it’s become so popular!





A Christmas Album

This is not a post about Bing Crosby or Burl Ives because it’s not about that kind of Christmas album. Sorry!  This is just a shorty little post to show you a Christmas mini-album I made for my friend Camilla. We decided some months ago to do a Christmas mini-album swap with each other. The only real rules were that the album could only have six pages and it had to be a mini versus regular sized album. I think both of us did our best to cram as much photo real estate as we could in the six pages.

Last Friday we got together for tea at Pinkadilly and exchanged albums. The one she gave me is awesome. I cannot wait to take pictures and make notes to put in it. 

Here are pictures of the album I made for her. Almost every page has two pictures, one with the page in tact and the second with the flaps open and tags and such pulled out. I hope Camilla will enjoy filling this album up this season!

Camilla and I decided our next swap will be junk journals! They will certainly be less formal but fun none-the-less!