Junk Journal | Guest Designer April 2016

Apologies for the delay in introducing our guest designer for April – Reem El Kheshen. Reem is a long time friend and a patron of Pretty Paper Studio. I have known her since I started scrapbooking and before PPS days. Her mini albums are to die for and I am glad she agreed to be the guest designer this month. Over to you, Reem…
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Hello crafters,
I’m Reem El Kheshen, an Egyptian living in Dubai for 5 years now with my husband and two girls (13 and 11). I started scrapbooking since 2007 and got addicted since. I tried different forms of scrapbooking and what stuck with me were mini albums and recently junk journals. I chose the latter to be my project for this month.
I’m very grateful to Pretty Paper Studio for choosing me to be the guest designer for the month of April.
mini album reem

What Exactly Is a Junk Journal?

“A junk journal (sometimes spelled ‘junque’) can refer to two things. It can be a book made with mail and paper items found around one’s household; it can also be a book that holds ephemera such as notes, ticket stubs, magazine cutouts or newspaper clippings, etc.

Jj’s can be used like regular notebooks with a particular function. Some common uses include:

  • diary
  • art journal
  • photo album
  • planner
  • list keeping
  • scrapbook
  • recipe book
  • prayer journal
However, some crafters like to make them simply as decorative keepsakes they can flip through and enjoy. There are no rules when making jj’s, they can be whatever you want them to be. One thing is certain – they are addictive!”
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This project is a baby boy junk journal. The journal cover is chipboard covered with pattern paper from the kit Neelu sent me, I added some ribbons from my stash. The closure is also using a metal lock from the kit and it’s tied closed with ribbon from my stash.
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The pages inside are a mixture of pattern paper from the kit and home made tea dyed paper (I lined some of them for easy journaling).
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I added 3 envelopes throughout the journal to hold as many memorabilia and photos as possible.
I hope you enjoy this project and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. 
Please check out my facebook page (Paper Pixie) for more projects.