Thursday, August 7, 2014

An Unscheduled Junk Stop and What I've Been Working On

 A couple of weeks ago I signed up for Karla Nathan's Nature's Blessing book swap.  There is a link over on my side bar, as well.  After her second post of inspiration pages, I couldn't resist!  I didn't have a clue what I would do but the pages aren't due until September 30th so I figured I could think of something by then.
 Inspiration came when I made an unscheduled junk stop last week.  There is a thrift near my office that I seldom go in to.  They have delusions that they are also an antique shop and when they think they've "got" something they price it accordingly and mostly inappropriately.  Anyway, I needed a break from my desk and it was handy.  I managed to score the big yellow Pyrex bowl, a poke sack of old lace, a velvet souvenir pillow cover and a big stack of unused vintage greeting cards.  Most are the glittery kind and all have a garden theme.  Game on!
 You can click the pictures bigger for a closer look.  We were to make 6 folded pages and leave half blank-ish for the recipient to journal or embellish.  I ended up up making 8 so Karla will have one to keep for herself and a spare in case she needs it.  These are the fronts.  The photo at the top of the post is the back sides with the vintage cards.
These are the open pages.  I used vintage ledger paper, postage stamps, scrapbook paper, vintage wrapping paper, buttons, paper flowers, vintage book illustrations, ribbon, stickers, labels and some library pockets that were for a video library.
 Each pocket contains a pull-out tag with vintage ledger paper on the back side.
 The scrapbook paper I used is a Tim Holtz design. Oh, I stamped some birdies, too.  I almost forgot that.
 I covered the sentiments on the cards and added a vintage illustration to the completely unfolded card to encourage journaling and additional embellishment there, as well.
In case you wondering about the poke sack of old lace...  That very wrinkled piece at the bottom of the photo is a vintage collar. So now you know what was in my sink this week, too!

15 comments:

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Your journal is perfect...I am thinking that shop sounds pretty good, maybe you should take a desk break more often! You are not going to believe that I found the big yellow bowl too...Yesterday, how weird is that! I paid $3.00 score!

Carol

Annette said...

I love the detail in the pages you created. I think my favorite part is the postage stamps and the cards on the back! I find such inspirations from your creations :)

The Junque Seeker said...

Oh, your pages are wonderful! I love every detail, and I do believe I recognize that floral giftwrap. Hoping I get one of your pages!

Laurie said...

OMG I can't even believe you have already done your pages! And they are so pretty -- kudos! I didn't sign up for this one, alas. I'm sure I will regret it!

Patty Antle said...

We had that yellow bowl in our home when I was a kid. Loved it! Your pages are so pretty. They will love them.

Beth Leintz said...

I love your pages- perfect combination of pretty images and room for a bit of journaling- and any junking trip that includes a bit of lace is a good day!

Marrianna said...

Your work is so wonderful. You certainly give a lot of attention to detail. The photos show everything so great. Karla and the recipients will love them.

I know what you mean about the thrift shop have delusions of grandeur. We have 1 or 2 like that here in Flagstaff, AZ, and I've seen one in Scottsdale like that also. But you found some great treasures. Congratulations! I should have you come to my garage sale on Saturday just for the vintage items. But the gas to get here wold be more than the excellent prices we are displaying.

I'll be posting photos of the garage sale next week so stay tuned. BTW, I love your blog design.

Hugs,
Marrianna

Tami Hacker said...

Your pages are BEAUTIFUL!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Great job on the pages! I have the yellow bowl and the rest of the set. It was my aunts and I use it!

vintage grey said...

They are all so beautiful Kathy!! Love the Pyrex, lace and those greeting cards are a score!!! xo Heather

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love beautiful journals...you are using such pretty paper! And the lace is a great find! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh wow!! Those cards/journals you made are fantastic!! They are so pretty and lovely!! Good thing you went in there!! Love the Pyrex, lace and those beautiful cards! I like knowing whats in your sink ;) I've been meaning to do one... soon!! :) Have a wonderful weekend!! xo Holly

Annette said...

Maybe that thrift store should visited a little more often? I love your pages. I am always amazed at what you put together! The lace collar is very sweet. That stop at the thrift kept you busy!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think you should be making a stop in that thrift store every day. Love your pretty finds and how you used the cards to help create your beautiful journals. You know I'm jealous of all that lace!!

P White said...

LOOOVE these! I've been MIA for a while bc I've been sick. It was great to open up and get some inspiration from you today! Tell me one thing, what did you use to put down your papers. Do you have a preference for regular glue, Mod Podge, glue sticks? Just curious. Sometimes I feel like Mod Podge stays tacky no matter how long I let it dry. I'm going to go pull out some of my cards right now and make something!