I have a little treat I want to show you today. Most of the time I am a card maker and use only Stampin’ Up! products. That is because I love Stampin’ Up! and the projects I create with them. But, every now and then I “go rogue” and make other projects with other products. “Junk Books” are one of my diversions. These handmade books are just a jumble of everything you have hanging around and usually revolve around a theme. They are great for using up a lot of the bits and bobs of paper, trims, embellishments, etc. you have in your stash. And once you start a “Junk Book”, you can always go back and add more later! There are no rules. It is just what you want to create.
I often shop for unusual and artsy paper from a company here in St Louis called Red Lead Paperworks. The company is run by two very artistic sisters. They used to have a store in St Louis, which was a delight to shop and I often took classes there. Now, they just have an online store. But I order their “Junk Book” kits now and then and make these books. Some are big like this Halloween book and some are tiny.
The Halloween book I just “started”. You will recognize many retired Stampin’ Up papers, etc. But a lot of “stuff” came in the kit I received from Red Lead Paperworks. The best thing? I will take this book out next year and add more “stuff” until I cram it full. And then it will just stay on display as a decoration! Enjoy!
And that is my “Junk Book” for Halloween. I have ordered the Christmas book. One day when I need some quiet time away from the holiday hustle and bustle, I will sit down and do my Christmas book. And I don’t worry about the little episodes of “going rogue“. Anything you do makes you a better artist and expands you creativity. So, diverting a little bit never hurt anyone!