Working on a new journal

The past few days I have been working on a new journal. About a month ago I was in this little shop and noticed this very old and worn book with no spine and the cover was just barely hanging on by a few threads. It was a 1958 first edition of The Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given. I took it home and pulled the front and back covers off the book and decided to remove the pages one by one until they were all removed. They all seemed to be there but most of them were stained with food and well worn with age.

I didn’t take any photo’s of the book but here is an image of what it  WOULD HAVE looked like, IF it were in better condition:

1958 The Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given

So far I’ve put in a new spine, added some scrappy fabric pieces to the back cover and some scrappy fabric snippets to the front cover. I already sewed in the signatures (aka the pages) and have been decorating them with all sorts of vintage “cooking themed” type ephemera.  Most of the time when I add signatures to a book I will have the strings from the signatures on the inside of the book and tie each one with a little bow. Well, this time I decided to try something different so I placed them on the outside and I added some beads to the end tails of the strings to jazz them up some, lol. A few of the pages have handmade fabric ruffles that I created using vintage fabric, some distressed snippet rolls of paper and some vintage lace sewn to the edges to decorate them further.

This is one of the first times using some of the digitals that I purchased off of Etsy and it has turned this little book into an adorable looking cooking themed journal. And, I can’t wait to get it finished so I can take some pictures of the inside and outside of this sweet little book. I’m also going to try my luck at making another flip through video and “fingers crossed” that I will be able to do that with the video camera I have. I really need a new one that works all the time and isn’t so persnickety. lol.

Because I’ve been adding so much stuff inside the journal I decided to use a closure this time. I’m using one of those tiny little hitching post closures from Tim Holtz on the front cover and added a metal eyelet to the back cover and tied a red & white checkerboard ribbon in a bow to the eyelet to use as the string to close the journal. It looks really nice next to some of the red fabric ruffles that are peaking out the side of the journal. For the spine I used a strip of vintage fabric that is tan with red stripes and in between each stripe are red hearts running down each side, I also added some red buttons to the spine with my glue gun as an after thought because I had already sewed in the signatures and I didn’t feel like doing them all over again, lol.

So, it’s coming along and I only have a few more pieces left to distress and add to the journal on the inside and then the journal will be complete. I am very excited to let everyone see it and am quite proud of myself for putting so much detail into making it. I just hope everyone else will love it as much as I do.

So, thanks for stopping by and hugs, PL (aka Mod Girl)

Reopened some new groups

Yeah, so I started missing my online groups and because groups.io wouldn’t let me reopen my old groups I decided to create some new ones. The names of the groups have changed but they are typically the same type of groups except for the psp group I opened. I decided to open a group where we share only tubes instead of all the other stuff like brushes, fonts, masks, etc… because we were mostly sharing tubes, so that’s why I made the decision to make that group into a psp tube group instead.

So, the links to my groups are located in the sidebar menu to the right of the page. I also opened an always list group too. My always list is where members can request tags from me when they are offered. All members will receive my tag offers through email and as a member you can reply to each tag offer that is sent. Easy, peasy, lol.

Printable Digitals

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon something I had wanted for awhile from a little second hand shop at the beach; a new Epson ecotank color printer. I couldn’t believe the price they had on it so I figured something must have been wrong with it but I kept asking so many questions about the item she let me have it at $100.00. Mind you, I had been pricing these at officemax for weeks and the price kept going up instead of going down, lol. So, to make sure the thing was working I had her set it up in her shop to test it out. The printer already had the ink tanks filled and apparently whoever had it had also purchased extra ink bottles that were never used and those were also inside the box along with the printer too.

So, after a few minutes of setting it up the thing started printing and omg you guys, it was a wonderful thing to watch. No jammed papers, the ink levels were all at the top and so you better believe I grabbed that printer as fast as my little hands could grab it, lol. The funny thing was, people were all watching and waiting to see if the thing actually worked and I guess they were thinking the same thing I was, that someone had dropped off a broken printer and they were trying to sell it to the first sad sack who came along, lol. Well, sad as I might have been before walking into that second hand shop I was as happy as a clam after purchasing that printer, lol.

And, after getting it home and setting it up, I’ll tell ya, I’ve been a printing fool for the past week or so. But, I was in need of some digitals to use in my crating and although I can make them myself, that takes time and trouble and when you have the money to spend you might as well put it to good use right? So, yeah, I spent an obscene amount of money this weekend on digitals at Etsy, lol. But, I made sure I can use all the digitals I purchased in my hand made junk journals so I am good to go. Woohoo!

Yeah, so anyway, I just thought I would share some of the links to the Etsy shops that I have purchased from recently and awhile ago. You know, to spread the love, lol. Hey, you never know. You might see something YOU like too. hugs!!

About The Give Away!

Well, I had hoped someone had taken me up on the offer for the giveaway but alas, no one ever did. I guess nobody likes anything I have to offer in my store and I guess I am just wasting my time on all this crafting stuff after all. Hmmm. I don’t know what to do next. Do I keep trying to sell stuff or do I just close up shop? Well, I guess that’s something I need to consider anyway.

In the mean time, I am going to be having a sale in my shop. All my digitals will be reduced in price and some of my junk journals will also be for sale as well.

So, thanks for stopping by and thanks for visiting my site. I really do appreciate it. Hugs, Mod Girl

Crafting Blues

I sometimes wonder if others who craft ever get the crafting blues. You know, when you want to do something in your craft room but you look around but cannot decide on anything in particular? Yup, that’s me right now. I honestly don’t know if it’s because I see hubs walk past me while I’m in my craft room and he just gives me these dirty looks all the time. He says I’m a hoarder and that I need to get rid of all this stuff. And when you try and explain to him that the stuff you are using are all tools he just looks at you like your crazy or something. BTW, I am married to a hoarder. He works at a wrecker yard where they scrap cars and most of the time he brings home all sorts of junk he finds in cars and car parts, tools, construction items, etc… But he calls ME the hoarder. That’s really funny.

Yes, I agree. I do have a lot of crafting stuff but most of it was up in the attic and when I decided to bring it all down so I could start using it he went nuts and started having an attitude about it. Now, think about that when I tell you that not even once have I even mentioned to him about all the crap he brings home on a regular basis. And when I say all of the crap I mean it ends up sitting in the living room or on the counter in the kitchen most of the time until I find a better spot for it. His clothes closet is full of tools. He has stacks of them on top of each other all over the bottom of the closet and on the shelves above. And he calls me a hoarder, lol. Yeah, uh, huh. sure. Whatever. LOL.

Anyway. I have been watching some videos on youtube of other people crafting and making journals and trying to get some sort of motivation about crafting but so far, nothing. I think it has something to do with the fact that I really don’t know what design esthetic I really like (where junk journals are concerned). I mean I made my first one after following a junk journal tutorial on youtube. It was very vintage feeling and very distressed inside and out to make it look old. And although I do like vintage stuff I tend to like retro stuff much more so maybe I should focus on doing that instead of vintage pieces.

Oh, that reminds me. I haven’t had any sales yet here in my shop. And the end of the giveaway is coming to an end very soon, so if anyone would like to be eligible for the giveaway you’ll need to spend at least $10 dollars worth of products in my shop before you’ll be eligible. BTW, I do have some digitals in my shop right now  for anyone who doesn’t want to buy a junk journal. Just thought you’d like to know that, lol.

Okay, well, I guess I better get back to trying to do something, lol. Take care everyone and hugs,

Sweet Garden tag by Mod Girl

FYI – The image above is called a “tag”.
It’s what I like to make in my online group where members can request one with there name on it.
They then use the “tag” to sign the emails (instead of writing out there name).

A Brand New Give Away!

I am pretty new to all this junk journal stuff and the first time I actually saw what a junk journal was is when I saw a video on youtube of Gayle Agostinelli doing a altered book with vintage scrapbook papers and ephemera. It’s like this light bulb went off in my head and I kept thinking; Why haven’t I been making those myself? I mean, I have pretty much done everything I can think of where crafting is concerned but this was something completely different and I was hooked after watching Gayle’s video. Plus, I figure since I had most of the supplies to make the junk journals in the first place that I might as well try my hand at this too. So that’s what I did and I haven’t looked back since, lol.

I actually don’t do any journaling myself. As a young teen I did have a diary though so I guess you could call that journaling if you wanted too. But although I do enjoy working with paper I also tend to revert back to my quilting. Quilting is something I did years ago and when I say I made quilts I don’t mean a few either, it was more like hundreds of them, lol. Yeah, it was a business and I was pretty good at it too. But things change, they always do and life always seems to get in the way. So, now I am starting back up with some little quilts and you’ll see some of those in my shop before too long. It might take me awhile but I will get there, lol.

But…you really didn’t come to this page to read all about any of that, so lets get onto why you are really here and that’s the give away. So, here we go:

In order to be eligible for this giveaway you’ll need to create an account in my shop and purchase (at least) $10 dollars worth of my products. Now, there IS a reason behind this; hubs has told me that if I don’t start making some money pretty soon with this crafting stuff he’s going to have me start getting rid of all my crafting supplies because they are taking up too much space in the house, lol. Well, yeah. I have a lot of crafting stuff but who doesn’t? I mean when you are a crafter you collect stuff to use to craft with. That’s pretty obvious to me but then again, he’s a man and apparently you can’t tell them anything about crafting without them rolling there eyes at you.

Now the item that I’ll be giving away is the very first junk journal I ever made. I made it after watching Gayle’s video of the altered book. It was a lot of fun and I did everything just like she explained. All the pages and ephemera that are strewn throughout the junk journal have been heavily distressed with vintage photo. I used vintage themed scrap book paper on each page along with coffee dyed paper (that I did myself). Here’s a preview of what the journal looks like along with a few screen shots:

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This journal has a lot of pockets and LOTS of ephemera also. In fact, it has a gator mouth already and you can either keep it that way or you can remove all the ephemera that is stuffed all throughout this journal and just use it for writing like that. That choice is completely, up to you IF you win this journal when the giveaway starts.

The giveaway will be held on; Friday – April 2nd, 2021 @ 12:00 (noon) EST. All customers names (who made a purchase of $10 or more) will be added to a hat and a single name will be drawn @ noon on Friday – April 2nd, 2021.  Good luck to everyone who enters this giveaway! BTW, you only need to make 1 purchase of the $10 amount to be entered in the giveaway. That includes your total amount. If your order total amount goes below the $10 mark then you won’t be eligible for this giveaway.

To create an account in my shop click the link “My Account” at the top of the page or you can click on the Sign In/Register link above that. Either of those links will take you to the account signup page or to your home page if you’re already registered and logged into my shop. If you need help with that please let me know. You can leave a comment on this post or you can send me an email by using my email address below:

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Time for a de-stash!

Okay folks. My craft room is in need of an over haul so I have to let a few things go. To start with, I recently picked up some vintage books from ebay and from thrift stores. You will find a lot of those for sale in my shop right now. I know the prices might seem a little high at first, but if you consider the fact that I am offering free shipping with everything I sell here in my shop, then those prices tend to make more sense.

Besides books, I also have some fabric de-stashing I want to do as well. But that’s going to take some time to pull all of it out from the boxes I have stashed all over my house. I used to be a quilter years ago so I have collected quite a bit of fabric in my life time, lol.

And, I don’t know if anyone would be interested in any crafting supplies, but I have a few of those that I will be letting go very soon too. I also have a rather large collection of ribbon that I need to de-stash. It’s going to take a little time to go through all of this stuff but as soon as I can, I will add all of those to my shop as well. So please keep checking back every now and then to see.

thanks and hugs, Mod Girl.

Digitals Added to the Shop!

Well, I finally got some digitals added to my shop. I created a few of these before and somehow deleted the files by mistake. Not sure how that happened, but I figured it was about time I made some new stuff anyway, lol. BTW, I am also trying to restructure my shop into much refined categories. It’s not an easy process apparently because I keep having to go back and re-fix things every few minutes, lol.

thanks and hugs, Mod Girl

Another Book Haul from ebay!

I don’t know why but ebay (of all places) seems to be the “go to” place to find old books these days, lol. Besides all the vintage homemaking books I have collected off of ebay there were many children’s books that I have managed to snag as well. Below are a few previews of the ones I have currently found off ebay:

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There are a few of these old children’s books where the insides have scribbling  on them and the spines are starting to fall apart so I will probably make those into little junk journals and upload them to my shop later, but the other ones I will keep for my collection.

Besides all of these vintage little children’s books, I also found a few other vintage homemaking books as well:

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Flower themed Junk Journal

Before I get to the new product, I wanted to let you know that I had to dig out my old Canon Power Shot digital camera that I bought years ago to take pictures of this junk journal. And I’m not sure if all of you know this or not but, I don’t have a cell phone, I have a landline. I know, I am probably the only person on this planet who doesn’t have a cell phone, but I chose not to have one. I like staying at home, I live in the country, I don’t need a tracking device or need to update my information on what I am doing 24/7 to others. I like my life just the way it is and if that upsets some people, oh well. I guess you can just call me old fashioned or something, lol.

So, I bought me a video camera one day off ebay and it worked pretty well for awhile and then all of a sudden it just stopped working. So, now I am back to using my old reliable stand by, lol. So far it hasn’t let me down either so maybe I will just stick with it instead of spending more money on something that works only a short period of  time.

Anyone else ready for SPRING yet? yeah, me too, lol.

Spring Is In The Air

I just finished work on a new junk journal with a flower theme. Below is a preview and you can find it in my shop by clicking on the preview below:

Flower Themed Junk Journal