December 25th Junk Journal

December 25th Junk Journal
Hi friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with you a traveler's notebook inspired junk journal that I created using the new Hearth and Holiday collection.
Christmas is just around the corner now and I couldn't be more excited! One of my favorite things about this time of year is documenting all of the happy and festive memories. Creating a journal is a quick and easy way to do just that!
To create the base of this journal, I took four sheets of 8 x 8-inch paper and folded them in half. Next, I took a few cut-aparts from the collection, including tags and 3 x 4-inch journaling cards and cut them into pairs of two. I folded those in half to create small pages and then stacked all of my paper one on top of the next in the order I wanted them to be. 
I used an awl to poke holes at half inch intervals down the length of the spine and then used a saddle stitch and red embroidery thread to bind all of the pages together. 
To add more character to the cover of the journal, I added strips of torn paper in a variety of patterns. I then added a 3 x 4-inch journaling card to the cover and further embellished it with florals and icon pieces.
For the title, I added a large "Joy" sticker directly under the journaling card.
Throughout the journal, I used a mix of embellishments from the collection to decorate each page. 
I used the Chipboard Stickers and the Foam Stickers to add dimension and titles throughout the journal. I used the Decorative Brads and Cardstock Stickers to add small details and sentiments.
I created photo mats of various sizes, including 2 x 2 and 3 x 4-inch, and either adhered them down to pages or clipped them into place using paperclips and mini clothespins. To embellish these photo mats I used icons from both the Bits & Pieces and Floral Bits & Pieces pack. 
To some of the larger photo mats I added journaling cards from the Journal Elements patterned paper. 
To create more space, I added a couple of pockets to the journal. To do this, I took strips of patterned paper that roughly measured 2 x 8 inches and adhered them down to the edges of two pages. I added journaling cards from the Journal Bits pack and tags from the Tags patterned paper to these pockets. These pockets also make for a great way to add more photos to the project!
The final touches to this project were a mix of charms and tassels clipped to the front cover and a bunch of red, white, and green twine wrapped around the journal to keep it closed.
Thanks so much for stopping by my post today! I'll see you next time with another fun project!

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