Welcome to the March Week 3 – Monthly Muse – Junk Journaling! This is such an exciting month where: We DARE you to EMBRACE play!! WE DARE YOU to develop your talent. WE DARE YOU to create something new. WE DARE YOU to evolve your art. WE DARE YOU to challenge yourself. WE DARE YOU TO EMBRACE Change. WE DARE YOU TO EMBRACE New ways of thinking. WE DARE YOU TO EMBRACE Your fear of trying something new. WE DARE YOU TO EMBRACE The uncertainty. For week three, your challenge is to make a digital or hybrid Junk Journal. You are welcome to use a template or make your Junk Journal from scratch. The key thing we are striving to achieve this week is to make a layout that resembles an opened or closed Junk Journal. What’s a Junk Journal you ask? A Junk Journal is a HANDMADE book of recycled and found materials, bits of scrap paper or unused paper bits. It is up-cycling at its art journaling finest. The Junk Journal is composed of stuff that would otherwise be thrown away – JUNK! Or, all those papers you do not want to throw away but are lying unused in a junk drawer. This handmade book may be made from scrap paper, bits of ephemera, old book pages, junk mail, lace, fabric, and ribbons. The beauty of a Junk Journal is that pages already have “something” on them. This helps break the fear of the “blank page” staring back at you. Once assembled, the Junk Journal is not complete. The pages are waiting for you to fill them with mixed media and art journaling. Over the years I have made several Junk Journals. The first one is thick, chunky, and very junky! It’s the Capital J in Junk. It is made from an old composition book in which I glued scrapbooking paper to each page. Inside is a collection of paper-pieced collages, random fliers (like the Women’s History Month flier) and inspirational magazine clippings. I also adhered envelopes and bits of ephemera like tickets and stickers to the pages. Many bright and colorful “blank” pages remain. This Junk Journal is over a decade old. It is sturdy and lasted through many moves. Below is my most recent Junk Journal. While I think the red and grey cover is snazzy, the inside is just as junky as my other Junk Journals. This book is being filled up with pictures, collage, and art journaling. It’s a safe place to practice art journal techniques. Since the book is “junk” there is no need to fear mistakes or ugly art. Just play! So, now that you have an idea of what a Junk Journal is (a handmade book full of junk), you may be wondering, how in the world do I create one in digital fashion? Inspired by the layers and layers of stacked paper, I’ve created layouts with a Junk Journal look. Here are two examples: I typically begin this kind of layout by making a template. I think of the base layer as what the book is sitting on. The next layer is the outer cover of the book. Then I add rectangular shapes that will be the pages. After I get a couple of “pages” I begin clipping papers to them and add soft shadows. I typically tilt or cant the papers to get a messy look too. Next, I insert bits of ephemera, journal cards, and labels between the pages to build up bulk. Satisfied with the bulk, I move on to the “opened” pages and develop my focal point or message. Sometimes I simulate the look of a transparency by lowering the opacity of a light-colored paper – here I lowered opacity to 52%. I kept my Junk Journal simple, but you can add bulky items to a junk journal. So, feel free to add as many elements as you’d like to your digital Junk Journal. And besides, in digital format, your only limitation is your creativity! Making a template from scratch not your thing? No worries. Be sure to visit *Traveler’s Notebook Templates* under the Template category in the store. You’ll find lots of templates that can serve as the base of your Junk Journal. Monthly Muse Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 1. For the Monthly Muse, you must create a new layout for this challenge. You may create any style of layout that mimics a Junk Journal (i.e., clean and simple, artsy, pocket style etc.), with or without a photo. Create any size page you wish. The Art Muse is for everyone. Have FUN! 2. Be sure to follow gallery guidelines when posting (at least 50% current TLP product). 3. Please post your layout to the Art Journaling Gallery HERE by Midnight, EST 02 April 2023. And post your layout in this thread by copying the "Share BB Code" to the right of your gallery image. Each post, regardless of the week posted in the month of March earns you one chance to win a $5 coupon to the TLP store. Thus, 1 Muse = 1 chance to win 2 Muses = 2 chances to win 3 Muses = 3 chances to win 4 Muses = 4 chances to win 4. March, Week 3: Create a Junk Journal. You can simulate the look with a digital layout. The “book” can be open or closed. You may go hybrid this month and create a Junk Journal using TLP papers, templates, or pre-made Junk Journals (input Junk Journal into the store search engine and see what comes up!). Can’t wait to see your Junk Journal interpretations! P.S. I'll be back ASAP with a hybrid mini-junk journal I made.