concert journal on shelf

Above is the spine and beautiful tassel of my rock n roll concert junk journal that I recently made. I am still enjoying filling it with tickets and concert memorabilia from all the shows that Chris and I have been to since 2002. Since my last post a lot has changed. For one, the pace at which I am moving is much more steady and focused. I think starting in late May or maybe it was June I began making journals out of manila folders for my friends. They were gratitude journals. Then I decided to make a fabric hard cover journal to document our Paris vacation last August in. I used a cardboard box that once shipped a book for that. I didn’t start using deconstructed books for junk journals until I made my basset hound journals which will have to be my next post. I just wanted to make a quick post tonight to let you know that things have changed. I am actively creating now. I am proud of this concert journal that I made. It is so colorful and bright.

Moving Forward If Ever So Slowly

I don’t know how to word this post so I am just going to bleed my thoughts. As of my last post I was on the verge of a breakdown. It wasn’t pretty. I was in and out of the hospital 3 times. But that’s enough about that.

A slump followed as usual. Now I am on the up, and that has my family worried. To be honest I am worried too. Still at this point there isn’t much I can do. I must continue to live out my life.

On the bright side I have started to be creative again. I am making vision boards, journals, and gardening. I am focused on my diet, obsessed with losing weight that I gained with the recent medication that they put me on.

All in all, it is all just one step at a time. I follow my doctors orders. I listen to my therapist. And yet there is something of me in all of this.


Cyber Monday Special

I have an announcement to make! Old School Jenny is having a grand reopening! You can find me on Etsy just search for “Old School Jenny”. I don’t have anything listed currently but I am going to try to make one listing in time for Monday.

I plan on giving away some of my trinkets. All you have to do is pay shipping and handling. I promise it will be very reasonable. Keep an eye out!


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Abundantly Grateful 2017

2017 feels like a significant year for me. I am making a concerted effort to make meaningful goals this year. This year I have also added some themes. One of my themes is:

Abundant Living

I hung an illustration that has a quote saying “Ginny refused to worry” next to my desk today as a reminder to myself that there is no need to worry. The Universe is abundant and there will always be more good things coming my way even if I use my pretty craft paper today I may find even prettier paper tomorrow. The picture is also a keepsake; an illustration saved from a vintage book that I made into a journal for my friend’s daughter Julia. The book was titled Ginny and the Missing Heirloom, a mystery published in 1950. The cover and illustrations from the book made a beautiful junk journal. My husband helped me bind it by drilling holes into the pages and helping me to incorporate a rosary that was intertwined in the binding while the cross acted as a bookmark:


I really enjoyed making this custom journal, it made my day yesterday when my friend shared a picture with me of her daughter opening the journal for the first time:


Another theme is:

Living in the Flow

One of my goals this year is to achieve a great deal of personal growth. One of the ways I plan on doing this is by reading several nonfiction books on topics that are important to me. Topics like creativity, happiness, and success. I recently finished reading a book about living creatively called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book inspired me to release more of my work into the eye of the public. The book made me want to take risks. That is why I recently listed what I like to call my manifestation journals. These are junk journals made from file folders that include collages and sometimes ink or paint. In both of the ones I have listed there are several messages written within, either on pages or in pockets that let the recipient of the journal know that the Universe or some other higher power loves them, cares for them, and wants only the best for them.



You may find these journals and more at my Etsy shop

I think my most important theme this year is:

Consciously Evolving

I chose this theme to give myself some room to change over time. I plan on revisiting each goal and each theme throughout the year, reflecting and deciding whether I want to move forward with it or if I want to move on to something else. I believe that goals are living things and as such they need to grow. Also sometimes I have found that a certain goal that I had was no longer serving me and that it was time to let it go. I like to try to be flexible.

Today I worked on making vision pages in my personal junk journal. These are similar to vision boards. In case you are wondering what my vision is for Old School Jenny:



Finally, I just had to include an affirmation for 2017 in with all of this. It is about being awake in the dream and it is one of my favorites of all time:



Craft Room Dreaming OSJ Style

After much delay and some hard luck I am happy to announce that we have found our new place in Adrian, Michigan (near the border of Ohio). Our new place has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and all of the amenities we were hoping for such as a large kitchen and a garden tub with a walk in shower. As a bonus there is a place to eat just off the kitchen and a small deck in the back. Chris is possibly more excited than I am about building a crafting room that I can use to create new items for Old School Jenny.

Browsing on Etsy this morning I stumbled across my dream desk! It’s absolutely stunning. This woman did an outstanding job refurbishing this old desk with a hutch and a chair. Check it out:


I think this desk is so beautiful. I am just going to leave it here for now.

If I manage to make my dreams come true and purchase this desk than I think everything else for my craft room will fall into place and be designed around this piece. I want a lot of vintage items and things that have been upcycled and include lots of reclaimed wood and vintage artwork and graphics. Once I get my new room all set up I look forward to not only getting back to creating new things for you but also sharing with you my process and inspiration for each new project.

Do  you have a dream craft room? What would you include in it?