Celebrating the Solstice

I have made it my goal to spread light with my words and my deeds during this holiday season that concludes what was a difficult year for many.

People have many ways of coping with difficult times. For me, I turn to my journal. I have added many holiday pages to my 2016 junk journal:

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I have been giving some thought to how I want to record the holiday this year. I have been taking photos of my decorations. Many of my keepsakes are still at my old house, so I have had to decorate in a new way and keep things very simple.

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I have been reflecting on 2016 and trying to decide which memories I want to carry forward into the new year. I know I developed some healthy rituals such as practicing journaling daily that I want to continue in the new year. I am also very pleased that I decided to take something I love doing, journaling and working with paper, and make it into a business on Etsy: Old School Jenny

My shop is currently in vacation mode while I dedicate the following weeks to caring for myself and for my family. Meanwhile I have some projects going on to prepare for the reopening in January. I would like for the new focus of my shop to be custom junk journals. I experienced immense joy creating a junk planner for one customer:

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After that I made myself a personal junk planner, one that I plan on writing down only positive memories as well as dreams and intentions in:

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I would love to make similar journals for other people. I really do love making them.

I hope you are having a good holiday season and that you find a positive way to celebrate the holiday in a way that is meaningful for you.

The Best Etsy Shops for the Journal Lover

It may blizzard this weekend making Christmas shopping quite difficult. Thankfully I still have time to do some shopping online. I love supporting Etsy businesses!

I refuse to stress over the holidays this year. I think we all do our best to show our friends and family that they are loved. We all make mistakes. I know I tend to forget to put people on my Christmas card list, I try to make up for it by sending out new years cards.

I want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy shops since it is a time of much shopping! Of course I would prefer for you to shop from me, but you know I am able to share even though its not easy for me lol. Here are a few of my favorites:

Kit N Caboodle Paper

Vanessa makes nice junk journals using vintage book covers at a steal of a price

Paper Clay Junkie

This is Jenniebellie’s shop. If you don’t know who she is you are really missing out. She is a popular journal artist. She teaches a lot of workshops and she is all around a great inspiration to me and to many others. I am confident that her products are top notch.

AOR Journals

This is the shop to go to if you have a Midori planner/journal. The inserts here are high quality at a good price with fast shipping. Highly recommend.

Last but not least! My shop!

Old School Jenny

I have added some cute Christmas items including cards, ornaments, and tags. I just love working with paper! Please come take a look and see what you might find.

I will leave you with a picture of one of the ornaments I made, that is hanging on my turquoise and silver feathered Christmas tree 🙂 In the picture there is also a card that I made and a cardinal gift tag.

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Story Time

Some things that I am learning about on my journey…

We all have stories. Some may see my story and think “how tragic” or “she must be strong”.  However, I am tired of that story, so I am busy building a new story about a successful woman who takes what she loves and uses her gifts to help others. My new story is something that I have been working on, off and on for a very long time. Meanwhile I am grateful to have my bipolar story published by patientslikeme.com on their wonderful, wonderful blog:

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(no worries this is a happy story and it has a happy ending)

It is so nice to feel so supported by a community of people who, like me, struggle with chronic illness. The people I have encountered on their forums have been so kind to me while I have been…stuck.

Lately, I have felt that it is necessary for me to spend some time working on me. Part of that means making art for myself. I have a feeling I will return to making things for my shop soon, so never fear. My muse is always just around the bend. If you have a shop of  your own I would be curious to know if this ever happens to you?

I also want to share a new part of my journey with you. It is an art community inspired and moderated by Jenniebellie. I am so in awe of how Jennie shares her talents so freely and has created such a hub of learning and support for people who love to work on journals such as myself. It’s a fabulous community and if you like creating and sharing with others I highly recommend it. It’s found at journalworkshops.ning.com

That is all for now. If you took the time to visit PLM’s blog I greatly appreciate it. Here is my new spot for just being at peace:

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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:

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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?

 

 

 

Halloween Junk Journal

I have been working on a very special project for awhile. It is called my spooky cat Halloween journal. I started by making a digital kit for it in photoshop and then this week I started to put a print copy of it together. It was relatively easy and a lot of fun to do so. Here is a list of the supplies I used:

  • my photoshop pages printed on white 12 sheets of cardstock
  • cardboard from a cereal box
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • 3 jump rings
  •  a hole punch
  • a ruler
  • washi tape
  • twine
  • stamps
  • ink
  • ribbon

I started by printing out the photoshop designs onto white cardstock. The images are vintage and feature black cats. They have a resolution of 300 dpi so they print very nicely.

I cut the pages out and then I glued the cover pages onto the cardboard. I took the other pages and glued one page to another. The journal pages are double-sided and they print onto 10 pages of cardstock because there are two journal pages on each sheet.

After that I used a hole punch to punch 3 holes into each page. This part is kind of tricky, you want to make sure that you line the holes up evenly on each page so I recommend that you use a ruler. I then bound the pages together using 3 one-inch jump rings.

I inked the edges of each page to make it look more vintage mostly with orange ink but some with black. I also added some decorative stamps to the covers.

I took the tags that I cut out after I printed them  from the digital kit and I used washi tape to adhere them to the pages. The digital kit comes with three pockets you can use for the tags. There are six tags so you can print the pockets out twice if you would like.

At the end I adorned the jump rings with some ribbon I had leftover from an earlier scrapbooking project and voila I was finished.Questions or feedback are much appreciated in the comment section here. If you would like to see more pictures of the journal you can find them on Etsy or like my page on Facebook. halloween-journal-cat-tag

Old School Origins

 

You never know when a moment will become a lasting memory. This month we are moving again. It’s our fourth time moving as a couple but the first time we have moved in ten years. We are moving from a very small town in central Michigan to another small town (but not quite as small) in Southern Michigan on the border of Ohio. The catalyst for this change is my husband Chris, who graduated this year with a degree in electrical engineering, landing his first engineering job at Adrian Steel Company.

The last ten years have been good to us. We moved from California to Michigan after we both had ended our contracts with the US Navy. We quickly learned that houses were out of our price range in Southern California and much more affordable in Michigan. We have lived very comfortably in an old craftsman house along with our two basset hounds, Willy and Flash, and our neurotic Jack Russel named Fez. Although we have been very happy here, I am excited about a new start.

As for the memory…shortly after moving into this old house I was rearranging my papers and as I walked into the living room from the hallway my clumsy self tripped and fell and the papers scattered across the floors. Chris observed this all with a smile and said “there she is, Jenny is being old school again.” This turned out to be one of his favorite memories of me and he continues to call me “old school Jenny” whenever he finds me working with my crafts. He says its me being old school because as long as he has known me I have loved everything to do with paper. Things like making paper crafts, writing in my journal, creating art journals, and just browsing the office supply section of stores.

For the better part of a year I have been trying to figure out the best way to share my arts and crafts with others. I gave a lot of consideration to creating a portfolio to take with me to the local artists outlet but once I opened my shop on Etsy I found that this was the absolute best way for me to take the next step for sharing my passion. For those of you considering opening a shop on Etsy, I can’t recommend it enough. It is a very affordable, relatively easy way to market your goods and Etsy’s popularity helps you to reach more people than one might otherwise.

Old School Jenny is my work of love. In my Etsy shop you will find all kinds of both paper crafted gift tags and digital tags,  premade scrapbook layouts, digital scrapbook pages, home made greeting cards, and printable journal kits. I aim to use this blog as a place to give you the background story of the items that I have for sale and to help you get to know me better. Please comment if you have any questions or if you would like to give me some feedback. All input is enjoyed and appreciated.

Other places you may find me:

Old School Jenny on Facebook

Old School Jenny on Pinterest

Old School Jenny on Instagram

Old School Jenny on Twitter

Old School Jenny Origins

…Old School Jenny is my work of love. In my Etsy shop you will find all kinds of both paper crafted gift tags and digital tags,  premade scrapbook layouts, digital scrapbook pages, home made greeting cards, and printable journal kits. I aim to use this blog as a place to give you the background story of the items that I have for sale and to help you get to know me better. Please comment if you have any questions or if you would like to give me some feedback. All input is enjoyed and appreciated.

Other places you may find me:

Old School Jenny on Facebook

Old School Jenny on Pinterest

Old School Jenny on Instagram

Old School Jenny on Twitter

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