Some of our Ranger customers have returned product to us and they will often use the same packaging that their order comes in. I have saved some of the padded envelopes that we have gotten back. I thought they would make a cool soft-bound junk journal.
Step 1: To create the recycled journal cover, you'll want to use a Ranger bubble mailer that you've received product in.
Step 2: Cut the large envelope and open it to make a larger surface. I didn’t want to cover up the logos so I let the design stand.
Step 3: I didn’t want to show the raw edge, so I painted Dina Wakley MEdia Stickyback Canvas Tape with Dylusions Postbox Red Paint and used it to seal the edges.
Step 4: We all have scrap pieces of paper that we have inked, painted, smeared, or collaged on. To create the inside of the journal, I gathered some papers that I had lying around.
Step 5: I also had some old calendars with pages that looked like they needed some jazzing up. So I will use a variety of inks and mediums on them.
Step 6: Use Dylusions Ink Sprays to add some color to a few calendar pages.
Step 7: For these pages, I applied Distress Texture Paste using the Dina Wakley Media Cross Hatch stencil and Midnight Snack Lunar Paste with a Dylusions stencil.
Step 8: Cut your pages to different sizes.
Step 9: Gather and sew them into one signature with the cover. I used string and a needle to punch three holes through all of the pages and made a knot with the string in the middle of the journal.
Step 10: I trimmed some of the pages that were hanging off, but otherwise, I don’t mind the different sized pages.
Can’t wait to use this as an art journal!
Teresa works at Ranger by day and at night, dabbles in creative pursuits such as crafting, cooking, and community theatre. Evidence of these can be found at her Instagram handle, @asiattic.