Five Barriers To Making Awesome Junk Journals
Junk journal newbies often express that they're overwhelmed when they first start out (which is how this junk journal site came to be, with the hope to help crafters find sound advice and tips from those who tried, learned and shared).
I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record in our Facebook groups because I keep repeating 'just dive in!' and it's not always that simple. Here are some of the barriers that could be stopping you.
1) Watching too many YouTube videos on the subject, long past the point of having enough information and inspiration. Once you've got the techniques and ideas in your mind and/or on paper it's probably a good idea to stop there and experiment hands on. If you don't, you'll get it all scrambled in your brain (and cause you to do way too much of #5 below).
2) Setting your expectations too high for a perfect creation. Your first junk journals should be viewed as learning tools. Embrace this idea before you get started - they are possibly the first of many great junk journals, so look at this as the training wheels on your first bicycle, not artwork headed to a gallery.
3) Comparing yourself/your abilities/your projects to others. This one ties in with the previous point but goes deeper because if you compare your abilities you could actually sabotage your creativity and squash it completely! You can't possibly know the hours, skills level, time and learning curve a fellow crafter has experienced prior to the projects you're comparing to - so just don't do that, it's self defeating. There are so many layers to this point but any comparing is unhealthy once it goes beyond the point of seeing something that inspires an idea or project. Don't take Facebook project posts at face value. It may appear like a picture perfect jj but there's no telling, is there?
4) Not trusting your creative intuition - also known as forcing yourself into a mould of what others are doing and in what order they're doing it, etc. Your gut is your best friend in all matters including creativity. Once you've done your junk journal homework, picked up a few tricks, ideas, and supplies, trust that you have everything you need to get going. You'll discover your own personal style and what techniques, process, speed, work for you. Trust yourself and the process.
5) Overthinking/fearing a disastrous end result (which again is related to intuition). What's the worst thing that could happen with the first few junk journals you make? They'll be rough 'sketches' of amazing jj's to come, or just plain ugly in your own eyes. That's it! That is the worst possible scenario. So if you stop overthinking, over planning, over collecting supplies and just make one, you'll have new experience from trying. You will learn things like what glue worked best for which paper, or that measuring really does make the signatures look more straight, or that in the end it doesn't matter what supplies you used you just really had fun. It will not have been a waste of time, it will have given you a wealth of new information. No more putting it off or spinning your wheels. There comes a time where you must stop looking outside of yourself for the solutions and just do it.
Ultimately it does comes back to this - (recognize what's stopping you and then) just jump in!