Sometimes I feel as if I need an art journal for everything I do! Well, at least everything I want to remember or keepsake.
Over the last year or so, as I received more and more happy mail, in the form of envelopes stuffed with ephemera goodness, it became increasingly apparent I needed some organization. So, as I shuffled my treasures from basket to box to larger box, I began feeling a bit like a hoarder! Also, I realized that these were gifted to me to use and have fun with, and that they have a very special meaning to me. The only idea I could come up with was to use them in my mail art, but that would mean sending them off. So, when I had my Aha! moment the other day to use them in a mail art journal, I couldn’t wait to get started. As you will see…
…you may remember this photo from the other day. I chose the one with the owl on it to start.
This is the first page I did. I worked on it later that day. Being Valentine’s Day, I ran with it. It’s a bit on the busy side, but I was a little excited!
There were a few pages done in this journal, so I just restructured them a bit, added my gifted ephemera, and ink stamped here and there.
This journal is filled with lots of wonderful illustrations and images that I would prefer not to cover, so there’s the occasional scrapbook paper work around.
Another page re-do. I’m getting a “retro vacay” feeling from this one. Although, I rarely dress to the nines anymore, let alone on vacation!
I had put together some pages with places to journal on. This page has enough to say, so I just decorated over it.
Again, I rarely dress to the nines when cleaning my bathroom anymore!
One of my favorite pages right now! This is an envelope I received from my dear friend Iryna quite a while ago. It is perfect for storing handwritten letters in, it has kind of a vacation travel feel to it that I love! (Hmmm…that vacation word again!)
Last year, I had put together some small binders to keep my artist post cards and some of my gifted ephemera in, I can’t tell you how much I love having a permanent place for my letters too!
I hope to write about my happy mail ephemera organization sometime soon. I’m afraid it’s not too terribly exciting, but you may find it useful.
Thanks for the visit,
Have a great week,
4 thoughts on “My New Happy Mail Journal”
This post is so cheerful, my favourite spread is the Valentine’s Day-themed one. Although it is busy, everything is hapmonised and balanced.
Thank you Iryna!
oh man patty, we are cut from the same cloth. i’ve contemplated making a journal about/for ALL my journals! i would have a page about my journals-what i’ve named them and what’s in them/what they are for, etc. lol. i decided to make a happy mail journal at the start of the year myself. (haven’t started it yet-but plan to very soon) i do a homemade smashbook type journal every year where i smash in all the bits and pieces of my journey divided by months. a journal for postcard swaps. one for cards and other snail mail. and smashbooks for each of my grown kids-things they send me-pictures i print, etc. all the keepsakes and memories are important to me and i love having these journals to hold all my treasures.
i also made one recently i call “the gallery” where i put loose pages i’ve colored from coloring books, doodles, etc. and my commonplace journal houses various categories like quotes, books i’ve read, interesting articles, . . . . i use small 3 ring binders and/or punch holes in cardstock paper and use ring binder clips. thanks for sharing, look forward to hearing/seeing more about your happy mail ephemera organization. (i know it can take on a life and space of it’s own if not kept in check!! haha) btw-i no longer dress to the nines when cleaning the bathroom either!
for pages you don’t want to cover the images on-you can always use a piece of washi tape and add whatever you want to the page like a tip in-one piece of tape along one side. i dislike cover something pretty as well, which is why i began making my own smashbooks. the pages were too pretty to cover! ❤
I’ve thought about making a “Journal” journal, Maybe some day! 🙂