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I have joined a junk journal design team. Lavender Blu (Fiona Coley from Perth West Australia) accepted me as a design team member. Last month I made my first design team project.

What are design teams?

Many junk journal designers produce wonderful printable papers for other journal makers to use. In order to get these printables showcased by junk journallers, artists set up teams of designers to make projects for their designs.

What this means is that the same set of printables can be designed in several different styles. This shows potential purchasers how versatile the printables are.

How do design teams work?

Each designer will have different requirements, but basically a journal maker commits to producing a certain number of projects in a certain time frame. In the case of Lavender Blu, that is one project per month for six months.

In Fiona’s design team, design team members get to choose the kit they want to design with. Then the DT member must make the DT project by the due date.

What did I choose for my first DT Project?

I chose Patchwork Fabrics because I spent more than thirty years making, writing about, and teaching others to make quilts.

The printed pages inspired me to make a large trashy junk journal based around the blocks depicted in the images. Many handmade tags, papers from old Down Under Quilts magazines (from my column) and other pretty papers and images feature inside.

Patchwork block DT project
Patchwork Fabrics printable page from Lavender Blu Arts

Above: Shoo Fly is one of my favourite traditional blocks.

Below is the cover of my Patchwork Parade junk journal, for sale in my Etsy store.

Design Team project February: Patchwork Parade front cover
Patchwork Parade front cover

And here’s a spread from the journal:

Design Team project February: Flip out envelope pocket
Flip out envelope pocket with bright writing paper inserts

Video of my DT project

Look inside the journal and see what I designed.

Patchwork Parade design team project February 2020

Next design team project?

You’ll have to wait and see!

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