Organizing Photos...The Junk Market Style Way

January 9th, 2019 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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An old porcelain knob and some antique nail heads are the final trashy touches to give it that pummeled look.
Created with junk to highlight photos of even MORE junk.

Its basically a custom three ring binder with each photo stored in a sheet protector.
Crusty paint and an old rusty padlock.
BEFORE: Front and back covers. 
I literally can’t wait to ruin this perfectly good paint job.
AFTER: Front and back covers.
Now thats more like it...wrecked!
An antique corbel was sliced into three pieces and not a drop of blood was spilled!

I love old letters! These were originally part of a vintage advertising sign for “Van Heusen” shirts.

I don’t have a clue what this rusty piece of metal was originally used for but its the perfect detail to junk-up the cover. The crusty green hinges complete the look.
Here’s another portfolio using the same concept but created with a trashed Coca-Cola cooler.
I’ve designed and built dozens of these custom portfolios over the past few years for artists, sculptors, architects, designers, musicians, etc. I’ve even done a few shabby wedding albums using all vintage components.

An old porcelain knob and some antique nail heads are the final trashy touches to give it that pummeled look.

An old porcelain knob and some antique nail heads are the final trashy touches to give it that pummeled look.

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2012)

Between my day job as an architect and my sideline building furniture I probably shoot a few thousand photos a year. Most are stored on discs but hundreds of pictures are printed and fill a total of six portfolios. Number seven is currently under construction. Since 98% of what I create is from re-loved junk each portfolio was designed to be a preview of what’s inside…more junk.

The latest was created using a blend of rusty steel, scrap lumber, antique architectural details and miscellaneous components from my junk pile.

There's also a sneak peek at another portfolio created from the sheet metal of an old Coca-Cola cooler.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy Junk Architect (copyright 2012)
posted in: blog, member junk, metal, wood, eclectic, organizer, green, red, letters, paint, rust, photos, corbels, portfolio, jim healy, junk architect

Comments (22)

alicemom writes: Oh a really good honk! Those are so wonderful. Your talent is as always so amazing, inspiring and just plain fantastic. Your ageing process is superb,
You how much I love your work! Thanks for more eye candy.
Smiles, Alice Posted: 8:09 am on February 29th
TerrKell writes: Love it!!! Posted: 11:48 am on February 4th
GypsyBarn writes: Most definitely just fell in love with these ideas!!!! Posted: 5:23 am on February 1st
gadgetsponge writes: That's totally rockin' Jim. I can't decide which element is my favorite. The Coke panel is super and your aging of the elements is very original. Posted: 11:03 am on January 29th
JunkArchitect writes: Thank you for all the wonderful comments!

I have received several emails inquiring about my vintage themed wedding albums. I will try to get a post up as soon as possible.

Thanks again!

Posted: 4:28 am on January 29th
konarskio writes: Be still my heart! I Love these! Thanks for the incredible portfolio inspiration! Posted: 9:15 pm on January 28th
JunkFest_Girl_2 writes: Wow!... THAT IS FANTASTIC! Seriously. Posted: 11:39 am on January 28th
plumberdaughter1 writes: WOW! One more time.....Very Very Cool! Posted: 6:13 pm on January 27th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM.
Terrific job Jim. I love the coca cola display thats neat.GOD BLESS ROBERT. Posted: 5:10 pm on January 27th
BlueBarnBird writes: Beautiful job Jim. Just love the coke one... Posted: 3:53 pm on January 27th
annebell writes: Those are just the ultimate in cool! I especially like the Coke one. The way you wrecked the covers looks so authentic, and all the embellishments are pretty much perfect! Posted: 3:26 pm on January 27th
MakinItHappen writes: This is wonderful! I especially love that old hardware (hinge?) You find the coolest stuff and do the coolest things with it. drool... Posted: 10:42 am on January 27th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: You and your work are amazing! ~Marge Posted: 10:32 am on January 27th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Outstanding! AGAIN. And really inspiring.

Donna Posted: 8:25 am on January 27th
racers7 writes: You need to just stop it, right now! How do you come up with such super cool ideas?! Very funky and I must say I'm probably your biggest fan if you had a club, heehee. Melody Posted: 8:04 am on January 27th
ninnarae writes: What a fabulous way to highlight your portfolio...PERFECT! Posted: 8:02 am on January 27th
georgiamoon writes: OH more thing. The way you distressed the covers...A-MAZ-ING! Posted: 7:12 am on January 27th
georgiamoon writes: Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy James. This portfolio is your best yet, in my opinion anyway. I have seen many of your others and they are fantastic too...all so unique, and perfect for each use. I can only imagine what your clients say when they receive one of these. I am sure that when they are shown, the portfolio gets as much attention as the contents...maybe more in some cases. You are such a talented artist and everything you touch turns out perfectly! LOVE the old junk on this one. Where DO you find these things? BTW...I think the bridal book is the most fantastic idea EVER!!!
Georgia Posted: 7:10 am on January 27th
sandyrae writes: I am always speechless... the way that you can just take random items, paint, distress, hammer, wreck and plain ole' kick the sh*t out of it and it morphs into beautiful, old, one of a kind Junk Art... You are my Hero Jim! I want to be just like you when I grow up!
Sandy Posted: 5:28 am on January 27th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Oh my... I am without words.
Let's just go with "fabulous".
Actuall, "Wow!" may be the most worthy word.
Kari Posted: 3:11 am on January 27th
berton718 writes: Wonderful transformation Jim!! I'm always inspired by what you do. Posted: 12:17 am on January 27th
bucklesbyjulz writes: very cool jim! your albums are great....and can be used for so many things!!!! LOVE the custom coca cola one! ( That has to be the "real coke" versus the "new coke" although I am not sure which coke is what anymore?! nice work!

Posted: 10:39 pm on January 26th
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