Journaling in Junk Journal

This question comes up a lot how do you go about Journaling in Junk Journal? So today I’m sharing my Journaling in Junk Journal for the Junk Journal July Challenge. I created a journal to remember this month and I’ve finally finished journaling inside it today.

Journaling in Junk Journal

There are a only a few items I used when Journaling in Junk Journal for July. Since the journal was already finished all I had to do was add my journaling. My tools were simple, Jot Glue stick, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Sharpie Fine point pen – no bleed, Waxed Linen Thread, awl, bookbinders needle, or a Book Binding Kit – Awl, needle: here, washi tape, two sheets of 12 inch x 12 inch cardstock in lavender, paper cutter, scissors, Ranger Blending Tools, and Tim Holtz Distressed ink – Black Soot.

Here is a video showing my Journaling in Junk Journal July journal that I completed.

What I love the most about Junk Journals is there is no wrong way to make them, no wrong way to use them. If it is something you love then make a junk journal so that you can be like me and start Journaling in Junk Journal of your own.

Journaling in Junk Journal

For today’s Journaling in Junk Journal in my Junk Journal July journal I had printed my photos – 4 to a page what ever size I thought would look good. These were printed on standard copy paper with a laser printer. Could use real photos from a photo shop or print with ink jet printer. I would love to get one of those new mini photo printers that can print Instagram style photos.

Trimmed the photos with my paper cutter. I had a close up of the cover so it was a different size than the other photos. It made that easy to pick out of the others when trying to remember which photo went first. lol

Journaling in Junk Journal

Since I had 20 photos I wanted to use Journaling in Junk Journal July journal I made a mini journal. The mini journal was made using two sheets of 12 inch x 12 inch cardstock. These were cut into 4 inch x 12 inch strips then folded in half to make 4 x 6 pages for a mini journal.

Using the Tim Holtz Distressed ink – Black Soot I added color to all of the pages. I fold the papers both directions so that I can get both sides and down in the crease of the book.

Journaling in Junk Journal

Stack the pages of this mini journal together and center. I make a template to mark my hole placement for a Pamphlet Stitched journal. Mine is the height of the journal by 2 inches wide. So, in this case, it is 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide. Score from top to bottom in the center. Fold the paper in half to mark score. Then place a dot in the center and dots 3/4 an inch from each end.

Use an awl to pierce dots on the template. Place the template in the center of your new journal making sure to line up all the pages. I use giant paper clips to hold my pages while I’m punching and sewing the pages for Journaling in Junk Journal.

Take the awl and pierce through all the pages. Remove the template and pick up your thread to bind this journal. I use waxed linen thread that is three times the length of my journal height in this case about 12 inches. Thread a book binders needle (can use large yarn needles but the eye is wider and will make a larger hole in the paper. The yarn needles are sometimes not as strong too.

Starting in the center of the holes on the inside of the journal place your needle and push to the outside of the journal. Pull the needle up and into the top hole from the outside going inside the journal. Make sure to hang on to the tail on the inside or it will pull through. We need that to tie it off in a moment.

Now that you are inside the journal take your needle and go through the center hole. I hold the tail of the thread so it doesn’t pull through. The needle is now on the outside in the center so go to the bottom hole from the outside to the inside.

Time to tie off this journal. Pull your needle under the top thread on the inside. Gently pull the threads in opposite direction to make sure all are tight. Then tie two square knots. Here is where you can snip it close or leave a tail to add a punched shape.

Journaling in Junk Journal

Congrats you just made a tiny journal. Wasn’t that easy? Easy is good when Journaling in Junk Journals.

Then I proceeded to journal about the Flowers and Lace Junk Journal. Information about the size of the journal, how many pages, the price it was sold for and who purchased the journal. These are happy memories for me to remember later.

Journaling in Junk Journals isn’t hard. And there are no wrong ways to do so. Have fun with your journals. This one I kept to photos and writing. The next might be mixed media – paints, papers, fabric and more. And the one after might be all about a trip and the memorabilia that is collected on the way.

Have fun when you are Journaling in Junk Journals.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

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Journaling in Junk Journal

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

It is day 31 of my challenge #junkjournaljuly and I’m here to show you How to make a Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal. Using muslin fabric printed with Calico Collage Digital image from Flowers and Lace and using Vol 1 and Vol 2 of the same digital kit for the pages and elements. I will share how I made this journal with a video of the process.

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

The Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal measures about 5.5 inches wide by 7.75 inches tall with a 1.75 inch spine. There are three signatures of 10 sheets each for a total of 120 pages. Lots of room to record memories in this journal.

Supplies Used to make the Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

  • Calico Collage Flowers and Lace Journal kits Vol 1 & Vol 2
    Calico Collage Flower Mason jar Tags Freebie
    Bleached Muslin
    Flower print fabric
    Flat lace
    Freezer paper
    Tim Holtz Distressed Inks, Picked Raspberry
    Cricut picket fence gate image
    Digital Vintage flower images
    Ribbon
    Fabric Scraps
    Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
    Sewing Machine
    MISTI, I use this to stamp on the pages in the same spot so it is consistent.
    Old Book pages
    Maps, coloring book pages, notebook paper, graph paper, scrapbook paper, paper doily, various scraps of paper.
    Fiskar Scissors
    Book Binders cradle – mine is home made
    Fiskars cutting mat
    Book Binders Needles
    Awl
    Bone Folder
    Waxed Linen Thread
    Aleene’s Tacky Glue
    Flower lace trim, I found this at Hobby Lobby in the clearance. Score for me!
    Hole punch
    Handmade journal charm
    Martha Stewart Butterfly punch

Video of how to make Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal.

To begin making this Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal I used bleached muslin fabric and freezer paper. I cut a piece of fabric and then iron it to the shiny side of the freezer paper.  Next using a rotary cutter and a cutting mat I trim the new fabric paper to fit inside my printer at 8.50 inches by 11 inches.

In my photo editing software, I edit the Calico Collage image I want to use for the cover and crop it down to just the image without the text. Then I set my computer to print on my inkjet printer. I have found that it is better to print on this new fabric paper soon or make sure to store it in a way that it won’t get damaged. As the new fabric paper will fray around the edges and you will need to trim these threads before printing.

Once the fabric has dried for a while I usually print and set it aside to dry for 10 to 30 minutes. If you try to use it too soon the ink will smear. Peel the freezer paper from the back Or leave it in place until you cut the page to the size needed for the project as the paper will help it to be easier to cut on some paper cutters.

Prepare the cover by covering it with fabric. I use Aleene’s Tacky glue to hold the fabric in place and then sewed a zig zag stitch around the edges to finish.

The inside cover is scrapbook paper. I find that I love to use printed paper for the inside, but sometimes the thin scrapbook paper isn’t enough. It might be necessary to add cardstock to the inside.

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

One of my favorite things to do in my journal is adding pockets. These could be made with the actual page by folding up the bottom and sewing down the sides, or it could be making a pocket out of paper and gluing to the page. I think it adds interest to the pages.

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

For this journal, I decided to try cutting apart the pages and rearranging. On the photo below I cut the lace portion out of the center of the page and added it over an old book page then attached to the edge of the page to make a double pocket or tuck spot.

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The left over piece was attached to one of my mop up pages and the new pocket covers the area where I cut the page.

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

Adding scraps of paper to the pages is something else I enjoy doing. I’ve been lucky to have several friends give me scraps that I can use and I have a few of my own from making quilts. I think it adds a bit of softness to the journal. Don’t you?

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

Love the Calico Collage images. The colors and images are so beautiful. When I use one of the kits I try not to cover up the beautiful work that was created on the pages.

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

The beautiful Flower Mason Jar tags are a Freebie from Calico Collage. These are a perfect addition to this journal.

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When all of the pages have been completed for this Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal bind to the cover using waxed linen thread.

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

Select a length of lace or ribbon and wrap around the journal and tie into a bow. Then on the spine of this journal I glued a pretty flower chiffon trim with Aleene’s Tacky glue. I just love how soft and pretty this looks. Using a small hole punch I added a hole at the top of the spine so that I could attach the journal bling I made.

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal

Doesn’t the fabric cover look beautiful? I love how a fabric cover feels in my hands. It is so easy to print on fabric for junk journals. My hope is now that you have seen how to make a Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal you will make your own.

If you haven’t checked out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group, please do so. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. At the moment it is a small group, but we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page. Follow me on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

Keep updated of my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to learn about how to make a Flowers and Lace Fabric Cover Junk Journal.