What is a Junk Journal

Almost daily I’m asked What is a Junk Journal? So today I thought I would take the time to share what a Junk Journal is and how I use one in my life.

What is a Junk Journal

So what is a junk journal? Junk journals are different things to different people. What I love about junk journals is that there is no wrong way to make one. When I think of a junk journal I think of a book that is usually handmade but isn’t limited to being handmade. Then the content of the Junk Journal is usually a variety of “junk” that the owner adds to the journal. And place to write memories.

What is a Junk Journal

Things that can be in a junk journal? Well, there are all kinds of things that can be in a junk journal. Photos, postcards, maps, envelopes, receipts, bits of ribbon and lace, important documents, pressed flowers, items that might be considered trash to others can be found in a junk journal. Old book pages might be used for pockets to hold mementos. Items that have been altered to write a note on or tuck something inside – small paper bag from the drug store, a coffee sleeve to hold a greeting card or even an old-fashioned calling card.

What is a Junk Journal

And in my opinion, each junk journal should have a place to write. The writing space can be blank sheets of paper, notebook paper, graph paper, cardstock, letterhead, stationery, tags and more. Every person has their own style and may only need a small space, others want page after page of blank space to write. Having a junk journal that is handmade can help the writer have all the space they could ever want.

In this video, I share my thoughts about what is a junk journal and show several journals I have made.

A Junk Journal is a visual way of recording moments. The visual pieces might be paint, and papers and written notes. It could be recycled trash. The contents could all be items that were found or could be purchased items.

When it comes to what is a junk journal? It is whatever you make it for yourself. No one can tell you that what you made is wrong. So have fun.

What is a Junk Journal

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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CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017

Hello, my friends. It’s that exciting time again where I get to share my CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017 entry. Being a part of this round robin has really helped me to stretch my creativity. What have you done lately to stretch your creativity?

CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017

For this CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017 entry I decided to use a page of Mixed Media Origins Nature by Tattered Angles. This paper is almost like fabric. It has a beautiful texture and it is strong. Adding wet media to this paper is no problem and that is why I chose to use it today.

Here is a video showing how I created the CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017 entry.

Some of the products used today were Mixed Media Origins Nature paper from Tattered Angels. One of my big go to products Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Iridescent Gold, Red Chillies, Crimson. I love how thick the Tattered Angels High Impact Paint is and how it adds that perfect touch, used; White and Black.

Loose or free form water coloring is so beautiful. When using the Mixed Media Origins Papers with Glimmer Mists you can get that beautiful water color effect with very little effort.

CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017

Spray Glimmer Mists into a palette and use a paint brush to add color where ever you want. Use water to dilute and move the color. A heat tool comes in handy to dry each layer of color.

CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017

When I started using the Tim Holtz stencil with a foam brush I found that I wasn’t getting the coverage I wanted. So I switched to a stiff stencil brush. Sometimes you have to switch tools to get the look you want.

CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017

The Vase of Roses image was something I found in my old digital image file folder and loved the boldness of the image. It seemed a perfect accent to the Nature paper with the roses highlighted in reds.

CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017

Every month I get a new journal as do 23 other artists. I hope you will take a look for the #CCBTRAVELINGARTJOURNAL tag to find all of the other CCB Traveling Art Journal August 2017 entries.

To see the other journal entries do a search on Social media for this tag: #ccbtravellingartjournal or #ccbtravelingartjournal Also make sure you visit Canvas Corp Brands Blog, there are lots of beautiful things posted to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Magnificent Junk Journal Page

Welcome to my blog. Today I’m sharing how to make a Magnificent Junk Journal Page. Using stamps from Brutus Monroe, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and various scraps of paper I share how to make a Magnificent Junk Journal page.

Magnificent Junk Journal Page

What are your favorite themes to use in a Junk Journal? Mine varies depending on my mood. Some are chosen because of the digital kit or a favorite stamp set that I want to use.

Supplies used for making the Magnificent Junk Journal Page
Beautiful Stamp Set from Brutus Monroe
Be Brave from Brutus Monroe
Detail ink – Raven from Brutus Monroe
Surface ink – Cabbage
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Emerald Green
Prima paper flowers
Envelope Die from Tim Holtz
Tulip Glitter Paint
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Scrapbook paper and Mop up paper cut at 8 inches by 10.50 inches
Envelopes
Bling from Dollar Tree
One inch circle punch
Paperclips
Ribbon
Distressed ink – Vintage Photo
Old book page
MISTI
Napkin
Stickers from Dollar Tree
Sewing Machine

The inspiration for making this Magnificent Junk Journal Page was from Liz Costin. Recently I was the swap coordinator for a page swap for Friendly Junk Journal People and I had the pleasure of looking at all of the pages before swapping. I loved what Liz did with her pages so I asked if I could make a tutorial with her pages. She agreed so here I am sharing. 😉

Here is a video showing how to make a Magnificent junk journal page.

Since we are doing page swaps in our group I decided to follow the size requirement that we set in the group for the pages. My page is 8 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide.

When I’m working in a journal it needs to have places to write. Isn’t that what most journals are about? Even though I may not like my handwriting I want to have plenty of room to record memories or notes. That is why this Magnificent Junk Journal Page has pockets to hold journal paper.

Magnificent Junk Journal Page

Every time I make a junk journal page I feel good about using the things I have in my stash. You can make trash into treasure with a little work.

Magnificent Junk Journal Page

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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Halloween Junk Journal Page

Hello, my friends. Today I’m sharing how to make a Halloween Junk Journal Page. Using Items that would be trash, Stamps, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, left over bits and Calico Collage Digital images.

Halloween Junk Journal Page

Have you received items in the mail or with a product and thought I really should do something with this besides throwing it away? Well, today I’ll show you how I took items that were trash and make these into a fun Halloween Junk Journal page.

Supplies Used for this Halloween Junk Journal Page
Witches Printable from Calico Collage there are 8 images, I only used four.
All Hallows Eve Digital Journal Kit from Calico Collage
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Black Soot
Garment pin
Spider charm from Tim Holtz
Cricut cut images – Black Cat, Crow and spider web
Stickers
Scrapbook paper and cardstock scraps
part of a manilla envelope that was sent to me
A booklet from a makeup kit
Note pad papers – one from Dollar Tree the other a legal JR pad
Ribbon from a swap
Butterfly hair clip from Dollar Tree
Washi Tape
Sewing machine
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Envelope die from Tim Holtz
Tattered Angles Glimmer Mists Iridescent gold and It’s Black

For those that like a video here is a video. How to make a Halloween Junk Journal Page.

This Halloween Junk Journal Page was made for a page swap inside the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Every month there is a new theme and we are swapping one page with a partner.  The idea was that it would be easier to make one page to swap with another. But if more pages were wanted, just ask to be on the list for however many pages you want to create and swap.

Halloween Junk Journal Page

The swap requirements:
1. Make 1 journal page when open measure 10.5 inches wide by 8 inches tall. The folded page will be 5.25 inches wide by 8 inches tall.
2. The page should include a tuck spot
3. At least one journal card should be included
4. Sign each page so that the new owner will know you created the page. You can sign up for specific months or take the 12 month page challenge. Please note that you must sign up each month if you want to be a part of the event.

Halloween Junk Journal Page

Using the swap requirements I selected items from my stash to create the Halloween Junk Journal Page. What I found really cool was using the things that others would throw out. Like the manilla envelope from a swap, I received in the mail or the makeup booklet.

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Use up the things that come into your life. Make art with these items. Take a look around your home and see what you can use to make your own Halloween Junk Journal Page.

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.

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

Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

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Autumn Junk Journal Page

Today I’m over on the Brutus Monroe Blog with an Autumn Junk Journal Page. Using Brutus Monroe stamps and some “Junk” I share how to make an Autumn Junk Journal page.

Autumn Junk Journal Page

Supplies Used for this Autumn Junk Journal Page.
Autumn Thanks
Turkey Day
Owl Love You
Jack O Lantern Surface Ink
Owl love you – Coordinating Die
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven
Craft Glue by Brutus Monroe
Used Business Envelope
Manila envelope I got in the mail
Scrapbook paper – two different patterns
Starbucks coffee sleeve
Burlap
Old book page
Washi Tape
Package from purchased beads
Owl Stickers
Flat back gems
Distress ink
Various scraps of cardstock
Mini binder clips
Paperclip

Autumn Junk Journal Page

How to Video for making an Autumn Junk Journal Page.

It is a lot of fun to use those things that others would put in the trash. Making a journal page like this is easy and it can look pretty, even when using trash. 😉

Autumn Junk Journal Page

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.

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

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All Hallows Eve a Halloween Junk Journal

Today I’m sharing a new Junk Journal. It is an All Hallows Eve a Halloween Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Digital images, some images from my friend Janice, Stamps, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and more.

Halloween Junk Journal

Since we are having a Halloween contest in the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group I thought I should make a Halloween Junk Journal. Norella with Calico Collage provided a great freebie for the contest and has also agreed to give the winner a copy of the All Hallows Eve Digital junk journal kit.

Halloween Junk Journal

So I thought I should make a Halloween Junk Journal with those images so that everyone can see how cool these images are to use. Using these images makes a junk journal come together so easily.

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For this Halloween Junk Journal, I started collecting things I already had in my stash. some of those items were stickers. When out shopping I buy stickers and then I get home and forget to use them. My plan this year has been to use up the items I have and when I found the stickers I decided I will use as many as I like.

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This journal also helped me use my Cricut. I did a search of all the Halloween images that I own and picked a few to cut. I didn’t use all of these images, but I had fun with the stack of things I collected. What didn’t get used in the Halloween Junk Journal will go in some RAK packages in the next few weeks. That way I get rid of this stash!

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My brother gave me a box of papers and photos he picked up at an auction a few weeks ago. It is time for me to use some of those items. Digging around in the box I found some 5 x 7 black and white photos. These became some items to add into pockets.

Halloween Junk Journal

In this video, I show how to make the cover for the Halloween Junk Journal and how to sew the pages inside. At the end of the video is a flip through of the junk journal.

Making this Halloween Junk Journal was fun. It was cool to try a few new things, like stencils and the Cricut images I cut. Many people love Halloween and consider it their favorite holiday. What is your favorite holiday?

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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.

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

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Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme

I’ve decided to share how I Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme today. My latest project is a Halloween Junk Journal and I thought it might be nice to see how to alter envelopes for this Halloween Theme.

Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme

Here is a Video on How to Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme.

It has been fun collecting envelopes. My family helps by saving the envelopes that their mail comes in so that I can alter these. What I enjoy is being able to take something that is destined for the trash and making it into something new.

Even though the envelopes I made are going inside a junk journal these can be altered to set back out in the mail. Years ago the stamp club I was a member of would decorate envelopes for our newsletters. Every month we were to bring a couple of envelopes so that the newsletter editor could mail out the newsletter in a decorated envelope. Getting those decorated envelopes was so much fun. Little works of art on the outside to hold information on the inside.

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To Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme you will want a few things. Envelopes, Stamps, scraps of paper, washi tape, sewing machine (optional), cheese cloth, Tattered Anges Glimmer Mists, Halloween images (I used some from Calico Collage – All Hallows Eve digital journal kit, some distressed ink and I also used Brutus Monroe Detail ink – Raven.

Once all the supplies are gathered cut the envelope open. For my project I wanted the envelopes to be no longer than 7.25 inches. Some people will cut each end to make a centered envelope. I just cut off one side that had the return address. Then I cut the other side so that the envelope can open all the way up.

Cut a piece of scrap paper, in my case I used a page out of a book I’ve torn apart to the same size as the envelope. This scrap paper will become the new flap on the envelope. Apply distress ink to the flap and the envelope. Use washi tape to attach this to make a flap.

Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme

Now choose some of those stamps and images and apply these to the envelope. You can decide if you want to seal the envelopes sides with sewing, washi tape or glue. I like sewing these. Sometimes I leave it so that it can be opened all the way and journal inside.

Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme

There is no wrong way to create items for a junk journal. I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I Alter Envelopes Halloween Theme.

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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Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page

Hello everyone today I’m here to share Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page over on the Brutus Monroe Blog. Using the Brutus Monroe Stamp club set for September – I love you more than tacos, I create a fun Junk Journal page with pockets and little note pads.

Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page

Here is a video for Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page.

I’m always looking for new ideas and It took me a few days to think about how I would use this little stamp set. Sometimes it takes a few days for inspiration to strike. I had been thinking about this on and off all day and I couldn’t figure out what would be cute and clever. So I went to bed and as I laid there my mind kept working.

Finally, the idea Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page came to me and I got out of bed so I could sketch out the idea and get some sleep. lol

The next morning I started looking through my papers and found this cool zig zag that reminded me of the bright colors you see in Mexican restaurants. I knew that would be a perfect background for my page.

Digging around in my scraps of paper and fabric I found the paper to cut a black and red heart. Then I found an old package from some jewelry findings and thought that would be perfect for a journal card.

Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page

It’s amazing that once you let your mind go you can come up with something creative.

The foundation paper in this journal page is one of the old letterheads from my husband’s office. I love putting these in my spray box and let the over spray cover them. This page I had a stencil in the box and decided to add color with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page

My brother gave me a box of goodies he found at an auction. Some of these items were in the trash and some he purchased for $1 for a large box. I found the 90’s girl in the box and thought it was funny to add I love you more than Tacos in a speech bubble.

Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page

Creating a junk journal is about having fun. That is why I thought I would share Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page as it is funny and it made me laugh.

Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page

I hope you enjoyed my post today about Creating Taco Themed Junk Journal Page.

Make sure to check out the Brutus Monroe Blog.

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.

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

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Jane Austen Junk Journal

Sharing a Jane Austen Junk Journal made with Calico Collage digital images and items from my stash. This beautiful journal is a perfect gift for the Jane Austen fan in your life.

Jane Austen Junk Journal

The journal measures 5.5 inches wide, 7.25 inches tall and has a 1.75 inch spine. For the cover foundation is canvas over chipboard with cardstock and the digital images sewn on top. Inside are 3 signatures of 11 sheets of paper each for a grand total of 132 pages.

This journal has a tie closure, made with hardware and pink organza ribbon. There are pockets on both the inside front and back cover. A great place to add little notes, in the back pocket is a few extra bits I didn’t use in the journal.

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Watch the flip through video of this Jane Austen Junk Journal below.

Throughout this journal, there are many tuck spots and pockets that hold journal cards. So many journal cards that it makes this journal fat!

There is a tutorial on one of the pages I made using Brutus Monroe Stamps. You can see it over on the Brutus Monroe Blog. Inside are three of these page sets in this Jane Austen Junk Journal.

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Love the Calico Collage images that I used in this Jane Austen Junk Journal. For this junk journal, I used the following downloads

First the Jane Austen, Printable, Journal Kit
Second the Jane Austen, Printable, Digital Tags these look like mason jars
Third the Jane Austen, Printable Ephemera, ATC size journal cards.

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I decided that I wanted to use more fabric in this journal than I have before. Several of the pages have fabric over the edges attached to pages from an old book to make pockets or tuck spots. The texture of the fabric and the paper sewed together makes me happy.

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Most of the Jane Austen Junk Journal has been sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. This is my favorite way to add color to blank pages. I don’t use the coffee or tea method to dye paper. I like the bright colors that you can get with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. Don’t you think these look beautiful?

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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.

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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.

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

Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

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Junk Journal Swap Pages

Needing some pages for a swap, it was time to make Junk Journal Swap Pages. These had to be fun! It is so fun to customize a project and using stamps is a great way to do that!

Junk Journal Swap Pages

I’m over on the Brutus Monroe Blog sharing how to Decorate Journal Pages.Using Brutus Monroe Stamp set Dreamcatching, Chameleon Pens, Sewing, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and more.

Make sure you check out the blog to see all of the supplies used. There is a video showing how to make the Junk Journal Swap Pages.

Making these Junk Journal Swap Pages is a great way to use up all those papers that you have been collecting. But maybe you don’t like them 100%. Since these were Junk Journal Swap Pages it these don’t have to match and these don’t have to be perfect either.

It was also great to use up lots of scraps of fabric that I’ve had for years. Years ago I made fabric angles and had a ton of fabric strips. After playing around with the scraps I found that these were perfect for the Junk Journal Swap Pages I was creating.

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.

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.

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

Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

Junk Journal Swap Pages

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