Christmas Junk Journal Page

Today I’m sharing How to make a Christmas Junk Journal Page. Using digital images from TsunamiRose – Christmas List Ephemera Pack, vintage hymnal page, ribbon and more.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Each month the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group has a page swap. It is Junk Journal Page Swap. The requirements; the page has to be 8 x 10.5 inches and when folded measures 8 x 5.25 inches. Each page should have a pocket and a journal card/tag included.

So other than sticking with the theme we had a lot of choices on how we can make our pages. This month it is a Christmas/Winter theme. I decided this would be a perfect project for the TsunamiRose kit Christmas List Ephemera Pack. Love the Vintage images, there are lots to choose from in the kit so you can mix it up too.

Here is a video of How to make a Christmas Junk Journal Page.

When I made this Christmas Junk Journal Page I really did want to try some new things. I also wanted to make sure that I used some junk from my stash. This journal met my goals.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Something new I used in a Junk Journal Page was sewing on wide ribbon and making a pocket with it the ribbon. Someone shared a photo of something they had made with a ribbon and it sparked my creativity. I’ll share the actual project later on as I want to do another tutorial. 😉

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Being able to use up some of my stash is so wonderful. I was able to use that red ribbon that I’ve had for so, so very long. The wide Christmas Poinsettia ribbon has also been in my stash for a while.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Wander around your studio and look at things differently.  There maybe be a cool something that you can use, the ribbon, the tule, and lace from another project. Have fun using it differently.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

My Christmas Junk Journal Page ended up with 4 pockets and one tuck spot. There are eight different pieces to write or add memories to as well. Looking at it, now I want to keep it, but I signed up for the swap so I guess I’ll just have to make a second one if I want my own.

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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How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal

Start playing the Christmas music. lol Today I’m sharing How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal. Using Fabric, Cardstock, Calico Collage journal kit – Golden Christmas along with my sewing machine I share How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal.

How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal

Almost daily I get questions on how to make a cover for a junk journal. I decided to share a video with the steps I take for a cover. How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal.

What you will need for this project. How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal
Pages – Calico Collage Golden Christmas, I have mine stamped and sprayed, ready to add trim
Fabric for outside cover
Chipboard – can use a cereal box or purchase chipboard or even an old book.
Cardstock for inside covers
Photocopy of music out of an old hymnal
Glue Stick
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Sewing machine – Mine is old but works great.
Needles I use Organ Flat Shank Size 80/12, Use what is recommended by your sewing machine. 
Thread of your choice – I used red.
Ribbon
Washi Tape
Distress Ink, Black Soot, and Vintage Photo
Fiskars Scissors – to trim the thread\
Waxed Linen Thread
Bookbinders Needle
Bookbinder’s awl in a kit.

Tip for making a cover from scratch. Know the size of your pages first. Once I have all my pages done and I stack them into Signatures (a group of folded papers) I measure. Measure the thickness of the pages. In my case, these were about 1 inch. The height of the page needs to be measured. My pages are 8 inches tall. The width next. Mine is 5.25 inches wide without lace, with lace 6 inches.

The book insides measure 8 x 5.25 with a one-inch spine. I want there to be plenty of room so I then add a little to each and end up with the following. The height 8.5, the width 6.25 and then the spine is 1.25.

Cut the chipboard two pieces 8.5 x 6.25 one piece 8.5 x 1.25. These will be the insides of your cover for stability. Layout these pieces and then measure a large rectangle. In my case, it was 16 inches wide by 10 inches tall.

Adhere the chipboard to the cover (fabric or paper) with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Use a bone folder to smooth out the glue and for the cover to adhere.

Fold over the edges to the inside of the cover. Again use Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Once the cover outside is complete, I will embellish the cover if I plan to sew, I do it now. For this Christmas Junk Journal, I used images from Calico Collage, copy of music, scrap of paper, washi tape and ribbon. Just play around with the composition until you see what you like.

Create pockets if you want them on the inside cardstock pieces. Adhere the inside pages to the cover with the spine being first. (if you want to do a hidden spine on a book you would sew to the 1.25 x 8.5 inch spine piece before you adhere it to the cover.

How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal

How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal

Now that the cover is done sew your pages to the cover and you are done! Enjoy the journal you just made!

How to make a cover for Christmas 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.

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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How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages

Time for Christmas projects. Today I’m sharing How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages for the Christmas Junk Journal I’m making. The pages are from the Golden Christmas journal kit from Calico Collage.

How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages

There are times when I love to really add lots of embellishments to pages. Today was one of those days to add lace and pretty trims. I love how it changes the whole look of the pages, don’t you?

How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages

Here is a video showing How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages.

What you will need for this project. How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages
Pages – Calico Collage Golden Christmas, I have mine stamped and sprayed, ready to add trim
Trim – I have a variety of lace and eyelash trim that I used for my pages.
Sewing machine – Mine is old but works great.
Needles I use Organ Flat Shank Size 80/12, Use what is recommended by your sewing machine.
Fiskars Scissors – to trim the thread

I’ve been sewing for a very long time. One of the questions I get all of the time, will sewing on paper hurt my machine? No, it won’t. It isn’t much different than sewing on fabric. Personally, I think that sewing on paper is less messy.

How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages

Make sure to keep your machine maintained. Check your owners manual on how to clean and oil your machine, or take to a local repair shop for service.

When done sewing on paper, you may want to change the needle if going to sew on fabric as the needle might be dull. Otherwise if not going back and forth, I keep the same needle until it breaks or bends. 😉

How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages

There are all kinds of lace and trims out there. Sometimes these can be found at thrift stores or specialty shops. I’ve had some given to me in the past too.

When sewing on paper, I’ve found that if I leave the lace trim long it is much easier to control. I don’t glue the lace down I hold it with my hands. Having a piece of trim longer than your page makes it easy to control.

How to sew lace trim on Junk Journal Pages

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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What is a Signature & Tutorial for Pamphlet Stitch

The almost daily I’m asked What is a Signature & Tutorial for Pamphlet Stitch. This blog post is answering this question and I hope will help those that want a better understanding of What is a signature.

What is a Signature & Tutorial for Pamphlet Stitch

A signature in bookbinding is a group of stacked papers folded in half that is bound to a cover in a book or journal. The number of papers used is all up to the creator. Some use only a few papers – five. Other people will use at least ten sheets of paper. For bookbinding or journal making it is all personal preference.

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Supplies list for What is a Signature? & Tutorial for pamphlet stitch
Scraps of paper for pages
Index card – decorated with stencil and distress ink with a painted scrap of paper sewn on top
Awl
Book Binders Needle
Waxed Linen Thread
Large or Giant paper clip
Fiskar Scissors
Paper Template – Measure the height of journal. Place a mark in the center and then two more on the ends at least 1/2 inch from the edge.

Now that I have defined what is a signature here is a video that shares this information and a tutorial for a pamphlet stitch. The pamphlet stitch is one of the easier ways to bind pages to a cover and I use it almost exclusively.

Did I answer your question, What is a Signature & Tutorial for Pamphlet Stitch? If not feel free to comment below or connect on Facebook the Friendly Junk Journal People group.

What is a Signature & Tutorial for Pamphlet Stitch

For those that want to know how to add more than one signature to a cover check out the Halloween Junk Journal blog post. There is a video there to walk you through the process.

What is a Signature & Tutorial for Pamphlet Stitch

Another Journal you can use to see how to add three signatures to a cover is the Flowers and Lace Journal.

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.

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A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

Here it is the second installment of my Junk Journal series A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal. In this project, I show the items I selected for the journal and then make the journal from the insides to the covers and including the embellishments.

Napkin Embellishments

This is the video showing How to make A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal.

Supplies Used in A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

Calico Collage Digital Journal Kit – A Mermaid’s Tale, Summer Paradise
Scrapbook paper – sea theme
Book Page
Note Cards
Printed Cardstock Journal cards
Graph Paper
Notebook paper
Mulberry paper
Paper Clips
Washi Tape
Rubber Stamps
Chameleon Pens
Tulip Glitter Paint
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven
MISITI
Fiskar Scissors
Tim Holtz World Die
Stencils
Ribbon
Calendar image
Cricut Seahorse shapes
Jot Glue Sticks – any brand will work
Sheet music
Map
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Distressed Ink – Vintage PhotoStormy Sky
Dritz Cheesecloth, 36-Inch by 6-Yard
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Mint JulipPrecious Metal and Denim Blue
Sea Themed Stickers
Shell sequins – party supply
Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint, 4-Ounce, Surf
Sewing machine with a dark green thread
100 ORGAN FLAT SHANK 15X1 HAX1 HOME SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES – SIZE #80/12

A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

The first thing I do is pull my digital papers to the front if I’m going to be using some in the journal. My reason for doing so is this will determine the size of all the pages I use in my junk journal. I prefer to have all the pages the same size. Occasionally I’ll do a journal with all different sizes of papers but when working with digital images I like using the size they are printed.

A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

Having pulled the digital images out of A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal digital kit, I’ll see if I want to print lines on the back side and then trim the page of the white area down to the page image. Now I measure this page and that is the size I’ll cut the rest of my pages.

Napkin Embellishments

When all the pages are cut I’ll then decide to either stamp on the pages and Add Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

If I’m working on a theme then I will make embellishments as I make the journal. And by theme one that is not going to cross over from another very well. lol Like the Mermaid isn’t a Jane Austin style journal so you wouldn’t really find one in the other. But I will make a batch of Jane Austin style elements to use in lots of journals. Mermaid stuff I try to make as I need so I don’t have to store it when I’m done if it didn’t get used. 😉

Napkin Embellishments
A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

Then I proceed in stacking the pages and adding the embellishments, including journal cards and tags. The cover is chosen out of cardstock this time to keep it simple and I liked the pattern. Using my sewing machine I sewed the elements in place. Doesn’t the stitching make you want to touch the cover?

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The cover for A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal is attached to the signature of pages with a pamphlet stitch. I used a pretty teal blue ribbon slipped through the binding and tied in a bow to hold it closed and the journal is done.

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There are 10 sheets of paper folded to make 40 pages in this A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal. The journal measures 5.25 inches by 7.25 inches. It is for sale in my shop and if sold out a similar one can be made feel free to contact me through my Facebook page to discuss.

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Napkin Embellishments

A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal Napkin Embellishments

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.

A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

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

A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal

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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How to make Napkin Embellishments

Have you wanted to know How to make Napkin Embellishments? Today is your lucky day. In this post, I share How to make Napkin Embellishments for a Mermaid Junk Journal.

Napkin Embellishments

Supplies Used in How to make Napkin Embellishments
Seashell Napkin – I found mine at Tuesday Morning
Jot Glue Sticks – any brand will work
Sheet music
Map
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Distressed Ink – Vintage Photo, Stormy Sky
Dritz Cheesecloth, 36-Inch by 6-Yard
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Mint Julip, Precious Metal and Denim Blue
Sea Themed Stickers
Shell sequins – party supply
Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint, 4-Ounce, Surf
Sewing machine with a dark green thread
100 ORGAN FLAT SHANK 15X1 HAX1 HOME SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES – SIZE #80/12

Here is a video for How to make Napkin Embellishments.

The method I used was very simple. Use a glue stick to adhere music and map paper to the back side of the one ply of the napkin. Trim to size wanted. Sew zigzag stitch around edges. Apply distress inks to edges of each element.

Napkin Embellishments

Add cheesecloth and other embellishments to the pieces. Adhere to journal page using Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Napkin Embellishments

Using napkins as an embellishment inside a junk journal is easy and beautiful. Each time a napkin is used you can get a different look, depending on the other elements you use.

Napkin Embellishments

What I like about using a napkin is I can create several elements to go into the junk journal and thus carry out the same theme. Or I can use only one of the napkin embellishments for a focal point.

Napkin Embellishments

There really isn’t any limit to what you can do with these new napkin embellishments in your junk journals.

Stay tuned for the tutorial on A Mermaid Tale Junk Journal where I used these elements.

Napkin Embellishments

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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Junk Journal from my stash, The best is yet to come.

It’s a Junk Journal from my stash, Titled The best is yet to come, that I’m sharing today. There are a few members of the Paper Crafters United! Facebook group that decided to do a video blog hop. We thought each of us could make a junk journal using items from our stash but we were not allowed to use printed papers, like scrapbook papers nor could we use digital papers in the junk journal.

Junk Journal from my stash

So this Junk Journal from my stash was a perfect challenge for me. As I was able to force myself to use some of these pretty things I’ve collected over the years or last week. LOL

Junk Journal from my stash

Junk Journal from my stash Items used.
Dictionary pages – look at thrift stores for these wonderful treasures
Music from a hymnal.
Vintage Greeting card
Fabric
Stickers
Watercolor Paper
We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper Tool
Old book pages
large envelopes
Images out of magazines and books
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Coloring book page
Notebook paper
Outdated letterhead
Harpers Bazar page
Stamped and sprayed paper from an old project
Sewing Machine
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Chartreuse, Teal, Blue Bubbles, Mint Julip
Stencils
Cheese Cloth

Junk Journal from my stash

When I’m making a journal I look at all of the pages to decide what size it should be with the cover. For this Junk Journal from my stash, I found a page out of an old Harpers Bazar and decided that all of my pages would be this size or smaller.

Once the size was decided I went through the papers I wanted to use and set to cutting to the correct size. Doing this first helps me get my head around the papers I’m using and maybe how I want to decorate.

Using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and stencils I then started coloring the papers. I just love how the Glimmer Mists add color and shimmer to the papers. To me it makes it inviting to write on the paper.

Junk Journal from my stashIn my stash, I have a box of 500 envelopes that I got years ago. These were going in the trash because they couldn’t use them anymore. I’ve kept them as I wasn’t sure how to use these as they didn’t have any sticky on the flaps. Bam a JJ is perfect for these as you want to be able to open the envelope to get to the items inside. Here is what I did. I took two of these envelopes and laid these side by side and used the same stencils and glimmer mists to color. Then I used a pretty washi tape to attach these together to make into a page for the journal.

Using some of the same techniques I’ve used in other junk journals I made some pockets out of old book pages and hand stamped papers. Then I stack the papers in the order I want them to be in the journal.

Junk Journal from my stash

For this Junk Journal from my stash, I wanted to have lots of space to write and that is why I didn’t make a lot of embellishments for the pages. Using some stickers that I’ve had for years on the pages here and there added a small element without a lot of bulk. And as an added bonus I am done with that set of stickers. lol

Junk Journal from my stash

When I’m making a junk journal I like to figure out where all the elements should go before I bind the journal. Sometimes it is easier especially if you want to sew any of the elements.

Junk Journal from my stash

The cover is made out of a large Watercolor pad of paper. It measures 9 inches by 12 inches. This would make my pages 9 x 6. I used a Dictionary page over half of the full cover. Then using a stencil and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists I added color to the cover. Love using my sewing machine so at this point I added a zig zag stitch around the cover. Then started layering elements, a page from a hymnal, vintage greeting card, yellow gingham fabric, cheesecloth and a stamped phrase – the best is yet to come.

Junk Journal from my stash

Here is a video showing the making of the cover for the Junk Journal from my stash.

After the cover was made I used a pamphlet stitch to bind the book. There are 10 sheets of papers (including the envelope page) for a total of 40 pages to work with in this journal. Would make a great monthly journal. I like how easy this binding method is to do. No need to use math if you don’t want to! LOL

Junk Journal from my stash

This challenge was fun and hard. I had to think differently about what I wanted to use and remember that all of these wonderful things have images or patterns that can be used without buying fancy scrapbook paper or digital downloads.

Here are the others that also participated in this challenge.

Jenny: https://youtu.be/4LqBZBy83XQ
Megan: https://youtu.be/i64DuIOUHfU
Christina: https://youtu.be/tpm53HccLls
Rosemary: https://youtu.be/uUnM_PImVA8
Monica: https://youtu.be/Gn1JwmudOew
Luz: https://youtu.be/o0f9lDRCcJo

My hope is that this has inspired you to make a goal to create a Junk Journal from my stash project. Pull items from your stash, but no printed or patterned paper like scrapbook paper and no digital images you downloaded and printed. See what you can make, because the best is yet to come.

Junk Journal from my stash

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to learn about Junk Journal from my stash.

How to choose items for a Junk Journal

In this post, I’ll share How to choose items for a Junk Journal. Recently I’ve been asked how do I go about selecting items. So I thought I would share a video and talk about what I do!

Let’s get this started. To begin I think about a theme I want to make. I have made junk journals without a particular theme, but for the most part, each has a theme. So what is a theme you love?

Now that you have an idea of a theme, which can be anything. Birds, flowers, prayer, travel, favorite foods, favorite colors and so much more, the list can go on forever, which helps with my word count. LOL

Here is a video I created for those that like to watch. How to choose items for a Junk Journal.

For those that would like to know where I got the digital kits for this post on How to choose items for a Junk Journal, I used Calico Collage kits. EnchantedSummer Paradise and Mermaid Tale were some of the images I showed in the video above.

For me I like to try to stay organized. A box or a basket helps contain all the items. Dollar Tree loves it when I go. You would think that I have enough bins and baskets now. But I keep going back!

So you have picked that theme and you have a box or basket, start adding to it the items you have on hand. Look at things like an old book, magazine, greeting cards, wrapping paper, wallpaper, old letters and junk mail. I got this really cute postcard because it was my birthday and I saved it because it was so cute! It would be great for a birthday junk journal or a cat junk journal.

How to choose items for a Junk Journal

Other things I will collect are stickers, scrapbook paper, rubber stamps and digital journal kits. For today’s post, I was working on a Mermaid Junk Journal and collecting items that would work. The list really is endless. I have also selected, washi tape, die cut images, dies to cut my own images, candy wrappers, dictionary pages, maps, index cards, blank note cards and notepads.

Look at fabric and cheesecloth to make some beautiful textures. How to choose items for a Junk Journal is all personal. Each of us has items we like more than others. If we were put in a store and told to go find items for the theme we are making into a Junk Journal and then came back I bet we would have different things in our shopping carts.

What I really love about Junk Journals is there is no wrong way to make one! Don’t fret about the process, enjoy the process. Take time to enjoy picking out things you may or may not use.

There are a few things that are not listed, like ink pads and glimmer mists, but I’ll share more in the next blog post and video.

How to choose items for 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.

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to learn about How to choose items for a Junk Journal.

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

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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

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.

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to learn about Journaling in Junk Journal.

Journaling in Junk Journal