Make a journal -- fast!
What exactly is a "junk journal"? It might be easier to start with what it isn't. It's not a regular journal. It's not exactly an art journal either. It's not a scrapbook or a photo album. It isn't an altered book. However, it can be, or have, elements of all those things.
This journal is a 'junk journal' because I am using it to store all kinds of 'junk'. It will be a work-in-progress for a long time. My primary reasons for creating it are to use up art supplies - I have lots of collage images and saved art papers, I'd like somewhere to keep small personal notes and letters. I'd also like to keep photos in there that aren't good enough for a proper album but are precious nevertheless. It's not meant to be pretty or arty, however, it needs to be fun to make or I will get bored with it and throw it in a drawer and it will never to see the light of day again.
This junk journal starts with an ordinary 6" x 9" spiral bound notebook. Mine came from Paperchase, but any will do as long as the binding is fairly accommodating. You can even work in one you've already used. I'm not using paint in this one - at least I haven't so far. I want to make it quickly so that I can then begin to fill it with all my junk!
Follow along and see how to create your own junk journal. It's fast. It's furious and it is great fun!
Things You Need
You will definitely need some of the following... start with a few things and work your way toward full-scale craft supply addiction.
- Add a selection of the following:
- Art papers
- Magazine images
- Acetate sheets
- Tape dispenser - brilliant for adding collage elements and applying art papers to pages
- Paper cutter
- Selection of pens
- Ephemera - tickets, photos, notes, children's drawings, magazine clippings; anything in fact.
- Old music manuscript
- Paint chips
- Photocopies of previous journal pages
- Last year's calendar
Step One - Prepare the Pages
Begin by adhering art paper, images from magazines or any other decorated paper you like, to the pages. Simply cut the paper to size and stick it in. Cover both sides of the page.
Step Two - Create Pockets and Flaps
Use more paper to create pockets - just place a second piece of paper over half the page but only glue three sides, leaving one side open so you can slip photos or notes inside.
If you want to create a see-through pocket, use acetate instead of paper. You can see I've used it a lot in this journal as it reflects light in the photos.
Make flaps by taping heavy paper or card to the edges of pages.
Step three - add your junk
That's all there is to it. I've added in notes from my kids, some postcards and greeting cards I can't bear to throw away and tickets from various events to remind me of good times. I'm gradually going to add more photos - I have a huge stack of family photos to sort through. I'm also going to use this as a kind of gratitude/appreciation journal by hiding little pieces of my own writing. I have folded some art papers to make little secret books within the journal.
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Susan G. Komen For the Cure Pink. The Scotch ATG applies a thin, strong line of adhesive that bonds instantly and goes on easily while removing and rewinding the liner. Perfect for scrapbooking, card-making and other paper projects. It features covered gears to minimize applicator jams, a transparent cover that shows remaining tape, and it holds up to 36yds of adhesive tape. This package contains 1 aTG with clear cover and pink handle (9-1/2" x 9" x 2"), (2) 36yd rolls of 1/4" wide acid-free/photo safe tape, and instructions for use. Uses 085-RAF refills only. Made in USA/Imported.
No need to mess around with paint to make background papers. Of course, making your own paper is great fun, but this project is about getting the journal up and running quickly so you can stash your stuff fast. These artists papers are just perfect for making pockets, flaps and backgrounds.
Que Sera Sera Designer 12-Inch by 12-Inch Paper Pad - Exceptional Artist's Papers
I ordered this as a Christmas present to myself. It is the most lovely paper - quite heavy and beautifully printed on both sides. You don't need paper like this for your junk journal but I am using it in mine. It's great for making pockets and flaps as you can just fold it so the reverse design is visible.
My journals are a safe place to play. I can be as experi-mental as I like!
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