A junk journal is a type of handmade journal that is made by using a variety of materials, including scrapbook paper, old book pages, magazine cutouts, ephemera, and other found objects. The idea behind a junk journal is to create a beautiful and unique journal using materials that might otherwise be thrown away or overlooked.
Junk journals can be used for a variety of purposes, including as a daily journal, travel journal, scrapbook, or art journal. They are often filled with a mix of writing, artwork, and other memorabilia, such as tickets, receipts, and photos.
If you’re interested in creating a junk journal, here are some tips on how to get started:
Gather Materials: Start by collecting a variety of materials to use in your journal. This can include old magazines and newspapers, scrapbook paper, vintage postcards, and other ephemera. You can also include papers which are designed especially to make junk journals and scrapbooks, which you can just download and print, like the ones I sell in my ETSY SHOP
Create Your Cover: Use a sturdy material like cardboard or chipboard for your cover. You can decorate it with paint, fabric, or other materials to create a unique design.
Bind Your Journal: There are several ways to bind a junk journal, including using a sewing machine or hand-stitching. You can also use rings or a binder to hold your pages together.
Decorate Your Pages: Use your materials to decorate each page of your journal. Add pockets, tabs, and other interactive elements to make it more interesting.
Start Journaling: Once your journal is complete, it’s time to start using it! Use it to jot down your thoughts, sketch, or document your travels. You can also use it as a scrapbook to collect and display your favorite memories.
In conclusion, a junk journal is a fun and creative way to document your life and express your creativity. By using a variety of materials and techniques, you can create a truly unique journal that reflects your personal style and interests. Give it a try and see where your creativity takes you!
Hello and happy Saturday! I have a new junk journal kit in my shop called Shabby Pink Farmhouses, and it is so shabby chic with lots of soft pinks and creams. I have created a video where I made a journal using this kit so you can get an idea of how lovely it looks, and this is also a swap in the facebook group, where we will be swapping a single signature journal using this lovely printable kit. You can view or purchase the kit HERE.
There is also a kit containing some atc size journal cards available HERE and I have a folio kit coming out in the next couple of days also, this will be a four fold folio.
If you have ever wanted to know how to make your own cold porcelain clay, I have found the best recipe for you and it is the one I use to make my air dry clay. You can download the free printable below.
Cold porcelain clay is an air dry clay which has a translucent quality to it when it dries, if you don’t add any colour pigment to it, a little bit like porcelain, hence the name.
You can colour your clay with food colouring, acrylic paint, oil paint, inks and even colour from marker pens. My preference is food colouring as I can measure the quantities drop by drop, to obtain the colour that I want. Acrylic paint is also a great altenative.
Cold porcelain clay is softer than polymer clay, and can be a little harder to work with, but if you are just starting out with it, you will soon get the hang of it. It has similar qualities to polymer clay when it dries, except you don’t need an oven to bake it. Cold porcelain can take around 24 to 48 hours to fully dry depending on temperature and humidity.
You can also You can also glaze the finished piece with a varnish or clear nail polish, or UV/Epoxy resin, just as you can with other clays.
In my next post, I show you how you can make a pair of pumpkin earrings from cold porcelain, just in time for Halloween Season!
I’ve been working on a boho style junk journal, using my Sunny Boho Printable Journal Kit recently, and I decided it needed a bit of “bling”. Bohemian style makes me think of gypsies and rich colours, and beads, baubles and shiny things.
So I thought it would be nice to add some gold leaf into my journal.
In the following video, I show you how you can add that bit of sparkle to your journal cards, or anywhere in your journal for that matter.
I hope you enjoy this video and this idea!
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