Junk journal

Made a personal junk journal and how I’m going to use it

Finally, after making four junk journals I found a style that I want to work with.

It’s the simpler version so I can add the ephemera and embellishments when I actually journal. The idea with this journal being that I can decorate it as I go rather than be restricted by pages that have already been decorated.

So, the cover is simple and I can decorate it later if I want:

The pages are a mix of scrapbook pages, music paper, pattern paper, pages from other notebooks, book pages, as well as pages made from my own ephemera.

Here are some of the pages:

A picture from my nephew on the left, lots of tags on the right in a tuck spot
Pages from The Hobbit which I read this year. (They’re from an old copy, I have another copy on my bookshelf.)
Pages from a colouring-in journal I was given as a present at the start of the year.
One of the colouring pages from the book I got from my grandma when she died earlier this year.

As I was creating this journal I figured out how I’m going to use it.  It’s going to be a 2017 junk journal where I’ll journal the milestones and memorable moments from this year and add all the ephemera I’ve collected just for this year.

That way it’s a themed journal and I’ll be able to find anything to do with 2017 in it. If it works out well I’ll make a junk journal for every year. And depending on how much ephemera I’ve collected in previous years, I can make a junk journal for each past year too.

I think this way of organising the junk journal will work for me because I can still have my daily writing journal and it won’t overlap too much. Plus, it works because instead of having a file with the ephemera I’ve collected for each year, I can have a junk journal.

So excited to finally have a system that might work for me since finding a way to organise how I record my life from birth till now has been the biggest wrestle.

Still got a few things to work out though. Not sure if I’ll journal randomly in the book jumping round the pages or work through it from cover to cover. And not sure if I’ll journal as I go or leave the journal till the end of each year and fill it in. Or maybe I can do a thing where I journal once a week or once a month to record the year.

For now, I don’t think I can wait with my 2017 journal. Just want to get started and experiment. And since so much of the year has passed anyway, I have a lot to journal.

Here’s my 2017 stash of ephemera I’ve collected:

It includes letters, cards, artwork from my niece and nephews, business cards from places I’ve gone too, some vintage ephemera and pictures that I like, peacock feathers, a ribbon I wore to my first dance performance, plane tickets, and so much more.

I’m also going to include a list of all the books I read in 2017, the movies I saw, and will keep two pages free for my list of favourites which is something I do every New Year’s Eve (e.g. favourite food, season, day, flower, etc.). It’s cool to look back on and see how I’ve changed.

My simple junk journal for 2017.
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Junk journal

Made my fourth junk journal – SOLD

This one’s a little different. I love the pink ribbon around it which is so soft, I love touching it.

The notebook I started off with wasn’t a visual diary but just a normal spiral-bound notebook with lined pages.

The pages were thinner and I wasn’t sure if they’d be strong enough to withstand the glue and extra layers of paper but it did really well.

I like how it creates a thinner junk journal with slightly more pages than the visual diary.

Since the pages were thinner and more fragile, I went for a simpler style with less embellishments and more blank pages.

It’s still got envelopes, tags, pockets, and tuck spots though because it’s important for me that a journal has lots of space to write on or decorate with photos and ephemera.

This journal is more of a traditional junk journal where I included pages from random things like a colouring book, paper from other notebooks, music paper, and pattern paper.

I discovered I really liked this simple version and it gave me the inspiration, finally, for my own junk journal.

I found that I like to have some room to create my own page once I know what I want to put on the page rather than have pretty pages already made up.

Back to this journal . . . I think of it as good beginner junk journal for those who have never had one before and are unsure of what to do with one.

It’s less intimidating than the fancy journals with lots of embellishments. Lots of people say they could never write in something so pretty, so this simpler version gives more freedom to actually use the journal and make it your own without worrying about ‘messing it up.’

I guess that’s why I want my first junk journal that I use to be a simpler version.

What’s your favourite way to journal?

Junk journal

Made my third junk journal – SOLD

I am so loving junk journaling at the moment.

With some birthday money and a trip to Melbourne I stocked up on supplies including vintage ephemera from op-shops and a paper pack that I think will make three or four journals.

I also discovered double-sided tape which I will definitely get again and put on my list of junk journal essentials.

For this journal I used the paper pack which is pink, purple and blue themed. I’ll make a series of three of four journals with this theme. I love the swans and the gold foil.

Along with the paper pack I used papers from other notebooks, pages from an old book, pages from a colouring book, and vintage patterns.

There are also cards, envelopes, tags, pockets, lots of tuck spots and other bits ad pieces.

Here’s a look at some of the pages:

It’s so much fun making these. Ready to get started on my fourth journal.

I plan to make a whole collection of junk journals in different styles and sell them to spread the joy of creativity and journaling. When they sell out I’ll then make another lot and keep on going.

Plus I want to make some for me too and I’ll use them to journal my life from birth to now. Not sure if I’ll do it chronologically or randomly but so excited by this idea.

I’ve wanted to record my life for a long time but never knew how to do it. I’ve attempted it in the past with journals and scrapbooks and folders, but I took them apart each time because they didn’t cover everything I wanted.

Now that I’ve learnt this new style where I can include papers, letters, fabric, photos, and bits of ephemera that I’ve collected throughout my life and filed, I’m so keen to junk journal my life.

I love that I can add creativity to all the things I’ve collected and all the things I want to record as well.

Have you tried junk journaling?

Craft hauls

Supplies for junk journals

I’m back from my trip home to Melbourne where I stocked up on supplies for art journals.

Above is a picture of books and various ephemera that I got from op-shops. Trying to get into the vintage look as well as anything I like the look of.

My mum gave me a $50 voucher for my birthday for Riot Art and Craft so I got this with it:

Then here’s a bunch of ephemera I collected from my stay in Melbourne:

It includes business cards of places I ate meals at, plane tickets, the  birthday card and envelope from my mum, some art from my nephew, and some scraps he gave me just for junk journals.

I love the idea of having a basket of ephemera that I collect ephemera in for each week and then once a week I put the ephemera in my junk journal to record memorable moments and simple moments.

When I came back I bought some glue and visual diaries and some extra supplies to make the junk journals.

So excited to get stuck into making so many junk journals and experimenting with what works for me.

Do you junk journal?