Junk journal

My first journals using book covers and the vintage style

I love these covers so much.

I used Tim Holtz papers, pocket cards, and ephemera.

I coffee/tea-dyed the pages with the usual variety of papers. And some have pockets, tags, and tucks.

These two are available in my shop: Willowbound Journals

And here’s a flip through of them (the first one I show has sold):

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Book haul for junk journals

I picked up these twenty books from a neighbour yesterday.

She knew I made junk journals and asked me if I’d like to go to her house and pick out some old books that she was going to get rid of.

Of course I jumped at the offer. I could have taken more books but I didn’t want to fill my house with them. Not until I have a better storage and production system, at least.

I took a whole bunch of books for their covers. Some I took for their pictures, and others for their pages that I can use in junk journals.

Time to get busy crafting!

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Junk journal made from happy mail from Germany

I had a lot of fun making this junk journal with supplies from the happy mail package I got from Germany.

I made the cover using beautiful images in the package. Then I interspersed my own tea-dyed papers with papers from the package. There’s writing paper, note paper, music paper, pictures, and other cool things.

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Made my first Little Golden Book junk joural

I loved Little Golden Books when I was a kid.

So excited to make this journal. I’ve been wanting to make a Little Golden Book junk journal ever since I saw them last year.

Now that I know how to make them, I’ll definitely make more.

I interspersed all of the pages from the book in the journal:

Such a cute book.

I’d love to make junk journals out of my favourite Little Golden Books.

What’s you favourite Little Golden Book?

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Made my first cover with a Little Golden Book

I’ve wanted to make junk journals out of Little Golden Books for a while.

I watched a YouTube tutorial showing how to make a cover. Then I gave it a go.

I used some chipboard for the spine from the backing of one of my drawing paper pads. I bought a scarf at an op-shop to use the material to cover the spine. And I bought the book from an op-shop too.

For a first effort, I’m pretty happy with the result. It’s a bit wonky but hopefully I’ll get better at lining up the material and sticking it down nice and straight.

I haven’t worked with material before so it’s a learning process.

Now I’ve just got to put the signatures together and bind them into the cover.

Here’s the YouTube video that helped me make this junk journal cover:

Now that I know how to turn Little Golden Books into junk journal covers, I’ll definitely buy more. I’ll also buy more material and experiment with different types and see what works best.

Will keep you posted with progress and share photos of the journals when they are done.

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Little Women junk journal

This is such a sweet book so when I saw an illustrated version in an op-shop, I knew I could make a junk journal out of it.

I used some of the pictures for the cover and love the round picture for the front.

All of the pages are included in the junk journal. They’re all different sizes and I love seeing both the illustrations and the text.

And of course there are the normal range of papers with pockets and tuck spots.

My favourite character was always Beth.

Which was your favourite sister?

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More junk journal supplies

I picked up this mini haul from two op-shops today.

I’m planning to use the material to make spines for some Little Golden Book junk journals. They’re actually scarves and I’m not sure how it’s going to work but will give it a go.

The doily and stickers are for a happy mail package. Some of the ribbons will go in the package too; others I’ll keep for my own junk journals.

I got the book on the right just for the cover. I made a Little Women junk journal using all the pages from the Little Women book and the cover from that navy book. I’ll post some photos of it later.

I’ll make a junk journal out of the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie book too. Since it has a lot of pages, I’ll probably make multiple journals from it.

Art, Junk journal

My new creative studio/gallery/bookshop

My dream to have my own creative studio/art galley/bookshop is actually turning into a bit of a reality.

We don’t use the lounge room so my dad sectioned off half of it to turn it into my creative studio.

Here are the benches he made:

I divided them up into different areas.

This is my art section with my Prismacolor drawings:

This is a section for my bookmarks and cards:

This is my art section with folders of artwork from my younger years:

This is my jewellery section:

This is my published writing corner:

This is the start of my secondhand bookshop:

And this is my junk journal section:

And a shot of the beginnings of my studio:

My dad is in the process of making another shelf underneath the benches, and I’ll hang y artwork on the walls.

Eventually I’d like to have people come visit and it can be a bit like a market. I’d also love to hold creative/writing workshops and gatherings here.

What do you think of my studio?

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Junk journal supply haul

I love going to op-shops and looking for junk journal supplies.

I look for music paper, vintage books, books with poems or beautiful illustrations, and books that I can use for their covers or to make a themed junk journal.

I look for papers from school books, notebooks, and colouring books.

I look for cards, envelopes, postcards, old photos, interesting pictures.

I look for vintage sewing patterns. Sometimes I also get sewing magazines.

I get scrapbook papers from art and craft shops.

I also look for stickers, tags, sequins, and other embellishments.

I also get my glues and tapes. I love double-sided tape and craft glue. Sometimes I also use a standard glue stick.

For Christmas I was given some art supplies that I can also use for junk jouranling.

Some floral origami papers, some letters, and a little inspirational book.

I’ve already included some of these papers and pictures from the book in three Happy Mail packages.

Where do you like to get your junk journal or art project supplies?

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The Sign of the Seahorse junk journal

Here’s the third junk journal I’ve done in the series of books by Graeme Base.

I made pockets on the front and back covers:

Front cover
Back cover

This one had more pages so I used the extra ones to add decoration to pages and and makes pockets with tags.

I love including the pages both as actual pages for the journal and as decoration spread throughout. And I love the beautiful, vibrant pictures along with the writing.

I used lots of music paper since music notes were a recurring theme in the book.

And my dad gave me a really old book which was a Domestic Dictionary. It had pictures in it. I found pages with pictures of sea life and included them in the journal.

This is definitely my favourite journal of the three in the series.

Look forward to making more junk journals from books.

I’d love to do an Alice in Wonderland junk journal and a Cinderella one.

Which book would you love a junk journal to be made from?