I made a cover for my 2017 junk journal by using some papers from a paper pad that a friend bought me for my birthday.
It’s a simple cover but I love how it turned out like windows and the papers are so pretty.
I also made some charms for the spine of the journal.
It includes a cowboy hat charm and two glass beads that I got when I went to Camp Cobbold, a bracelet that a stranger gave me for my birthday, and a vial of blue glitter that I got from my mum for my birthday.
There’s room for more charms in case I get anything else I want to add by the end of the year. And I left the back cover blank and will wait to see what other papers I get.
The last thing I did to set up my journal was add some cards to the first pages. One is a name card and the other is for details I’ll record for every journal I make: date made, number of pages, date started, date finished, my signature, and what the journal is used for.
Yay, ready to get to some actual junk journaling now and decorate the pages with pictures and ephemera. Still not sure how exactly I’m going to do this but trying not to be a perfectionist and just have fun and learn from the process.
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:
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.
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.