All About Handmade Junk Journals

(Maybe not all at once!)


What are handmade junk journals?

Sometimes called trashy junk journals, materials that mostly would not be considered 'good' paper make up the pages. Paper such as advertising materials (junk mail, flyers, catalogues), vintage stationery, envelopes, greeting cards, and used folders.

Pages can be different sizes, colour, pattern, thickness...

Journal makers assemble all these elements into signatures and stitch them inside a cover. Or they add them to the pages of an altered vintage book.

pretty handmade junk journal
Stencilled half page

How to use handmade junk journals

You can write in them, paint in them, glue pictures in them, make lists in them.

Likewise, use them as guest books in your B&B, at a wedding, for a baby shower.

Keep memories in them, put your bills and receipts in them, make art in them. (Some papers may need to be prepared with gesso or collage before art materials can be used.)

I'm sure you can think of exactly why you need one (or two) junk journals!

My handmade junk journals are amazing, and for good reason!

I make them with love, enthusiasm, and attention to detail, coupled with my artistic bent.
My background is artist, quilt artist, interior decorator, web designer and graphic designer. All in all, these skills help me enormously.

Colour, pattern, texture, feelings — all speak to me loud and clear.

Such fun every day!

Your Own Design

I can make a special order junk journal according to how you’d like it.

Your ideas + my skillset = a one-of-a-kind junk journal.

Custom wedding journal

I love making junk journals

Creating is like breathing for me!

I am
  • Passionate about using less and wasting less
  • In love with design, watercolour painting, decorating
  • Combining all that into handmade junk journals.
The idea
  • Inspiration is everywhere!
  • I have more trouble containing my imagination than having a creative block
  • Give me a piece of pretty paper and watch me go!
The search
  • Select paper for pages
  • Choose a colour scheme or a theme
  • Get out die cuts, trims
  • Finding the right piece of ephemera is so exhilarating.

Choose Your Own Unique Handmade Junk Journal

owl themed junk journal cover
Owl Be Seeing You
Love Everlasting cover
Love Everlasting
Blue Spot
Buster Cat Goes Out cover
Buster Cat Goes Out
The Christmas Story
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Jan T 2019Do you have questions about handmade junk journals?
Send me a message using the form opposite.
If you'd like to arrange a custom junk journal, fill out the form and I'll reply asap.
Whatever you need to know about junk journals, ask me. I'll help.
Jan T

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