It ain’t easy being green!

Kermit didn’t know about upcycling junk paper into beautiful journals! How much junk paper do you throw into your garbage bin or recycle bin each collection day? Where does it all come from? There’s packaging from foods, from medications, from cleaning products. What about the flyers from local shops that fill our letterboxes? Do...

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How I use one of my own journals

I thought I would tell you about a little journal two of my friends gave me the makings of. It started with a bundle of cards with sayings on them which Marsha thought typified me. Denise then came along with a book that had flamingos in it, and a pen to match. So my...

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What is a Junk Journal?

A junk journal, sometimes called a  trashy junk journal, is full of materials that mostly would not be considered ‘good’ paper, such as advertising materials (junk mail, flyers, catalogues). What do you use them for, these journals? You can write in them, paint in them, glue pictures in them, make lists. Some papers may need to...

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Writing in Junk Journals – 7 Tips

How do you use the pages in a junk journal that have printed matter on them already? Junk journals are often made with recycled or upcycled materials and a mix of paper types, such as tissue paper, vintage book pages, old documents, and junk mail. Many people ask how do you use these pages if...

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Free Junk Journal Tags

Following on from my gluing scrap strips to junk cardboard to make tags I have been painting and stencilling on more trash cardboard and packaging. Surface design on the cardboard pieces Starting with a couple of acrylic paint colours from a current painting, I painted the surface of the cards which were roughly cut...

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My Travel Notebook Almost Full

In 2012 we lived in a Winnebago and I started keeping a travel journal using an old dictionary, a Reader’s Digest Word Finder. Hardly a notebook – more a tome! Perhaps a “Big Bertha” (Nod to Shannon Green.) Still travelling but in a caravan and not full time, so the journal is used for...

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Embellishment storage from trash

Needing something to store tiny ephemera in, I made a chest of drawers from the boxes that our single serve dog food comes in. The twelve pack cartons have two six pack cartons inside, and each of these has a drawer that slides out which the little tins sit in. Construction of the chest...

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Inspiration for latest junk journal

My friends have been giving me their ‘junk’ paper, old calendars,  vintage notepaper, and even new stuff they see when shopping, to use in my junk journals. Lately I’ve been playing with some old calendars and made this fun journal using a Seeing Eye Puppies calendar....

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