All About Handmade Junk Journals

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Learn all about handmade junk journals on this site.

What are these journals? • How do you make one? • Want to know how to use a junk journal?

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All About Handmade Junk Journals

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What are handmade junk journals?

Not So Shabby Junk Journal - Mini journal in pocket, corner tuckSometimes 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 inside a cover. Or add them to the pages of an altered vintage book.

How to use handmade junk journals

Christmas Story LGB Junk Journal -Stencilled short page

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!

Creating is like breathing for me!

I love making junk journals

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
  • Paper for pages
  • Colour scheme/theme
  • Die cuts, trims
  • Finding the right piece of ephemera is so exhilarating.

Altered books, upcycled ring binders, trashy junk journals...

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Special Gifts for Special People

Custom Design by You, Journal Handmade by Me

Stuck for ideas for that extra special gift for your favourite person?

I can help!

Bring me your ideas and I'll make you a gorgeous one-of-a-kind journal.

Joy asked me to make her a wedding/honeymoon journal for her granddaughter in blue and white. Read about this lovely gift or watch a video of the finished journal.

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Great tool for handmade junk journals

This combination 123 Punchboard™  from We R Memory Keepers® is one of my favourite tools for making handmade junk journals.

Scoring tool, bone folder (although not bone, but plastic), corner rounder and more.

To round the corners on tags or journalling cards, place the card in the slot at the back and press the knob.

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Jan T 2019

Do 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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