Jan's Junk Journals
Handmade for you
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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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 inside a cover. Or add them to the pages of an altered vintage book.
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.
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
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.
Junk Journal Tips and Tricks
Joy commissioned this custom junk journal for her granddaughter as a wedding gift. The bride wore white satin and her attendants cobalt blue. Blue and white in all the...
How do you go about writing in junk journals that have printed matter on them already? Junk journals are often made with recycled or upcycled materials. They also contain a...
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. And I get free...
Because in 2012 we lived in a Winnebago, I started keeping a travel notebook. I used a battered (well-loved) old dictionary, a Reader’s Digest® Word Finder. Hardly a notebook...
If you would like specific topics about junk journals or art journals, please contact me. Regards Jan T Want to get my (infrequent) newsletter? Sign up by filling in...
I needed something to store tiny ephemera in. So I made a chest of drawers from the boxes that our single serve dog food comes in. Easily made ephemera...
Great tool for handmade junk journals
Get In Touch
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.