Pockets in junk journals

Pockets in junk journals are a unique feature, and are places to keep photos, notes, and souvenirs. Secret or visible, pockets are an integral part of a junk journal.

What is a junk journal pocket made of?

Paper in any form, albeit an envelope, a paper bag, or one built out of old book pages. You can use tracing paper, vellum, copy paper, patterned paper, brown bags, lolly bags…

Old book pages are pretty pockets

Old book pages are pretty pockets

Pocket completely covers the bottom of this page

Fold a book page in half and glue to the bottom of a page.

Full side pockets

This pocket covers almost the entire page in the junk journal. It has a thumb notch — half circles cut out at the edge of a pocket — to make removing the contents easier.

Side pocket with journalling cards
Side pocket with journalling cards

See-through junk journal pockets

Use architect’s tracing paper or vellum to make these pockets. Decorate them by printing on the translucent paper first.

I glued only two sides of the see-through pocket to the page for a tuck spot.
I glued only two sides of the see-through pocket to the page for a tuck spot.

Fancy pockets

On the left: An old book page collaged with a paper napkin. The napkin design is cut out on two edges, while three sides are glued down, forming the pocket.

On the right: A purchased die-cut journalling card is cut in half and attached with glue and washi tape.

Pockets in junk journal
Pockets in junk journal

Easy junk journal pocket

Fold the top corner of a page down. Then glue the sides of the pocket to the next page in the journal.

Folded junk journal page pocket
Folded junk journal page pocket

Secret pockets

Another type of pocket is a secret. Two pages in a journal are glued either on the top and bottom, or outside edge and bottom. The pocket formed is not visible unless it has thumb notches. There are several in this wedding journal.

Where’s the pocket?

Lift the flap and …

Secret pockets under here
Secret pockets under here
Now we see the pockets
Now we see the pockets

Carol from The Crafty Emporium designed the original version which inspired me. Carol calls it a “Flippy Flappy Thingy”

More pockets

Pockets sometimes are loose.

Loose pocket aged at the edges
Loose pocket aged at the edges
Pocket tucked into the page with an altered tiny clothes peg
Pocket tucked into the page with an altered tiny clothes peg

A double junk journal pocket

I folded a rectangular paper doily in half. Then I folded it over at the original fold and glued down top and bottom. (The black card is in this part.)

Next, I glued the doily onto the page. The three lacy sides make the second pocket. (The notelet sits in it.)

Double folded pocket in a junk journal using a paper doily
Double folded pocket using a paper doily

Longer pockets hold more

Long pockets hold larger pieces of ephemera
Long pockets hold larger pieces of ephemera

Make a simple envelope pocket

  • Fold the bottom edge of a large book page almost to the top and crease well. Use a bone folder or the handle of your scissors.
  • Glue the two side edges to form the pocket.
  • Fold the two side corners of the top of the page under to form the envelope flap shape and glue down.
  • Attach the pocket to your page and decorate to suit.
Make a junk journal pocket
Make a simple pocket

To sum up…

There are more junk journal pocket types than you ever dreamed of.

I hope you think so.

Have you made different pockets from those in this post? Tell us all about them in a comment below.

I have had many careers in my 70+ years, but always creativity was at the forefront. I am passionate about using less and wasting less. I love design, painting, decorating, and now I am combining all that into making junk journals. Creating is like breathing for me!

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