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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Carol from The Crafty Emporium designed the original version which inspired me. Carol calls it a “Flippy Flappy Thingy”
Pockets sometimes are loose.
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.)
Longer pockets hold more
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.
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.