Categories for Junk Journals

When designing a junk journal, the maker chooses a style or category from some of the many design genres of junk journals to model the journal around.

Note: The following list is not comprehensive.

Many junk journals fall into these categories:

  • Floral
  • Nature
  • Little Golden Book
  • Feminine/Masculine
  • Fantasy
  • Vintage
  • Shabby Chic
  • Trashy (my favourite)

Floral

Based around a flower or flowers.

Love Everlasting altered book junk journal inner page with tag inserted
Love Everlasting altered book junk journal inner page with tag inserted

Nature

Extremely popular in online junk journal circles, anything from the natural world features. Butterflies are a recurring theme in my work.

Butterflies: Stickers, scrap paper, cut outs, paper napkin collage
Butterflies: Stickers, scrap paper, cut outs, paper napkin collage

Little Golden Book™

People are making journals using damaged or discarded Little Golden Book™ children’s books. Although these journals are for adults to use, they are nostalgic reminders of one’s childhood.

Little Golden Book™ junk journal with vintage postcard tucked in
Little Golden Book™ junk journal with vintage postcard tucked in

Feminine/Masculine

Self explanatory styles which vary from person to person, age group to age group.

Fantasy

Unicorns anyone? Perhaps fairies or angels?

Vintage

Vintage junk journals remain one of the most popular categories of junk journals ever. Below is a video from Gayle Agostinelli who is one of my favourite YouTubers. Love her stuff!

Shabby Chic

There are many versions of this perennial favourite style online. Featuring pale colours, laces, ribbons, very feminine, ever in fashion.

Mini journal in pocket, corner tuck
Mini journal in pocket, corner tuck

Trashy

My first junk journal ever was a trashy style of junk journal. Of course, I was unaware that it was even in a style. I have since made several in this category of junk journal. I just love making them.

Trashy Junk Journal category inside page
Trashy Junk Journal category inside page

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