How to make a junk journal

Basic Instructions for making a junk journal. Links to additional detailed information.

Step 1: Fold the papers

Cut and fold your paper

Tools: Paper trimmer, score board, scissors, bone folder

Pile of junk paper
Junk paper ready for cutting and folding

Step 2: Decorate the pages

Stencil, dye, glue paper, stamp

Tools: Dyes, inks, spray bottle, makeup sponge, stencils

Basic Instructions for making a junk journal - Stencilled page in junk journal

Step 3: Assemble into signatures

Sort the folded pages into groups

How to make a junk journal: 8 steps - signature
One signature junk journal

Step 4: Choose embellishments

Handmade or purchased embellishments add pizzazz to your junk journals.

Tools: Scissors, trims, punches, glue

How to make a junk journal: 8 steps - A green envelope triple pocket

Step 5: Make the cover

Use card, or an old book cover to make your soft- or hard-cover.

Tools: Paper trimmer, patterned paper, scissors, glue

How to make a junk journal: 8 steps - cardboard cover
Handmade cardboard cover

Step 6: Bind the signatures

Stitch or staple into the cover

Tools: Guide template, awl, needle, thread (or stapler)

How to make a junk journal: 8 steps - Spine showing stitched in signatures
Spine showing stitched in signatures

Step 7: Add a closure

Closures can be ribbon, clips, purchased

Tools: Ribbon, scissors, button, eyelets, eyelet setter

Wrapped silk ribbon and button closure
Wrapped silk ribbon and button closure

Step 8: Add ephemera

Handmade, or purchased ephemera decorates and fills your journal.

Love Everlasting inner page with tag inserted
Handmade ephemera