How to make a junk journal: 8 steps

Instructions for how to make a junk journal abound on the internet. In this article I outline the tools and materials you need as well as eight steps involved in making a junk journal.

There will also be links to videos and articles from many talented junk journallers who will help you get started making a junk journal.

Tools and equipment

You will need papers, cover materials or an old book cover, some decorative elements, and ephemera. Also, you will need some equipment.

For making a junk journal there are numerous specialty tools available, although you can use stuff you already own.

Here are my favourite tools:

Trim and Score Board
Trim and Score Board
crop-a-dile closed
Crop-a-dile closed
Corner rounder
Corner rounder
Bone folders
Bone folders
Make up wedges
Make up wedges
Paper Trimmer
Paper Trimmer
Hole punch
Hole punch
Fancy corner rounder
Fancy corner rounder
Not stick Heatproof mats
Not stick Heatproof mats
Hot glue gun
Hot glue gun
How to make a junk journal: Stencil
Stencils
Paper scissors
Paper Scissors
Envelope, Box, and Bow Punch Board
Darning Needles
Darning Needles
Jumbo paper clips
Jumbo paper clips

My go to materials:

Instructions for making a junk journal

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

Stencilled page in junk journal

Step 3: Assemble into signatures

Sort the folded pages into groups

How to make a junk journal: signature
One signature junk journal

Step 4: Choose embellishments

Handmade or purchased

Tools: Scissors, trims, punches, glue

A green triple pocket

Step 5: Make the cover

Use card, or an old book cover

Tools: Paper trimmer, patterned paper, scissors, glue

How to make a junk journal: handmade cardboard cover
Handmade cardboard cover

Step 6: Bind the signatures

Stitch or staple into the cover

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

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

Love Everlasting inner page with tag inserted
Handmade ephemera

Links to YouTube Videos

I totally recommend these junk journallers for instructions on how to make a junk journal. You will learn as much as I have from watching their enjoyable instruction.

Finished making your junk journal?

Time to make another!

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Disclaimer: Images on this page are from We R Memory Keepers, Fiskars, Amazon, other royalty free images, and my own photos.

JTB
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