Writing in Junk Journals – 7 Tips

Marker Text

How do you use the pages in a junk journal that have printed matter on them already? Junk journals are often made with recycled or upcycled materials and a mix of paper types, such as tissue paper, vintage book pages, old documents, and junk mail. Many people ask how do you use these pages if they already have stuff on them.

Here are my favourite tips for getting your story onto your journal pages.

1. Glue in some writing paper

If you paste some lined paper over the junk paper, you can write on that.

Glue writing paper over the page
Glue writing paper on the journal page

2. Attach paper with washi tape

Washi tape is paper adhesive tape that journal makers really love. It has wonderful patterns that enhance journal pages wherever it is attached. A little glue applied under the tape will make the adhesion permanent, as washi tape is removable without that extra step.

Washi tape paper to a page
Washi tape paper to a page

3. Write on the page with markers

If you write with a contrasting coloured marker over the printed pages in a journal, the writing is easily read. If you would rather it was secret, write over the first marker writing in another colour or upside down over it.

Write over the text with markers
Write over the text with markers

4. Journal around the printing

Write in the margins or around images that are printed on the journal page. Many pieces of vintage paper such as sewing patterns are sparsely printed and can easily take your story.

Write around the printed text
Write around the printed text

5. Record on the back of a tag

Most journal tags are either blank or have lines on the back so you can write on them.

Junk journal tag front and back
Journal tag front and back

6. Pockets have space for your words

Many journal pages have pockets where you can insert letters, or written stories. An envelope can be inserted into a pocket, and that makes a great spot for some journalling.

junk journal pocket
Journal pocket

7. Journalling cards are great

In many junk journals the maker will include journalling cards which often have beautiful embellishments on the front and space to write on the reverse.  You can tuck the cards into tuck spots or an envelope, or staple them on the page.

Journalling card front and back
Journalling card front and back

Enjoy these junk journal videos

Other journallers share their process with you.

I’m A Cool Mum Junk Journals has many colourful journals for you to see.

Johanna Clough’s junk journals are filled with colour and writing.

Ephemera’s Vintage Garden junk journals has several great videos on how she uses her journals.

Watch Nik the Booksmith tell how she junk journals.

Using your junk journal is easy

I hope you find these tips useful. Please share and like the page.

Any questions? Ask away in the comments section.

Have fun.

See you next time.

Jan T

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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