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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See you next time.