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Junk Journal

A New Hobby

My eldest granddaughter has a new hobby - writing in junk journals. I had never heard of these before but there is a lot of information available on Youtube and also on Pinterest.

What Is A Junk Journal?

You can buy these on Amazon or Ebay or Etsy. They are anything you want them to be but can be considered to be a combination of diary, photograph album and memorabilia storage book. People who sell them combine different kinds of papers, including old pages sourced from old books (that may be due for the bin), old sheet music, old envelopes and many other kinds of paper, including stock papers bought from craft shops (such as the kind shown in the graphic). They include small pockets and envelopes for storing items and lift up shapes to create interest. The purchaser can add their own comments or photographs or tickets, etc.

Making A Junk Journal

My granddaughter has been interested in creating her own books for several years and up to now removed the paper from my printer, cut it up and stapled the edges! I have now purchased a book on book binding to see if we can create a junk journal entirely from scratch. The book shows how to create your own perfect bound book. The first project is creating a "signature". This is several sheets of paper folded in half, with a stiff card cover around them. The sheets and cover are then stitched together.

Adding Interest

I recently bought a second hand die cutting machine that cuts shapes from card, so have been experimenting with that. Larger shapes could be used to create flaps on the junk pages and the space where these are removed from the cardstock can form stencils. So lots of fun in store.

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VinceSummers wrote on April 12, 2018, 7:52 AM

I'm not quite certain what all this is. I'll have to peruse the Internet to learn more. I do tend to lean toward the classical, the old, the collectible. As long as nothing really of value is ruined, this sounds interesting. [Curiously, the Amazon link took me to Walmart for fenders?! I wonder what that was about...]

Last Edited: April 12, 2018, 7:53 AM

MegL wrote on April 12, 2018, 10:09 AM

I added the word Amazon because it's a place where you can buy junk journals, or items for making one. There are still a few advertising links on the site but no income coming in from them. The word was not linked to anything, so you would just have been shown something random or else linked to what you have recently shown an interest in. Here is a video on Youtube about how to create a junk journal.

Last Edited: April 12, 2018, 10:18 AM

VinceSummers wrote on April 12, 2018, 12:53 PM

Downloading the video. This is why I like YouTube. I can download with a single click.

Kasman wrote on April 13, 2018, 5:03 PM

Now that sounds like a project our grand-daughter Ruby (8) would enjoy. She is developing into quite the little bookworm!