• Jennifer Nilsson

A New Adventure: Junk Journaling!

Updated: Jul 16

(This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.) I'm generally always the gal who is late to the party.

You most likely are lightyears ahead of me and have already heard of junk journaling and maybe have even tried it. (If so, please let me know in the comments what you love about it and share a link if you have a YouTube channel sharing tutorials! I am always eager to learn and be inspired by others ♥)


I recently joined in an online "scrap pack swap" to send out some of my crafting scraps and receive a pack in return. We were challenged to create a variety of items using the 'scraps' we received.


A beautiful pack filled with nature book pages, old sheet music, vintage postcards, antique checks and more found their way to me! These were the items from the pack that I picked to work with:


The pinks, purples, and floral elements really drew me in and while those postcard images did not fit the theme, the backs of them were perfect to show off (as you'll see below).


The requirements of the swap challenge were to create: two tags, two clusters, and one mini journal using as many of the swap materials as possible.

Following this awesome tutorial by "Treasure Books": https://youtu.be/Mu3eu03V9Uk I set to work and created this fun mini journal!





As a cover, I used a beautiful double sided scrapbook page from Colorbök's "Modern Millinery" pack, in shades of plum that has a Victorian feel.


The closure was made from a GORGEOUS piece of recycled sari silk in a shade of pinkish-burgundy. I just love the feel of this ribbon!!


The cover was folded and sewn, creating three pockets which hold the two tags. Various papers were used to construct two signatures which were sewn in. I left these pages blank as I wanted to have as much journal writing space as possible.


The spaces between and around the signatures were embellished with the clusters I was challenged to make as well as other fun collaged pieces.




I found the easiest way to hold all the pieces together - whether made from fabric or thick paper - was to use Fabri-tac on it all. It is super tacky, sticks right away, and doesn't leave any weird bumps or trails between layers. (I think this is now my new favorite glue EVER, haha!)


The tags I mentioned from earlier were assembled with the postcards, layering of the book pages, paper napkins and more over the photos on the front of the cards. Don't you just love that beautiful handwriting on the backs?!



The pockets that were formed when sewing the cover of the journal were perfect places to tuck in the tags:






This was such a fun and quick project - from start to finish it took just a couple of hours. I am already starting another...it's safe to say that I am HOOKED, haha!!


If you love this journal as much as I do and would like to give it a home, it is available in my new shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1035494780/handmade-bird-and-butterfly-mini-journal (US shipping only at this time - and shipping is FREE ♥)


I'd love to know - what style journal could YOU make with your lovely paper scraps?

Are junk journals something that you have tried creating?


I'll be sharing more journal posts in the near future - I hope they'll inspire you to get crafting! ♥