Sunday, October 4, 2015

Junk Journal, I think.

I've been watching a lot of videos on Junk Journals and I thought I would try my hand at one.  I saw one really cool video, I think it was by Vintage Ephemera Gardens (I'm not quite sure that's the right name)  and she had made these really cool journals out of file folders.  I already had all the supplies on hand so that's what I ended up doing!

I started out with a Target Dollar Spot file folder and cut it to the size I wanted.  This one is the exact same size as an Amy Tangerine Day Book, I think 4x6.  Then I rounded the corners.

 The next part took me literally days.  Gathering up the papers for the inside.  It took me forever and really, it shouldn't have.  A Junk Journal is just that.  Whatever junk you have around.  Some of the patterned papers I chose were white on the backside.  Too white.  So, this was something else I learned from the video...

I put coffee in a small spray bottle and spritzed the backs of my papers to age them.  Then I put them in the window sill and they were dry within minutes. 

Here's a look at the finished, aged paper.  I'm sure you could spray another layer on to darken it even more. 

My other pages consisted of an envelope,

Some old railroad ledger paper that I found at an antique store, patterned paper from a paper pad,

A tag and a bag :)

And just a few other pieces I found.  

To bind the book together, I punched three holes down the center of the book and did a simple stitch with some twine then tied it off in the center.

My initial plan for this journal was to use it as a mini art journal of sorts, but I've decided to play along with the #listersgottalist again this month over in Instagram.  For a sneak of what I did to the cover of the book you can find me over there:  @fourthouseontheright

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a wonderful day :)


  1. Oh this is cool! I love it! I've never heard of a junk journal. I like how you aged the pages and added all of the different pieces to it. Really cool!

  2. Yeah!!!!!! You're back :)
    This will make a fun and perfect book for your lists.
    Great tip to add coffee in a spritz bottle to age the papers.
    So happy to see you posting….hope we don't have to wait another 2 months, teehee.

  3. This lloks like a really fun journal.....I have never heard of a junk journal. I am sure you will out it to great use!

  4. Cool! I love the mix n match journals! Coffee trick is clever!