Making a junk journal is a creative and fun project that allows you to repurpose various materials. And it doesn't have to be expensive! More than likely, you already have most of these materials on hand.
Here's a list of supplies you might need to get started:
Search through your house for any of the following
- Old book pages
- Scrap paper
- Vintage papers
- Specialty papers (wrapping paper, music sheets, etc.)
- Cardstock or heavy paper for covers and dividers
- Magazine pages
2. Binding Materials
- Needle and thread (for hand-sewn bindings)
Linen thread is best, but anything that doesn't stretch will do!
I make my book covers from anything I have on hand, whether paper, fabric or cardboard. Don't forget to look in your kitchen! What about cereal boxes or other packaging? Or look in your office for file folders.
- Cardboard (for sturdy covers)
- Old book covers
- Fabric, if you want to cover the covers
4. Cutting Tools
- Craft knife or X-Acto knife
- Cutting mat
PVA glue seems to work best (that's nothing but good ole' Elmer's glue). But use whatever you have on hand.
- Glue sticks or glue
- Double-sided tape
- Mod Podge or decoupage glue
6. Decorative Elements & Embellishments
Here's where the real fun begins! I am sure you will have at least some of these items in your house or apartment:- Stamps and ink pads
- Stencils and paint
- Washi tape
- Ribbon, lace, or fabric scraps
- Buttons, charms, beads, etc.
- Old photographs
- Ticket stubs
- Ephemera (vintage labels, receipts, etc.)
7. Tools for Marking and Writing
- Pens (various colors and types)
- Rubber stamps and ink
...and of course you will need a ruler! 📏
A punching trough is not necessary, but it is easy to make and I find it makes punching my holes for signatures so much easier. You can make your own using this video - Make your own Punching Trough/Cradle:
...or just use a phone book or other large book.
You may also want to gather
- Clear page protectors
- Envelopes or pockets (for holding additional items)
- Gesso (for prepping pages)
- Grommets or eyelets (for reinforcing holes)
- Paints or inks (for adding color to pages)
- Beeswax or candle (for distressing edges)
10. Organizational Supplies
- Trays or containers for sorting and organizing materials
- Ziploc bags or small boxes for storing embellishments
Remember, the beauty of a junk journal lies in its eclectic and personal nature. Feel free to improvise and use materials you have on hand. Experiment with different textures, colors, and styles to create a unique journal that reflects your personality and interests. Happy crafting!
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About Cindy, The Scrapologist™
Located in the beautiful state of Maine, I am passionate about teaching others to make handcrafted quality keepsakes like junk journals. My journals and handmade books have been sold all over the world. Come share in the memory-keeping journey with me!
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