Several members of the Artisan Shopping Directory make and sell junk journals and scrapbooking supplies, and they also have blogs and YouTube channels. So I’m rounding up some of their best tips here to give you a head start if you want to get into this hobby!
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Table of Contents
- Supplies you’ll need to get started with junk journaling.
- Basic skills for junk journals.
- Junk journal cover ideas.
- Supplies to journal with.
- Coffee dyeing paper for a vintage look.
- Using wallpaper for junk journal covers.
- Printing digital paper ephemera at home.
- Using digital clipart for junk journals.
- Making junk journals from kits.
- Complete junk journal assembly tutorial.
- Organizing for your junk journal hobby.
- Organizing dos and don’ts.
- Make accessories for your journals.
- Basics of how to do collaging and layering.
Supplies you’ll need to get started with junk journaling.
This article by Cindy of The Scrapologist goes over the supplies that you’ll need to get started with junk journaling as a hobby.
It has a full list of supplies and will give you the info that you need to shop for your supplies (or just round them up from the craft supplies that you already have on hand.)
Cindy also wrote this article about making a punching trough for your junk journal construction, with a step-by-step tutorial.
Basic skills for junk journals.
This article by Lisa from Ila And Alice shows you how to make a junk journal cover from paper that you probably already have around your house.
Junk journal cover ideas.
Nanette, owner of Old Paper Shop, shows you how to upcycle an old book to make a junk journal in this article: How To Dismantle An Old Book.
Junk journaling is a way to reuse and recycle old paper and books into usable notebooks and albums, so it’s a fun hobby but it’s also a sustainable activity that keeps things out of the landfill!
Supplies to journal with.
Jessica is an Artisan Shopping Directory member who sells vintage colored pencils. This is the kind of thing that you’ll appreciate once you have your own artist pencil set collected and you can doodle and color in your junk journal.
You can see what she has in stock here: That 90’s Thing on Etsy
Coffee dyeing paper for a vintage look.
This video from Ila and Alice shows the process of dyeing paper using coffee to give it a vintage look. This is a good, basic skill that you’ll use a lot when if you get into junk journaling.
Using wallpaper for junk journal covers.
This video shows how to make junk journal covers out of wallpaper samples. It talks about making masculine designs, but since wallpaper comes in lots of designs you could make any number of journal covers using this method.
Printing digital paper ephemera at home.
In this video, Lisa goes over information about printing digital paper at home. Digital designs are good because they’re less expensive than buying the physical products, but then you have to pay for the ink to print everything, and that could add up. Lisa goes over the facts here.
Using digital clipart for junk journals.
Speaking if using printables, you can get some printable clipart to add to your junk journals at Esoteric Being on Etsy. Marissa designs clipart that you can download and use as often as you want to, and it also has an unlimited commercial license so that you can sell the things that you make with it.
Making junk journals from kits.
If you want to make your own scrapbook but you only want to decorate it and not start from scratch, you can buy kits to do that. Cindy sells pre-made journals that you can decorate yourself using paper ephemera that you have, printable digital paper, or fabric and other materials.
Complete junk journal assembly tutorial.
This tutorial shows how to make a junk journal step-by-step…It’s a long one, but stick with it and you’ll learn how to assemble the pages and you’ll end up with a book that’s ready to decorate!
Organizing for your junk journal hobby.
In this video, Lisa goes over some ways to organize your supplies. If you get interested in making junk journals you’ll end up with a lot of odds and ends that will need to be corralled, so this will give you some tips on what to do to stay organized.
Organizing dos and don’ts.
For more about organizing, you can read this article by Andrea of My Very Crafty Life. She has lots of tips for crafters on her website, and this goes over some basic things to remember before you get into your organizing projects.
Make accessories for your journals.
Lisa goes into how to make altered paper clips for your journals in this article. One of the fun things about making junk journals is adding little pieces of paper ephemera into the design of the book, but you might not want the paper clips to show. Making them hidden or cute is one way to deal with them.
Basics of how to do collaging and layering.
In this video, Cindy goes over some tips for making attractive collages for the pages in your junk journal. Making journals is rewarding because you can use your artistic skills to create pretty pages for the book, and you end up with a useful journal.
You can also read this article about collaging that Cindy wrote: Mixed Media Journal Ideas
These tips will help you get started in junk journaling, and if you want to develop your skills further, there are lots more videos on Cindy and Lisa’s channels that will teach you more design and construction skills. Junk journaling is a fun hobby that will give you a creative outlet and let you make albums to use yourself or to give as gifts.
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