The first thing you need is something to use for a cover. Things like file folders with the little tabs on them or empty cereal, oatmeal, cookie, dog treat, etc boxes are perfect for the covers of these journals. I personally like the boxes from dog treats. They need very little cutting to get them to the size they need to be to be the perfect junk journal. Speaking of size, the sky is the limit, I’ve seen these from key chain sizes to book sizes. It’s purely a personal choice. I personally prefer a size about 5 inches wide to 6 or 7 inches tall with a spine of 1 & ½ inches to 2 inches wide.
2. Scissors or razor knife
The second thing you need is a pair of scissors that will cut through cardboard and paper. You will probably be doing a lot of cutting in this process as you will want different sizes of pages in your journal as well as little tags and pockets in your journal. If you have more than one set of scissors you can use or a cutting tool you are ahead of the game. Scissors are key here and having a sharpening tool wouldn’t hurt either. You can get all of these at places like Walmart, Kmart, craft supply stores, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and any other kind of store that has office supplies. Back to school sales are the best times to buy all of these supplies if you are in the market for buying new materials.
3. Something to bind paper or material
Third thing you need you can get from dollar tree or any school supply store. I personally enjoy the dollar tree because you get packages of 5 glue sticks for a dollar although they also have mod podge in small containers and 4 oz bottles of tacky glue which last a pretty long time all for a buck. Who can argue with those prices? Mod podge can be used for many different things and you can get matte or glossy, Tacky glue is good for gluing material, and the glue sticks or hot glue gun can be used for decorating or for gluing paper. Get creative, I have glitter glue, colored glue, glow in the dark glue then your basics. I have so many glue sticks I can’t keep track of all of them. I have a whole cloth drawer dedicated to just glue, scissors, and needles. You will use a lot so stock up when back to school sales begin.
Read all tips in the book: 50 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JUNK JOURNALING Scraps put to Use Jennifer Roberts
Jennifer Roberts, though a published author, a full time Psych student, and a mother and wife, she is a DYI’er and crafter of all sorts. Unlike some hobbies that require specific skills this is a hobby that can be tailored to your skill set. Sharing these ideas with others is a fun way to get others into the hobby. She would love nothing more than for more people to know what junk journals are and try their hand at making them. It’s fun for all ages and no two are alike. Your imagination is your limitation.
Tips to readers: YouTube:
https://youtu.be/y2WPDVCqpkk courtesy of Ephemera’s Vintage Garden
https://youtu.be/iNpOffXCb58 courtesy of Johanna Clough
https://youtu.be/Tx0xAS6V_Tg also courtesy of Johanna Clough
https://youtu.be/Jf8O9c_9MF8 courtesy of I’m A Cool Mom