So, you’ve seen those two words banded around on the internet but do you really know what a junk journal is?
Maybe, you’ve never heard them and have just stumbled across this post whilst searching for something else?
Either way, if you are looking for a creative outlet that requires little artistic talent, then junk journalling maybe just what you’re looking for.
I stumbled across junk journalling a few years ago when I was looking for a way to be creative without having to have brilliant drawing skills. I’d tried bullet journals but I’m not really a list person and my spreads seemed boring compared to those I had seen on the internet.
Now don’t get me wrong, bullet journals are amazing if you want to track habits, work from home or love lists. You can just create a basic spread and follow that system.
So, what is junk journalling?
Ok, with any post of this type you have to start with the definition of what junk jounralling actually means. In this case, there isn’t one, well not in a dictionary anyway.
Art Journalist sums it up in her explanation post as:
Junk Journal: A book which is often made through found and recycled materials to be used as a way to collect and record memories, thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.
Personaly, for me a junk journal is a way to create art using many different mediums, from paint to paper, stickers, ink and words.
Different ways to use junk journals
There are many different types of junk journal you can have. You don’t need to stick to one, that’s the joy of junk journalling. Each journal can incorporate lots of different types, giving you the space to try out anything that you want.
You can be as daring as you want with a junk journal, because, you don’t need to show it to anyone else. This is your space to create how you want.
Everyday Journal / Art Journal
This is the type of journal you can use daily to share your thoughts, create a layout, swatch colours, practice your hand writing and collage pieces of your everyday life.
I have one of these, and although I don’t add stuff into it daily, I use it to create and explore the types of art I want to try out. This journal is my private space to vent, to fail and to be brave in.
With the art journal, you can simply use it to create art each day or as often as you want. Having a place dedicated to creating just for you is so liberating.
This type of journal can be created to document a holiday, a childs dcevelopment or a special time in your life.
It can include birthday cards, photos, drawings, pressed flowers. You name it if it holds a memory for the event you’re documenting, pop it in.
It’s also a great way to keep those treasured memories safe and stop them from being forgotten in a box in the attic or being damaged. By preserving them in a book, you can come back to them time and again and relive those memories and share them with others.
You can use your junk journal as a planner. As I said at the beginning of the piece, bullet journaling is a great way to plan your week and if you want to incorporate that into your junk journal, then that is one way to use it as a planner.
You could simply create a page for the month, weekly pages or daily pages. Or you could simply want to track your progress with a project or goal.
The options are endless.
This one is one I am planning on starting very soon. I turn 40 this year and although there aren’t that many adventures I can get into at the moment, once things start to ease, there are some bucket list items I want to achieve.
So, I have decided to create a themed book to document my 40th rotation around the sun.
But for you, a themed book could be to document your garden, birds you’ve spotted, a book you love. Anything that means something to you and you want to create a whole book about.
Looking for a personalised gift to give to someone? Then why not create them a junk journal.
This could be one you’ve created for them to use or one you’ve created specifically about them. The second could be linked with the memory book, but instead of creating it for yourself, you’re creating it for them.
Different types of junk journal
Ok, we’ve explored what types of journal you can create, but what type of book will you use to create your junk journal?
Create your own
If you want to, you can create a journal from scratch, which allows you to add in how many pages you want. You can mix up the paper types, add different elements such as textiles and create pockets and added extras specific to your needs.
There are many ways to bind your own books from sewing to binder rings all the way to a non stitched version that might be the easiest.
This method is where you take an existing book and alter the pages.
It could be a simple notebook, or a damaged reading or text book. You simply go in and remove some of the pages as these types of journal can get chunky. You can stick pages together to create sturdier base layers or add different elemnents to the page to mix things up.
The joy of junk jounralling is you can use whatever you have.
Next up I will share with you some of the supplies I like to use when junk journalling.
Also coming soon… my new shop full of paper and textile craft supplies, many of them vintage!