Junk Journals

Meg’s Garden Junk Journals Recipe

 Junk Journals mean different things to different people.

 At Meg’s Garden we love to innovate & we like ‘modified’ Junk Journals - more cut & create, less junkie, can add coffee or tea dyed paper & can also add some cardstock, patterned paper & embellishments, of course!

 You should have a theme before starting & also a style. This will give you a colour scheme & your journal will flow more smoothly.

Colour:  tones that work together & a pop of colour

Style:    grunge, shabby chic or whatever you want

Texture:  absolutely necessary

 Size: any size you want but remember most papers will be A4 (8.3x11”) so think about papers that will be used on both sides & also on both sides/through the signature.

Half page size works well but keep all offcuts for strips, pockets etc.

The pages should be 1/4” less than the book cover.

In a junk journal the page sizes can be different - makes for interest

Covers: Options - an old book with the inside cut out, make a

soft spine or create a full cover with chip/card board.

Layers: Essential - think ‘add to page’

 Ingredients: - not all are necessary - think outside the box & look through your stash - particularly the things pushed in the back or in an old stash - restyle them.   Deconstruct old journals, cards & projects.  Old patterned papers become exciting when dyed with tea or coffee or use your mixed media products.

Ephemera - Cut & create images

Patterned paper - for pages, strips tuck spots, pockets, envelopes - old patterned paper really dyes well with coffee or tea.

Vellum - Translucent paper (tracing paper) - any paper added needs to be able to be folded.

Paper scraps

Flowers, buttons, embellishments, cogs, keys, metal & wood all add texture & dimension

Die Cuts, stickers, labels, stamps, stencils

Paint, watercolour, inks, markers, highlighters - anything to colour or spray

Envelopes - especially little ones

Writing papers (lined)

Old book pages - dictionary, old book, poetry, maps

Embellishments, tags, tickets, doilies

Napkins - use tape to remove backings

Fabric - for covers & spine and also for pages - scraps, lace & ribbons

Coffee or tea for dyeing papers.  Spray or splash when lightly dyed to add interest.  A mini spray bottle works really well

Washi tape on a roll or made by you. To make just cut a strip of paper the width you want & add double sided tape at the edges.

Recycled/reused materials

Glues to attach - paper, mod podge, fabric & other elements

 Apart from Pages:

Strips of varying width & materials - they can be stuck down or just at the top & bottom in order to tuck pieces in. Could also be doily strips, lace, wide ribbons, jute & more

Tickets - with or without words

Envelopes of varying sizes - dyed or not

Tags - always a must - different sizes, decorated or not, words, different materials

Pieces - of whatever.

   elements from nature - dried flowers, leaves, pods, dried lavender, twigs, bark

   sewing elements - needles etc.

   travel docs

    Whatever your theme requires - remember this is a junk journal & almost anything goes.

    Tuck spots - tuck things in

    The main thing is to think outside the box & have fun. Tear the pages or corners, make them different sizes; but remember the papercrafting principles - Colour, Texture & Style.