A few months ago I brought two MTN size junk journals from an Esty store called London Gifties, they came and I just adored them, but packed them away for later use.Fast forward to 2019 and while decluttering my bedroom and putting a desk in I found them in a box, neatly for safe keeping. I took them out and fell in love with it all over again, and so I dedicated my time to using these beauties.
First they had a kraft cover, so I went about decorating them where I used one of my washi tapes to cover the entire back and front of the kraft cover. Next I decided to use some Project life journaling cards on the back and front, once was done I used different washi tapes to build up a background. The last thing I did was to cover the whole cover with clear packing tape, this helps protect the journal’s cover and edges from bending or damage from use. It was a trick I found on YouTube videos on Journaling and have used the trick ever since. The finish product was a beautiful junk journal inside and out.
Onto my favourite part, building up pages and letting loose my creative juices. As I have said before in previous journal blog posts, I have a haphazard way in which I approach my actual journaling. My first junk journal isn’t any different from that, only a different format I took in my stride. I have many Project life journaling cards and other journaling cards in my stash and at times struggle what to do with them, so I took them out and begun to place them throughout the junk journal. Once started I got out other embellishments to stick throughout the journal, I actually like to prepare pages and then add my journaling later. I also bring out my washi tape collection and add that here and there, mainly adds a splash of colour or pattern to the journal spread.
Lastly I ended up journaling the first page about the unseasonal wet, rainy day we had Wednesday and finished it off with quote from Carpenters song about rainy days and Mondays. This page done in the waiting room of a hospital, because I like to journal on the go, not just at a desk. I love the different textures and paper that London Gifties uses in her junk journals, it also means I could get straight into junk journaling, without the worry of making my own. Now I have started, I think it will probably be a form of journaling I will take further.
Here are some photos of my Junk journal below, enjoy.