You’re going to be seeing the term, “junk journals” a lot around here, and I think it might be time to explain a little.
Junk Journal isn’t exactly what I think of as the most complimentary name. Really, it kind of makes you think of something that’s not important. That’s throwaway. But it couldn’t be farther from the truth.
When I first heard of junk journals, they were creations made to use up junk mail and junk papers that would otherwise end up in the trash. It was a way to recycle and create art at the same time.
To some extent, junk journals are still doing that – many use vintage papers and recycled books – but now they are each their own work of art. They include collages and mixed media, patterned papers, lace, and anything else you can think of. New to the idea? Still not sure what I’m talking about? Here’s one of my recent junk journals:
Most junk journals (mine included) are made to be USED! Part of the beauty of this art form is that it isn’t finished until you say it is. Whether you made it or bought it, the point of a junk journal is to add to it. Write in it. Paste in magazine clippings, clip in photos from your vacation or a girls day out. A junk journal that just sits there is pretty, but it isn’t reaching its full potential until its actually being used!
Now perhaps you’re thinking to yourself, “Okay, but what am I supposed to do with it?”
Well, here’s a few suggestions – and feel free to comment and tell me what I’ve left off (because I’m sure I haven’t hit all the uses!)
- Use it as a journal or diary – but you don’t have to write from beginning to end. Skip around. Pick a tag and write on that. Use a page to list the day’s activities and clip in a photo. The order isn’t important. Maybe one page is decorated in a way that corresponds to what you want to write about – use it!
- Make lists.
- Use it as a planner – pick a page and use it to plan out your day, and just mark it with a clip or bookmark or something.
- An address book (though I must admit, you’d have to do some alphabetizing or organizing of some kind!)
- A memory book or scrapbook. Think of it as layouts already made for you. Paste in photos and write in what you did. Keep ticket stubs and brochures and whatever else you would normally put in your memory book.
- A photo album. Just clip, paste, or tuck your photos into the book. You can write around them or not.
Now, these are just the suggestions I can think of at the moment. This is not by any means an exhaustive list of what you can do – the journal is yours and you can use it as you see fit!
And please, if you have another use, comment below and tell the rest of us – I’m always interested to see what other people would do with these beautiful journals!