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What is a Junk Journal?

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Have you heard of junk journaling? It's a cool way to reuse old papers and random stuff that you normally throw away. And the best part is that you get to make your personalized journal that's unique and expressive. It's a fun and therapeutic process that lets you tap into your creativity and create something beautiful out of "junk."

Junk journals don't have to be made of "junk," but using stuff around you that often gets thrown away is a unique way to recycle. The fairy journal is made of a collection of printed pages, old papers, coffee-dyed pages, receipts, paper bags, and food packaging. A junk journal is what you want it to be.

I have several YouTube videos that teach you how to gather supplies, give advice on using different techniques, and lots of inspiration. You can find my videos here: @TheTruckingScribe.

I also have a small Facebook Group called "Junk Journaling With The Trucking Scribe." It has 8 members, but we are looking for new members to share in all the fun. As we grow, we will have swaps and other events. Junk Journaling is popular, especially after all the months of isolation from COVID-19.

People are into junk journaling these days, and I can see why. You can use it to document your daily life, jot down your thoughts and feelings, or let your artistic side run wild with different collages and drawings. The possibilities are endless; you can make your journal look however you want.

Whether you're looking for a new hobby or want to get crafty, junk journaling is a great choice. It is a sustainable way to reuse old stuff and lets you unleash your creativity and make something totally unique. So why not give it a shot and see what kind of cool journal you can come up with?

What kind of supplies do I need to get started with junk journaling?

If you're looking to get started with junk journaling, there are several basic supplies that you'll need to have on hand. First and foremost, you'll need a journal or notebook to use as your base, or you can make your own from a few pages of paper, an empty cereal box, and string or staples. From there, you'll want to ensure you have some adhesive options like tape and a good pair of scissors. Additionally, you'll want to gather up some old papers or ephemera that you can use to create the pages of your journal.

Once you have those basics covered, you can start to think about adding other decorative elements that will help bring your journal to life. For example, stickers, washi tape, and stamps can all be great options for adding pops of color and interest to your pages. Ultimately, the key to successful junk journaling is to let your creativity guide you and to have fun with the process. So don't be afraid to experiment and try new things - you just might be surprised by what you come up with!

Start gathering supplies and follow along with me as I make a junk journal from everyday supplies. Here are a few examples of my junk journals.

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