My typical junk journals are made out of recycled papers and envelopes. For more information on choosing junk journal papers, see my post here. The covers are usually cardboard or wall paper. For this book, I decided I was going to use a lot of cardboard as my pages in this book because I wanted them to be thick and sturdy. I also decided to use a lot of envelopes and bags, and that I wanted to use an old interoffice envelope as the front and back cover. The last decision was to use rings for a binding. I thought this was the best type of binding method given that I would be using cardboard materials for my pages and would not be able to machine or hand sew them. For more information on cover options as well as instructions on various binding methods, see my post here.
Painted pages: I used craft paint and homemade sprays along with found objects, homemade stencils and stamps to create patterns and designs. I used a variety of bright colors to make it really fun.
Here are some extras I used to add a fun decorations after my backgrounds were done:
- home made decorative tapes: used making tape and sports tape with paint and stamps, hockey tape
- fun images cut off of packaging
- flowers made from recycled material, paint chips and scrap fabric
- tags made from recycled materials
- tabs from boxes, paint chips, bread closures
- pockets made from paint chips, sewing two pieces of cardboard together with yarn, from embossed plastic packaging, old pair of jeans
- pocket page made from sewing wall paper together
- fabric, jean and lace scraps
- yarn and twine
For the bottle cap top, I used home made alcohol inks to paint, punched a one inch circle for the background and glued on a plastic star from a broken Christmas ornament. It has a bit of glitter glue on the top. I punched the hole using a Big Bite.
The washer on the bottom was super fun to make. I used a variety of alcohol ink colors and then added some Crackle Accents to the top and let it dry overnight.
I used an old shoe lace for the closure. I painted it various colors and added a couple wood beads to the ends that I purchased from a garage sale.
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I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I have. Thank you so much for stopping by and please leave me a comment. I'd love to know what you think and if you've made a junk journal.