“Recycled Junk Journal Tutorial – Part 3

Hi Friends,

I hope you are playing along with me and you are ready to decorate the inside and out of your Journal covers. There are many options out there for you and most of you will have your own style! Sometimes I like to use pattern papers, lace, fabric etc, then other times I like to go with a bit of mixed media!


Above are a few different ways I have decorated some of my journal covers. Most of mine are pretty girly and each one is used for different things I create. I like using fabric and twine, trims and flowers, stamping, collage, die cuts rubons, stickers and other bits and bobs to make them my own.

From the top row left, is my Daphne’s Diary Journal that is like a glue book I stick magazine cuttings and things, I like in it. Next is my Fur baby Memory Journal, A Book About Me, and my 2019 Memory Journal.

The middle two are my art journal and another photo journal that I used eyelets and seam binding for the binding.

The bottom row is a journal for my Prima Paper Dolls, an ATC Journal, 365-day journal for 2018 and just a Journal I just junk in.  Phew, I have been busy!!!!

STEP 5 –

Decorate your covers outside in your own style. Just create and enjoy the process. I always think I never do it right, but it’s “what YOU LOVe and no one else that defines your creations”

I just measure the length and width of the covers and cut the pattern papers a smidge smaller. Mine are 8.25 x 11.5″  I used strong double sided tape and glue over the top to adhere them to the covers.


This large Journal is going to be a Botanical JJ that I can add all the bits and pieces I have collected. I have lots of stamps that I want to use in it also. The back of the JJ is on the right with just a lovely image from a book and I have Collaged the front cover with stuff from my stash. I have used the black tape as a border on my covers and it makes the college stand out. I used book page, images are torn out of a gardening book, die cuts, washi tape, Prima pattern paper on the background, and Distress oxide ink on the edges of papers and die-cuts. I really enjoyed putting this together. I think the quote says it all for me 🙂

=inside cover

For the inside, I used two more pieces of the Prima paper and just glued them down. I added a small embellishment and a pocket on the front inside to hold images, tags etc as I am embellishing it later on. I just added another piece of the pp on the spine to finish it off. You won’t see a lot of it once we do the binding 🙂

PART 4 of this tutorial will be making the pages and the signatures ( a bundle of pages put together) and binding them in. I do quite an easy way to bind your journal, which involves no sewing, as I am lazy and not a big sewer!

Stay Tuned 🙂

Happy Junk Journaling

Kerri x



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