“The Fun Of The Hunt”

Hi Crafters

No, I am not hunting anything, just hunting for my pages to go into my Ring-Bound Journal. It is a ‘Junk’ journal but that doesn’t mean you have to put ‘junk mail’ etc into it. It’s up to you……………………

I go through all my stash and pull out the stuff I want to include in my journals. In the short video, that is on my Junque Journalist Facebook Page,   “HERE”          you will see the sorts of items I like to include as pages in my journals. I like to add packaging like gift bags cut up, vellum, lined paper, ledger and scrapbook papers, brown paper, watercolor paper and paper bags, paper pattern and the envelopes, clear cello bags and ATC holders, coffee dyed paper and doilies, magazine and book pages, brown paper and gift wrap.


As you can see I have a fair bit of ‘junk’ to add to my journal. I keep things like movie tickets, postcards from holidays, the tickets from movies, decorated happy mail, fave cards given to me, a bit of packaging from my favorite scrapbook designers, stamps, things my boys have given me, bookmarks, fabric, special tags and Artist Trading Cards I make. Special photos and journaling. Anything that is a keepsake to me I keep it. Yes, I am very sentimental and these sorts of things are our history and our life. I am hoping in years to come my boys will remember all these memories I have kept and loved.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you may have a go at making your own junk journal!

Stay tuned as I will show you the journal once I get them all punched, layered and in 🙂

Hugz Kerri x


“15 Minute Challenge – 5 6 &7”

Hi Friends.

I hope all is well in your part of the world. It is colder here today and in between working this weekend, I am doing the wonderful house duties and squishing some craft time!

I am still puddling with Johanna’s quick challenges and I am enjoying them heaps.


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Challenge #5 – is to use maps somehow in your journal. My boys went to the Air Show here at Avalon in Feb this year and I thought this was a great photo to use with the map paper in the background. I used some layers of paper, stamps and washi tape. I have a few more pics to add also, so will prob put them in a pocket or make a flip 🙂


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Challenge #6 – is to use or make an envelope. I was given a cd envelope from Juni Desiree in an ephemera pack and I thought I would use it. I have just added it in with some wide washi tape and popped a pic of my sister and I in it for now.  I have a few other pics to journal this story of our day in Melbourne.

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Challenge #7 –  is to use images and/or photos. I used these lovely pictures I took out of one of my Daphnes Diary magazines of some beautiful David Austen rose gardens. They were my mums fave and I have some wonderful memories of her and I together drooling over the new catalouge each year. I used a bit of paint, torn scrapbook paper and some washi with a bit of a journaling flip.

There are three more challenges to go, so stay tuned over the next few days I will have them done and will give you the details. Hop on over to her YouTube channel and join in the fun!

Have a great weekend!

Kerri x


“A Bit More Of My Nameless Journal”

Hi There,

Wow! I am having a very busy week as we all do! I have had my oldest son around today for a while, and my youngest is at work.  It has been nice catching up with him and while he has been playing a new video game, I thought I would have a bit of a play in my Vintage Nameless Art Journal and do a few pretties on my personal journal.

I decided to add some feminine softness to the pages, so I added some different trims along the edges of the pages. I also made some tabs from them also.

I wanted to do a couple more pages in my Nameless Art Journal and I came up with these two.

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I like the look of the two photos above. The men looked deep in thought. Object Trov’e means –  discarded objects found by chance. I related to this as the items used on in this journal have been discarded by others and found by me! I used some layers of book paper and music paper, stamps, packaging tags I made and the clock stickers.

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I had a few Tim Holtz Emphemera Film Strips and decided to use these two, I used some stamping, layers of paper and tags washi tape, faux stitching, and some journal stickers. I used a bit of paint to tone down the bright butterflies and a black pen to go around the edges of the tags. The quote in the middles says “ordinary people can do extraordinary things”  I am sure all these people in the photos did do wonderful things in their lifetime………………………….

Johanna’s class is now finished but I am continuing to fill up my Journal with Nameless photos and giving them a story!

You can have a go at her class on YouTube and it is free and really fun to create along with her!

Have a great weekend, I will be back with some more of my art journal over the weekend.

Kerri x


“Finished Journal Cover”

Hi Friends,

If you haven’t worked it out yet, I am partial to Butterflies and Birds. This cover I have used the Napkin Decoupage Technique I showed you in my “PREVIOUS POST”

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I love how this turned out. It has layers of the old book page, napkin, washi tape, clear stickers and a small panel with Tim Holtz Mixed Media Birdie, Tissue paper on it. You can see I used this technique all over the book cover and did a bit of highlighting with some TH Distress Crayon. I have also added my eyelets on the 3″ spine ready for my page signatures.

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This picture above gives you a bit clearer look at the layers and the Focal Point panel on its own, which is adhered with some foam tape and dimensional glaze for extra strength. If you notice that the edges of the covers are not perfect and that is the way I like them. I just have to cover the inside pages, more than likely with scrapbook paper and then make the “junk” part of the journal before I start embellishing and using it 🙂

Have a great night

Kerri x



“Paper Napkin Technique”

Hi Friends,

I thought I would take a little break from my journal and show you a fun technique. You may have already seen it out there.

The Technique is called Napkin College, it is very easy and creates a lovely result. I have a lot of book pages that come out of books and I keep some of them to create embellishments for my journals. I love collaging the napkin on to book pages, music sheets and also straight on to projects. I have also done this straight on to book covers and it looks very effective and vintage.

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You only need a few supplies for this. Some paper napkins which you can get from cheap shops, some mod podge or my glue sealer made with white glue and some paper to stick it down on which can be anything.

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The first thing you need to do is tear off the white background carefully so you don’t tear your design. I used a wet small paintbrush and went around the images I wanted to glue down. This prevents your napkin from tearing in the wrong place.  you can also just glue it down as a whole sheet if you want to.  I like to pick the images that I like.

napkin 3Next, you apply glue on top of the page and then place your image over. You then lightly put more glue over the top to smooth it down and seal it.

You then continue doing the same process to you cover as much of your base as you want. I still wanted some of the music paper to show through. You can leave it at this stage and use as is to make tags, pockets, ATC’s, punched or die-cut shapes, you name it!


I also added a bit of stamping and some texture paste through a stencil for a bit more depth on this page.


These are a few more music and book pages I have collaged over the weekend:) The top three are for a journal and the rest are to make tags, pockets, etc from 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening 🙂

Kerri x

“Altered Book”

Hi Junkers,

You might be wondering what is an “ALTERED BOOK”.  Well…..

An altered book is a form of mixed media or artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.

An altered book artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold leaf, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, ephemera, or other three-dimensional objects. Some change the shape of the book or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.

Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

I have started two altered books and this time I have decided to take some of the pages out and replacing them with new, instead of taking all the pages out and just using the cover!

As you can see it has a lovely cover and I am not sure what I want to do with it just yet. The book had over 200 pages and I have removed about 3/4 of them and made some pockets in it and it now has about 20 sturdy pages. It is a lot thinner than it was. If you don’t take pages out it will get too bulky and you will end up damaging the spine and it will fall apart.

The books and pictures I found above on the weekend @ a Book Festival that I went to with my sister and niece near Ballarat.  They have the loveliest drawings and letters printed in them and they were only a few dollars each.  I am saving them to add to other projects and maybe put a few back into the book as embellishments on tags, pockets, etc.   I even found a really old cookbook to add a bit to my Recipe Junque Journal.

This is a smaller one and I have removed over 250 pages and condensed it to what you see above. The marks on the paper are where I am making pockets for extra goodies and so I know where they are when working on it. This is going to be a very textile book using fabric, trims, lace etc.

There is a lovely lady on Youtube called CRAFTYIRINA and I use her method of removing pages, creating pockets, etc. Her video is “HERE”

I hope you will pop back and check out my progress on my books. I am hoping soon to be starting a YouTube channel of my own, which will have lots of what I create, ideas, tutorials etc!

Happy Junking

K x


Hi Friends and Welcome to my new blog, The Junque Journalist!

If you don’t know me, my name is Kerri Smith and I am an Aussie girl! I have been an avid Papercrafter and Memory Keeper for about 20 years. My new love is Junque Journaling. Here, at my new home, you will find me puddling with making new Junque Journals and/or creating in ones I have made 🙂 

If you haven’t heard of a Junque (Junk) Journal before it is a book created using an old book cover, recycled cardboard, cereal boxes, anything you want to use and is made into a new useful book. The term Junque comes from what you can add to it like, book pages, magazine pages, ephemera, and anything else you like to collect to add to it.

Like art journaling, there is no “one size fits all” definition for what a junk journal really is.

Junk journals can vary from person to person, but generally, most of them do share one primary characteristic: The journal is made with mostly a mix of found and recycled materials. The official definition is –
Junk Journal: A book which is often made through found and recycled materials to be used as a way to collect and record memories, thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.

You can use them as Planners, art journals, memory books, personalized gifts, make them for different themes like gardening, fairies, pets, flora, etc, the list is endless!!!! I use mine for all those things and more.

I will be posting some of my content from old blog here as it is JJ related and you may not have seen it 🙂

I hope you will come along on this Junque Journalist Journey with me and hopefully, I will be able to inspire you to create your own, learn some new techniques and tips and generally have fun!!!


Happy Junking, Kerri x