• Helen Colebrook

Using a Junk Journal


Junk Journals

Using a junk journal is one of my favourite ways to document and get creative. It's completely unstructured and anything goes! If you are brand new to junk journals and want to find out more about them, then check out my blog post here. Also, if you would like to make your own junk journal, then you can follow along with my tutorial here.


I've had lots of comments from people saying that they love the look of junk journals, but don't know how to actually use them. "How do you write in them?" being the most-asked question. In this blog post, I'm going to share how I create writing spots on those beautiful pages.


Scrap Paper and Tip-in Cards


There are lots of great ways to create space for writing, without covering up those gorgeous book page backgrounds.


Old scraps of paper and notepads, shopping list sheets or envelopes are a really good place to start. On these pages, I have glued down some torn out sheets from an invoice pad and a to-do sheet too.


I've also used washi tape to include a piece of watercolour paper that I have previously decorated to create a tip-in card, along with an envelope pocket. Envelopes are a great place to tuck in any private writing notes, letters, tickets and photos.


Pockets and Tags


Adding pockets and tags is another great way to create writing space in your journal. If you are interested in creating your own pockets and tags, then I have a lovely blog post all about this here.


You can use the tags for small snippets of journal writing, or even including some favourite quotes or lyrics. I also really enjoying sticking photos on them.


Decoration and Embellishments


I always like to add extra deocration to my junk journal pages. For this I love using things like washi tape, stickers, stamps and stencils. I also like to include tickets from days out, post cards, napkins, receipts and leaflets.


"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." Thomas A Edison

I really hope this has helped give you some ideas for creating a beautiful functional junk journal, that you will treasure for years to come.


If you would like to see me creating these pages in more detail, then you can watch my YouTube video below:



If you would like more journaling inspiration, printables and videos, I would love you to join me on Patreon here.


I hope you have lots of fun in your journals, Helen x

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