How To Make
Junk Journals

Ephemera's Vintage Garden has expanded the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page, to a full website. Welcome to the Vintage Junk Journals website! Get all your junk journal and printables questions answered in one place. 

Looking for tutorials? We've got all kinds! The main topics are listed in the left side column. The 'Search' button is also a quick way to find a specific topic. 

We welcome contributors to share tips and ideas. Submit your projects and inspire others!

What Exactly Is a Junk Journal?

A junk journal (sometimes spelled 'junque') is a book made with mail and paper items found around one's household; it can hold ephemera that has special meaning to you such as notes, ticket stubs, magazine cutouts or newspaper clippings, etc. 

These journals can also be used like regular notebooks with a practical purpose such as:


art journal



collage art




Some crafters simply like to make them as decorative keepsakes they can flip through and enjoy.

There are no rules when making junk journals, they can be whatever you want them to be. One thing is certain - they are addictive!

Junk Journal

Why Make Junk Journals?

1) Recycling! You can create a work of art with junk/recycled paper and be frugal and environmentally conscious while pursuing a fun hobby.

2) Every junk journal you create is a unique work of art and made to suit your style and needs. 

3) A junk journal is filled with visual and tactile interest as opposed to stark, blank pages. The splashes of colour, texture, pockets and tuck spots create an inviting place to journal, draw or smash.

4) Although crisp, new notebooks and journals are nice, the casual feel of a junk journal is very welcoming. The imperfections take the pressure off, creatively speaking. The junkier, the better!

Our Most Popular Tutorials

** Special credits and my deep gratitude go to three pioneers in the large junk journal community we know today. They are YouTubers Rachel Jazzy Creations, PocketFullOfVintage, and Yoliebean. Their videos and tutorials between 2011 and early 2013 were the originals that inspired so many of us to create our own versions of junk journals.**


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