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Binding 
In the video where you show all the lovely coffee dyeing, your journal has a gorgeous professional- looking double metal binding that I've only seen when …

Icing Dye 
I saw a technique using cake icing dye. The demonstrator dissolved it in water in a spray bottle. The paper looked really pretty but I noticed that the …

Bookbinding Thread 
I'm a newbie who is just about ready to sew her signatures into her first book. I want something that is strong and will last. I'm curious about your recommendations …

If you had to choose one of your many printers... 
If you were to chose one printer for your digitals, which would it be? Whether it be one out the handful of yours or if you had the opportunity to buy …

Writing in my journal AFTER it is finished 
I finished my journal with the cardboard box cover and it looks battered, used, loved and at least fifty years old. I will post pictures of it on my blog …

Beginner Tips? 
What would you suggest for a beginner? Perhaps a list of basics. Sort of like if you were going to give someone a starter kit? Thanks, Amy

Ring Bound Cover Troubles 
Hi, a little question: my covers don´t stay flat when I use rings and eyelets. I have to take them away to get the covers flat. what can I do to solve …

Creating a Signature  
Hi! I just bought several kits including Butterfly Kisses and Queen Bee and I am stuck. My question is: how do you create a signature from the kit if the …

Adhesive For Lace On Covers 
What kind of adhesive do people use to attach lace to a journal cover? The ones I have seen with lace on the spine or elsewhere look so neat...no glue …

Cardboard Boxes On Covers? 
I know it is probably a stupid idea but I actually started making a journal from what I thought was a really nice clean sturdy box, but of course then …

Hug Snug Seam Binding 
I asked the name of seam binding that many JJs use. I got the name of Hug Snug. When going on line to get some, I find it is made of rayon and was wondering …

Comb Binding for Junk Journals? 
Would using a comb binding machine be acceptable for binding a junk journal? Would it take away from the 'vintage' look? Any comments would be great. …

Signatures 
Do you have a recommendation on how many signatures to use for book sizes? For example, if I have a book with a one inch spine? Thank you

copyright question 
Hi Debbie! Love your stuff- i have ordered a few of your digitals that i have downloaded to use in my art journals- mainly i give as gifts- & even though …

Grunge Paper 
I was watching a video from EVG where you made a "list" journal from a black file folder and it had a grunge paper spine. In the video you said you painted …

Seam binding 
I have been buying seam binding from thrift stores. Most of the time it is coloured and I have been able to spray it and have it crinkly, but now I am …

Printer Question 
Hi, I have an Epson Stylus Photo RX580 printer & it just isn't printing good quality images when I'm trying to print junk journal pages. So, I'm thinking …

Using Eyelets in Junk Journals 
I have been using 3/16 eyelets. I just made a junk journal and the eyelets are popping out. I used 2 inch ring binders, so am assuming 2 things; the …

Attaching lace to spine 
I love the look of lace along the spine of junk journals, but I'm uncertain as to how to attach it securely. Suggestions?

Sizing Your Paper 
HI there, I just started getting into this art...and for the life of me I can't seem to get the measurements right. So when I buy a digital kit that …

Copyright Infringement on Book Covers 
Hi, I just learned about junk journals and think yours are beautiful. I don't think I would be selling any if I made them, but I'm curious about concerns …

Digi Stamps 
I am new to journal making, etc. I keep seeing digi stamps mentioned. Could you please tell me what they are, how to use them, etc. Love your site! Will …

Folding Cardstock Without Cracking 
Would love to know any tips for scoring and folding cardstock to help eliminate the chance of the edge cracking or flaking. I know I heard some advice …

Using Paper Napkins 
Hi, I'm loving this website! I was wondering if you all ever use paper napkins to make journal covers or pages in journals and what type of glue you would …

Hole Reinforcements for Pages 
I am contemplating making my first ring-bound journal and am wondering if it is necessary to use hole reinforcements for the journal pages.

What are "Tags" for? 
Ok, I am totally new to junk journal/smash books. I see lots of info about pockets and "tags".... What exactly are the tags for? What purpose do they serve? …

Junk Journal For Wedding Cards? 
Any suggestions for how to save my wedding cards in a junk journal?

I Want To Make A Planner.. 
I have 8x8 inch calendars and some paper that I would like to use to make a planner. What is the best way to do this?

Sealing Journal Pages? 
I am making a junk journal/diary and am going to be writing in it soon. My plans are to glue small photos and ephemera and other paper items on my page …

Altered Book Pages 
Can you post a video on how to cut the pages for junk journals when you alter a book? or send me a link if one is available.

JJ sale 
Hi! I love your website and videos! I have been following you a long time on Youtube. I've been wanting to buy one of your jj's but have been waiting …

Journal Calendar Downloads 
Hello, my son was visiting this evening and saw one of the first journals that I made out of an old book (mine was a sketching/watercolor journal) and …

Questions - Hair Elastic Closure & Hidden Stitches on Spine 
Hello, I found the picture of the hair elastic closure that I see you use on your journals, but can't figure out just how to "tie" the elastic so it doesn't …

Page Edges Question 
How do you finish the edges of the pages so they don't show as white? Do you paint them, use stamping ink, or ...?

Journal Size Questions 
I'll be starting on my first junk journal (vintage type), but I don't know how big to make it. What's the best size? Don't want it too small. Also how …

Stitching Without A Machine 
I LOVE stitches on jj pages and/ or on embellishments of jjs (like tags, folders etc), but I don't have a sewing machine. Is there a way to make stitches …

Sewing Question 
Would love to see a video on sewing pages etc when you have time. No hurry and by the way this is a awesome website and so glad you have offered this for …

Tea/Coffee Dyeing Question 
Do you cut the paper to size before you dye it, or just dye first and cut later?

Paper Dyeing Question 
I love the colour of my coffee dyed paper but I find the smell overwhelming. Am I doing something wrong? In case I'm not are there any hints for making …



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