Many of the paper supplies needed for making junk journals can be found around your household. There's no need to buy anything! Of course once you start making jj's as a hobby, you'll find yourself wanting to expand on your junk collection. You'll be amazed at all the stuff you can use.
Where to begin? Basically, any office paper can be added in junk journals. Some of my favorites include time cards, ledger paper, index cards, graph paper (which can be coffee/or tea dyed!), file folders, and envelopes of all shapes, sizes and colors. These are some of the office supplies I use in my junk journals.
Your junk mail may normally go straight to the recycling bin, but now you can also re-purpose it. Look for pamphlets that have interesting shapes or colors – they make fun tuck spots and pockets. Don't worry about not having writing space, you can glue/staple/tape lined paper to them.
Merchandise tags are also fun for junk journals, as are plastic or paper packages and bags.
Gift card holders, paint samples, corrugated cardboard, paper towel rolls, outdated telephone books, subway maps, magazines and catalogues can be used too.
If you're a crafter then you probably have lots of supplies that would look great in your junk journals. Use patterned paper, cardstock, greeting cards, envelopes. These combine well with printables, which are a great addition that you can print on demand.
Making junk journals changes the way we see household 'junk'. Before long, you'll be collecting things you never imagined useful until now. It's addictive, fun, and good for the planet!
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