Junk Journals

Ring Bound Junk Journal with Eyelets



  • book rings – 1” or 1 1/2” are good sizes for journals
  • cover
  • paper for journal pages

Making ring-bound junk journals is very easy and you only need a few basic tools and supplies.

What I love about them is that pages can be added, removed and moved around because of the opening and closing book rings. This is especially handy if you're making an art journal and you want to add art pages gradually. If it's a planner or a recipe book, you can add sections as needed.

Your ring-bound book can be covered with all kinds of materials:

There's really no limit to what you can use to cover your ring-bound junk journal, provided your hole punch can get through it (here's a list of essential paper punches).

Punching The Ring Holes

Rind Bound Junk Journal

One way to ensure that your holes are in the same spot throughout the entire book is to create a cardboard template with holes punched where you want them.

I punch my holes no less then a 1/2" from the edge of the. I like to use 2 or 3 rings and occasionally 4. 

My template consists of a piece of paper the height of my book cover, and about 2" wide. Using a pencil, I mark the template where I want the holes to be.

Tip: For pages that are smaller than the rest, make sure to line them up on your hole template so that they are bound into the book by at least two rings.

Once I've determined hole placement I punch the holes. This template can then be used like a stencil to mark the cover and inside pages with a pencil. You can punch as many pages at a time as your punch will allow, using the template as a guide. The holes will be in the right spot every time! 

Eyelets add a beautiful finishing touch to your ring-bound junk journals. You'll need an eyelet setter to install them as well as eyelets the size of the hole you made. This Crop-A-Dile video shows how it's done.

Vintage Ring-Bound Junk Journal

More Ring-Bound
Junk Journal Ideas

These videos have more ideas for making ring-bound journals. I hope you're inspired to make your own!




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