This Everyday Life Mini Junk Journal

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog! I’m still working out the kinks of WordPress…so different from blogger…so bare with me. Well, anyway I want to share my project that I created for Eileen Hull this month. The theme for August is junk journals. Some of you might be wondering what is a junk journal? It’s anything! Junk mail, old book pages, old music papers, tags off of clothing, scraps of notebook paper, scrap of cardstock that “you think” might be too small to use, that one lonely sticker that you have no idea what to do with it, etc. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a junk journal.


I had actually started this journal in March and Covid happened! I had to go to Nashville for a week and a half and watch my grandson while my son worked from home and my daughter in law was at the time stilling going into the office to work until she was finally sent home to work too. I had forgotten how hard it was to do anything with…at the time…17 month old getting up early and going non-stop.

I started the cover of this journal by cutting a Gift Box with Gift Box Scalloped Edges and Label Diecut from Mat Board.


I measured and cut 1 5/8″ (spine) for both covers and a 1 5/8″ mat board for the additional spine. I adhered both 1 5/8″ spines together to create the first spine and the small flap at the end of the box I adhered the additional 1 5/8″ spine to the flap and the scalloped flap to the other side of the spine. Apologies for no step out photos, I thought I had taken photos of those steps but apparently not. I cut patterned cardstock larger that the journal cover and adhered the edges to the inside and then cut and adhered cardstock to the inside. I decorated both the outside and inside with leftover diecuts, stickers and embellishments. I also added velcro to the flap and cover to keep closed, a decorative eyelet to the spine and a charm to dangle from the spine.


I cut two strips of cardstock 3″ wide and folded every 3″. I adhered the ends of the  two cardstocks together to create a pocket to hold a tag and adhered one of the 3″ squares to the inside of the cover. I forgot to glue ribbon to the inside cover before adhering the accordion style pages to the inside. So my solutions was to “chunk up” the pages so when it is closed the pages don’t sag.


So now for the fun stuff! Decorating the pages! I won’t go into too many details on how I decorated the pages since for the most part are self explanatory.



I used lots of scraps of cardstock and stickers to decorate the pages.


I also created tuck spots throughout the journal.


I used scraps of accounting paper that I cut, folded and stapled together to create tiny journals. To keep those in place I added belly bans to hold them.




I hope you have enjoy my take on what a junk journal is to me.


If you haven’t stopped by Eileen’s blog to see what the rest of the Inspiration Team has created you can find those blog posts HERE and HERE.


 As always if you have any questions about this project please let me know.



Sizzix/Eileen Hull: Gift Box Scalloped Edges and Label Diecut

Mat Board

Paper Cutter

Diecut Machine

Beacon Adhesive: Zip Dry Adhesive



Various Patterned Cardstocks, Embellishments, Diecuts and Stickers

Charm, Eyelet and Trim

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Thanks for stopping by hope your Monday is awesome and enjoy creating!



8 thoughts on “This Everyday Life Mini Junk Journal

  1. Wow! What a wonderful idea for all of my ephemera that I have collected and is sitting in a drawer!!
    Thank you! ♥️

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