Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Freeform Junk Journals for Graphic 45

This months challenge over at Graphic 45 was to create #G45JunkJournal. Now, this is more of a junk folder than a junk journal, but I think this format works well for my scattered brain and horrifying organizational skills.

I’m always tearing out sheets, and forever tucking bits of paper into my sketchbooks and journals. The idea of a freeform, loosey goosey place to hold my ideas, memories and inspiration was oh so appealing.

Nothing is bound together in here, it’s all loose sheets and tags and papery bits.

As long as you have a nice fat stack filling your folder, everything should hold in place well when tied shut (yay friction!)

I began with a super simple tri-fold cover, and added ribbon for a closure. No pockets, no pages, just an easy peasy junk folder.

Then I created a bunch of stand-alone pieces to tuck inside.

Tags, ATC’s, envelopes…


... mini folder filled with ephemera...

...loose sheets for journaling and layouts.

I’ve also included a notebook which I simply recovered with another sheet of “Imagine”.

While I’m a HUGE fan of mixing and matching collections, I’ve kept things really, really simple here by just using the “Imagine” collection along with some Graphic 45 staples and a bit of ribbon. If you have any worries about coordinating papers, this is the way to go. You really cannot go wrong by sticking within a single collection.

Just look at all that junk!

Want to make your own? Check below for a video tutorial for creating the folder and here's the list of supplies I used for the Imagine #G45JunkJournal

Imagine 12 x 12 Collection Pack
Shabby Chic Metal Clock Keys
Antique Ornate Metal Keys
Washi Tape
Large Tags—Ivory
Imagine Stickers
Bottle Cap
Paperclay fourishes

AND.... HERE how to create your own freeform junk journal folder. I've kept the instructions fairly basic so that you can alter this project to suit your own tastes.

The supplies used in the tutorial sample are:

Communique Delux Collectors Edition
Antique Ornate Metal Keys
Antique Brass Metal Clock KeysCardboard
Jump Rings
Brass Name Plate