What is exactly is a junk journal anyway?
You see them on Pinterest everywhere but what exactly is a junk journal? A junk journal is a place to keep special things. These things can be words, thoughts, keepsakes, favorite recipes, doodles, artwork, favorite bible verses, planning notes, or a piece of lace from your grandmother's wedding dress. Do you remember that romantic restaurant date? That dinner receipt goes right into your journal too! Just tuck it right in with a little note to remember what you loved about that night.
The beautiful thing is, there are no rules here. You can use your junk journal (aka smash book) for whatever you want. The only thing that matters is the overwhelming feeling of happiness and contentment with every turn of each lovely page.
A custom junk journal is usually created with a mixture of craft supplies, vintage paper, junk mail, fabrics, and/or ephemera images. And of course, no junk journal is complete without perfect charm accents.
The best junk journals are extremely chunky and made to look like it's had decades of wear and use. It also gives you lots of tuck spots and empty spaces to write personal notes. This takes a good eye and the ability to use a multitude of materials and design to bring it all together.
If you want to try your hand at making a junk journal, you might want to grab these books that are full of ideas for beginners. They also make really great gifts if you know someone that is into journalling and crafts.
If you don't feel like creating your own you can purchase a junk journal from a professional customizer. You can expect to pay upwards of $150+ and more for a custom piece created by the best junk journal customizers. There's so much time and care that goes into each piece so they really deserve it. Every journal is it's own unique piece of art and made to last for a lifetime of enjoyment. A treasure to be passed down.
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