Coming in July 2024!

by | May 8, 2024 | Event

Greetings All,

I’m pleased to announce a Creative Roots Foundation month long virtual event coming in July 2024!

Junk Journal July will explore the creative outlet of making junk journals, and encourage you (or you and your kids home on Summer break) to take the time to make a junk journal of your own.

What is a Junk Journal?

A junk journal is a book that is either made from assorted pages and bound together; or is already a “bound book” (think notebook) and the pages have been augmented with items and artwork to embellish it.  Junk journals are also sometimes called Art journals.

One of my favorite things about junk journals is that there are really no rules – and no “right” way to make them. AND, it is a lovely way to reuse or upcycle papers and embellishments that might normally go into the trash.

It is different from a scrapbook, in that a scrapbook is usually focused on commemorating a specific person, event, or memory; and is usually rather uniform in its appearance.

What do I need to make a junk journal?

The basics are items you probably already have in your home:

  • Paper (including leftover wrapping paper, cards, notebook paper, bags, envelopes, product packaging, tissue paper, printer paper, even old letters, newspapers, magazines, cardboard packages like cereal boxes, damaged or old paperback or hardcover books, and instruction booklets) – a matte finish (not shiny) is the best for use, especially if you are going to draw or paint on the page.
  • Paint, colored pencils, markers, inks
  • Glue or glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • String, twine, thread, or ribbon; or a stapler
  • Stamps or stickers, if you have them

Do I have to have a theme in mind?

You can choose a theme – like Gratitude, or Dinosaurs I love, or something else near and dear to your heart (or your kid’s hearts); or just assemble a random collection of items and embellishments that give you joy!

How big should a junk journal be?

There are no rules about size – your journal can be as big or as small as you want it to be or have time to make it. That being said a good “starter” journal should probably be the size of a standard printer paper page folded in half 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches. Since that is likely to be an easy size of paper to have on hand.

If you are repurposing an existing book(let) such as last year’s meeting planner, then use that size page. Some junk journals are the size of teabags, and some are huge ledger sized books. Some junk journals have pages of all different sizes, with pockets, or fold outs, or even pop-ups. The sky’s the limit.


We will be sharing tips and tricks, inspiration, and encouragement during the entire month of July on our Facebook Group Page at and in this blog. Watch for the hashtag #JunkJournalJuly.  We hope you will participate and share your experiences and photos of your junk journals on the Group page!

Looking forward to seeing your projects and cheering you onward!



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