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12 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is a Junk Journal?

    • 3. Tools and Supplies

    • 4. Make The Cover

    • 5. Creating the Signatures

    • 6. Binding Your Journal

    • 7. Finishing The Cover

    • 8. Creating Tuck Spots

    • 9. Adding Pockets

    • 10. Using Your Junk Journal

    • 11. Class Project

    • 12. Thank You

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About This Class

In this class, I am going to guide you through step-by-step instructions to create your very own beautiful Junk Journal. I have no doubt that it will become something to really treasure for years to come.

No previous experience is required. This craft project is a great way to repurpose items that you might otherwise consider as "junk".  I will guide you through the following lessons:

  • What is a Junk Journal
  • Tools & Supplies
  • Making the Cover
  • Selecting Papers and Creating Signatures
  • Binding your Journal Together
  • Adding Tuck Spots and Pockets
  • We'll finish off by doing a little journaling together

I really hope you enjoy the class and I can't wait to see your beautiful Junk Journals, Helen x


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Helen Colebrook

An avid journal keeper/creative


I'm Helen and in case you haven't guessed, I have a bit of a thing about journals. I'm an author, product designer and online teacher. I've been lucky enough to work on great brand collaborations and feature in publications all over the globe. I currently have over 170K followers across my social media platforms, where I love sharing my journaling adventures.

I use journals to plan out my dream life, document special moments and keep a record of the day to day happenings in my life. Plus, I love to get creative and use lots of different techniques to decorate my pages. 



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1. Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen. Form journal with purpose and welcome to my latest skill share class, which is all about creating your own AT junk journal. I'm an author, YouTube, Blogger, or I just get to share my absolute passion for journaling. And in this class we're going to look at one of my favorite things, which is creating a junk journal. So by the end of the class, you should be able to create something like this with a nice hard cover with three inserts sewn inside. You don't need any skills or experience to take this class. I'm going to go through some really easy step-by-step tutorials on each part of bringing your journal together. So we're gonna start with the basics of talking about in sharing with you what a junk journal is. We're then going to look at the supplies that you'll need to get started. We're then going to make the cover, choose some papers and then bind our journal together. And after that, we're gonna add lots of fun creative elements to your journals. You can really personalize it and make it your own. And then at the end we're going to do a bit of journaling together because I just want to give you some ideas to get started. And I think that junk journals are so wonderful is going to be completely unique to you. And once you learn how to do this, I feel sure you're going to want to do over and over again. So I really hope you're excited to take this class and let's get started. 2. What is a Junk Journal?: In this lesson, we're going to talk a little bit about what a junk journal is. In essence, agent journal is creating something for you to document all creating, using things that would otherwise be cast as junk. And I stretch the rules with this illusory Bei Ru some patterned paper and card stock. But you'll see even from the cover itself, I'm going to be using some packaging for that. So I'm also going to show you some of my junk journals I've already completed. So you get a really good feel for what a junk journal is. The first question that you might have is, what is a junk journal? And junk journals typically tend to be made from things that you would otherwise be throwing away. So you're looking at things like old book pages, maps, magazines, leaflets, envelopes, anything you like, and those again, to form the basis of the pages in your junk journal. You can make a junk journal in any size that you like. You can see here I've got one that's quite narrow with all sorts of different pieces of paper in there. And then I've got to wider ones here. And the juncture nor going to make him today will be slightly different because these have been bound directly into the cover as one insert. And we're gonna be adding three different signatures of paper into the junk Journal we're making today. But you can of course, play around with it to suit whatever you would like to have. And you can use junk journals just for writing. Or you can also use it for putting in photos or even starting it is a kind of art journal as well. The different backgrounds make them really interesting to work on and creating. I tend to add lots of different pockets and also plenty of writing spots in my journals. So we're gonna be covering all of that. How to pick some papers, make the CVD, bind it all together, and then add lots of interesting places inside your junk journal for writing. So that gives you a good feel for what agent Journal is. And are now took you through the tools and supplies. 3. Tools and Supplies: In this section, I'm going to talk you through the tools and supplies that I will be using and also give you some alternatives because I understand you might not have all of the same things, which is absolutely fine. I should also say at this point that if you don't want to create agent journal, but I just really interested in making your angel, then any type of paper will be absolutely fine. So on nasdaq, talking you through all of those, as we are going to be creating a junk journal with a spine. One thing that would be really helpful to get you started is some kind of box. Because we can then use this void part here as the spine of your book, and it also is reasonably thick so should make a good cover. You'll want some kind of cutting tools. So that could be a craft knife or guillotine. Any kind of paper cutter that you have will be fine. You'll want some kind of scissors. A ruler will be helpful for measure him. I'll be using. And all. This is got a nice sharp point on it for marking the holes to push the thread through. The, if you've got a really sharp needle that strong, you may well be able to get away with using just that. I'm going to be using CRM bookbinding thread and that's easily available. But otherwise, if you've got some other thicks thread or you're happy to sell it a few times just to keep those pages in nice and strong. You'll want some form of needle, which is going to be quite, quite heavy, GET enough to be able to get through quite a few pages of paper at a time. You may find it useful to have some kind of binder clip or paperclip to keep your papers in place when we're doing the binding. I'll also be using this bone folding tool. If you don't have one of these, again, you could try using something else like the edge of a ruler just to get those folds nice and crisp. For the pages themselves inside your junk journal. Seeing like old envelopes, any old book pages or things like magazines will work really nicely for you to be able to pull out some of those and use them to create pages in your journal. For covering that cover. Here. Be useful to have something like some scrapbooking PayPal or patterned paper. Or you could put some fabric over the top of it or paint directly onto it. Pva glue will be helpful if you're going to be using some scrapbooking paper to decorate your cover along with an old brush for decorating. If you've got anything like what she tapes, stickers, stamps, stencils, there'll be really fun to use on your journal pages. And finally, I'll be using some transparent Jesu to seal the pieces on the top of my cover. Again, not essential, even using something like a decal patch varnish, if you have anything live at anything missions going to create a seal will just help you cover to be a bit more robust, but definitely not essential. I haven't seen in the last few, but because I'm gonna be adding a few different decorative elements, I, so it would be nice just to make sure that everything is firmly stuck down. But don't feel like any of these things are essential. If you've got some thread, a needle, and some papers and something to make the cover where you're gonna be absolutely fine. 4. Make The Cover: In this lesson we're going to start making the cover. And for me that's so exciting because your journal starts to take form and you can get really creative and add any different elements that you want to this. So let's get started. To start making the cover for my junk journal or I'm going to use the sparks that originally contains cereal bars. And you can use any books that you like by d tend to find this size works really well depending on the size of the papers that you want to use. So you want to start off by opening that box out. And then you're going to trim off all of the loose edges. And to give you a feel for the size of my cover, once it's closed, the front cover itself will be roughly 7.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. And this whole box works really well because you've already got the spine in place where you've got those folds of card. The card on this particular box isn't terribly strong, but that's absolutely fine. Because I'm going to be adding some other layers to it to ensure that it really stiffens out nicely and provides a secure cover for the junk journal. Once you've trimmed all of their excess edges off, it's a good idea to pick off any of the bits that shall still glued on which you can see in the spine of my cover. And also, if your box is a bit wider than you'd like feel journal, you could also trim down the card. I'm really happy with the size, so I'm going to use it just as it is. The next step is to start thinking about how you want to decorate your cover. And I'm going to be using some Tim Holtz scrapbooking paper. So this is call it firm and it adds a little bit more thickness to it. So we start having a look through all of the different sheets and decide what I want for base the outside and the inside of my cover. If you don't have scrapbooking paper, you could add a another layer of card on top and glue that down. And then paint and decorate your journal cover in any style you like. Or you could also add some patent papers, again, perhaps with another layer of card underneath. And you can even consider something like fabric and that will make a really beautiful cover. I really like the vintage look. Say these scrapbooking papers are going to work perfectly for my cover. A course, get creative. Think about the kinds of colors and designs you like. You could definitely gave for something bright and vibrant, if you prefer. Once I'd selected the four pieces of paper, I had a quick think about which ones I wanted to be on the outside and which we are going to be for the inside of the cover. I decided I wanted something quite bold on the front. And she uses scrapbooking paper, which looks like written on lined paper inside. So I'm going to put some newspaper down to protect my surface and then start gluing the scrapbooking paper right on top of that front cover. And for this, I'm going to use some craft PVA glue. I'm going to squeeze out all over the front cover and then use an old paintbrush to spread that glue out. It's worth using quite a lot of glue to make sure that your colors going to be held down securely. But we're also going to be adding some other elements later to make sure that it's really nicely Stockholm that will eat I wouldn't be doing at the moment is adding any extra layers to the spine because we're going to be sewing through that. So if you've just got the one layer, you'll find that much easier. So now carefully lining my scrapbooking paper up just to the edge of the fold. And then make sure that it's pressed down really firmly. Because the surface on the box is slightly glossy. It does tends to mean that the old paper might slide around a little bit. So I'm not going to cut that yet until its head, a little bit of drawing time. And that just means I'm not likely to move that paper around in Maine that ends up wonky. Are now going to do exactly the same process for my back cover. And she's a another piece of paper to glue down here. Atlas early stage, I already start to get quite excited. She started to get a feel for how your completed junk journal is going to look. And it's such a quick and easy way to make a really lovely cover. So with that back sheet again on just lining it up with the edge of the spine, just a tiny bit support. And then making sure that it is pressed firmly down. Once you've got to this stage, I would recommend leaving your cover too dry for just a little while to make sure that there's not gonna be any movement on the card. And now I'm going to turn the cover over so that I can see the edges really clearly. And I'm going to trim off the extra card stock. I'm going to try and get this as neat as possible with using that cardboard packaging. As my guide. I me seeing citizens to do this. You could use a guillotine or paper cutting tool if you prefer. And you just want to finish doing this across all of the edges. Once you finish this part, you'll see that your Jiang journal cover is really starting to take shape. If there are any bits which aren't looking quite perfect, don't worry because we're gonna come back and add some extra decoration at to the front later on in this class. Now that we've finished the outside of the cover, we can move on to the inside. And I'm going to go through exactly the same process by adding that PVA glue onto the cardboard packaging and then sticking my sheets down. If you have trimmed off some pieces of cod stock from your pattern paper is worth putting those to one side because we might well be using those later on in the junk journal project. I'm really happy with two pieces of scrapbooking paper that I've chosen. They're nice and neutral and should look really nice alongside any of the inserts. No, only does the scrapbooking paper look nice. This declaration. He also really thickens up your cover and makes it more durable, which is really handy to help protect it when you start using your Jiang journal. So as I mentioned earlier, if you're using some sin patterned paper or adding fabric, it's definitely worth considering adding another layer of packaging. And that will just give you that strengthen the cover that will be really helpful later on. As you'll notice, again, I've left the inside of the spine entirely blank. And I see inside of my packaging is a really neutral color. I'm not going to add anything to that. Because once I start inserting their different signatures, your hardly going to be able to see the inside. However, if for some reason the inside of your packaging is quite brightly colored, you might want to consider adding some white acrylic paint just so that you've got a thin layer of color and you won't be able to see that when you open up your junk journal. And that'll be something that's worth doing at this stage. I'm now tidying up the inside scrapbooking paper. And again, just trimming along all of those edges. One of my personal rules were making junk journals is that absolutely nothing needs to be entirely perfect. It's gonna look so beautiful and be a real treasure for years to come. And any little imperfections that you might notice that this stage, we'll see neither be disguised by things that you glue on top. Just overtime, you won't notice them anymore. So you just have fun with it. Once you've got those extra layers added, it's worth taking a bit of time to reshape your cover. If the glue has slightly warped the cardboard. And it might be worth letting the glue dry entirely and even laying out this cover flat and putting some heavy books on top to make sure that your cover is nice and flat. And you can gently ischial fingers to push it back into shape. Once you are happy that your cover is dry and looking in good shape, you can start adding some extra decorative elements. You could leave it just as it is, but I find it's a really nice way to add your own personal touch. So I'm going to be using some old book pages and cut out images to create a collage on top of my cover. For decorative elements, you could consider using anything like stickers, cutout images from your scrapbooking paper. You could print images of the internet. You could use photos, anything that you have lying around. I'm just choosing some print stake to glue my declaration down. As I mentioned in the tools and supplies, you could consider adding a protective seal of some sort on top of your cover. And I would do that right at the end. Once you've added in all of the signatures and you are happy that everything is complete and that will just give your cover a little bit more protection and ensure that nothing falls off. But even if you don't add another layer, as long as you've studied those items down quite well, I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine. I've added a label so that I can record my name and dates of the journal on that. And if you do add that layer later as a protective glaze US wanted to make sure to eat. Don't add up over the top of your label until you've written on it. The next thing we're going to do is add some strips of washy tape all along that outside of the journal. And this is really handy because it helps stake all of those three layers together. And it helps if you knock the edge of your journal, it gives just a little bit more protection to it. You could use any kind of tape for this war. She tapes great because it's patterns. But even adding just a layer of solid tape around the edge will still offer it a little bit more protection initial that those three layers all stay stuck together. You kind of cause as much or as little decoration to your journal cover as you like. The only thing I would say for now is perhaps not to add any extra decoration to the inside of your cover. Because we are going to be coming back later in this class and adding some extra creative elements to those. So I'm now going to go through the process of adding that strip of washy tape to each of the sides of the cover. And I've gone for some quite neutral pertains to tie in with the vintage feel. Again, feel free to get creative and use any different colors that you like. I'm also going to add some additional strips of washy tape. And these ones really are just for decoration. Other great places to look for creative elements to add to the cover of your junk journal includes things like extra boxes of packaging that might be in your recycling. Or any really lovely images from magazines and newspapers which were the tie in with the theme of your cover. I'm going to leave the voice-over for this lesson here. But let me see how I finish off decorating my journal cover. And we'll be back in the next lesson to look at how we're going to treat the signatures for inside your juncture and all. And once you've finished making your cover, I absolutely love it. If you took a photo and shared it in the class project section, I can't wait to see how different all of our covers are going to look. Why. Okay. 5. Creating the Signatures: In this lesson, we're going to start creating our signatures. And signatures are just folded over pieces of paper. And we're going to be creating three of these. So you can see in my journal that we've got these ones folded together as my first signature. We can then move on to my second. And then at the back, we've got my search signature. So that's all that is, is just a fancy words. Don't get hung up on it. And I'm going to talk you through how I select my different papers and then put them together. So now is the time to start looking about your home for any pieces of paper that you think would look really nice inside your junk Journal of Coke, a pile that old book pages and maps. And I'm also going to look through a couple of magazines. And I would say, don't be tempted to overthink here at this stage. Don't worry about how you're going to be able to write or create on those pages because there will always be away. Just have a flip through and look for any images that really just stand out to you. It could be the colors, the patterns, the subject matter, and just tailor out of the magazine sizes. If your pieces of paper don't really matter. At this stage, we will be trimming them down to fit your cover later when safety and folded over. And always think that junk journals actually let really interesting, if your pages are of different sizes and with a different finish on them. Somewhat the glossy and some not. I tend to go for as much variety as possible in terms of the colors, the IOUs. Because I really like that when I'm flipping through my inserts. But if you've got a particular color palette in mind, that's absolutely fine too. Cities look for those image use which really stand out to you. We're going to be creating three different signatures for our junk journals. And I find the, anything between about 1020 sheets of paper. Signature works really well. Because remember these sheets are going to be folded in half, so it's automatically going to double the size of your signature. And also when it comes to using your junk journal, he might find that you want to add lots of different elements which will be coming to later in the class, which will add some extra bulk in really thick in your journal out quickly. Now that I finished with the magazines, again, to have a look through Facebook from a code book for paper lovers. And it's an absolutely fantastic resource if you are looking for something with lots of patents, papers, and tags and inserts that you can use in your journals. So again, I'm just going to have a look through and take out some of the sheets which really stand out to me. And I mentioned earlier about ten to 20 sheets per insert. But you really don't have to be precise with this. I didn't go through and count each of the number of sheets. I just had a rough feel for how many always tearing out. Other places to look for a pattern paper could include some thick pieces of wrapping paper or some thinner wall paper. And also in craft magazines, you'll often find that they have a pack of patterned paper included with them to say definitely have a good look around and see what you can find. The pieces of paper that I've chosen have quite a variety of different weights to them. So some feel quite sick. I've got some vellum pieces in there that are transparent, almost like tracing paper. And I think this all adds to the interest of your Jiang journal. The next thing I'm going to do is start folding all the pieces of paper in half. And I'm using a bone folding tool to make sure that that line is really crazy, but you could definitely just use your finger or the edge of a ruler. Notice that the pages I told from the magazine have that ripped edge. I'm not worried about this because I know that they are already going to be taller than I want from my cover. So I'll be trimming those edges off later. But if you've got some tone edges on smaller pieces, then you might decide that you want to trim any rough edges off. At this stage. All of my pieces of paper are folded over. I'm going to start separating them into three different piles for this three signatures. And this particular rhyme or reason to this. Just looking at some of the colors that I think might work well together in an inset. I'm also trying to alternate the weight of the pages. So the paper that I took from the flow, but for paper levers is quite thick and I'm putting some of the thinner pieces in between those and that will help those pages to maintain their shape. Next, I'm just putting that first signature inside the junk journal to get a feel for the size that I want my pages today. I am measuring the inside of my cover. I'm just gonna make a quick note of those measurements. Sinai is my insert to be at least half an inch smaller. So it'll be a quarter of an inch inside the cover from all of the different sides. And again, this doesn't have to be precise, but it's really handy if you're cover is larger than each of the pieces of paper, so nicely protected inside it. So take my advantages, measure your cover, and think about your ideal dimensions. Feel inserts. Once you've got your ideal measurements, it can be a good idea to create a template for yourself using a scrap piece of paper cutting out the size that you want. There's you can then use this as a template, full cutting through the pages in your signatures. As it happened when I measured my signature, I found out that the piece of paper from the playbook for paper levers happens to be the exact dimensions that I was looking for, which was really handy. So I know that I can use that as my template. So I've just quickly checked it inside the cover to make sure I was really happy with how that's looking. So I'll use that as the guide for all of their larger pages. I'm now going to start the process of training down all of the pieces of paper in this first signature. And I find it really helpful to clip your pages together. So I'm using a binder clip for this. This is really helpful because I know when I start cutting that the pieces of paper hopefully won't move around too much. I'm using a metal ruler and a craft knife, and I'll put my signature on top of the cutting mat. It may well take quite a few cuts to get through each of the layers. But if you just take it slowly, you'll definitely get there. If you did create a template for the size of your signatures, you'll be a good idea to clip this on top. See you can use that as a reference guide to cut around. Don't worry if it looks a little bit messy and places you can always come back and tidy that up later on. As you can see, I gently peeled away the different layers as I cut through them, which makes it easier for me to see what's laughed. I'm now finishing off the third side on this first signature. And I'm then going to add some extra sheets of paper that I know will be the right size because they came from that book from Flour. I'd like to just check quickly by flicking through each of the pages for any areas I might need to tidy up. Once you finish the first signature, you're going to need to move on and do the exact same with the other two. And once all part, feel free to move any of the pieces of paper around from one signature to the other. And just make sure that you're really happy with them before we move on to the binding stage. Slot might mean tidying up some of the edges or trimming down any little bits of paper that you feel are sticking out. So say we're having a quick flip through them to check that you are happy with the orders. If each of the pieces of paper much easier to do that at this stage, when you're in the middle of doing the surveying. 6. Binding Your Journal: In this lesson, we are going to bind our signatures into the journal cover. And I know this is one of the parts that people worry about, but I promise you, it's really easy. I'm going to talk you through each step as a way to make sure that you're really comfortable in getting those signatures sewn into your journal on. You're going to share a step-by-step process for binding your signatures into your cover sheet. You can see I've got my three signatures that ready to go. And we're going to start off by measuring the spine and creating a template. And this is going to make it much easier once we get to the sewing stage. Say what you want to be measuring here is based the length and the width of your spine. This again to be adding three inserts. We want to make sure they're going to be reasonably evenly spaced apart. Some starting off by finding the central point. And then we're going to mark an equal distance each side from now on both the right and the left-hand side. I'm gonna do the exact same at the bottom. And then going to draw a faint line that so that I know everything there is going to be nice and even what I say signatures inside. So hopefully you'll just be able to see the faint pencil line as I draw these across. I'm just checking all of the time that they're entirely parallel to each other. And you don't warn either the first or the third line at to be too close to your front and back cover. He just want to make sure that your signature is gonna sit really comfortably inside the cover. When it comes to solely in the signatures itself, we're going to be making it three holes in them. So three different places where we are going to be parsing the needle through to bind them into the cover. So the next thing I'm doing is looking for the central point on that middle line. So I know I won't one of the three to be right in the center. So I'm gonna draw a little cross there. I'm going to do the same on each of these three lines. And I'm also then going to look for a nother mark, which is about one inch to 1.5 inches in from the top and the bottom. And this will vary depending on the size of your signatures because you want to make sure that as many of the different pieces of paper as possible are gonna be core inside the sewing. So just bear that in mind depending on how different each of your signatures are. Once I'm happy with where I've placed those crosses, I'm going to use a piece of folded over a piece of paper to make sure that I've got the same marks there. I'm just checking the is organised lineup. Now I've made the crosses on the first line and then do exactly the same for the others. I'm also drawing in where the top and bottom of the cover off. And this will really help me with where I'm gonna place my inserts. Now that I know, I'm definitely happy with where my marks are ongoing to pierce the nine different holes. And for this, I'm using an all. But if you've got a nice sharp sick needle, that will be absolutely fine too. So I'm carefully pressing that through from the inside, making sure that the hole goes right through. So if you follow the same processes may, by the end of this bit, you should have known holes through your spine, which should be pretty much evenly spaced. If some of them are a tiny bit wonky, really don't worry about it. It's still gonna work absolutely fine when we move on to the sewing stage. Now we're going to move to selling in the first signature. And you want to gently tap your signature on the spine to make sure that all of the pieces of paper have fallen in and are exactly in the right place. Once your happy that they're all settled nicely, I'd recommend using some paper clips to make sure that all of the pieces of paper stay in place. I like to use a paperclip on each side of the signature. And that really does help to keep those pieces of paper secure. I'm now going to measure the signature and find the center point. And I'm going to mark that lightly with a pencil. Next, I'm going to bring my template over and make sure that those central points all line up. Then I can draw a line for wherever outside cover is to make sure that my inserts gonna sit inside there and then going to mark those other two points. And this means that once we make the holes through the center of the signature, they should line up exactly with the holes that we've already paste on the spine of the cover are now going to do the exact same thing with the remaining two signatures. So I'm adding these paperclips on both sides. Love taps the papers down to make sure that everything is going into the fold in the spine. And then using that template again, making sure that the lines for the top and bottom of the cover line up with the insert. And I'm then going to mark my three different points where I'll be pacing the holes and sewing. This is definitely the part to spend a little time on and make sure that you're really happy with the markings and the older of the pieces of paper. Because this is going to make this so in stage, so much quicker and easier for you. Once you've made the marks on all three of your signatures, it's time to move on to piercing holes into these. And you're gonna do this in the exact same way that you did with the cover by finding the marks and gently pushing All right through the central fact folded spine. You may need to be a little patient at this stage because you're going to be pushing that all through quite a few layers of paper is also worth turning your signature over and making sure that your holes coming through in the right place. So ideally right on the crease on the spine or certainly very close to it. Don't worry if it's just a tiny bit out. We're now going to start. So in the first of the signatures in which is very exciting, and I find it easiest to start with a signature that's going to be lost inside the tavern. So the one on the bottom. So my sewing amazing sermon, bookbinding thread, which is very strong, but any kind of thread will be fine. And I'm starting off from the inside of the inserts through the middle Hall. And I'm making sure that goes through the bottom hole on the spine of the cover. I'm going to pull that through but make sure that they're still a reasonably long tail left on the inside. Are now going to turn my cover over. And I'm going to insert the needle into the top of the holes through the spine there and then make sure it lines up and come through that top hole in the middle of the signature. I'm then going to gently pull the needle through. And they might be worth turning your cover over just to make sure that your thread is nice and tight. I'm now going to go back through that same central hole again and bring the needle right up to the outside. And you can see that my threads there is a bit lease. So I'm going to keep pollinate and make sure that I get that nice and tight, but I don't pull the tail through either. Once I'm happy with that, I'm going to say through the bottom hole. So the one we haven't been through yet. Bring that threat from the outside again in three the spine and just checking where the hole is, which gets a little bit more difficult when Sean to that final home finding here, I'm pulling the needle all the way through. And when she got to the stage, it's fine for you to cut the thread and tie those two ends together. And with bookbinding threads, you'll probably find journey needs Jesus, once in the way the I've just done. If you're using a weaker type of cotton thread, you might want to do the same process a few times with some piece of cotton just to make sure that it's nice and secure. I'm going to tie that in a double knot and then touch off some of these ideas. Before I do that, I'm just doing one final check to make sure that the thread is nice and tight on the outside of the spine. Once you get to this stage, you can breathe a sigh of relief. And she put your first signature securely saying inside your Jiang journal cover. Once I finish that, I like to just do a quick check to make sure that I'm really happy with how that signature is sitting. And then we're gonna move on to doing the exact same thing with remaining two signatures. So the first step, again, would be to look where the pencil marks are. We then going to use to make the holes in these three same spots? If you're struggling to make holes in any of the signatures. It might be because you've got quite a luxurious thick pieces of paper. You could always separate them, make the holes, and then put that signature back together. So I've now moved onto selling my second signature in. I'm just doing the exact same process of starting on the inside in the middle, taking this read out, and then bring it back in through the top pole, down through the middle, and then back up through the bottom and tying into place. And then moving on to my third signature, which will be the one that's on the top when you open up my journal cover. This is such a nice, quick and easy way to bind your signatures. Interior Jiang journal cover. I hope you found it easy enough to follow along with the if you do have any questions or tool, then please just pop them in the discussions tab underneath the class. So now tying up the ends of my third signature and that's all of them securely Inside the cover. I just find that such a happy moment. So I'm snipping off the thread. And I can also now remove the paperclips that we're holding the pieces of paper together by, is by far the most difficult parts of pursuing the junk journal together. From here on in we're going to be finishing off the cover. Lots of other decorative elements. As you can see, all of those threads and nice and tight along the outside spine. And I've got my three different signatures all securely salient in 7. Finishing The Cover: Now that we've got the signature sound into our journal, we're gonna finish off the cover to make sure that we're really happy with it. Now that we've added to the signatures to the journal and all is the inside is complete. We're going to move on to decorating the spine and adding some extra strengths to it. And this will finish off the cover. So I'm starting off by measuring the dimensions of the spine. And again, to use some of that spare scrapbooking paper that I put to one side earlier on in the class. To cut my scrapbooking paper down on going to be using a craft knife on top of the cutting mat. And just looking through each of the papers that were spare for making the cover. I'm going to check to see how I think though lurk. And you want to make sure in terms of the dimensions that is just a tiny bit less wide than the spine itself. And this will help you when you close the cover to make sure that it's not sticking out in any of the places. So just making those measurements, draw a line down and then cut it. Once I've checked love definitely got the right size. For covering new spine. You could definitely use something like sinner patterned paper by DO find GZ scrapbooking paper, which is a bit more like card stock, does just help to offer you that extra protection. And I like to have a more neutral color on the spine. And that's because I often add a label once I've finished the journal and I'd felt on the top. So when it's on my bookshelf, I can see what periods of my life that journal covered. I'm now going to check that that looks about the right dimensions for the widths of the spine. And I'm then going to measure the height. Make sure that I trim off any excess for that too is worse. Checking your measurements a couple of times at this point, just to make sure that you're really happy in the EJS, waste any of your cards dog. And I always just hold up where my measurements are before cutting. Once you are happy that it's entirely the right size, you can start growing it down onto the spine. And again, I'm using the PVA craft glade. And I'm making sure that there's plenty both on the cardboard and on top of that binding thread two. So I want to make sure that the spine stays really nice and securely in place. The same as when I was creating the front and back cover. I'm going to press sat down really firmly. And again, it might be worth leaving it to one side for a little while to give the glue a little time to dry, to finish off the cover and add a little extra protection. I'm again going to add some more she tape. And this is really helpful, especially along the spine. Became sure going to be opening and closing a lot that iss one as a potential weak point, severe cover. Say you can use Washi tape or sell a tape. It's definitely worth adding some strips here. And you know, then you'll cover is going to be lasting knew for a long time. As well as ageing the washy tape along each side of the spine. I'm also going to add some to the top and the bottom. And again, this really helps to give your cover that extra little bit of strings. Once you finished adding the tape along with spine, e-signature suggests check that your happy with how your purpose looking and decide if you want to add any extra decoration at all. I'm now going to record my details on the label. And once I've done that, this is when I read now often add some sort of protective glaze like clear gesture or deco patch. Bound. Quite happy that my covers a feeling nice and secure. So I'm not too worried about that. As a final step for my cover. I decided it would be really nice if I used someplace to tie them up. And I've got this really lovely role of vintage style cream lays. So I'm just going to roughly measure it along the dimensions of the cover checks. I'm happy with it. Cut the end and then just simply tie a bow in it. If you want you to Euclid, secure this down with some fabric glue. But I am quite happy to just have this loose. I hope by now that you're really happy with how your junk journal cover is looking on both the inside and outside. And we're next going to move on to adding some other fun interactive elements inside your junk journal. And if you haven't shared a photo yet, if you're Jiang journal, please do and leave it in the project section down below. 8. Creating Tuck Spots: In this lesson, we're going to look at creating some a Tuck spots in our journals. I absolutely love having fun elements in my journal. Why can talk all sorts of bits and pieces? And it's really easy to do, but we'll add a whole nother level to your Jiang journal. Creating tuck Sparks is one of my favorite elements to add into a junk journal. And as the name suggests, we're gonna be creating places where we can talk in lease pieces of paper, notes, tickets, photos, letters, or anything else we receive. And it really helps to make sure that your general tells your own personal story over time. So I'm going to get some more scrapbooking paper. And I'm just using the cover of the junk journal as a guide for my measurements. And then going to draw those lines in pencil across the scrapbooking card and cut it down to size. When you're creating tuck spots, that code doesn't need to be particularly wide. So again, just holding it up against the cover to have a think about the right dimensions. So I'm picking each, so it's going to be about a third of the width of the cathode. And again, I'm going to mark those measurements out and then cut the cord stock to size. As I mentioned earlier in the class because I knew that I was going to want to add these textbooks to the inside of my cover. That's why didn't add any extra decoration on the inside at that time. Once I cut that piece, I checked so I was happy with how it was looking. And then I'm going to add some PVA craft glue to three of the sides. Suppose the top and bottom and one of the long edges. I'm using a small brush to spread the glue out. And then again to firmly press FAT tuck spot along the inside cover. And one thing that I find quite helpful to do is use some paper clips to hold the card in place while stitched drying. Physically if you're gluing it down on top of some slightly glossy paper or was she taped that has a slight sheen on it. It could really do with that extra bit of firmness to help it stay in place. Take, give you an example of how I would use these took spots. I'm going to add some folded scraps of paper on the inside. And they're going to be great for just being able to add some little notes to and tuck them in there. And I also just think it makes sure journal look so much more interesting when you open it up. I'm now going to add a another talk sports to the inside of the back cover. But this time I'm going to have one at running along the bottom. And this can be quite helpful if you've got slightly heavier things that you want to put in there to make sure that they're not going to accidentally fall out of the side of a Tuck spot. So again, I'm using that cover is a guide and I'm going to mark out my measurements and then cut it to size. If you have ten pounds or children in your family who create artwork for you, I find that these are just perfect places to be able to tuck those into. And when you look back through your junk journal in years to come, not only you're gonna have your written notes, you're also going to have these really lovely reminders of things that you received during that time. So for this talk spot, I'm adding some glue along the bottom and then both of the edges and making sure that there's no glue along the top. And then you can create a really lovely pocket. So I'll press Start firmly down and again, use some paperclips to help keep it all in place. And as you can see for now, again, I'm just gonna talk a piece of paper. And I've also added a decorated tag in the back, which is another one of my favorite elements to add inside a junk journal. As well as adding talk sports to my cover. Are you also like to add some in various places throughout my signatures. And then when you're keeping your journal is always a nice surprise when you get to a nerve or TOC spot that you can use. And for this one, I'm using some other patterned paper that was inside my playbook for paper lovers. I find that the pay-per-use for tuck sports doesn't need to be terribly strong for this. As long as you're not adding too much inside there and is also going to be kept nice and secure. Weren't sure journal is closed. Other really nice things to put inside your TOC sports could include recipes that you've seen in magazines that you've tried out, or even newspaper articles, I've found really interesting. I try and look for things in daily life that helps sum up what's going on both in the world and my life. And it's really nice to know that I can just either printed or to cool off or ripple out of her newspaper or magazine. And it will be there for me to find. Long after I had previously forgotten about it. I'm creating these tucks bore in the exact same way as the first one I created. But you could also consider doing diagonal tuck spots and no work really well to find as well as being handy for adding in all the little pieces from your life. They also add just another level of visual interest TO Jiang journal. Again, I'm going to add some paper clips and tend to leave those in place for a couple of hours until I'm sure that absolutely everything is dry. And I'm also going to talk some folded pieces of paper inside. And I'm going to use that same pattern cheetahs before. I hope this lesson has given you some lovely ideas for adding tuck spots to your EIN Jiang journal. And in the next lesson, we're going to add some different style of pockets. 9. Adding Pockets: Now we're going to move on to adding some pockets. Just like with the TOC spots gets really easy. Again, a great place to store things or even perhaps include some hidden journaling that you wouldn't want anybody else to say. One of my favorite ways to add really quick and easy pockets to my Geng journals is by using envelopes. I always have some spare envelopes hanging around and he's also a really great idea to keep hold of any that you received through the post because they can definitely be re-used. I've checked the unhappy with the size of the envelope. And then under Skinner really simply add some what she taped strips on both sides to create a hinge. And I find that pocket is are absolutely perfect for adding any more private journaling that perhaps she don't want anybody else to easily see is they do look inside your journal. And I will say like tucking in things like leaflets from days out. So I can fold those up and tuck them inside the pockets. If it's private journaling, you could, of course, also then seal the envelope closed and just know that it's in there safe and sound if you ever want to look at it. Again. As with the TOC spots, I tend to add envelopes and pockets in various places throughout my journal. And then I'll also add more reserves if i want to, when I'm using my journal every day. You can also use envelopes that are bigger than the size of your journal. Simply trimming them down to size. And if you like, you could then use some washy tape to seal any of those curtains. If he do add lots of TOC spots and pockets and end up placing things inside them. You'll find that over time your journal become really thick and bulky and I absolutely love that. And that's one of the reasons that I chose to have some ribbon and thought I can tie around the outside and keep that journal closed once it starts getting really full. And with this envelope on gangs, use what she taped again, but this time I'm gonna do it along the outside edge of the page. As well as using envelopes. I always like to look out for any other packaging that comes my way. So things like brown paper bags, glossing bags, anything really that I might be able to tap into my journal and use as a really lovely pocket and it saves those things then going into recycling. I'm going to talk in a decorated tag. And I really like these for doing a little bit of journaling or even sticking down. For my final pockets on going to use a window envelope. And previously before keeping a junk journal, I would have definitely thrown something lightness away batch I really liked the fact it's got that pocket because if you're going to use some decorative paper to write on top of oh, popping syntax is going to be so lovely that you can see that peeping through that window. And with plain envelopes like this that also perfect for decorating. And often do lots of stamping on or add stickers or even add some doodling on top of them. As before, I'm going to trim this envelope down to the right size for my junk journal and then use the washy taped to seal up any of the cutter pins and also to secure into my junk journal. So it's definitely worth having a look through your recycling pile and seeing if there's anything that you could turn into pockets or TOC spots, feel junk journal. And I think it's so nice to find another use for those sorts of things. And again, it's gonna make your junk journal just so unique. If you wanted to add something a little bit fancier. There's lots of templates for envelopes and pockets online. And you could use that to create some different style of pockets using any patterns paper that you have. To finish this pocket off. I'm going to fold up some really lovely patterned paper and pop it inside for writing on a later date. I really enjoyed seeing my favorite quick and easy way for ageing pockets in my junk journal. And I hope you have fun. In the next lesson is to look at some really lovely ways to get started. 10. Using Your Junk Journal: Congratulations, you've now got your completed journal and we're now going to do a bit of journaling together. I thought would be helpful if I share with you how I use mine and give you a few ideas to get you started. One of the first things I like to do when starting my junk journal is add a label to each of the signatures. And then you can either use those signatures for different things to journal about different topics. Or you could simply write the dates on them that they cover if you're going to use your journal in a chronological order. Another saying I really like to do in my junk journal is create lots of writing spots. And for this, I looked through old note pads, shopping list, any scraps of paper, perhaps things that have misprint it. And I use these to create lovely spaces to be able to journal. And I'm using some print stick to glue this first piece down. And again, they also offer a really lovely variation to the look of your book pages. At this stage, I often like to add some extra decoration to my journal pages. And for these I tend to use things like washy tape stickers, perhaps more stamping, Austin insulating, any thin, really very fancy. Another thing that I like to do at the front of my journal is set some intentions for how I want to use it. So I'm going to write on this front sheet, this journal is for writing about my biggest water streams, expressing my fears, reflecting on my day and thoughts. Sticking in any ephemera. Creative play and exploration. Attaching happy male, becoming your treasure and having lots of fun. And that's a reminder to me that this is supposed to be a place of absolutely no pressure. Nothing needs to be perfect. I just want you to use it to enjoy documentation, life, and everything that's going on. I'm now going to add a, another watching sport to the opposite page. And exactly the same way as I did before, just using a different part of the paper. And this is something I love to do at the weekend. I looked through and he's a positive paper and envelopes that have collected on my desk during the course of the week and spend a little time gluing or attaching some of them into my junk journal. And I notice throughout the week when things tend to be a bit dizzy, when I want to sit down in the evenings and write and document. All of those. Watching sports are already going to be that waiting for me. Once I finish with this one, I'm going to add a couple more watching sports on to the next few pages. And I hope that helps to give you an idea as to how you can make your journal really functional as well as peaceful with lots of places to be able to write. And depending on your own personal style of journaling, you could also include adding watercolor paper or mixed media paper so that you can use it as an art journal too. And that's a really fun thing to do. And sometimes I like to mix it up by using lots of different types of paper. And when I get to that page, that really encourages me to create a document in a certain way. I'm really hoping that this stage you've got an absolutely beautiful handmade jump journal in front of you. And I hope you're really proud of its oil. Say hey, if you've got lots of ideas for how to use it, and you've created some fun interactive elements to make sure that when you sit down to journal, it's a real pleasure. So that is my juncture. Now all completed and set up a ready to use. And at this point it should also be safe to have a flip through your pages and remove any of those paperclips that we're holding the TOC spots in place because hopefully all of that glue will have dried and everything will now be secure. I find GZ agent journal so pleasurable. I think perhaps because it is less structured than a normal journal, it gives me a much more freedom somehow. I'm not worried about any imperfections either in the pages or in the things I choose to write about. Because it's just a free flowing, fun place to create and document. As I mentioned earlier, I think not only are these lovely to create for yourself, they also make wonderful gifts. If you have a friend or family member who enjoys channeling, you could look for some of their favorite images, patterns and colors, and create a junk journal just for them. So I really hope that you've enjoyed this and of course, lots of ideas and are excited to create and use your own. I have lots of completed junk journals now on my shelf. And I find it so interesting to have a look through them and see how my styles and preferences have changed over time. So they really do make a lovely record of your life. 11. Class Project: Feel cars, projects. I'd love you to share a photo of your completed junk journal or even just a quick snap of a work in progress, maybe the cod stocks or papers that you've chosen. I'd absolutely love to see them. For me, it's one of the best things about junk journals is your journal will be completely unique. Nobody else is going to have one like yours. Your choice of papers and declarations will be completely different. So please do take a moment to just take a quick photo and share them in the project section down below. 12. Thank You: Thank you ever so much for taking my skill share class. I really hope that you enjoyed it. I also help the field full of confidence now to make as many journals as you want, you can of course, play around with the format we used in this one. You could add more or less signatures and you might have learned a few things along the way. They eat rather not do next time, which is absolutely perfect. I think Jen journals are such a wonderful treasure to be able to use as a keeps ache in your life or even gift to somebody else. So don't forget to share your completed journal with me in the class projects. And thank you ever so much for watching.