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How to Film Your Junk Journals and Tutorials

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Do you love watching junk journal flip throughs and tutorials on YouTube and wish you could share your own? Today we’re doing a quick and easy tutorial process on how to film your junk journals, edit the videos and upload them to YouTube!

I’m keeping it super simple today with items you will probably already have around or low cost solutions that you can use to make it a little easier. If you’re interested, I’ll put together another tutorial that goes more in depth into things like editing. 

How to Film Your Junk Journals and Junk Journal Tutorials

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Setting Up Your Junk Journal Filming Space

The two most important things about your junk journal filming space are going to be lighting and sound, because those are the two things that can make or break your video.

Bad lighting can make it nearly impossible to see your work on the video, and after all the work you put in to creating beautiful works of art, that’s the last thing you want.

Bad sound can also make viewers skip your video. It makes me so sad to find a video of a journal (or worse yet a tutorial) I’m excited for, only to not be able to hear the person or have so much background noise it’s difficult to understand them.

There are easy ways to remedy all of these problems.

First find a spot in your home that you can set up in. I picked a spot in my office because it’s carpeted (less echo when I talk), and it has a door I can shut to keep out household noises (pets, laundry,etc.) out. This will cut down on a ton of background noise.

Next make sure you have good lighting.  Filming near a window in daylight is optimal. But if its a cloudy day or you’re happiest creating at night, make sure your space is well lit. An overhead light is probably not going to cut it, and most regular bulbs have a yellowish tint to them. This is a place where I’d choose to invest a little bit and get a daylight bulb and a desk lamp that can light the space.

Personally, I use an LED lighting strip in the color daylight. It doesn’t get hot. I can string it over the entirety of my area so I get even lighting throughout the space, and the daylight means folks watching my videos can see the true color of my journal and the items I use. Plus it gives me the flexibility to work away from the light.  This one here is very similar to the one I have: https://amzn.to/2SGmN3W

Here’s what it looks like lit up:

junk journal filming space


It’s not winning any awards for “most beautiful craft space” but it gets the job done and makes filming incredibly easy, which is all I care about in this case.

Setting Up Your Camera

I use a couple of different cameras to film with, but when I’m just trying to get a quick video out I often use my phone. Most phones these days have pretty great quality and can easily be set up to film.  

You’ll just need to access the camera app and use the video recording option. Each phone is different, so if you’re not sure how to do this I recommend Googling it or finding a YouTube video that will show you how.

The bonus part of using your phone is that you also get a good mic that’s already built in – making it that much easier!

One tip though, if you’re planning on filming a lot of videos you need to make sure to regularly download them to your computer or get a bigger SD card for your phone. Videos do take up a lot of storage!

To do those overhead desk shots that are so popular, you just need to get an adjustable tripod. You can clip it to an overhead shelf, a lamp, or in my case a custom surround that I use.  They make them both for traditional cameras and for phones. Here’s the one I have for my phone:


UBeesize Tripod 

Here’s a video discussing my set up and how I film:

Filming Your Junk Journal or Tutorial

Before you start filming, I recommend playing around with your space, lighting, and phone. Make sure you know what the bounds of your filming space are so you’re not filming off camera. You can put down some washi tape to mark it off, or you can put down a cutting mat to help you keep track.

Get everything you need for your flip through or tutorial ahead of time and keep it close to your work space so you can reach it. I also like to keep a glass of water around just in case my throat gets dry.

Then settle in and get started!


Editing Your Junk Journal Video

Once you’ve filmed your video, the next step is editing the video. This isn’t always necessary. If you’re just doing a quick flip through, or you’ve got your entire tutorial down to a science you might be able to film the whole thing in one quick go. Then no editing is needed!

If however, you had to restart a few times, or your video went a little longer than you intended, you might want to use editing. It can help you make your tutorial more polished.

There are a few different options for editing:

  • YouTube editor
  • iMovie or similar free program
  • Camtasia
  • Adobe Premiere Pro or Rush

I personally use Adobe Premiere because I know it well, and it lets me integrate easier with other programs like Photoshop and Audition to really let me get my videos exactly how I want. That might be way too much software for you if you’re a beginner though, as there are things to learn. 

If you’re just starting out, I recommend trying one of the basic editing programs like the inbuilt YouTube editor which makes things very simple. While the features it has are limited, it allows you to trim bits out of your video, adjust your audio and add end screens. When you’re just starting out, that’s probably all you really need!


Uploading Your Junk Journal Video to YouTube

To upload your videos to YouTube, you’ll need to have created a YouTube channel. That will require a Gmail account.  Get those things set up and then head over to https://www.youtube.com/create_channel. It will walk you through the step by step process of setting up your new channel.

Once you’ve done that, when you go to YouTube you’ll see a little camera with a plus sign on it. When you hover over it, it will say “Create a Video”. Click that button and select “Upload a Video” from the drop down.

That will take you to a screen that allows you to select the files you want to upload. Do that, and then your video will begin uploading.  From this screen you can add a description to your video, add tags, pick a thumbnail and edit your video!

Once your video is uploaded, you can use the link to share it on Facebook, Twitter, or embed it on a blog. You can also add the link to an Etsy post – so if you’re planning to sell junk journals, potential buyers can get a closer look at your journal!


Are there other elements of creating videos that you have questions about? Let me know in the comments, or feel free to contact me with questions!

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