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Rose Garden Diary Junk Journal

Junk Journal

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Today I’ve got a recent junk journal flip through for you – including a video and some close up photos of all the pages so you can see all the details. This time I was experimenting with some collage techniques and distress spray inks and I really loved how it turned out.

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Rose Garden Diary Junk Journal

To make this journal, I made book cloth, used a hard bound cover and used a coptic stitch and then glued the signatures into the book cover. We’ll have upcoming tutorials soon how to use the coptic stitch method and how to make book cloth, but we currently have a huge mega-guide on how to make a junk journal, and more detailed guides on how to make a junk journal cover.

I skipped tea dying in this book to keep the pages less acidic (you can learn more about acidity and your junk journals) and instead chose to use distress ink in vintage photo to give the book that faux aged looked. If you don’t already have vintage photo distress ink in your craft room, I highly recommend it as I use it liberally in my journals. You can usually find a good deal on Amazon for it, and lots of craft stores carry it as well!


You’ll also see on some of the pages that I used the distress spray inks. I particularly loved the sea foam green color which is “cracked pistachio”. It came in a set with some others I can’t wait to try out.

These gorgeous papers that you see in the photo above are part of the “Letters to Rose” kit from Designs by Nectar’s Creations. This kit is so beautiful (if you didn’t catch that from me raving about it in the video) and paired beautifully with the scrapbook paper I used and the custom made rose themed post cards and tags I made (which you can get for free by signing up for our VIP Junk Journal Resource Library and Newsletter!).

If you love roses and vintage themes, check out this collection of vintage rose themed printables and images.

The page on the right is some collaging I did using the rose themed mini ephemera kit from the resource library. I really ended up liking how it turned out even if I wasn’t so sure when I was putting it together. It’s always worth experimenting and trying something new when it comes to junk journaling – it’s really the only way to figure out what you like!  In this case the collage covered up the back of a page of one-sided scrapbook paper. I’ll definitely be trying it again!

Another collage page:

And an envelope stitched in with some mattes and tags and ephemera stuffed inside:

A few peeks of white never hurting anyone! I like the contrast against the vintage look of the rest.

You can find junk journal and junk journal printables on the Compass and Ink Etsy Shop.


So what’s the latest project you’re working on or the latest technique you’ve been trying in your junk journaling? Let me know in the comments!

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