Journal No. 1 // Junk Journal

I have so many journals to share with you guys, but I want to start with the first journal I ever made. The title may be a little misleading because I don’t actually know what I’m going to use it for. It’s pretty small. It’s a 5 x 3 little book. I was thinking maybe a dream log or gratitude book? I really don’t know! If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Like I said, this was my first attempt at making a journal. I didn’t know I would be starting a blog, so I can’t show you step by step on how I made it. I can, however, share my process.

I started out with a old Zatarain’s Rice box we had sitting in our recycling box. I cut it down to size — I didn’t even measure, I just decided to cut until I liked it. Thinking back, I wish it were a little bigger. I also didn’t have a ruler at the time.

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In the end, this is what it turned out to look like. I used scrapbook paper for the front and back. I used different paper for the spine because I thought I was going to sew the signatures in and I wanted the little scrap paper to cover the holes/string. Spoiler: I didn’t do that and I wish I would have just used 1 sheet of paper to cover the whole book.

Here are the insides. All the quotes are from the same scrapbook pad. I’ll link it at the bottom! As you can see, I did a terrible job with fitting the signatures into the spine correctly. I also used a hot glue gun which wasn’t a great idea, because it was hard to get the signatures in before the glue dried and it was bulky/uneven. I didn’t line the front or back signature up correctly because I felt rushed.

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On the inside, I created some corner tabs and fold-outs.

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I used cardstock from Michael’s for my pages. ($2.00 for 50 sheets)

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I know I said I would link the paper pad, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere! I’ll keep searching and update this if I find it.

All in all, this was the first journal I ever made and I’m pretty darn proud of it. I learned a lot and my next one was even better (yes, that one is coming next!). I just hope I can find a use for it. Like mentioned above, please give me some suggestions!!!

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