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[Video Tutorial] Imagine Freeform Junk Journal

Posted by Graphic 45 08/29/2018 36 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Planners & Calendars,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to the Graphic 45 blog.  Today, we have a junk journal with a twist to share with you featuring our Imagine paper collection and our Tag Album Staples.  This freeform junk journal and video tutorial have been created by the Grand Paper Wizard, Nichola Battilana in celebration of our #G45JunkJournal - August Challenge (click the link for more info).  So grab yourself a cup of tea and let's dive into this papercrafting masterpiece.  


Imagine Freeform Junk Journal

By Nichola Battilana


"This is more of a junk folder than a junk journal, but I think this format works well for my scattered brain and horrifying organizational skills.


I’m always tearing out sheets, and forever tucking bits of paper into my sketchbooks and journals. The idea of a freeform, loosey-goosey place to hold my ideas, memories and inspiration was oh so appealing.



Nothing is bound together in here, it’s all loose sheets and tags and papery bits.



As long as you have a nice fat stack filling your folder, everything should hold in place well when tied shut (yay friction!)


I began with a super simple tri-fold cover and added ribbon for a closure. No pockets, no pages, just an easy peasy junk folder.




Simple Freeform Junk Journal Tutorial by Nichola Battilana



Then I created a bunch of stand-alone pieces to tuck inside.


Tags, ATC’s, envelopes…


A mini folder filled with ephemera

Loose sheets for journaling and layouts.


I’ve also included a notebook which I simply recovered with another sheet of “Imagine”.


While I’m a HUGE fan of mixing and matching collections, I’ve kept things really, really simple here by just using the “Imagine” collection along with some Graphic 45 staples and a bit of ribbon. If you have any worries about coordinating papers, this is the way to go. You really cannot go wrong by sticking within a single collection.



Just look at all that junk!” ~Nichola




Imagine 12x12 Collection Pack

Shabby Chic Metal Clock Keys

Antique Brass Ornate Metal Keys

Washi Tape Set

Large Tags—Ivory

Imagine Stickers

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Bottle Cap
  • Paperclay fourishes
  • Notebook
  • Tassle


So imaginative and fun!  We are sending our gratitude up North to Nichola in Canada for sharing this creative and beautiful new take on a junk journal, and of course to you as well for stopping by today. We hope you too share your gratitude below and be sure to pull out your favorite paper collection and try your hand at a freeform journal today!  

Happy Papercrafting!

36 Comment(s)

Carole Effting Lohr:
08/29/2018, 10:51:54 AM

Easy peasy is GOOD, and this project is great with all the lovely papers chosen.

Robbie M Cornell:
08/29/2018, 11:13:23 AM

This would be a great junk journal to take on a trip. It would keep together all the brochures, tickets, and memorabilia that is accumulated and relieve the stress of finding time to scrap it into an album or journal before it gets lost or misplaced.

Margaret McGlaun:
08/29/2018, 11:24:59 AM

Wow! So cool! Love it.

Diana Dillon:
08/29/2018, 11:25:10 AM

Way too nice for a junk journal. Thank you for sharing. It's beautiful.

Sharon Gullikson:
08/29/2018, 11:38:38 AM

That is a masterpiece. I am going to go look at it again. SO COOL! I love that paper collection, too.

Brian Poteraj:
08/29/2018, 12:30:50 PM

You added so many details, it looks great. The bottle cap is cool to include because it goes with the quirky theme. Great job.

Regina Harrison:
08/29/2018, 12:36:22 PM

This loose journal is a great idea, no figuring out how to bind everything. I will try this, Thank you for the inspiration:)

Deborah cook:
08/29/2018, 01:21:30 PM

Nichola, I think your junk freeform journal is awesome. :)

Nancy Carroll:
08/29/2018, 01:26:37 PM

Great info! TFS

08/29/2018, 01:39:15 PM

That's a great idea for keeping bits and pieces! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful project!

Vanessa LeClear:
08/29/2018, 06:58:59 PM

Cute junk journal! Thanks for the inspiration!

Christine Cuthbert:
08/29/2018, 07:48:13 PM

Very nice!

Marge G:
08/29/2018, 08:32:04 PM

Looks like I'm going to have to go to the craft store for the Imagine Collection. What excuse will my husband believe for my third trip this week?

Glenda Buster:
08/29/2018, 08:51:01 PM

Marvelous idea, a free form junk journal! It can be perpetually growing and changing Love the Imagine Collection and this week’s prize, the Sun Kissed Collection.

Carla Hundley:
08/29/2018, 10:03:19 PM

This looks fabulous! Love all the little goodies tucked inside. Carla from Utah

Debbie Siddle:
08/30/2018, 05:50:25 AM

This is such fun. The little details are lovely. Especially love the keys xxx

Katherine Buchanan:
08/30/2018, 06:10:54 AM

Nichola, I've really been enjoying your tutorials! This one is amazing!!

Jennifer White:
08/30/2018, 07:40:45 AM

*☆♡☆* Thank you Nichola! I love your creations & am always learning from & being inspired by your very creative imagination. HUGS♡ - Jenn

Michelle Chmelar:
08/30/2018, 10:40:53 AM

I love it and watched the tutorial---you make it look super easy and your instructions are crystal clear. I am looking forward to watching more from you, Nichola! The only thing I don't understand, is how all of the stuff you created stays put and doesn't just fall all over the place. Do tell!

Nichola Battilana:
08/30/2018, 02:17:07 PM

Hiya Michelle! As long as you put enough stuff inside, when the cover is tied closed and applying pressure to the contents, everything should stay in place pretty well. I wouldn't play catch with it, but friction will work it's magic.

Carrie Zimmerman:
08/30/2018, 11:49:25 AM

Love the ease of this journal and mixing the papers. I have so many papers, collections from 2007. This should be fun.

08/30/2018, 12:06:43 PM

Looks easy, on my must try list..beautiful work!! Love G45...but who doesn't love...

08/30/2018, 12:46:38 PM

Nichola's junk journal and tags are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration with the lovely Imagine designs.

Suzy Q:
08/30/2018, 01:04:52 PM

Luv this Freeform Junk Journal idea ...anything easy is just great! And the Imagine collection are pretty awesome too! Thanks for sharing!

Sue D:
08/30/2018, 01:46:38 PM

Awesome junk journal. I like the keys.

08/30/2018, 02:34:58 PM

Love the imagine collection and your project! A wonderful junk journal

Bev Drake:
08/30/2018, 02:36:27 PM

Really like this Junk Journal & looks a nice simple idea. The papers are a perfect match. Well done. Bev Drake.

08/30/2018, 02:39:54 PM

Beautiful journal-the imagine paper line is gorgeous. I also like the communique journal-quick to make and pretty too.

Regina Harrison:
08/30/2018, 03:03:20 PM

I have never been a fan of these junk journals until now. The ability to add and subtract without ripping anything out is perfect. Thanks so much for the how to video:)

08/30/2018, 05:39:57 PM,

A beautiful journal! You just can't miss, using gorgeous G45 paper collections!

Jane smith:
08/30/2018, 08:44:38 PM

Great ideas and good video

Liz Murphy:
08/30/2018, 09:38:37 PM

Thank you for wonderful ideas

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Lovely papers on this beautiful project!

Sharon Clabaugh:
08/31/2018, 10:50:26 AM

Great project. Fabulous papers!

08/31/2018, 05:24:50 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!! perfect idea for this paper which I also absolutely love. thanks for the tutorial and sharing. hugs Kay

Anne McIntosh:
09/02/2018, 08:39:15 AM

At last! A junk journal that's easy to make and extremely usable! Thank you for sharing this with us!

09/03/2018, 12:01:55 AM

Love the versatility in your project, my grand daughter would love it too - a coordinating mini scrap journal for her to make her own magic in is something I would gift along with it. Beautiful creation!

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