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DIY Junk Journal Featuring Place in Time

Posted by Graphic 45 08/13/2018 48 Comment(s) Mini Albums,

Hello, G45ers!

 Happy Monday Crafters!  Today on the blog, we have a stunning DIY Junk Journal to share with you in celebration of our August Challenge,  #G45JunkJournal.  This journal has been created by lovely and talented, Aleksandra Mihelič.  Aleksandra used Graphic 45 Policy Envelopes, our Place in Time - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, and an ATC Book Box is such an innovative way to create the cover of her journal, check it out below!  So grab a cup of tea and let's start this week off right! 


DIY Junk Journal

By Aleksandra Mihelič


Hello dear G45er’s. It’s Aleksandra here with you today sharing a lovely Vintage Junk Journal, created with Graphic 45 ATC Book Box, some random leftover papers, few small policy envelopes and tags and gorgeous Place in Time - Deluxe Collector’s Edition collection.


I wanted to do a small Junk Journal that wouldn’t take much space and where I could have some small photos and beautiful quotes collected together. ATC Book Box was a perfect fit for the size of it, so I decided to remove the inner box and dress it into beautiful Canvas.


For the inside part I cut some left-over watercolor papers, craft papers and Graphic 45 papers. I added also some burlap pages and made four stacks of paper which I folded in half and stitched together on the inner edges like a book. I added them to the covers made from ATC Book Box.


I then decorated the front page and some inner pages, using small photos and quotes that I cut out from “Place in Time” paper collection. I added lots of Vintage yarns and laces to make it more Vintage and Shabby looking. I always had this perception that junk journal should be Vintage looking, although these are just perceptions we sometimes create in our mind. If we are able to let them go, amazing things can happen. So my next adventure is another Junk Journal in a different style soon.



Tip: Embellish the spine of the Journal with laces, ribbons, yarns, chipboards and/or flowers to add to the interest and dimension of the Journal or even an Album.




Tip: Place in Time collection has these gorgeous Postcard images on every page. Cut them out and glue them only with the edge between two papers to create an extra layer in between.



Tip: Graphic 45 Small Policy Envelopes are just a perfect size to add to small Albums and Journals. If you glue them down only with back you still can use the inside of the envelopes to stuck in some extra Treasures or Journaling Sheets.


Tip: Add some chipboard pieces to make your pages more dimensional and more fun!


Place In Time—Deluxe Collector's Edition

ATC Book Box—Kraft

Policy Envelopes—ATC Black

Artist Trading Tags–Kraft


Supply list for the Junk Journal with Place in Time

Place in Time - Deluxe Collector’s Edition

ATC Book Box Kraft

Policy Envelopes ATC Black

Artist Trading Tags Kraft


I hope you liked my today’s inspiration on Graphic 45 blog. Thank you for joining me and I looking forward seeing you soon again!


Enjoy your day!

Hugs.”  ~Aleksandra


Just amazing!  We hope you have enjoyed this inspiring Junk Journal, and that you will be joining our August Challenge.  We want to thank you and Aleksandra for making this a bright and creative day.  Be sure to leave a comment below sharing your feedback and tips.  As always... 


Happy Papercrafting!

48 Comment(s)

Michele Lewis:
08/13/2018, 08:54:09 AM

I love this junk journal in a box! I would never have thought of that. Unfortunately for me, my own OCD prevents me doing something that is 'freeform' so to speak! LOL...But Graphic 45 has challenged me to push the boundaries, so I guess I will try!

Diana Dillon:
08/13/2018, 09:23:38 AM

To me "Junk Journal" says full of stuff that you never threw away. But this is beautiful and not at all what I envision. I may have to rethink this a little. Thank you for sharing Aleksandra.

Deborah cook:
08/13/2018, 09:56:29 AM

Aleksandra, your junk journal is stunning!! and very clever. Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips. :)

Regina Harrison:
08/13/2018, 10:28:12 AM

This is pretty and the way you did the cover is a great idea. I love when you show us new ways to use the staples. Thanks:)

Glenda Buster:
08/13/2018, 10:29:41 AM

Fabulous Junk Journal and tips. Love how you used the ATC Box ❤️!

Rebecca Rosas:
08/13/2018, 10:40:11 AM

Great variety of "junk" in Aleksandra's journal! I especially love all the lace, burlap and fabric flowers.

08/13/2018, 10:42:05 AM

Very beautiful! I've been thinking about using the policy envelopes for a journal or album - thanks for showing me how it can be done!

Kelly Massman:
08/13/2018, 10:48:31 AM


08/13/2018, 11:11:05 AM

Fabulous project and really helpful tips. My absolute favourite papers too - must try this!

Vanessa LeClear:
08/13/2018, 11:20:13 AM

Beautiful journal! Thanks for the inspiration!

Gayatri Subramanian:
08/13/2018, 11:35:01 AM

Gorgeous journal!! love the details and the tips. Thank you.

Carole Lohr:
08/13/2018, 11:35:19 AM

My what an ingenious trick to turn a box into a book! This is quite lovely, and it looks like something I might try.

Jean Marmo:
08/13/2018, 11:47:29 AM

Simply amazing!!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

What an awesome project, these beautiful G45 collection always makes me smile.

Sharon Gullikson:
08/13/2018, 11:48:40 AM

Oh my gosh, all of the little details are wonderful. I love that it's a thick book so you can add WHATEVER YOU WANT.

08/13/2018, 12:08:11 PM

Wonderful,good instructions. So many people I could gift this beautiful journal"junk". NOT!

08/13/2018, 12:09:17 PM

I love these little albums. They remind me of the ones Tati Scraps has made for G45. Such beautiful papers and each album is unique.

Suzy Q:
08/13/2018, 12:17:09 PM

Just beautiful Alexandra! Luv your vision of a junk journal! Thanks for sharing!

Brian Poteraj:
08/13/2018, 12:18:57 PM

Your 3D book is great. You used so many textures, added to your papers, so it's really special.

08/13/2018, 12:33:03 PM

This is fabulous, wonderful vintage feel to it, very romantic and beautiful. Thank you for your tips and technique.

jane smith:
08/13/2018, 12:35:56 PM

A lovely idea, especially using different media, such as burlap. Makes it all look different!!

Sue D:
08/13/2018, 01:26:22 PM

Very pretty. I like all the lace.

Ellen Haydon:
08/13/2018, 01:37:16 PM

Wow! This is an amazing book. I have such a mish-mash of extra stuff I've haven't used yet. I have BOXES of trinkets, pretty lace and doodad's. This is what I have been waiting for. Thanks for the inspiration. Ellen from Phoenix.

Barbara Daws:
08/13/2018, 01:46:59 PM

Love your Junk Jounal! You have inspired me to create one.

Jan Kennedy:
08/13/2018, 02:37:46 PM

A fun journal using your old "junk" and some new materials!

Bev Drake:
08/13/2018, 02:37:49 PM

This is so good & a wonderful idea. I have been doing a similar project for a present & these ideas will make it so special. Thank you . Bev Drake.

Jennifer White:
08/13/2018, 03:34:32 PM

Wonderful Junk Journal Aleksandra! Lots of great ideas! I am working on mine right now! I hope to get it completed in time to enter the challenge. ♡HUGS

08/13/2018, 03:49:27 PM

Wonderful junk journal. The mix of materials makes it so interesting.

Carla Hundley:
08/13/2018, 03:56:37 PM

How beautiful and fun this album is! The cover embellishments are gorgeous. Carla from Utah

08/13/2018, 03:58:53 PM

IDEA!! A light bulb just went off in my head (the dark place). I have all sorts of little plastic bags with trinkets from my family members that have passed on. Rather than have to describe all of that 'junk', I could make a junk book and use the journal spaces to explain the who, what, when and where of the junk. If things are too big, I can use photos and if it is an unforgettable story, I can tell it once and be done with it. The policy envelopes will be great for this. Thank you, Aleksandra!

Nancy Mac:
08/13/2018, 04:28:25 PM

This is a tiny, beautiful creation! Such wonderful imagination and such a lovely project.

Martie Rollin:
08/13/2018, 04:32:49 PM

How did these junk journals get to be so popular? Everyone on YouTube is making them. I'd rather make a photo album! but thanks for all you tips!

Anne McIntosh:
08/13/2018, 04:43:08 PM

Aleksandra always blows me away! Everything she does is beautiful and shows such thought! I can't wait to see what other kind of junk journal she has in mind!

Lynn Harrell:
08/13/2018, 05:19:41 PM

Such a cute little journal. Fantastic job.

Karen Rice:
08/13/2018, 05:59:07 PM

What a wonderful creation! I love those white veneer silhouette pieces you added in the journal!

08/13/2018, 07:07:48 PM

This junk journal got a ton of awesomeness...Thanks for the inspiration ^.^

Sandra Featherston:
08/13/2018, 07:47:00 PM

Just lovely as it can be.

Susan Ashby:
08/13/2018, 09:48:29 PM

Beautiful journal.....when I get the items I recently won on the weekly bog I believe I’ll use to make this...,using other things too.

08/14/2018, 12:35:18 AM,

So in LOVE!

Becky Jo Cannon:
08/14/2018, 05:34:55 AM

Great inspiration. I've never made a junk journal. Want to give it a try. I like the idea of using a small book box for the base of it.

Dorothy McCarthy:
08/14/2018, 07:18:11 AM,

This is so beautiful!!

Sue MacFall:
08/14/2018, 08:09:13 AM

What a work of art - beautifully done.

Kate LeBlanc:
08/14/2018, 02:35:04 PM

I've never made a junk journal, but your creation is so inspiring. I love all the small touches, it makes your journal fun. I really need to get all my favorite G45 papers out (every collection is my favorite) and just create!

Tami Johnson:
08/14/2018, 02:35:50 PM

Simply Gorgeous!! What a great idea!

Sandra Featherston:
08/14/2018, 04:44:36 PM

lovely project.

08/15/2018, 12:31:54 PM

This project brings out the little girl in me. Love the juxtaposition of delicate flowers and white cutouts against the burlap. Stunning!

Sandi Nagel:
08/15/2018, 07:24:24 PM,

This is such a lovely project Aleksandra! Thank you for all the inspiration that you bring! Crafty hugs, Sandi

Rosann Barnes:
08/22/2018, 09:39:20 AM

Omg this is so cool, I love it !!

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