[Video Tutorial] Imagine Freeform Junk Journal

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!

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