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Before you begin to create your Junk Journal, there are a few essential supplies you will need. They are not expensive and there is a good chance you will have most of them.


You will be using a lot of glue in your journals so it is important to choose the right ones. Crafter’s glues that dry clear and quickly are the best. PVA glue is not recommended as it tends to wrinkle paper.

I recommend Aleene’s or Elmers Glue as the easiest to find. I have recently used Helmar Craft Glue which I really liked as it is clear and dries quickly.

I use glue sticks only for a temporary hold before I sew, they are not the best for a long term project. The same for double sided tape, eventually it will leave marks and disintegrate and you want your journal to last for many years.

Binding Tools

These include:

Awl for punching holes through paper

Waxed thread and needles for sewing in signatures

Bone folder for a sharp crease in paper

You can buy Book Binding Kits for around $30 on sites such as Ebay and Amazon

Paper Cutters/Scissors

There are a million different scissors and paper cutters you can buy if you so desire but I use only two, a large pair of scissors and a small pair. As long as they are sharp and cut paper or material then you are fine. The small pair of scissors I use for finer cutting.

I do have a paper cutter that I picked up at a garage sale for a couple of dollars, I use this mainly for cutting down large papers to put in my journals.

Papers, Ephemera etc

This is the fun part, start by collecting paper and bits and pieces from around the house. I have a post about collecting supplies around the house here

I hope this has been helpful to you. Feel free to contact me if you would like any more information. Have Fun Creating!

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