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winter junk journal

Using readily available and repurposed supplies like ticket stubs, calendar pages, flyers, and wallpaper, you can create this dimensional journal where your imagination is the only limit.


  • Repurposed items: large paper bag, 6”x12”; wallpaper, 4-1/2”x9”; file folder with tab, 4-7/8”x7-3/4”; envelope, 4-1/8”x9-1/4”, book page, 4-5/8”x5-1/8”; small paper bag, 3-1/2”x7”; paper doily, 5-3/4”x5-1/4”; map, 5-1/8”x9-3/4”; mini file folder, 3-3/4”x5-1/2”
  • Repurposed accents: tags, paint chips, chipboard shapes, ticket stubs
  • Winter-themed die-cut embellishment pack
  • Print paper, scraps
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops: Lakeside, Mini Teal
  • Embellishments: seam binding, ribbon, lace, mini paperclip, button
  • Baker’s twine, in color of choice


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Dies: Bigz Snowflake; Bigz Christmas Tree & Snowflakes
  • Sizzix for Stampin’ Up! Dies: Sizzlits Merry Details Set, Bigz Scallop Square Duo Set
  • Sizzix Textured Impressions Dearly & Frost Embossing Folders 2 PK.
  • Stampin’ Up! Scallop Oval Punch
  • Chalk ink pads: red, blue
  • Crystal glitter glue
  • Beacon Adhesives: Terrifically Tacky Tape, Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, ruler, hole punch, sewing needle, scissors, large binder clips


  1. 1
    Fold all repurposed items in half, except book page. Fold book page to 3-5/8” wide.
  2. 2
    Mark and punch holes along folded edge of each piece at 1/2”, 1-1/2”, and 2” from one end, punching through both layers.
  3. 3
    With large paper bag on bottom to create outside cover, layer remaining pages as desired, aligning folds and punched holes.
  4. 4
    Refold album and use binder clips to hold pages together. Use needle and baker’s twine to bind together all pages; tie ends into bows.
  5. 5
    Use photos as guide to decorate assembled album with paper scraps, accents, and die-cut embellishments. Insert tags into pockets formed by paper bag. Add lace and ribbon to tags and pages, as desired.
  6. 6
    For front cover, layer large snowflake and Dew Drops embellishments.
  7. 7
    Ink edges of some pages or accents for variety; highlight some areas with glitter glue for sparkle. Let dry completely.
  8. 8
    Cut two 10” lengths of seam binding. Adhere ends to inside front and back of paper bag album cover. Let dry completely. Tie seam binding ends in a bow to secure album.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)
Cut all repurposed items using paper trimmer first. Then begin planning pages of journal using desired items.
Cut all repurposed items using paper trimmer first. Then begin planning pages of journal using desired items.
Now, post some photos to show everyone how your project turned out!