Friday, September 11, 2020

Quick and Easy Altered Book Junk Journal

 Hi Friends,

If you have ever thought of making a junk journal-

This is by far the easiest way to get started!

We will be using the existing book, cover,

the spine and the binding. 

We will be using the pages and removing some of the pages.

Start with a book that is in fairly good condition.

The spine looks good.

This story was about a boy and his dog- so

I decided to make this journal without flowers and lace !

This book had 175 pages.

I tried to leave most of the pages with illustrations.

Decide what you want to keep and which ones you will remove.

You can use a straight edge when you tear.

And fold pages over top to side or top to bottom.

Pages are folded to create pockets.

If you have jagged tear lines, hide them inside the pocket.

Glue sides together to form an opening.

This is my favorite glue. 

It really holds!

After I removed my pages and did my folding and gluing-

I ended up with 25 pages and pockets!

Removing pages will take away bulk, so you can add to your journal.

You can save these pages for another project.

On my side bar, I have a lot of projects using "book pages"

Now for the fun part-
We get to add bits of this and that-

The tabs that I used as a closure were scraps from an old piano roll.

I added bakers twine to tie closed.

The inside was in good shape so left it as is.

The library pocket was new.

In some places I added washi tape.

This will give you a tuck spot!
I had some vintage target paper.

I used washi tape to make a flap.

Added some stamps.

This paper clock face was used as a pocket.

Then tucked in some ephemera.

More pockets-

An envelope was added and

folded back.

I added some rub on transfers.

This advertisement from the 60's
was in the book so I kept it!

Lots of room to make it your own creation.

I used a pin through the spine to add a couple of trinkets.

I like the smell of old books.

If your book needs it

you can put dryer sheets inside your journal,

Then put your book inside a bag.

TIP:  Did you know a butter dish is a great way to organize

washi tape?

Thank you for visiting today!

On a personal note- 

My sweet Husband is having surgery this week.

I would really appreciate if you could pray for us.

Because of the Corona virus I can't even stay with him or visit-

Pray for me to continue to trust the Lord.

Thank you in advance :)


 Lisa S

UPDATE 9/18:

My husband is home now and doing well!

Thank you for your prayers, I REALLY appreciate you all so much.

It's so nice to be able to share my heart with you :)

SOLD- Thank you Dixie! :)


  1. Such a cute idea! I love this - such a fun way to upcycle old books you might find secondhand :)
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

  2. My thoughts are with you and your hubby, he'll be fine :) Love the book, I haven't done an altered book for a long time but I think I need to again!!


  3. Love this. Also prayers for you and your husband.

  4. Prayers for your Dear Husband - Lisa, and for you too.

  5. I Love what you did with the book!

    Prayers going out for you and your husband.

    1. Thank you Amy!
      I appreciate your sweet comment and your prayers.
      Lisa S

  6. I love this! I've been wanting to make one of these, and this makes the process look very simple. I'm going to give it a try.

    1. Pam,
      It's SO fun! When you return your book to the shelf no one will know it's a journal.
      Lisa S

    2. P.S. I'm featuring it at the TFT party today. :)

  7. Very creative, Lisa! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  8. Prayers for your husband--and you, too! I hope the surgery went well. Your book project is so cute! Great way to upcycle an old book!

    1. Kathy'
      Thank you so much. I appreciate your prayers.
      Lisa S

  9. Lovely idea. I've never done an altered book or junk journal.

    1. Astrid,
      Give it a try I think you will be pleased!
      Lisa S

  10. Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 16, open until September 26!

  11. I absolutely love this project, Lisa and so glad to hear your husband is doing well! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  12. I started a book like this, lol... this is great. Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Isn't it fun- I love making them more than using them :)
      Hugs, Lisa S

  13. What a cute and fun project! I've never seen anything like it before!

    Thanks for sharing this with us on the Homestead Blog Hop :)


    1. Cherelle
      Thank you so much for hosting! I appreciate the visit.
      xo Lisa S

  14. This is cute and can be used for so many tiny treasures. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Donna
      Thank you! When it is on the shelf it looks like an ordinary book. Hugs, Lisa S

  15. Thank you Marilyn! I know you would have fun making one.
    xo Lisa S

  16. I love altered journals and yours is so cool! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Farmhouse Friday!

  17. Replies
    1. Thank you so much!!! They are so much fun to make.
      xo Lisa S

  18. You make this look so easy! I have started journal books but never finished them!


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