Sunday, March 28, 2021

How to Make a File Folder Pocket Junk Journal


Hi My Friends!

This is how I made these easy File Folder Pocket Junk Journals-

It only looks complicated, but you can trust me.

It's going to be quick and easy!

Oh and inexpensive...or free.

These are the things I used.

Scissors,  my favorite glue- '3 in 1', binder clips,

optional distress ink and rubber stamp,

Mod Podge and a brush,

sheet music and a paper napkin.

My sweet Husband found these at Osh Hardware Store!

He said "I thought you might like these"

Yes, Thank you!-

When I opened them, I was thrilled to see 4 useable sides!

I used one legal size folder per set.

If you have letter size folders , you will need two.

The cut along the fold to the left is the journal.

The dimensions are 8 1/2'' by 4 1/2''

The folder dimensions are 5 3/5'' wide by 9'' high.

I like to use black thread. Sew on the top side

your stitches will look nicer.

Notice the stitching goes behind the pocket!

Check for fit  ;)

I used 8 pieces of different papers, folded in half

on top of one another.

Put them in the journal cover and hold with clips.

Trim your papers at bit,

 no need to be exact we can trim again at the end.

Binder clips work great to hold your paper in place.

Your stitch should be right down the center.

Oh good it's centered!

Before you decorate check your fit.

You may need to trim.

Now we can decorate the covers.

I used a paper napkin, a piece of sheet music and some matte

Mod Podge.

I started with sheet music as the background,

then added the napkin.

The music notes will show through the napkin.

Just layer and collage until you like your composition.

I wanted the stitching to show.

I didn't decorate the back of the folder.

I just used some distressing ink.

You could coffee stain or tea dye your folder.

 Here's the French Rooster

I also made a Hummingbird set-

Purple and Blue Flowers

And a set with Butterflies and Script

See, I told you it would be easy!

A great way to use up scraps-

I will be putting these aside for future gift giving-

XO, Lisa S


  1. Wow those are really cute! This would be great for storing small photos and things

    1. Thank you Nancy! They are a nice thin journal- good idea for small photos!
      xo Lisa S

  2. This would make a nice gift. Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos blog party. Happy Easter.

    1. You are too kind! Thank you Linda for hosting.
      Happy Easter to you my friend.
      xo Lisa S

  3. I have never seen such great explanations for creating a junk journal!

    1. Michele,
      What a sweet comment. My goal is to help someone just jump in and have some fun.
      xo Lisa S

  4. Turned out great, looks nice. Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Monthly Link Party 23. Pinned!

    1. Dee,
      Thank you so much for hosting AND thanks for the PIN!
      XO Lisa S

  5. Wow, I wondered how these were made,thank you for the step by step directions! :-D
    You're most welcome to join me in a cuppa & chat at Tea With Jennifer, happy easter!

    1. Thank you Jennifer ! It would be an easy first attempt at a junk journal.
      Happy Easter, my friend!
      xo Lisa S

  6. How amazing these are! I have to admit I never would have thought it possible to sew straight onto file folders. You are so creative. I appreciate you sharing this!

    1. Lisa,
      Sewing paper is so fun! Once you do it you are hooked :)
      Thank you for your kind comments.
      Happy Easter to you!
      xo Lisa S

  7. Wow, these are beautiful and such an amazing idea!

    1. Thank you Marie!
      Just about everyone would have these items on hand- and so easy.
      Thank you for stopping by-
      Happy Easter
      xo Lisa S

  8. I love, love, love these!! They are so cute! And they look so easy. I'm going to make some for my grandkids!

    I'm going to feature this at our Party in Your PJs link party tomorrow night on my Grandma Ideas site. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea!

    1. Thanks Nina! I think you will have fun with these-
      I'm thrilled to be part of the feature-
      I sure appreciate ALL you do.
      xo Lisa S

  9. This is so cute. I didn't think people could sew through files! That's so smart. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Farmhouse Friday Link Party. We will be featuring this on Friday. Hope you link up again. Pinned!


    1. Cindy,
      Thank you so much! Yes, sewing on paper is so fun. That's how I taught my daughter to sew- practice following lines and curves on paper.
      I appreciate you SO MUCH!- AND thanks for the feature and the PIN :)
      XO Lisa S

  10. I love all things paper! Especially when you sew on it, and am happy to be featuring it at the Friday with Friends link party:) Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Thank you so much!
      I added Friday with Friends Linky Party to my blog hop page!
      xo Lisa S

  11. These folders are simply beautiful, Lisa!!! So happy you linked up for Share Your Style last week. :) Happy to feature your post at SYS #299 this week. <3 And I love that you sewed them! Really sturdy.

    Enjoy your beautiful presents and they will make wonderful backgrounds for photography until given away...
    Barb :)


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