Sunday, January 14, 2024

Altered Book- Valentine Storage Junk Journal

Hi friends-

Happy New Year!

I put away the Christmas decorations 

and the house looks so empty

I jumped ahead thinking about Valentines Day-

Maybe you are like me-

When I brought out my box of goodies, I realized

I have a large amount of paper valentines that I need to organize.

I thought of making a scrapbook from an old book.

I picked up this book a while ago- I liked the title!

I also liked the cover.

For this project you will need to find a book 

with a GLUED spine, not a sewn spine.

We will be removing pages.

I loved the bookworm 1950's book plate so I left it!

It is easy to check, slide your finger along the page

fold to see if you find any threads.

For my book I counted 4 pages,

 then tore out the next 4 pages and set them aside.

Your book will look something like this.

We need to create space for our valentines.

Now we are ready to make pockets.

The page opposite the tear is folded.

Then flipped over to cover up the tear.

The tear is covered by the pocket.

Do not glue yet-

use a paper clip to  save the pocket.

Your pockets can go left to right
right to left

or even both directions.

or even double pockets!

Your book will look something like this!

Now is the time to decide if you want more or less pockets.

I pulled together some scraps that fit my 

Valentine theme-

I also used these-

This is the perfect project for

No cutting, just tear off a piece and decorate!

I gathered some of my Valentines.

I glued down the sides of the pockets one at a time

start at the front of book.

Do not glue the pocket at the spine.

Then started to glue some strips

of scraps over the pockets

I like to use FABRI-TAC.  It works great.

I made these tags. I shared the printable

with you here

Then tucked in the pocket!

This strip is like a belly band-

Glue the sides and leave the center open.

To tuck inside the center space.

More pockets-

Here is a double pocket.

The other side has a folded paper doily

and envelope 

 held in place with

a paper clip.

I tied a paper clip to a long ribbon

and dropped it down the inside spine.

Pulled through and tied in a bow

for another tuck spot.

I glued some paper lace to the edges.

Then glued down the pocket flap.

Some postcards are just held in place  with

paper clips.

I embellished some of my scrap strips

with miniature photo copied valentines.

I shared this valentine tag here.

This chocolate box is now a pocket.

Chocolate goes with Valentines!

On the cover I glued a cardstock Valentine.

I like the lace edges showing.

I tied it closed with a scrap of red seam binding.

I left it on the book shelf-

Sorry about the length of my post-

I wanted to show step by step details.

Thank you for staying until the end.

You are the best!

xo Lisa S

I have many printable Valentines and Tags,

here are a few.

 You can create and store them in your

new Junk Journal !



  1. Wow— your Valentine journal is just beautiful, and so creative!

  2. When I saw your entry in the linky I clicked on it first. I love when you show how you make art journals! This post was not too long, it makes art journals seem so approachable and easy! Love and hugs for Valentine's Day!

    1. Jeanne,
      You always give the sweetest comments! I appreciate you so much. This is one of the easiest ways to get started-
      Happy Valentine's Day to you too!
      xo Lisa S

  3. What a great idea!

  4. I love it! Altered books are so fun. I made an altered Valentine's Day book several years ago with a vintage scrapbook.

    1. Tania,
      We think alike on many things :) ! I love your style. Is your book on your blog? I would love to see it. I 'm so glad I can keep my Valentines flat and all together. THANK YOU FOR VISITING.
      XO Lisa S

  5. This is wonderful, Lisa! Your instructions are great. I'll be featuring this post at Thursday Favorite Things tomorrow, starting at 10:00 CST. :)

    1. Thank you Pam! I was worried it was too long.
      Thank you for the feature, I really appreciate it.
      xo Lisa S

  6. Oh my word Lisa, I want to drop everything and have a go right now! I can't unfortunately but this is going to the top of my to do list! And this beautiful book will be a feature over at Handmade Monday next week :-)

    1. Julie,
      I'm so glad you liked my book. It was so fun to make and now everything will stay organized, You are such a sweet friend and I appreciate you so much!!! Thank you for the feature.
      xo Lisa S

  7. Amazing and so well explained.
    Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 294. See you again next week!

  8. Another vintage win, Lisa! I adore this idea for an excuse to tuck away special cards that mean a lot. This post had me rummaging through a drawer and I found 2 valentines I made my parents when I was in elementary school!


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