My first junk journal page…

Zoe November 27, 2012 17
My first junk journal page…

Hi everyone

I’ve been wanting to make a journal for ages!! I think I have chatted about making a colouring journal for so long and it just never happened. But I have been loving all the SMASH* journals I am seeing about and it started to get on my mind again. Then with a couple of pushes from friends, BAM I decided to just make a junk journal.

I found some binders I had from years ago, went rummaging through my ‘cant throw away scraps’ , grabbed some envies and tags and just started binding them together. What I do like is that if I want to add a page or remove one I can easily do it with these clip type binders that simply click apart.

So I made the journal and thought “What on earth will I put in there??”.

I used to keep diaries as a teenager and every time I come across them I can’t help but read a few pages. It’s so funny to read back through them at all the things that were SO IMPORTANT… my gosh if only I knew… BUT it made me think I wonder what future me would think of the current me?! I may not remember the things I used to think about, or how I saw life now in 20 years time. What do I love? What do I honestly think about myself? How do is see the world around me? What to I do day to day? What makes me tick? Who & What is special in my life?

I think it’s hard to be honest with yourself and it can certainly be confronting so I want to try and be as honest as I can but where to start?! So instead I wrote a little note to myself to try and motivate myself and give a little push. When I see it on the inside of the book, I’m hoping it will give me the OK to be myself. 🙂

“To future me! Remember when you were a  teenager & you couldn’t wait to start a new diary. You would fill the pages with stories & events, feelings and trinkets. Well now at 33, you’re trying a ‘junk diary’ – kinda similar but in an arty way. Don’t hesitate, just share, jot down your ideas, feelings and how you see life. You’ll love looking back in years to come. xo”


Well it took me a few days after that to finally make my first page. I have ALWAYS been what I call ‘A Maker’ and so I felt inspired to make my first page on ‘making’.

This image is one of my favourite coloured images. I loved the end result so much that I haven’t been able to do anything with her since. I think her new home suits her perfectly. 😀

And when you turn the tag I have a little message about how grateful I am for the inspiration I get on the back.

On the right I have a message about how excited I get with new ideas… It really does make me who I am. 🙂


So that’s my very first journal page… I have some other ideas for pages that I want to add but I also don’t want to try and force it.

I want this process to help teach me creative patience and that the whole book doesn’t need to be finished in a day! 😀

Thanks for popping by!

Big Squeezes!

Zoe xo


  1. Paula November 28, 2012 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Hiya Zoe, you want to be careful with those fabulous smash books. The tend to be all cutesy so you will spend hours and hours playing with them. LOL!! You did a wonderful job at your first page. I remember when i smashed my first page i just sat staring at it for ages wondering what to do, then I realsed I could put anything in it so I did and I still do when time permits…

    Thank you for sharing xx

  2. Maria Therese December 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Fabulous journal!

  3. Janice M. December 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Such an inspiraton! I have always wanted to do an ‘all about me’ book, and maybe this is the approach I need to take! Just do a page and then let the rest of them just follow as you think of them! I want my grandkids to be able to look at it someday and realize how happy they made me and why!! Thanks Zoe!

    • Zoe December 3, 2012 at 12:06 am - Reply

      Oh I think that’s a fabulous reason to make a start Janice. My grandmother made books for us gathering the photos and writing about them and then she made copies of them for us. It is something I definitely treasure and your grandchildren will love it in years to come. xo

  4. Sue December 6, 2012 at 4:26 am - Reply

    I love to colour and as something to do with the coloured pictures I make cards, as I don’t send many cards this seems a bit of a waste. I therefore decided to put them in a scrapbook/journal so that I can monitor my progress,I ordered the books last night, then today I get your email about your decision to keep a ‘junk journal’. What a coincidence. Good luck with your journal. Love your first entry.

  5. Marie December 6, 2012 at 4:57 am - Reply

    Whaooooo !
    A very beautifull introduction…. i have recognized your digistamp that I have seen first on Pinterest ….Place where I have discovered your Universe ….
    For me a smash book is a creative diary …. It’s like a blog too but as our own Scrapbook…
    Thanks for sharing….

  6. Lynn Greenberg December 6, 2012 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Zoe you are so inspiring. I used to keep a diary as a teenager but not since. Keep talking about journaling mindful stuff, but this may be the way for me. All about me, feelings, impressions, and so on.
    Thanks to you, I’m starting a journal at age 67. Still lots of life left (I hope) to record lots of fun things.

  7. Jenn Borjeson December 6, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I think you’re right, Zoe, and this is such a great idea. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your entries!

  8. ForgottenScraps December 6, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Love the binding and … woah, wait.. you’re ONLY 33??

  9. Virginia Hampson December 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Hey Zoe, I loved reading this today. I’ve done a couple of ‘journals’ in the last 5 years that I supose you could say are ‘smash’ styled books. 2012 has been such a full on, hectic & stressful year for me so nothing has gone into a journal, just lots of ‘bits’ saved in plastic pockets etc. Now I’m home and retired from work for good, I think I can start journaling again. My first one was done over nearly 2 years & I love it. My next one about 18mths as well. Nothing like the present to get going on them again. I kinda lost myself this year but I’m slowly emerging again getting creative at my own pace. Thanks for the nudge on journalling, looking good!!

  10. Margaret A December 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Lovely work Zoe. A good idea to start now. At 67 I can’t remember much about when I was 33 except that was when my second daughter was born.

  11. Willie Carter December 7, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I love it Zoe. I wish I had done this at 33 but I guess its never too late to start at 59. I absolutely love creative journals and I have bought a Dylusions journal to do just this. I do love all the odd bits you have bound though and cant wait to see more.

  12. Gloria December 10, 2012 at 4:34 am - Reply

    I am 62, and just started my first “Play” Journal. I also love to color, and this gives ME permission to do that and anything else I can think of. EVERYONE should make or take time to play – even 10 minutes every other day – something I have only recently learned. I Love your Play/Junk Journal.

  13. Cass December 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Love your first pages, I find doing the junk journals really fun and relaxing.

  14. elaine coustley January 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this for ages. I will have a go I’ll start as soon as…x

  15. Renee B July 18, 2013 at 5:22 am - Reply

    What did you use to bind the journal together?

  16. Lori February 2, 2016 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Your journal is so cute! I’ve been working on mine too! This is my first time making one as well. And it’s so fun!

    Not sure if I will make a post about it though.

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