Must-Have Junk Journaling Supplies For Creative Memory Keeping

Creative Memory Keeping

Keeping a journal is a great way to express your creativity and capture memories. In this article, we'll discuss all the must-have supplies you need to create your own junk journal and make it look as beautiful as possible!

Top Junk Journal Supplies

Junk journal projects are a fun way to express yourself. Whether you’re a craft enthusiast, an artist, or just looking for some new fun thing to do, these creative journals offer endless possibilities for creativity.

If you’re new to the world of junk journaling, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the supplies and tools available on the market. To help you get started, I’ve put together a list of junk journal supplies that you should consider when starting your own project. Fortunately, many of them are available for free or at an affordable price.

From paper, pens, and paints to washi tape and stickers, read on to discover some of my favorite top junk journal supplies! 

Things To Add To A Junk Journal


Junk journals are all about creativity and self-expression, so it’s no surprise that one of the most popular junk journal supplies is photos! Photos add visual interest and can be used to capture memories, tell stories, or just add a personal touch to your pages.

There are lots of ways to incorporate photos into your junk journal, so get creative! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

-Create a photo collage page using printed photos, photocopies, or even digital images.

-Use photos as background papers or mat them onto solid colored papers.

-Embellish photos with stamps, washi tape, journaling cards, or other ephemera.

-Turn photos into pocket tuck spot pages by slipping them into pockets made from envelopes or file folders.

-Include handwritten notes or captions beneath your photos for added meaning.


You’ll need a variety of different papers for your junk journal, from patterned papers to solid-colored cardstock. Collect paper from old books, magazines, and newspapers, or invest in a good quality paper pack.

Printables: Printables are an easy and convenient way to add detail, texture, and color to your junk journals. With the right printables, you can create beautiful spreads that capture moments in time that you want to remember forever.

Cardstock: Cardstock is one of the most important supplies for junk journals. It provides a sturdy base for pages and can be decorated in a variety of ways. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing cardstock for your journal.

Thickness: You’ll want to choose cardstock that is at least 80lb (220gsm). This will ensure that your pages are durable and won’t buckle under the weight of embellishments or heavy journaling.

Color: You can go with white or ivory cardstock, or opt for something more vibrant. If you want to add a pop of color to your journal, consider using patterned or textured cardstock. Just make sure that the design isn’t too busy, as it will be difficult to write on top of it.

Texture: Another thing to consider is the texture of the cardstock. Smooth cardstock is best for writing, but you may want to experiment with textured varieties for added interest. Just be aware that textured cardstock can be more difficult to work with and may not accept certain types of adhesive.

Patterned Papers: Patterned papers are one of the most important supplies for a junk journal. They add interest and variety to your pages and can be used for a variety of purposes.

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing patterned papers for your junk journal. First, consider the overall theme or look you’re going for. Do you want something bright and cheerful, or dark and moody? Once you’ve decided on a general direction, start looking for patterns that complement your theme.

Next, think about the type of paper you want to use. Some patterned papers are thin and delicate, while others are thicker and more durable. Consider how you want to use the paper – will it be mostly for decorative purposes, or will you be writing on it as well? – and choose accordingly.

Printable papers are one of the best ways to accumulate a nice paper selection. The great thing about printable papers is that you can use them whenever you want on multiple pages.

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match different patterns. Some of the best junk journals have a beautiful blend of different colors and textures. So have fun with it, and let your creativity shine!

Old Books: There’s something special about old books. The way they smell, the feel of the paper, the stories within their pages. All of these things make them perfect for junk journals! Here are some ideas for how to use old books in your next junk journal:

-Tear out pages and use them as scrap paper for collages or other embellishments
-Use the book’s cover as a base for your journal (just remove the binding first!)
-Cut out images from the pages to use as Journal cards or tags
-Embellish the pages with washi tape, stamps, or other ephemera
-Turn an old book into a mini album by adding photos and journaling throughout

Tracing Paper and Vellum:

If you’re looking for a more traditional journaling experience, tracing paper and vellum are great options. Tracing paper is thin and translucent, making it perfect for overlaying drawings or writing. Vellum is thicker and opaque, so it’s ideal for hiding journal pages or using as a backing for collages.

Other Decorative Papers: Look for things like newspapers, magazines, old maps, sheet music, wallpaper samples, and wrapping paper to add to your paper stash.


This is where you can really get creative! Junk journals are all about creativity and self-expression, so there are no rules when it comes to embellishments! Embellishments can include anything from buttons and beads to ribbon and lace. raid your craft stash or pick up some cheap embellishments at the dollar store. 

You can use anything that you like to decorate your pages including:

acrylic paint
washi tape
greeting cards
die cuts
junk mail
tissue paper
scrapbook paper
postage stamps
gift bags
fabric scraps
wrapping paper
paper scraps
journal cards
flyers and pamphlets

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try painting, sewing, or using other mixed media techniques.

Printable embellishments are also great because you can use your own printer to create them immediately instead of waiting for an order to be delivered to your door. Printable ephemera from a junk journal kit also gives you the chance to use that embellishment multiple times. 

The sky’s the limit when it comes to junk journaling, so have fun and let your creativity run wild! 

Here are just a few of my favorite things to embellish with:

Envelopes: Envelopes are the perfect fun way to add a little extra something to your junk journal. They can be used to hold photos, tickets, and other mementos, or simply used as an embellishment. There are so many ways to decorate and personalize envelopes, making them a must-have in any junk journal supply stash.

Here are some tips for decorating envelopes:

-Use washi tape or patterned duct tape to create a unique border.

-Stamp images or words on the envelope for added interest.

-Add buttons, sequins, or other tiny embellishments.

-Use a sharpie or other permanent marker to write a personal message on the envelope.

-Paint the envelope with watercolors or acrylics for a one-of-a-kind look.

Stickers: Stickers are a great way to add a little bit of personality to your junk journal, and there are so many different kinds to choose from.

If you’re looking for something girly and fun, try out some unicorn or mermaid stickers. For something a little more sophisticated, go for gold foil or floral stickers. And if you want to get really creative, there are even stickers that let you create your own designs!

If you’re using one of my junk journal kits, you can even use sticker paper and a cutting machine like Cricut to turn the fussy cut elements into stickers!

No matter what your style, there’s sure to be a sticker out there that’s perfect for you. So get stuck in and have fun!

Tools To Use In Junk Journaling

Scissors and Paper Trimmers

There are so many different types of scissors and paper cutters available on the market, it can be hard to decide which ones to use for your junk journaling projects. But with a little bit of research, you can find the perfect tools to help you create beautiful journals.Scissors come in all shapes and sizes, from small embroidery scissors to large shears. You can also find them with straight or serrated blades, making them ideal for cutting all kinds of paper. When choosing scissors for junk journaling, look for a pair that is comfortable to hold and has sharp blades. This will make it easier to cut through thicker papers and create clean, straight lines.Paper cutters are another great option for cutting paper. They typically have a blade that is longer than that of scissors, making them ideal for cutting larger pieces of paper. Paper cutters also usually have a guide that helps you create straight cuts, which can be very helpful when working with patterned papers. When choosing a paper cutter, look for one that is easy to operate and has a sharp blade.


Adhesives are an important part of any junk journal, as they help to keep all of the pages and embellishments in place. They can also be used to add dimension and texture to your journal. There are a variety of adhesives available on the market, so it is important to choose one that will work well with the materials you are using. At the very least, pick up a good quality glue stick and clear tape that won’t yellow over time.

Glues: Glue dots are perfect for adding dimension. I love using glue sticks for attaching papers and embellishments to my junk journals. They’re quick and easy to use, and give a nice strong bond. If you’re looking for something with more hold, try liquid glue or hot glue. Just be careful not to use too much or it will make your journal pages wrinkly.

Mod Podge: This is a water-based sealer for paper. It’s the perfect adhesive to use when adhering paper to chipboard or to seal ephemera in place.

Tapes: Tape can be used to hold together pages, create pockets and envelopes, and add decoration. One option is double-sided tape. This type of tape is ideal for attaching paper to paper, as it will hold securely without causing damage. 

Other general tapes that are great to have on hand for junk journals include packing tape and masking tape.

Washi tape: This is a must-have for junk journalers! Washi tape is a type of decorative tape that can be used for a variety of junk journaling projects. It comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns, and can be used for everything from securing pages together to decorating your journal. You can use washi tape to create patterns and designs on your pages or to add color and interest to your journal. You can also use washi tape to create your own embellishments, like banners and flags. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, widths, and designs, so you can mix and match them to create interesting looks that match your junk journal style.

Paper washi tape is similar to regular washi but is made from paper instead of plastic. This makes it more environmentally friendly and gives it a nice matte finish.

Junk journals are all about creativity, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different adhesives until you find ones that work best for you!

Book Awl and Book Binding Kit

1. Book awl – This is a tool that you can use to punch holes in your paper. It’s great for making precise holes for binding or adding embellishments.

2. Bookbinding kit – This kit will contain all the supplies you need to bind your journal, including a needle, thread, and binding clips.


Markers are an essential junk journal supply. They come in handy for so many different things, from adding color to your pages to lettering and embellishments. There are a few things to consider when choosing markers for your junk journal:

-Tip size: Markers come in a variety of tip sizes, from fine tips to thick chisel tips. Choose the size that best suits your needs. Fine tips are great for detailed work, while thicker tips are better for fill-in work and bold statements.

-Ink type: Water-based or alcohol-based? This is a matter of personal preference, but water-based markers tend to be less permanent and easier to blend than alcohol-based markers.

-Color selection: Consider what colors you’ll use most often in your junk journal and choose a set of markers accordingly. You can always add more later if you find you need them!


Pens are one of the most important junk journal supplies. They can be used to write, draw, and decorate. There are many different types of pens available, so it is important to choose the right pens for your project.

Here are some tips for choosing the right pens for your junk journal:

1. Decide what type of pen you need. There are three main types of pens: ballpoint, gel, and felt tip. Ballpoint pens are the most common type of pen and are good for general writing and drawing. Gel pens have smooth ink that is good for writing and drawing. Felt tip pens have a fine point that is good for detailed work.

2. Consider the size of the pen. Pens come in different sizes, from very thin to very thick. Choose a size that is comfortable for you to hold and that will fit the journal pages you are using.

3. Choose a color or colors. Pens come in many different colors, so you can choose pens that match your journal theme or that reflect your personality. You can also use multiple colors to add interest to your journal pages


There are so many different types of stamps out there, and it can be tough to decide which ones to use in your junk journal. Here are some of the most popular types of stamps:

-Embossed stamps: These offer a raised, 3D effect that can add dimension and interest to your pages.

-Inked stamps: Inking your stamps is a great way to personalize them, and it also allows you to control the color and opacity of the ink. This is a great technique for creating unique effects on your pages.


Stencils are one of the most versatile and affordable junk journal supplies. You can use them to add texture, interest, and dimension to your pages. There are stencils available in a wide variety of styles, so you can find ones that fit your journaling theme or project.

There are two main ways to use stencils in junk journals:

1. Use them as a background design element. This is especially effective if you want to create a cohesive look on multiple pages.

2. Use them to add embellishments or details to your journal pages. This is a great way to personalize your pages and make them unique.

When using stencils, be sure to use an adhesive that will not damage the paper or leave residue behind. Some good options include washi tape, double-sided tape, or repositionable adhesive spray.

Die Cuts

Die cuts are a fantastic way to add interest and dimension to your own junk journal. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can get creative with them. You can use die cuts to create pockets, tags, embellishments, and so much more.

There are die cuts for just about every theme you can imagine, so you’re sure to find something that suits your junk journal. You can even find die cuts that are specifically designed for junk journals. Whatever you’re looking for, die cuts are a great way to add personality and flair to your journal.

Distress Inks

Distress inks are a type of water-based dye ink that is perfect for creating backgrounds, distressing edges, and adding color to your junk journal. They come in a wide variety of colors, so you can find the perfect shade for your project. Distress inks are easy to use, so even if you’re new to junk journaling, you’ll be able to create beautiful junk journal pages with them. Just grab your ink pad and a blending tool and have fun!

Where to find junk journal supplies

Junk journal supplies can be found in several great places, and the best part is that they’re usually pretty cheap! Check out local dollar stores, thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, or craft stores for some great finds.

You can also find some great junk journal supplies online. Check out my shop for some unique and affordable printable items. I have everything you need whether it’s ephemera or a printable folio.


Junk journals are a fun and creative way to express yourself. With the right supplies, you can create beautiful works of art that will last for years to come. I hope this list of top junk journal supplies helped you find everything you need to make your own special project and have a lot of fun in the process!

What type of junk journal would you love to create? Let us know in the comments below!

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