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What Makes Junk Journaling Unique: Discovering The Beauty in Found Objects and Ephemera

Get ready to embark on a journey of creativity as we delve into the magic of junk journaling and the exhilaration of working with found objects. Last time I gave you all a brief intro into the world of Junk Journaling 101. This time, let’s talk about how ephemera enriches the journaling experience. We will uncover the best places to find inspirational cut-outs and treasures that will breathe new life into your experience.

Junk journaling is a creative practice using vintage papers, book pages, fabric scraps, and other ephemera. It uses a collage-like approach, mixing textures, colors and elements to tell stories. It is a form of mixed-media art that encourages freedom of expression and allows for endless experimentation.

The Enchantment of Ephemera

These delicate fragments of the past evoke a sense of nostalgia and wonder, breathing life into our creative endeavors. Each piece carries a unique history, whether it’s a vintage postcard, a handwritten letter, or a faded photograph. As we incorporate these ephemeral treasures into our journals, we infuse them with new meaning, connecting the past with the present.

The best part about it is that you don’t even have to leave your home now to find these treasures. The digital age has expanded the world of opportunities online. They all offer a wealth of digital archives, printable ephemera, and vintage imagery. We can easily access high-quality scans of old photographs, vintage advertisements, and decorative motifs. Online communities and forums allow us to connect with fellow enthusiasts, share ideas, and discover additional sources of inspiration. The internet has revolutionized the way we search for and incorporate ephemera, providing a virtual treasure trove of resources.

The Beauty of Found Objects

When it comes to junk journaling, the beauty of found objects lies in their ability to transport you to another time and place. Imagine stumbling upon a vintage button or a worn key during your adventures. These small treasures hold a sense of mystery and intrigue, inviting you to weave stories around them. Incorporating found objects into your journals adds a tactile and interactive element that engages multiple senses. The texture of weathered wood, the weight of a rusty charm, or the smoothness of a polished stone can all evoke a sensory experience that deepens the connection with your journal. By integrating these objects, you infuse your creations with a touch of serendipity, allowing the journal to become a vessel for unexpected narratives and hidden meanings.

So, where can you where can find ephemera and inspirational cut-outs? I’ve got some ideas that might help you along the way.

  1. Antique Stores and Flea Markets: these are a world of vintage postcards, antique books, and an array of ephemera that embody the essence of bygone eras.

  2. Thrift Shops and Yard Sales: These hidden gems often hold unexpected surprises, from old magazines and retro advertisements to vintage photos and letters.

  3. Nature Walks and Outdoor Adventures: Collecting leaves, feathers, pressed flowers, and other organic ephemera. These elements will add a touch of earthy enchantment to your journal pages.

  4. Personal Keepsakes and Memorabilia: Look no further than your own collection of cherished items, such as ticket stubs, handwritten notes, or postcards received from loved ones. These personal mementos hold a special place in your heart and can add a deeply meaningful touch to your journal pages.

Here are some digital resources I swear by.

  1. Etsy ( )

  2. Creative Fabrica ( )

  3. Pinterest ( )

  4. The Graphics Fairy (

  5. Freepik (

  6. The Old Design Shop (

  7. Vintage Printable (

Remember to always check the terms of use for each website and ensure that you are using the resources appropriately, respecting copyrights and licensing restrictions. These websites are fantastic resources to discover and download material for your junk journaling adventures, offering an abundance of inspiration to fuel your creativity.

The joy of the process is the best part of junk journaling. So, embrace the imperfections, let serendipity guide your hands, and revel in the beauty of creating something truly unique and meaningful.

Check out my newly released junk journal titled ‘Moon Magic’:

It contains journal pages, ephemera, and more. It’s a collage activity book that I know you will enjoy!

I used ephemera from my new Moon Magic junk journal to create some amazing lunar-themed pages.

Check out more art and journaling books on my Amazon Author page:

Have fun!

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