Sojourn 8/Junque Journal Update – Tabs

I have added tabs to my Junque Journal. You wouldn't think that would take a lot of thought. But there are some important things to consider. If I do tabs, how many? How do I want to label them? How will I use my junque Journal if I tab it? Now I have seen Alpha tabs, Number tabs, Weekly tabs, Monthly tabs. I dismissed the Weekly and Monthly tabs because for this Junque Journal because I don't want it to be date specific. I want to be able to add junk in whenever I want and not have to worry about dates and stuff. That kinda rules out the 1-31 number tabs too. Not sure how I would use them. Unless I just put them in for fun and no purpose. Which I could (and probably would do, if I don't come up with a better plan.) I think I have decided on using the Alpha tabs. If I use Alpha tabs I can sort of file all the awesome junk I will be adding, like letters under “L”, tickets under “T”.

Since that is decided, I grabbed my post-it tabs and started tapeing them in. I wanted them to be permanent so I packing taped the front and back of the tabs so they for sure won't come loose.



I liked how all the colorful tabs looked but… They looked a bit boring… Maybe if I added a bit of washi tape!


Yep! I really liked that. I labeled the tabs in black Sharpie.


Then I just had a giant tab-o-rama and started putting tabs on all sorts of stuff. I found a “Primary” composition book that has the special lined pages for practicing writing letters. Snatched one up and decided I would use that as a Daily Lettering Practice Book. So I added Daily Tabs with Washi to that!



I even grabbed my Planner/Journal that I keep in my purse and added tabs with Washi to my Monthly Pages! That suddenly made my Planner seem fun (where it was looking very boring and serious).

Then I ran out of time. So I will have to wait to have more Junque Journal fun! Have you decided to put together a Junque Journal? Let me know how it is going?


Sojourn 8: Junque Journal

Spilling your life is what this blog is all about. But we haven’t talked about the easiest way to spill requiring very little writing… if you choose. Very little arting… again, if you choose. But can be creative and funky and as beautiful as you want. And it can hold all the bits that makes your life… all the “junque”… all the ephemera… fodder… Because it is an amazing container… for you… of you!

The past Sojourn exercises have given you a chance to practice specific WAYS of spilling. A Junque Journal is not so much a way to spill but more like a container for your spillage. All you have to do is fill it… Tape, clip, staple, stick, glue. I know, that even if you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body… you can do this. What is more you have probably been doing this for years and years… but you did not have a specific place to keep these ordinary treasures. That is what a Junque Journal is for.

If you have a box where you might throw old movie tickets, clothing tags, motivational sayings, interesting business cards, birthday/greeting/christmas cards… interesting pictures, photos, dried flowers, leaves, feathers, bits and bobs… ANYTHING… they can go in your Junque Journal.

To see all the juicy goodness a junque Journal can be… here is Tangie Baxter’s Junque Journal Introduction from YouTube:


Fun, fun, fun! I just love looking in Tangie’s FANTABULOUS journal! I think you can get a real feel on how cool it can be to have a book where you can spill your life… and flip through it… and add… Gorgeous!

Making a Junque Journal is fairly simple. You need a cheap composition book, some scrapbook paper or any other decorative paper (gift wrap, magazine pages… anything). Colorful stamp pads (if you want to add color to your regular composition book pages). 2-4 lengths of thin ribbon (3 times the length of your composition book). Your choice of glue: glue stick, glue runners, or white/tacky glue. Feel free to add: charms, bows, clips, envelopes…

Here are Tangie’s YouTube video instructions on making your own Junque Journal:

I am starting one tonight! I just bought my cheapie composition book, I’ve pulled out some ribbon, scrapbook paper, and a few of my favorite colors of stamp pads… I am so excited to get started!

So what about you? How about trying out Junque Journaling?