What is Vintage Collage Work and Junk Journaling?

What is junk journaling

What is Junk Journaling?

Similar to a scrapbook, a junk journal is a notebook made from many types of papers, from daily shopping receipts, fabric, recycled materials, newspapers, brochures, and ticket ephemera. It varies from person to person, you can use your creativity to hand-make a crafty journal booklet in any form you like.

A junk journal is a type of art journal that is created using a variety of materials, including vintage papers, found objects, and ephemera. These journals are often decorated with a variety of techniques, such as collage, stamping, and hand-lettering, and can be used for a variety of purposes, including journaling, scrapbooking, and art therapy. They are often created using a variety of materials, including vintage papers, found objects, and ephemera.

What is Vintage ‘Collage’ Work?

The word Collage means ‘gluing’ in French. It is the act of layering and arranging different images and/or materials to make a piece of art.

Collage is a technique for making art from the beautiful old things around us such as postcards, greeting cards, and photographs to letters and scraps of cloth.  You can easily get this vintage stuff from antique stores, flea markets, second-hand shops, and even our homes.  The techniques include painting with gouache and altering the background of your collage; transferring images; pressing and preserving botanicals; and aging and scumbling, which help to emphasize the vintage quality of your materials and to unify the piece as a whole.

Ephemera refers to items of paper that were not meant to be kept for a long period of time, such as ticket stubs, postcards, posters, and other types of printed materials that were intended for temporary use. In the context of stationery, ephemera can include items such as old letters, postcards, and other types of correspondence. These items may be collected as a hobby or for their historical or sentimental value.

Ephemera collages are artworks created by arranging and gluing various types of ephemera, such as old letters, postcards, ticket stubs, and other types of printed materials, onto a surface, such as a canvas or board. These collages can be used to create a nostalgic or historical theme, to tell a story, or to create a unique visual composition. The materials used in ephemera collages are often chosen for their aesthetic qualities, such as their colors, textures, and patterns, as well as for their historical or sentimental significance. Ephemera collages can be created by individuals as a form of self-expression or by professional artists as a medium of art.

We offer a variety of paper goodies in bundles which include papers & envelopes, postcards, handmade paper, stamps, newspaper articles, vintage stickers, washi tape, tickets,  journal cards, tags, die cuts, and many more. These goodie kits can be used in many different crafts and decorations including scrapbooking, journaling, planners, card making, collages, nature journals, travelers’ notebooks, mixed media arts, pen pal letters, and gifts.


What is Washi Tape?

36 pcs 'Good days 美好日常' Washi Tape Sample Pack (in 1m loop)

What is Washi Tape?

Washi tape, also known as Japanese tape, is a type of decorative adhesive tape made from natural fibers, such as bamboo, hemp, rice, and the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. Washi tape is known for its unique texture, thinness, and strength, and it is often used for a variety of creative and decorative purposes. It’s often used in scrapbooking, card making, journaling, and other papercraft projects. It can also be used to decorate walls, furniture, and other household items. It can also be used in packaging as well. Washi tape comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and designs, and it can be easily torn by hand or cut with scissors, making it easy to use and versatile.

Working with Washi Tape

Washi tape can be hand-torn or cut using scissors or a dispenser. It can be used for largely designed home decor or small shapes like triangles, squares, or arrow tips.

It has a waxy surface that allows permanent inks. Washi tape is fun and inexpensive, it is available everywhere. One should get the chance to play with the designs and colors.

Washi tape is a versatile and easy-to-use crafting material that can be used for a variety of projects. Here are a few ways to use washi tape:

  1. Decorating: Washi tape can be used to decorate walls, furniture, notebooks, journals, picture frames, and other items. Simply cut or tear off a piece of tape and apply it to the surface you want to decorate.
  2. Scrapbooking: Washi tape is a great tool for adding color and interest to your scrapbook pages. Use it to create borders, frames, and other embellishments.
  3. Card making: Washi tape can be used to create unique and colorful cards. Use it to create designs on the front of the card, or use it to seal the envelope.
  4. Wrapping presents: Washi tape can be used to wrap presents in a unique way. Use it to create patterns and designs on the wrapping paper or to seal the edges of the gift wrap.
  5. DIY projects: Washi tape can be used to create all sorts of DIY projects such as decorating a lampshade, creating a picture frame, or designing your own phone case.
  6. Planner: Washi tape is a great tool for decorating and personalizing your planner. Use it to create different sections, highlight important dates or add a pop of color to your pages.

When using washi tape, it’s important to note that it can be removed and repositioned easily without leaving residue, but it can’t be repositioned as much as regular tape. Also, it’s not suitable for permanent or heavy-duty tasks.

How to Store Your Washi Tapes

Once you become a washi tape addict, you might find yourself surrounded by piles of colored rolls.

There are a few ways to store washi tape, depending on the amount you have and your personal preferences. Here are a few options:

  1. Washi tape dispenser: This is a small plastic or wooden device that holds a roll of washi tape and has a built-in cutter. It allows you to easily tear off a piece of tape and keep your rolls organized.
  2. Washi tape organizer: This is a plastic or cardboard container with individual compartments for holding different rolls of tape. It can be portable and easy to store in a drawer or on a shelf.
  3. Washi tape book: This is a small book-like holder with pages of clear plastic pockets, each of which can hold a roll of washi tape. It’s easy to flip through the pages to find the tape you want, and the book itself can be stored in a drawer or on a shelf.
  4. Storing in a plastic container: This is a great way to store and organize a large collection of washi tape. You can use a clear plastic container with a lid, so it’s easy to see what you have and to keep your tapes protected from dust or damage.
  5. Hanging them on a hanger: You can also put them on a hanger and hanging it on a wall or closet, this way you can see all of the designs and easily grab the one you want to use.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to keep your washi tape in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat, so it doesn’t lose its stickiness or fade over time.

How to Start Journaling

Journaling is a great way to help you to check in on your ideas and feelings.

It brings many benefits to your life and wellbeings. It helps in your reflection, creativity, and exploration. Spending some time to think about what has happened in a day is a wonderful way to live and set your goals for the future.

Writing a journal is such a wonderful way to help you check in on your thoughts and feelings. Go here to learn more about junk journaling and journaling essentials.


1. Collect every moment. Use photos and get creative!

2. Write down what did you do, your feelings, and whom you’ve seen in a day. You can explore your handwriting in a calligraphy style.

3. Write down your dreams and wishes and how are you going to achieve them

4. Make a to-do list

Happy writing!