5 DIY Lessons I Learned Making a Junk Journal

After watching a bunch of videos, I made my first junk journal this spring. I’ve made lots of things over the years, including books, but as usual, my creative process was full of lessons. Here are five things I learned that are important to remember whenever you want to make something:

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Brain Chain 2: The Library Book

My recent reading has resulted in a literary brain chain. Links include non-fiction, mystery, historical fiction, and young adult books, old favorites and new finds. Here’s how they’re connected:

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My First Junk Journal… and Video

While I was on break, I discovered junk journals. YouTube is full of inspiring tutorial and flip-through videos of these handmade books. The big draw for me was the combination of using papers and images I love to make a book I could write in, and I loved the result so much, I made a video.

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The Greatest Bravery

We’re constantly being told that bravery isn’t about being fearless. It’s about being afraid and doing the thing anyway. But this flawed definition can lead to trouble. It implies that to be brave, we must do the thing we fear, no matter what that thing is. It ignores the fact that the thing we fear may not be right for us to do.

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Art: Comfort When You Can’t Leave Home

While I still insist we should be expecting less rather than more of ourselves due to the stress and strangeness of life during the pandemic, I also believe that we should keep making things.

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