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Botanical Boho Junk Journal Flip Through & Junk Journal Ideas

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The more beautiful boho junk journals I saw, the more excited I got to make my own. Here’s a sneak peek of how it turned out (including a full junk journal flip through video).

My boho journal is a little different from the usual (you’ll see why shortly) and it also has a bit of a botanical twist to it… because it wouldn’t be one of my journals without that.

I hope you like what I’ve created and that it serves as some inspiration for your own journals.

Botanical Boho Junk Journal Flip Through Video

Take a look at my video on Youtube to see my chatty junk journal flip through.

The Details

  • The cover: cardstock inside a thick envelope and covered with beautiful boho-inspired fabrics and embellishments
  • Number of signatures: 1
  • Number of pages: 56 (counting front and back)
  • Spine: hidden behind some beautiful crochet and pearl lace
  • Binding: 5-hole pamphlet stitch using wax thread
  • Difficulty: medium (I didn’t use too many fancy techniques, but this one is certainly tricky to create if it’s your first journal)
  • Techniques used: sewing, decoupage, stencilling, fussy cutting, ruffles (and glueing!)
  • Materials used: cardstock, envelopes, fabrics, trims, ribbons, lace, an assortment of vintage papers, scrapbook papers, book pages, wallpaper samples, and much, much more!
The cover is just one of the many reasons why I called this the “Celebration of Colour” journal

New to junk journaling? Take a look at my A-Z of junk journal definitions to learn heaps about this fun craft!

The Inspiration & Story

Believe it or not, I didn’t think my first major junk journal project would be a boho journal.

I actually thought it would be something pink, full of lace and much more shabby chic-esque (kind of like my ephemera folio).

However, the more boho journals I saw on Etsy, Instagram and Youtube, the more inspired I became to make one of my own.

About the same time as this, one of the Facebook groups I’m in (called Junk Journal Trading Post) had an event running where we could swap supplies with someone else in the group.

So, I put a request out to see if anyone had any boho-inspired fabrics or trims, or any sparkly fabrics. In return, I could offer plenty of vintage ephemera.

I ended up swapping with Rachel from RachandBellaCrafts (the owner of the group), and within just a couple of days, we’d exchanged our items.

She sent me so many gorgeous fabrics and trims, which initially, I was just going to pop in my stash for a later time.

But… upon seeing the fabrics, the design for the cover almost instantly popped into my head and so I went with it.

Making the journal now was clearly meant to be…

Love watching junk journal flip through videos? Here’s another one; this time for my mini lace journals.

The Verdict

Would I make a boho junk journal again? Probably.

I had a lot of fun using all these bright colours, which don’t really have their place within any other theme, so I guess it makes sense for me to make another one.

Or maybe I’ll save some bright colours for a spring or summer themed journal next year? That could also be really fun!

If you’d like to know more about how I made this journal, please leave me a comment below or on my Youtube video and I may just make something like this on camera.

Finally, why not take the time to spread joy and laughter through bright colours this week… it’s a real mood booster!

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is the brains behind the House of Mahalo craft blog, YouTube channel and Etsy shop. She's been cross-stitching since she was 10, baking since she was 6 and just generally creating something fabulous for as far back as she can remember. In 2020, Justine started upcycling various items around the house, and in 2021, she discovered the wonderful world of junk journals. Since then, she's made well over 30 journals and folios by hand, alongside various handmade gifts and home decor pieces. Justine now shares tutorials and inspiring DIY ideas via this craft blog, her YouTube videos and in her Facebook group called Junk Journal Ideas and Inspiration.

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