5 Ways to Use Your Junk Journal

The biggest challenge, in my opinion, is not making the junk journal. It’s actually using it.

It’s a combination of first page phobia and the curse of the beautiful notebooks.  I have been making journal after journal these passed few months, but haven’t really used any of them.  I did create a personal junk journal specifically for me to actually use, but I’ll be honest I write in it sparingly.  Still I’ve challenged myself to use it and slowly, but surely I am filling it up.

In case you have a junk journal and you’re not sure what to do with it this list will be exactly what you need (I should know because I hella need it too lol!)

1. As a Smash Book

A smash book, for anyone who might not know, is basically a cross between a scrapbook and a journal. I personally never call it smash booking as that’s always what I’ve done regarding journals, but that’s the common label that that kind of journaling has and so we will use that!

2. Photo Album

I’m not sure about you guys, but I have this huge thing for physical photos. It’s really nice that you can store many, many digital pictures on your phone and various other devices, but to me nothing beats a good old photo album.

3. Journal

Some people aren’t into putting their memorabilia into their journals (some keep them in memory boxes I do a mix of both) and so sometimes it’s just straight journaling, no pictures, no ticket stubs or lil pieces of something glued in. Just straight writing. And that’s totally okay. I have a stream of consciousness journal where I only write in no extras. In any case junk journals are usually decorated enough that if you don’t want to put anything in just writing in it suffices just fine.

4. A Scrapbook

I’ve never been able to successfully scrapbook. I think I write too much to be able to get a good ratio between photos, words and ephemera. That’s why I prefer smash booking or as I like to call it journaling!  But some people aren’t into writing a whole lot the way I am.  Scrapbooking is a great way to make use of your junk journal! It’s basically a smaller version of the standard scrapbook in the first place why not use it that way.

5. A Bullet Journal/Planner

Bullet journals are so versatile they can be in literally any notebook, any combination of pieces of paper kept together.  I have been considering using one of the smaller sized junk journals that I have made as a bullet journal.  Its perfect because its already somewhat decorated and all you have to do is add in the extra stuff you need. I think I might actually do this. I have a journal just sitting here begging to be used.

There are plenty of other ways to use a junk journal that aren’t on this list, but this is to give you an idea of a few things you could do with it!  The junk journal isn’t just a pretty notebook. To me its the doorway of creativity.  Each page can inspire new possibilities, new ways to do things!

Until next time~ Happy junk journaling!



September Freebie Faves Printable Round Up

Hey y’all!  So listen, in my currently short adventure into the world of junk journaling I have learned one very important thing.

Digital printable kits are awesome!

Most of them are a very reasonable price and once you buy them you’ve got those files for good, you can print as many times as you like! But sometimes for whatever reason you just can’t afford them. And that’s okay! Its not like anyone is saying you have to use them.  However, that being said they’re an AMAZING resource.

As you can probably gather from the title of this post though I’m here to talk about the FREEBIES.

Oh yeah. I’m talking $0.00!

There are a lot of really wonderful and talented designers in the junk journaling community who offer AMAZING digital printables FOR. FREE.

This post is all about my favorite printables of this month!

Before we move on to the list I just want to say that NONE of these printables are mine. I do not claim them, I am linking them from the original poster. (to download please click the links to the OP!)

1. Tsunami Rose Design’s vintage scrapbook paper

Anything vintage-y is A-OK in my books! I have a great great love for Tsunami Rose Designs and when I found out that she had freebies I almost screamed.  I have a small budget for things and have had to prioritize the basics for junk journal making over buying patterned stuff and ephemera, but I do know that once I get my next paycheck I’ll be buying stuff by Tsunami Rose Designs Etsy shop.(Etsy Store here)   For now I’ll just enjoy the freebies on her blog.

2. FreePrettyThingsForYou Gold Outlined Rose Pattern paper (12×12)

I stumbled across Free Pretty Things For You by accident. I was looking for some free clip art to use in journaling cards (I’m experimenting with those right now!) and literally stumbled upon a gold mine.  Free Pretty Things For You is an entire site full of not only printables, but fonts, clipart and graphics to use in pretty much any project you could ever think of!

3. The Cottage Market’s 2018 watercolor Harry Potter Calendar

This printable is by FAR my favorite of the printables I found this month.  I’d been looking for Harry Potter printables to add to the junk journal I was making for my boyfriend’s little sister for her birthday and I came across this!  There are actually a couple more kinds of Harry Potter Calendars; Weekly Planner Page, Year Look Calendar (2018) that are available, which I will also be making use of.  The Cottage Market also has an entire Freebie Gallery for you to peruse through!

There you have it my three favorites this month! Those three blogs have many amazing freebies so please click the links and have a look around. You might find something else that you like.  Stay tuned for more freebie faves printable round ups.

Until next time! Happy junk journaling.



A New Direction

Hey guys! It’s been quite a while since we talked on this blog.

I’ve spent this time considering what I want to do with my blog, where I want to go, and how I wanted to do it.  I have decided to turn this blog into a journey into my newest hobby: Junk Journals.  I know I posted a tutorial on signatures and a flip of my first ever junk journal, but since that point I have made so much progress.

I wanted to find a good place to share my success, to connect with other crafty DIY-ers and to hopefully help people who are a little nervous about getting into the junk journal game.  I was there only a few months ago believe me having such a wonderful community on Youtube for tutorials and inspiration is amazing.   I’m not quite ready for Youtube yet I don’t think and I figured that this would be the next best way to contribute!

To all my followers who thus far have stayed with me despite my hiatus and my inconsistent posting I wanted to thank you.  I do not know if the content I’m going to be writing about in the future interests you, but I really wanted to say that I appreciate you for all the love and support that you gave me.  If this new direction my blog is taking doesn’t fit with your interests then by all means unfollow me I won’t be offended I promise!

That being said I won’t just be doing Junk Journals (though that will be the main focus).  I plan to continue to do lifestyle posts occasionally, but the focus will be on Junk Journals, DIY, and other crafty things.

Here are some things you can expect in the future:

  • Hauls (junk journal supplies, thrift store finds etc)
  • Junk Journal updates
  • Junk Journals Series (similar to JJ updates, but more focused on one particular journal or one particular theme of journals)
  • Tutorials
  • Freebie printable roundups
  • Monthly Journal roundups

The one thing I’m currently undecided on at the moment is the Girls Night In series.  I was supposed to be doing it every Friday, but it wasn’t getting a ton of response and that I found was slightly discouraging.  But there have been a few topics that have caught people’s attention and that’s why I’m undecided.  That’s why I’m putting it to you guys my followers. Please take the poll and let me know your opinion!

And if you do want to see it continue please let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to talk about in that series!  Leave a comment below and tell me something you’d like to hear my opinion on.

Thank you guys so much for being with me every step of the way!





Hiatus Announcement | Rebranding

Hi there!

I wanted to talk about my sudden disappearance again.  The truth is I haven’t known where I was going with this blog for a long time.  I’m pretty sure everyone could tell that just based on my sporadic posting and random posts.

I’m a bit lost and originally I decided that that was okay. That I’d figure it out along the way, but there’s no structure and I’m unmotivated to write for this blog because of that.

It took me a while to reach this point, but I’ve decided to go on hiatus for this blog until I figure out what I want and where I want the direction to go here.  I hope that you stick with me as I’m in the midst of working on the re-brand! I will still be relatively active on my book blog so please make sure to check me out there (Exuberant Bookworm)!

Thank you for all the love and support that you have given me thus far. I hope to see you again ❤


Girls Night In: Sex, the First Time, and Consent

Look at me bringing back Girls Night In! I can’t believe I let these slip away, I kind of hate that I didn’t continue and be consistent about my series post, but ehh that’s water under the bridge now.

Today’s topic is going to be a bit of a sensitive topic to some people so I just want you to know that it’s TOTALLY Okay if you click away from this post.

 Today’s topic… okay wait for it… -pauses for dramatic effect- Sex and the oh so magical first time. Oh and consent.  We can never forget about consent.

Oops you definitely already knew that from the title! Caution possible cheesiness ahead.

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Here we go.  Let’s all keep in mind that this is just my two cents, feel free to agree or disagree as this is how I feel about it.

I think we can all agree though that the first time is this magical idea that’s been built up in our minds probably since we were able to grasp the idea of sex.  And that’s okay.  It’s not that they’re completely wrong to say or believe that.  Some people find it to be very emotional or spiritual.  Some people just consider it to be a very special thing.

I just want to preface the rest of this post with this statement: Sex is not a subject to be taken lightly.

Whether it be your first time or your 100th time.  It’s not something you can just do carelessly, there are real consequences and factors to consider. LOL I swear I’m not trying to convince anyone away from having it and yes I am WELL aware that I sound like a lecturing parent.

Hey I’m all for sex. If you’re ready and you’re SURE that you’re ready then who’s to say no.  (Oh god, please to the minors especially, let’s finish the rest of the post before you go off and have… any sort of intercourse).

Let’s be real here.  There are 2 main risks when having sex; pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.  Those are VERY real. More real than some people think (or don’t think lol who thinks in the heat of the moment?).  These are the two main reasons that people (myself included) think that sex shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Yes, oh yes believe me it’s fun and it feels good, but it feels better if you don’t have to worry before, throughout or after the actual deed is done.  It’s not difficult either, to take steps to prevent those risks.

I’m starting to sound like I’m teaching a sex-ed class wow.

Look TLDR; be smart. 

Use a condom, or go on birth control, and make sure that you and your partner have been tested for STDs (STIs? See this is one of the many problems with the education system. Sex-ed is way overlooked).

Now let’s get to the juicy part of this topic…

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My first time. I’m definitely not going to go in to all the specific details. But I can tell you a few things.  My first time was with my current boyfriend and I was 20 (old by many standards these days).  Before then I really hadn’t had much interest in sex and when the subject was brought up I always replied with the same standard answer that had been drilled into my brain. “I’m going to wait for the one. I’m going to wait until I’m married.”  Younger me clearly didn’t understand how hormones worked.

I’ll admit to being scared.  The idea was new and frankly a little frightening. I heard the horror stories. It hurting the first time, as well as the idea that I’d bleed. But (and here’s when the cheesiness rolls in) I waited until I was ready.  Being nervous is completely natural.  There’s nothing wrong with being nervous.  However  there’s a difference between being nervous and not being ready.  I had more than one opportunity to have sex before I did for my first time, but I wasn’t ready and it was obvious. My body clammed up; my mind made my entire body panic. I trusted my instincts and it didn’t steer me wrong. Sure there were some “drawbacks” (I put that in quotes because most people see them as drawbacks, but really they’re not) to choosing to say no, but ultimately it was the right decision.

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Here are some thoughts and things I considered before, during, and after my first time.


  • My boyfriend and I had a few discussions about the topic beforehand. We wanted to be on the same page no matter what. (THAT IS REALLY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT)
  • We planned for it. Like I said. Safe sex is one of the best decisions you could ever make in your entire life. If you’re not ready to have a baby use a condom, use birth control, hell use both. Make sure you’re both tested to be sure and even then I’d still recommend a condom (seriously… forget the “it feels better without one” excuse guys use. It feels fantastic even with one on. Its not going to kill him to use a condom) no glove no love.
  • It doesn’t matter how long you wait to have sex. It’s not like you won’t ever be able to do it if you wait a few more years until you’re sure you’re ready.

HOW IT FELT (during)

**I have to preface again by saying that this is my personal experience so it could be different for you and most likely will

  • We all know that the idea of the “first time” has been highly romanticized. But it does feel good.  For me personally my first time didn’t hurt.  Much to my relief.
  • Happy.
  • I was relieved with how my boyfriend treated me.   It made me feel safe and respected and that’s how you should feel before during and after sex.


How should you feel after?

  • Satisfied
  • Happy

Sex is meant to feel good. If it doesn’t feel good at any point you need to stop.  That’s common sense, but just in case you’re unsure (I know this is a topic that people seem to think is full of uncertainty).  The fact is if it hurts and you don’t want to continue then you have the right to say no.  Even if you’re halfway through and you decide you don’t want to do it anymore you have that right.  Peach Flower Frame clip art

Let me be clear:


You are not obligated to do anything sexual with anyone.  Its sickening and frankly really worrying that people don’t understand what real consent is.  If you say yes that’s fine.  If you say no that is also fine.  If you’re not sure again also fine.  But unsure and no are always going to be NO until you’re sure.  Pressure or not if you’re anything, but a complete yes then consent has not been given.  If someone is physically unable to consent (eg passed out, drugged, drunk) then the answer is no.

I know it sounds like this whole post has become a lecture, but this is a really important topic.   It’s one that I have considered for quite a while.

And so my friends here is the unsolicited final 2 cents I have for you.  Make sure you’re 100% read.  Even if you think you’re ready and then you find yourself hesitating RIGHT before you’re about to do it then you’re not ready (I should know I was once in that position). And when you’re sure that you’re ready make sure to USE PROTECTION (unless you’re trying for a baby.. in which case just make sure you have yourself and your partner tested). In short use your brain.  It’s gotten you this far you should trust it.

If you have any suggestions or want to hear about something for Girls Night In you can either leave a comment or you can fill out the really simple form below. While I can’t guarantee all topics suggested will be used I will do my best to discuss things you all want to hear!

Stay tuned for the next post!





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A Little Life Advice: On Saddness

I have a new spin on the very new series A Life Advice (ALLA). I was struck with inspiration (or I should say my boyfriend gave me a great idea) after giving myself a new journal to work on.  I wrote a little intro/note to myself when I started the journal because I didn’t want to leave the first page blank; one which I’ll probably end up sharing with you in a later post when I reference that journal again (lol!).

I ended up writing one for my boyfriend who suggested I post some on my blog. Today’s ALLA is on Saddness. (When you read this please keep in mind this was meant to be an introduction with the purpose of a journal)

“For the moments when the negativity has seeped so far into your bones that giving up feels like the only way it’ll get better.  Sadness, negativity, they’re necessary to balance the world out. You need it. Don’t bottle it up. Don’t let it carve a home into your soul.  Let it out.  You have a safe place, so make use of it.  When you can’t bring yourself to unload everything onto anyone close to you, come here.  The world will be there when you get back. Take some time for yourself.”


**This series won’t be on a consistent schedule. I tend to write these kinds of things during a certain mood and at my own pace, but please look forward to reading more of these in the future! 

What do you think about sadness? Is it necessary? What kind of life advice would you like to see?




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A Look Inside my Journal

So recently I made a tutorial post for notebook signatures (or just a very simple notebook in general) and I thought that it might be nice to give you a look inside the first journal/notebook that I ever made for myself.  I’ve been obsessed with making my own journals for the longest time.  I went down the Youtube rabbit hole and came out with a new hobby.

My first handmade notebook is pretty clumsily made, but I absolutely love it to pieces.  It’s a journal/junk journal from a tutorial that I found on Youtube. It’s probably actually a mix of tutorials because I didn’t want to go out and buy some of the stuff people were using for binding.

The cover I made out of one of those kraft envelopes folded in half. The opening gave me a pocket in the back of my journal. All I had to do was fold, bind and decorate!


The front cover

and a side view. (Sorry about the lighting lol!)

Another side view lmao

This notebook that I’m about to give you a peek into is actually full of random pages. Some of coffee/tea dyed printer paper some of cue cards, envelopes, this translucent paper that was wrapped around a corn dog I ate.

The possibilities are ENDLESS when it comes to junk journal pages.

I even printed off some sheet music and used that as pages.

Heck I even tore a map out of an old book and used washi tape to put it in as a page in my journal.

This one and the one beneath it are probably my favorite pages from the entire journal

The beauty of a junk journal is that the pages don’t all have to be the same size, they don’t have to be themed (though I love it when they are lol). You just have to like them and how they look together. I was going through a phase where I really, really liked the vintage notebook junk journal style that I was seeing everywhere on Youtube.  And so my first journal was created. 

I selected a few of the pages in my notebook to show you, but if you would like to see the whole thing I have a video full flip through! What’s your notebook preference? What kind of pages do you like in your journals? Which is your favorite page?




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