The First Junk Journals

Published on 9 March 2024 at 19:56

And exploring the "Origin of Scrapbooking" we come to the "junk journal" which is a creative way of documenting and expressing oneself through the collection of diverse materials. Although there is no exact date when the junk journal officially became a "thing," its origin can be traced back to earlier recording practices.

Historians note that diaries and memoirs have been around since the Middle Ages, although the ability to read and write was primarily reserved for the wealthy and educated. During the Renaissance (14th to 17th centuries), reading and writing became accessible to society at large.

At the end of the 19th century, families began to collect and paste their memories in any book, even in their bibles. They used account books, record books and, later, blank books specifically dedicated to scrapbooking. During this period, printing companies produced beautiful illustrations and designs that adorned business cards, postcards and even advertisements. Families kept these items in their scrapbooks because they were too pretty to throw away.

So what is a junk journal?

The junk journal is a blank or decorated book where you can leave your memories well treasured in time, where artistic expression, creativity and very importantly recycling of materials are combined.

This is how they arose, as a sort of "rebellion" against the idea that we needed to buy expensive papers and supplies to store memories or create personal art. Although the term "junk" suggests something disposable or low quality, in reality, junk journals end up being beautiful and often loaded with creativity. 

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