Be Fearless DIY Junk Journal

by | July 14th, 2016 | 3

Hi friends! Dana Tatar here today sharing a fun DIY junk journal tutorial that features Craftwell Teresa Collins Edition Embossing Folders and ColorBox® Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins.


I created this journal by using embossing folders in two different ways; first to emboss cardstock, and second to create my own monoprints with a Gelli plate and ColorBox® Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins. I then combined my embossed papers and monoprints with ephemera and stamped patterned papers to create this funky one-of-a-kind journal to document my fun Summer memories.


Gather the following supplies to create monoprints using a Gelli Plate and embossing folders:

  • Gelli Plate
  • ColorBox® Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins (Loft Black, Feisty Red)
  • Craftwell Teresa Collins Edition Embossing Folders (Twill Herringbone, Snapshots)
  • ColorBox® Tile Art Screen (optional)
  • Brayer (optional)
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Paper

Step 1: Apply Loft Black pigment ink to a Gelli Plate and lightly spritz with water. Next, open the embossing folder and place the raised pattern of the embossing folder down onto the plate. Then gently press the folder onto the plate with your hands or use a brayer to transfer some ink from the Gelli Plate onto the embossing folder.

Step 2: Carefully lift the embossing folder from the plate and press a piece of paper over the plate. Gently press down on the paper to transfer the pattern from the plate onto the paper. Lift the paper from the plate. Make a second print by placing a piece of paper inside the embossing folder, closing the folder, and rolling a brayer over the folder to transfer the ink from the embossing folder to the paper. Note: The layer of ink on the plate and on the embossing folder is thin and dries quickly, so be prepared to work through these steps fast! Clean the ink from the embossing folder as soon as you are done printing.

Step 3: Set the ink using a heat gun. Note: I was able to make several prints using one embossing folder. The print on the right was lifted from the Gelli Plate first. The print in the middle was made by pressing a second piece of paper over the Gelli Plate, which lifted the remaining ink from the plate and created a lighter print. The print on the left was made by pressing a piece of paper in the embossing folder.

Step 4: The same process can be used with a ColorBox® Art Screen instead of, or in addition to, an embossing folder. To create more interesting monoprints, repeat the above process in the same way using another patterned embossing folder and/or stamps with additional colors of ink and one piece of paper.


Step 5: Emboss several pieces of cardstock with Craftwell Teresa Collins Edition Embossing Folders. Create a more interesting album by varying the color, size and shape of the cardstock.


Step 6: Stamp envelopes, patterned papers, and cards with Teresa Collins Wood Mount Stamps and ColorBox® Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins. Set the ink with a heat gun.


Step 7: Gather ephemera like tags, sewing patterns, book pages, sheet music, calendar pages, and labels to use as colorful pages and storage pockets in the journal.


Step 8: Layer the embossed cardstock, stamped papers, monoprints, and ephemera in a pleasing arrangement. Then, fold the stack of paper in half to create a seam for binding. Use a sewing machine to stitch along the seam.


Step 9: Lastly, decorate the cover of the journal using a Teresa Collins Wood Mount Stamp and embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today! We’d love to see how you use our range of Clearsnap and Teresa Collins products on your projects. Share your work with us in the I Heart Clearsnap Facebook group!

Clearsnap Supplies:

Craftwell Supplies: Teresa Collins Edition Embossing Folders: Twill Herringbone, Snapshots

Other Supplies: Gelli Plate, Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Ephemera, Embellishments, Ribbon, Lace


About Dana Tatar

6Dana Tatar I am a stay-at-home mom currently living in Ohio with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 12 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything, including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home decor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture. I’m an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I’m not creating art, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music, and spending time outdoors with my family and basset hound.

3 Responses to Be Fearless DIY Junk Journal

  1. Erin S. says:

    I love this project! It would be a great way to document our scouting years.

  2. Hey Dana!! This is so pretty!! Great job. I will have to give this a try. I had a question for you, where did you get the lined paper inside of the journal? Is it just regular loose leaf paper?

    • Dana Tatar says:

      Thanks for the love Kymona! The lined paper I used was included in a paper kit that I purchased several years ago. I’m sorry I don’t have a brand name for you. The beauty of this album is that it is created with old stash. A lot of papers I was struggling to find a project idea for made their way into this album. ;)

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