Learn how to make a junk journal with expert Rozy Walker.

Experience the delight of creating a unique journal from materials that would otherwise be discarded. You will never look at an empty cereal box in the same way again. Discover a hobby that does not break the bank and is gentle on the environment. 

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Over three days you will learn how to:

  • Plan, make and decorate a journal cover that is sturdy, visually pleasing and fit for the purpose you have for it.
  • Create a ‘hole template’ (for binding) for your journal and learn how to create one for any sized journal you make in the future.
  • Notice the textures, patterns, weight etc of the junk paper and select papers best suited to your journal’s purpose and design.
  • Cut your selected papers to their sizes to create interesting signatures.
  • Pierce holes in your signatures, choose your binding material and sew the signatures into your journal.
  • Create and add a closure to your journal.
  • Create and add paper beads to your journal.
  • Design and make embellishments for your journal, eg tabs, tags, pockets, tip-ins etc.

You can expect to experience an atmosphere that is fun and relaxed. You will be invited to work at your own pace. Demonstrations and guidance will be provided as a group and individually as needed.

This course is open to all. No prior experience required.

About the tutor

Rozy Walker

Rozy Walker has been running creativity groups and workshops for over 25 years for people of all ages and abilities.
She is a self-taught artist with a passion for making beautiful things from junk and pre-loved materials.
She has been making and filling journals for over ten years and has been running a journalling club for four years.

She is passionate about creating a fun and low-pressure space for people to be creative in and to teach skills that can continue to be enjoyed outside of the workshops.
Rozy is a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach, mindfulness teacher, occupational therapist and has a teaching qualification (PG Dip Clin ED)

Her instagram is @rozy_walker where you can see her joyful journalling creations.

Explore our range of mixed media courses hosted by our engaging tutors and learn from their expertise and skills. Our art courses are a chance to meet like-minded people, a chance to unwind from everyday life, and a great opportunity to experience the UK’s glorious countryside surrounding our field centres.

Example Timetable

Arrival Day

Check-in is between 1600-1800, if you are arriving after 1800 please advise us, so we can ensure you are advised of access codes, room key location, and room location.

You will meet the tutor at Dinner, and you will have your first session after Dinner.

What's Included

Full board accommodation and picnic lunch is available for resident bookings only.

Refreshments are included for all, but non-resident bookings are advised to bring lunch with you.

Before You Attend

What to Bring: 

Please do not purchase anything specifically to use during this course as any tools and materials you do not already have will be provided for you.
A communal junk pile will be created for everyone to access. Attendees are encouraged to bring junk to share if they have extras.

Tools and non-junk materials 

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue, spreader and pot
  • Paper piercer/awl/pokey tool
  • Binder/bulldog clips
  • Tapestry needle
  • Split pins/brads
  • Small foam block for hole piercing
  • Medium (approx.) knitting needle or other similar item (for rolling up the paper beads)
  • Paper trimmer/small guillotine

Please bring any of the following junk items: 

  • Out of date/damaged maps
  • Unused out of date diaries
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Used envelopes
  • Damaged/unwanted books
  • Tatty notebooks with unused pages
  • Delivery packaging
  • Food packaging e.g cereal boxes
  • Unwanted yarn, embroidery threads, baker’s twine etc
  • Beads and other decorative items from broken jewellery
  • Unwanted/tatty decorative papers and tapes
  • Used postage stamps
  • And anything else you think may be used to make/decorate a junk journal.

About Flatford Mill

We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are some
rooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is
un-suitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible.
Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Fri 09, August 2024 19:00 - Sun 11, August 2024 16:00

    Flatford Mill
    £205 - £292
    Rozy Walker