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Let's Make a Junk Journal Folio (Free Printable)

Kraft paper folio with title

Junk Journal DIY Ephemera Folio

Front of junk journal folio

In this video: DIY Folio I showed how I made this sweet folio. There's a link below for the printables I used. They are free to print or download. Please do not share them.

Here's how I made it:

Step 1

Print the Folio Template on cardstock. I used 65 # brown kraft cardstock. There are light and dark versions of the template. Use the lightest one that shows on your cardstock so the lines aren't obtrusive. Note: the printables don't have the words on them. I just put that up here so you know what goes where.

Free Folio Printable

Step 2

Print the decorative papers template on your paper of choice. Make two copies. I used the "Map" printable from the download, but you can use anything you have. Just note - if there is a strong sense of direction in your paper, it might not look good in the end.

Free Printable - Decorative Folio Paper

 Step 3

Cut out all the pieces. Ink the edges if you want to.

Step 4

Apply decorative papers to outside of folio

Glue the decorative papers to the outside of the folio ONLY, leaving an equal margin on all sides.

Step 5

Folio closure placement

Fold the folio (see the 4 blue fold lines on the image above) and, on the front cover, mark where you want the closures to go. For the closures I used two layers of kraft cardstock glued together and cut into 1/2 inch circles. Then I poked a hole in the middle.

Use a marker or pen through the center hole to mark where you want to put the hole for the brad to attach the closure. Poke a hole where you made the marks, insert brads through the circles and attach to the folio. Tie a piece of string under one circle to act as the closure.

Folio closure

Step 6

Use the decorative papers to cover the inside of the folio (covering the brad legs). You can also cover both sides of the journaling cards at this point.

Step 7

Fold the center fold outs along the line indicated on the printable (about 1/4 inch along the long edge). On both sides of each fold out, center the decorative printables, and glue them on. Attach the fold outs to the center of the folio, making sure you can still close the folio.

Folio center fold outs

Fill with journal cards, and any stickers, stamps and ephemera that you want.

Filled folio

Click the link below to access the printables for the junk journal folio. You can print them from there, or you can download them for future use.

If you only want to print a few of the pages, enter those page numbers in your print dialogue as you print.

Free Folio Printables

Here are some I made with different decorative sheets. You can go wild with the things you create.


Free folio made with sunflower printable

Sunflower print on free folio

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  • JODIE on

    Thanks for the kind words, Rosanne. I’m so glad you liked it.

  • JODIE on

    You are so right, Lynn. I’ve used different papers and different backgrounds and moved pockets and filled it with different things. There are a ton of ways to play with it. So glad you are having fun!

  • Roseanne on

    Thank you, Jodie, for this great tutorial and printable. Love it.

  • lynn on

    thank you for this! This is also easy to change around for pockets and what not. super easy for beginners like i am.

  • Jodie on

    You are so welcome, Sayuri. I’m glad you like the printable. Happy crafting!

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