Students will learn how to create and customize a beautiful, themed journal (sometimes called a “junk journal”) using many types of paper crafting techniques. Over 6 weeks of classes students will have created a unique, handmade and decorated journal perfect for writing in, keeping memorabilia, keeping photos, recipes, art and other personal and important information. Students will purchase a journal kit from the instructor which will include all supplies needed to make and complete the journal. Kit includes: decorator paper pad, specialty and vintage paper and book pages, glue, scoring tool, burnishing tool, lace, ribbon, fabric, ephemera kit, belly bands, various pins and clips, dictionary, ledger and book pages, tag blanks and page toppers. Fee of $75 is paid to the instructor before the class begins. Week 1—Review the journal kit that students purchase from instructor. Make a collage sheet and background pages. Add special papers to the journal (coloring pages, vellum, etc.), place and affix to journal. Week 2—Make decorative ephemera. Use paper cut outs. Make pockets, tucks, tags, and add them to the journal. Week 3—Make clusters, using book and dictionary pages, stickers, buttons, jewels, lace, and ribbon. Week 4—Selecting and adding messages-words and phrases-and adding them to decorations. Make book marks, envelopes, belly bands. Week 5— Make inclusions for the journal such as customized items – paperclips, flowers, photo spots, and make a mini journal. Week 6—Decorate the covers and finalize the journal.