Recycled Junk Journal by Teresa Natividad
Recycled Junk Journal by Teresa Natividad

Recycled Junk Journal by Teresa Natividad

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Books & Journals | Ranger

In this Earth Day project, Teresa Natividad shares how she created a mini junk journal using recycled items.


In addition to recycling and moving towards living sustainably for the planet, I am a saver of cardboard boxes and paper. I keep thinking that one day I will use it for that one project. Well, with the onset of coronavirus affecting getting supplies, I thought this was the perfect time to shop my stash and use what I have. And to additionally lend a bit of meta to these events, I wanted to create a mini album documenting what life is like during this time of quarantine and social distancing.

Recycled Junk Journal Step 1

Step 1: I gathered the cardboard boxes and paper I thought I might be able to use for this project. I also included the cardboard core from a roll of toilet paper. It seems appropriate.

Recycled Junk Journal Step 2

Step 2: I broke down the boxes as much as I could and cut up some of them to create manageable sized pages. I even unrolled the toilet paper core to give myself more surface area for writing or painting or whatever.

Recycled Junk Journal Step 3

Step 3: Before I could apply any medium, I thought I would paint some of the surfaces with Dina Wakley White Gesso.

Recycled Junk Journal Step 4

Step 4: Then I applied Dina Wakley MEdia Black Gesso to others.

Recycled Junk Journal Step 5

Step 5: I love kraft and left some pieces natural. Once I prepped my surfaces, I had a variety of surfaces in different weights and colors.

Recycled Junk Journal Step 6

Step 6: For the quickest way to get color onto these, I relied on the different spray inks and mediums that we have.  I used Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays, Dylusions Shimmer Sprays and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays.  I stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and I put some Ranger Gloss Medium over the top in one of the spreads to create a faux woodgrain effect.

Once I had my paper and cardboard colored, all I had to do was assemble my mini album and now it’s ready for use.

Here’s a flip-through of my finished journal.


  • Kathy Guderski on

    Love this, a few years back. I did this what fun injured at work took up sitting , kids loved it . The fun each had , sensible way
    For all to enjoy life ‼️ Now all can afford something new from what we Eat……recycled for all.

  • Kathy P on

    Love this! Great job T!

  • Lee Conradi on

    I love your idea. I have not made a journal yet…I have all these pieces of art that I decided I will bind them together and I like your idea. Also I am so looking forward to Dina Wakely’s FB live today; I purchased all her sprays yet am not sure how to use them. Happy Earth Day! BTW, since the corona virus and everyone staying at home it is interesting to note that LA, CA and even India have so much less polution. Maybe GOD is trying to give us a message! We should all be more mindful. Thanks.

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