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Embellish Your Junk Journals with Grafix Shrink Film

Project Description: Breathe new life back into old things with this nostalgic craft by Roben – Marie Smith Art using Grafix Shrink film!

Designed  by: Roben – Marie Smith

Difficulty: Moderate


  • Grafix Matte Shrink Film
  •  Sharpie Ultra Fine Tip Permanent Marker
  • Scissors
  •  Paper Straw
  • 1/4″ Hole Punch
  •  Sari Ribbon
  • Parchment Paper
  •  Baking Pan Your
  • Favorite Junk Journal


  1. First up, gather your materials: shrink film (matte preferred)



Sharpie markers in ultra-fine

doodle printouts

Don’t have printouts? No worries, you can freehand your designs too! This tutorial is all about personalization.


  1. Once you’ve chosen your design, it’s time to get tracing! Whether it’s freehand or using printouts, simply outline your doodle onto the shrink film.


  1. Next, trim around your design. Remember, the shape doesn’t have to be perfect! Embrace the uniqueness of your creation. Then, use a book awl or Japanese screw punch to create a hole for the closure. I add a paper straw to the hole so that it doesn’t shrink any smaller.


  1. Now comes the magical part – baking the shrink film. Lay it on parchment paper, keeping the straw in the center, and bake at 350°F for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on it, as all ovens vary. Once baked, flatten with a spatula if necessary. The transformation is pretty cool. 🌟🔥 I recommend you watch it curl and change shape while it bakes.


  1. Here comes the final touch! Using Sari ribbon, attach the shrink film closure to your junk journal. The contrast between the closure and the journal adds such a unique touch! Plus, it’s adjustable – perfect for a growing journal. Such a creative and practical closure idea!

Tag and your favourite collage material to decorate.