In this class you will learn how to repurpose bits and pieces you have collected and put them to beautiful use in your art journal. You will start by creating a simple no-sew art journal in a junk journal style. In each lesson you will experiment with creating pages with items that you have collected and repurposed from your real world, which means you will immediately be taking away the fear of a blank page or canvas and instead, learning to use and work with the layers of meaning already built into your pieces and pages.

In addition to learning this simple book making technique, you will begin filling out your journal and the course will touch on more ways to use pieces from your real life and other eclectic resources in your work. You will find that your pages project extra layers of meaning through symbolism and interaction that will give your pages more depth and connection.

This class is perfect for anyone who enjoys creating pages based on elements of their own reality, or anyone who struggles with allowing themselves to let go of perfection.

This class will help you to embrace and enjoy imperfection, your journal will exude character and individuality as you learn to think a bit more like a junk journaler – becoming more mindful and creative with what is available around you in your real life, and how to incorporate these unique pieces into your art.

Your teacher

Johanna Clough


Johanna is a young mother and youtuber who is passionate about documenting life for herself and her family. A complete homebody, making and using junk journals is her main thing, but she also dabbles in some art journalling and scrapbooking- and evidently has a habit of blurring the lines between each, always including her eclectic style to achieve similar results.

Lesson Plan

In the class

Messy Artist values

Being a Messy Artist means embracing the messy middle, valuing connection, being enthusiastic, and kind.

Visual teaching

Video, text, and image based lessons to give an all-encompassing learning experience.

Expert advice

In Get Messy classes, teachers share secrets, processes, and techniques openly and with a whole bunch of heart.

Actionable exercises

Action steps to help you begin practising what you learn right away. We kinda pride ourselves on how practical our classes are…

Print-ready workbook

A beautiful, printable workbook to accompany you on your creative adventure.

Art tribe

You don’t only get the best teacher, but you get the best classmates. You have access to the course teacher, student support, and inspiration through the Get Messy Forums and the course hashtag.

Student art

Pssst: You could be making art like this…

This class is included in the Get Messy Membership or available for purchase on its own.

As a member of Get Messy, you have access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.  If you prefer to have lifetime access, you may purchase this class separately. This means that you will pay a one time fee for access regardless of your status as a member. Lifetime access is not tied to a membership and will give you access for the lifetime of Get Messy. As long as this class is offered, you will have access. 


Included in the Get Messy membership

$39 per month 

Access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.

Access to the entire Get Messy library – 20+ classes, 30+ seasons, 1000+ art journaling lessons, 100+ teachers

14 day money back guarantee

One-time Payment

Access only to the class


Lifetime access to the class, regardless of your status as a Get Messy member

14 day money back guarantee

Should I choose the one-time payment or membership option?

You have the option for purchasing this class on its own or as part of the membership. 

The choice depends on how you create.

Membership: the Get Messy membership is here for the creative soul with restless hands and a busy mind (and schedule), ready to cultivate a consistent art habit that allows you to release your truth, emotions and dreams onto the page. For those who prefer to live an all-encompassing creative life with catalysts that spur on the creative habit.

One-time payment: for the creative who loves knuckling down and diving deep into a class. Someone who prefers to focus on one thing and take the time it requires before moving onto the next. The bonus is that you get to keep the class forever and it will wait for you during your busy seasons and be there when you’re ready again. You might also be wanting to test the Get Messy teaching style out a bit and this is a good way to dip your toes in.

What format do I receive the class in?

Upon purchase, you will be redirected to create a login for the private site. You can choose your own username and password. All of your content is accessible to you under one username.

The class will be available through this private site, along with a workbook in PDF format for you to download and print.

Do I have to start on a specific date?

No, this is a self-paced class. You start when you are ready and work according to your own rhythm.

What do I need for this class?

This class is all about using bits and pieces of ‘junk’ from your real life, so mostly you will be able to use things you already have lying around! You will also need a wet adhesive, scissors/ruler/paper trimmer, some card stock, fabric and other journaling/art supplies of your own personal choice! A full list of supplies is provided within the course, but we encourage you to work with what you have before buying new materials.

How long do I have access to this class?

As long as you are a Get Messy member.

Can I contact the teacher if I have questions?

Since this is a self-paced class, we recommend tagging the teacher on Instagram when you share your work or sending her a DM. 

Can I share my work and what I learn in this class?

Yes! Please share your work and your responses to the class on your social media sites of choice. We love Instagram, so share your pages using the course hashtag #gmpieces and you may see your work shared on the Get Messy account. We also have Galleries with student work within Get Messy for very specific inspiration.