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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

Get Messy membership

Get Messy is a catalyst for artistic growth, a guide for creative living through art journaling, a platform for rising artists of all types, and a creative community.

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…


Get Messy is your invitation to ignore perfection in lieu of making a mess, playing, and having serious fun. Your permission slip to ignore the dishes and work on your creative habit. Your connection to others who are on the same path as you. People who have “made it” as artists and those who are just beginning. Get Messy empowers you to live a creative life with a regular creative practice and a community of enthusiastic and creative people who totally get that feeling of too many art supplies, not enough time.

To help you really ignite that spark, Get Messy has:

Art and journaling prompts

Art technique tutorials that you can fit into your schedule

Actionable inspiration

A place to ask questions, share your unbridled enthusiasm for your favorite type of glue, and discuss living a creative life with others trying to do the same!

Digital art dates - artist-led live masterclass where you create alongside other Get Messians (this is the amazing community part we keep talking about!)

A massive library with 16 full classes, 28 past seasons, and 15 live masterclasses led by artist-teachers

Whether you’re a full-time artist or trying to fit in creative time anywhere you can, you’ll never be without creative ideas. 


I wouldn’t be able to create so much work without get messy's constant support and appreciation.

Prior to becoming a Messian, I had this black hole inside me – it asked for something, some creativity, some inspiration, but I didn’t know how to feed it. As I joined get Messy, I discovered a whole new world where creativity could be a part of your everyday life.


Get Messy will change your life. I can’t really remember pre-Get Messy anymore. Almost instantly after joining, I became more creative, more motivated to create and most importantly (for me) I met and connected with a group of the loveliest, truly like minded people for what felt like the first time ever.


I am forever grateful for this community who not only make me feel loved but also cause me to laugh…a lot! Since joining Get Messy I’ve created so much more, I’ve become more consistent in my creative practice each year since I’ve joined, and I’ve found amazing people to share life’s journey with. Get Messy has been a lifesaver and a home to me.

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Get Messy is the best art journaling community on the internet and we’d love to have you join us.

After registration you will have immediate access. You'll have access as long as you're a member to watch the lessons any time, at your own pace, with or without pants.

(our vote is always the pants-less option)

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.