Create a handmade journal to keep your favorite quotes, your day to day happenings or your secrets. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea.
Do you like to write things down? I have been wanting a notebook that I can keep in my purse to keep notes on and write things down, but a boring old school notebook just wouldn’t do.
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
- Lined Notebook Paper
- Double Sided Tape
- Pattern Paper
- Zutter Bind It All
- Fabric Scrap
- Hot Glue
- 3/16 Eyelets
How to Make a Handmade Journal
For the front and back cover, use chipboard that is cut down to 7 x 10 inches.
Cut the lined notebook paper to 6 13/16 x 9 13/16 inches so they would fit nicely inside.
For the front and back covers, go around all 4 sides of the chipboard with double-sided tape. Cover both sides of the 2 chipboard pieces. Apply scrapbook paper that was also cut 7 x 10 inches.
To do the wire binding you will need a binder tool. I use the Zutter Bind it All. This is really the coolest tool!
Follow the instructions that come with your binding tool and bind your journal. Doesn’t it look pretty already?
To dress up the front of the journal. I decided to make a twisted fabric flower. I had never made one before so I went on to Pinterest and found a great tutorial at NatSprat. It included great step by step pictures and very easy to follow.
You basically make the twisted fabric flower with a strip of my fabric and a square of felt. Go to NatSprat for the full tutorial.
And twisted it into a flower. Isn’t it cute? And this was my first twisted flower I had ever made! They are really easy to make.
Trim the edges of the felt and hot glue a cute button to the center.
The elastic strap is totally optional but is a great way to keep the journal tightly closed.
I went to my sewing box and pulled out some elastic and used 3/16 eyelets to secure it to the journal. The length of elastic will depend on the size of the journal.
This is how the front looks with the elastic strap. As you can see it is a little plain so it needs that flower.
To glue the flower on, cut another small oval out of the felt and glue the oval to the underside of the elastic and then hot glue the underside of the fabric flower to the oval.
Isn’t it cute and fun? Now I feel like writing something. Hmmmmm what should I write about?
What do you like to write down? Share and leave a comment below.
And let’s be friends on Pinterest so you can see all the DIY projects I’m pinning!
You Might Also Like: