53 Ideas for DIY Journals, Diaries, Smash Books and All the Extras ...


I'm lazy and I buy mine off the shelf but if you are inspired by crafting as well as journaling, there are plenty of ideas for DIY journals.

Big or small, DIY journals are perfect for you or for gifts.

If you're into smash books (a recent trend I hadn't heard of) or planners, the ideas for DIY journals are transferable to those too.2

Make a journal or smash book you'll treasure for many years.

1. One Line per Day

One Line per Day

Via diy: Daily Calendar Journal

There's no reason why DIY journals have to be in book format.

I love the idea of just writing one line every day for a few years (actually a lot of years 'cos there's the reverse of each card too).

2. Travel Album/Journal

Travel Album/Journal

Via Album Londres - Le Scrap ...

Make a travel journal for each trip and decorate it according to your destination.

3. Vintage Envelopes Journal

Vintage Envelopes Journal

Via Envelope Journal

To make this you'll need to find a tutorial on how to "bind" - there are tons!2

4. Rolodex Scrapbook

Rolodex Scrapbook

Via craftgawker.com

What a clever idea.

5. DIY Envelope Book

DIY Envelope Book

Via Enjoying your envelope book

To store your little treasures.

I would include the envelope pages with normal writing pages.

6. 10 Minute Leather Hand-bound Journal

10 Minute Leather Hand-bound Journal

Via Tutorial: Leather Handbound Book

You can spend lots of dollars on store bought leather journals.

Maybe make your own?

7. Cute Idea

Cute Idea

Via Gratitude Journal // Custom Made ...2

Go to town!

8. Ribbon & Button Bookmarks

Ribbon & Button Bookmarks

Via Nifty Ribbon & Button No ...

You can use these on your novels and textbooks too.

9. Homemade Travel Journal

Homemade Travel Journal

Via Redirecting

Old maps are always great for travel journals.

10. Wreck This Journal

Wreck This Journal

Via Wreck this

Wreck it how you like!

11. Felt Journal

Felt Journal

Via How to Make a Journal ...

Felt covers will keep your journal in tip-top condition.3

Fabric Covered Journal Books
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