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

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53 Ideas for DIY Journals Diaries Smash Books and All the Extras ...
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. Make a journal or smash book you'll treasure for many years.

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One Line per Day

Text, Font, Material property, Notebook, Paper, 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).

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This DIY journaling idea is perfect for those who don't have the time or energy to write a full journal entry every day. One line a day is simple and easy to keep up with, and can even be done on a post-it note or index card. It's a great way to track your progress over the years, and you can even flip the card over to write something different on the back. This type of journaling is perfect for those who are short on time but still want to document their lives.

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Travel Album/Journal

Wall, Room, Collection, Art, Photography, Make a travel journal for each trip and decorate it according to your destination.

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Travel journals are a great way to document your trips and capture all the memories you make along the way. They are also a great way to keep track of your expenses and plan for future trips. With a travel journal, you can easily keep a record of all the places you've been, the people you've met, the food you've eaten, and the experiences you've had.

Creating your own travel journal is easy and fun. All you need is a blank journal, some colorful pens, stickers, and a few other supplies. Start by choosing a theme for your journal. It can be based on the destination you are traveling to, the type of trip you are taking, or a favorite hobby or interest.

Once you have your theme, it's time to get creative. Add photos from your trip, quotes, drawings, and other mementos. Use stickers, washi tape, and other decorative elements to give your journal a unique look. If you are feeling particularly creative, you can also use rubber stamps, stencils, and other craft items to add texture and detail to your journal.

Finally, make sure to include a budget section in your journal. This will help you track your expenses and stay on budget while traveling.

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Vintage Envelopes Journal

Wood, Art, Illustration, Still life, Still life photography, To make this you'll need to find a tutorial on how to "bind" - there are tons!

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This Vintage Envelopes Journal is a great project for any DIY enthusiast. It is a creative way to store your memories, thoughts, and ideas. The journal is made from vintage envelopes, and you can easily bind it together with the help of a tutorial. It is a great way to add a personal touch to your journal and make it unique. You can also add illustrations, photographs, and other decorations to make it even more special. This project is perfect for those who want to have a one-of-a-kind journal that is both stylish and functional.

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Rolodex Scrapbook

Bookend, Book, Paper, Art, Sculpture, What a clever idea.

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The Rolodex Scrapbook is a creative way to store your memories and thoughts. It is a great tool for journaling, scrapbooking, and organization. It has a unique design that is both stylish and functional. It includes a bookend, book, paper, art, and sculpture. The scrapbook has multiple compartments for organizing your photos, notes, cards, and other items. It also has a special pocket for storing your pens and other writing materials. This scrapbook can be used for many different purposes and is easy to customize. It is perfect for DIYers who want to make a unique and personalized journal or diary.

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DIY Envelope Book

Cash, Banknote, Money, Wallet, Paper, To store your little treasures. I would include the envelope pages with normal writing pages.

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DIY envelope books are a great way to store and organize all of your little trinkets and memories. These books are easy to make and can be customized to fit your needs. The envelope pages can be filled with small items such as photos, ticket stubs, receipts, and other small mementos. The writing pages can be used to jot down thoughts, ideas, or stories.

To make your own envelope book, you will need envelopes, scissors, glue, a binder, and paper. First, cut the envelopes to the size you want. You can make them any size, but a good size to start with is 4x6 inches. Next, glue the envelopes to the pages of the binder. Make sure to leave a few blank pages between each envelope so you can write on them. Finally, add any extra decorations you want, such as stickers, washi tape, or photos.

Once your envelope book is complete, you can fill it with all of your favorite items. This book is a great way to store your memories, and it makes a wonderful gift for someone special. With a DIY envelope book, you can keep all of your little treasures safe and organized.

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10 Minute Leather Hand-bound Journal

10 Minute Leather Hand-bound Journal You can spend lots of dollars on store bought leather journals. Maybe make your own?

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Leather journals can be one of the most luxurious and stylish ways to keep track of your thoughts and ideas. They are also one of the most expensive journals you can buy. But did you know that you can make your own leather journal in just 10 minutes?

This DIY leather journal is the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to your journaling without breaking the bank. The process is surprisingly simple and requires minimal supplies. All you need is some leather, a few tools, and a bit of time.

To start, you'll need to cut the leather into two pieces. The first piece should be slightly larger than the second. The larger piece will be used as the cover and the smaller piece will be used to bind the journal together. Once you have the two pieces cut, you'll need to punch holes into the leather. This can be done with a leather punch or a drill.

Next, you'll need to thread the leather together. This can be done using a waxed linen thread. You'll need to tie a knot at the end of the thread and then thread it through the holes in the leather. Once the thread is through the holes, you'll need to tie a knot at the end of the thread.

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Cute Idea

Font, Paper, Plant, Stationery, Paper product, Go to town!

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This cute idea is perfect for the creative DIYer. Get creative with your stationery and make your own journal, diary, smash book, or other paper product. Start with a blank notebook or journal and add your own personal touches. From stamps to stickers, ribbons to paper flowers, you can add your own unique style to your stationery. You can even add a plant to your creation for a touch of nature. With so many options, you can create a personalized journal that is truly one-of-a-kind. So go ahead and get creative – the possibilities are endless!

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Ribbon & Button Bookmarks

Photography, Vehicle, Vacation, Boat, You can use these on your novels and textbooks too.

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Ribbon and button bookmarks are a great way to add a unique touch to your journals, diaries, smash books and other extras. Not only can you use them to mark your place in a book, but they can also be used as a decoration. Ribbon and button bookmarks are both easy and inexpensive to make.

To make these bookmarks, you'll need a few supplies. You'll need some ribbon, buttons, scissors, and glue. You can find these items in any craft store or online. Once you have the supplies, you can start creating your bookmarks.

Start by cutting the ribbon into a desired length. You'll want to make sure that the ribbon is long enough to fit around the book. After you've cut the ribbon, you can start adding buttons. You can use different colors and sizes of buttons to create a unique design.

Once you've added the buttons, you can glue them to the ribbon. Make sure to glue the buttons securely so they won't come off. After the glue has dried, you can attach the bookmark to the book. You can use a piece of tape or a small piece of ribbon to attach the bookmark.

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Homemade Travel Journal

Photography, Vehicle, Vacation, Boat, Old maps are always great for travel journals.

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A homemade travel journal is a great way to document your travels and experiences. With a few simple materials, you can create a unique and personalized journal that can be used to keep track of your memories.

Old maps are a great starting point for your travel journal. Not only do they provide a unique visual aesthetic, but they also provide a context for the places you visit. You can add your own notes, photos, and sketches to the map to document your journey.

You can also add other elements to your journal to make it more personalized. You can add postcards, ticket stubs, and other mementos from your travels. You can also include photos and sketches that you took while exploring different places. If you're feeling creative, you can add some scrapbook elements like stickers, ribbons, and other embellishments.

You can also use your journal to record your thoughts and feelings during your travels. Writing down your experiences can help you to remember them more clearly. You can also add quotes, poems, and other words of inspiration to your journal.

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Wreck This Journal

Plant, Wreck it how you like!

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The Wreck This Journal is a unique and interactive journal created by Keri Smith. It encourages readers to actively engage with the journal, encouraging them to think outside the box and explore their creativity. The journal is filled with a variety of activities and prompts that challenge the reader to express themselves in different ways. The activities range from drawing and writing to tearing and gluing.

The journal is designed to be destroyed and then reassembled, allowing readers to create something entirely new. It is a great way for readers to express themselves and explore their artistic side. The journal is also great for those who want to document their journey or story, as it allows them to create something that is uniquely theirs.

The journal is a great tool for those who are looking to explore their creative side and make something truly unique. It is also a great way to document your journey and create a visual representation of your story. The Wreck This Journal is an excellent way to express yourself and explore your creativity. It is a great way to document your journey and create something unique and meaningful.

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Felt Journal

Purple, Violet, Textile, Tableware, Magenta, Felt covers will keep your journal in tip-top condition.

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Felt journals are a popular choice for DIY enthusiasts as they offer a sturdy and protective cover for their journals. The material is known for its durability, making it perfect for keeping your journal in good condition. It also adds a touch of texture and color to your journal, making it stand out from traditional paper covers. Felt is also easy to work with, making it a great option for those who want to personalize their journals with embroidery, patches, or other embellishments. Additionally, felt is an environmentally friendly material, making it a sustainable choice for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Fabric Covered Journal Books

Brown, Elephant, Textile, Leather, Furniture, Such an easy yet inexpensive idea for great gifts.

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Watchband Notebook

Wallet, Leather, Tan, Brown, Fashion accessory, Keep your secrets safe.

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The Watchband Notebook is an ideal solution for anyone looking for a stylish and secure way to keep their secrets safe. Crafted from genuine leather, this notebook features a unique watchband closure that securely wraps around the cover. The notebook also features a storage pocket on the inside of the cover, perfect for holding cards, notes, or other small items. The notebook is available in a range of colors, including tan, brown, and black, making it a great addition to any fashion accessory collection. The notebook is lightweight and compact, making it easy to carry around and use on the go. With its attractive design and secure closure, the Watchband Notebook is the perfect way to keep your thoughts and ideas safe and secure.

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Fabric Journal

Fabric Journal Source: flickr.com

Make this from fabrics of clothes that have meant something to you.

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A fabric journal is a unique and personal way to document your thoughts and memories. This DIY project involves using fabrics from clothes that hold special meaning to you, such as a favorite childhood outfit or a cherished piece of clothing from a loved one. This not only adds a personal touch to your journal, but also allows you to repurpose old fabrics that hold sentimental value. Fabric journals can also be customized with different textures and patterns to create a visually appealing and tactile experience. Whether used as a diary, scrapbook, or travel journal, a fabric journal is a creative and meaningful way to document your life.

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Collage Technique

Text, Art, Wall, Painting, Modern art, Am loving this. Use transparent tape to pick up words.

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The collage technique is a great way to get creative with your DIY journal, diary, or smash book. It is a fun and easy way to add a unique and personal touch to your project. To start, you can use transparent tape to pick up words from magazines, newspapers, or other printed materials. You can then arrange the words in a way that you find visually appealing and paste them onto your journal, diary, or smash book. You can also use the same technique to create images, shapes, and patterns.

The collage technique can be used to create an interesting and unique cover for your journal, diary, or smash book. You can use a variety of materials such as fabric, paper, or even photographs to create a unique and eye-catching cover. You can also use the collage technique to create interesting and unique pages inside your journal, diary, or smash book. You can use the same materials as before to create interesting patterns and images that will make your project stand out from the rest.

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Journal Pen Holder

Tan, Leather, Brown, Beige, Zipper, You know how you can never find your pen? Not now!

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This journal pen holder is the perfect addition to any DIY journal, diary, or smash book. The holder is made of tan leather and features a zipper closure for easy access. It is designed to fit most standard pens and pencils, keeping them secure and organized. The holder also has a stylish brown and beige design that will look great in any journal. With this journal pen holder, you'll never have to worry about losing your pen again.

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Journal Pen Holder

Leather, Tan, Brown, Wallet, Fashion accessory, Or here's another version.

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Journal Pen Holder

Turquoise, Pink, Material property, Stationery, Turquoise, And here's another. What a great way to recycle some old jeans.

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This journal pen holder is a great way to get creative with some old jeans. It is made with a turquoise and pink material that gives it a unique and stylish look. It can be used to store pens, pencils, and other stationery items. It is perfect for any DIY journal, diary, or smash book. It is a great way to add a special touch to any project. Additionally, it is easy to make and requires minimal supplies. This recycled journal pen holder is a must-have for any DIY enthusiast.

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Make a Journal out of Used Grocery Bags

Black, Fur, Textile, Beige, Linens, Ok, my green and eco-conscious friends, this one is for you. Tutorials available online.

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This DIY project is a great way to upcycle used grocery bags and create a unique journal. All you need is some simple craft supplies and a few old grocery bags. You can find step-by-step tutorials online to help you create a journal out of used grocery bags. This is a great way to reduce waste and create something special for yourself or to give as a gift. You can customize the journal with your favorite colors, patterns, and decorations. With a little bit of creativity, you can create a beautiful journal that is sure to be treasured.

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Dress up a Plain Journal

Purple, Violet, Lilac, Bag, Textile, Buttons and ribbons don't need a lot of skill or imagination but are very effective.

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Dressing up a plain journal is a fun and easy way to add a personal touch to your writing experience. Adding buttons and ribbons to the cover of your journal not only adds a pop of color, but also creates a unique and eye-catching design. This DIY idea is perfect for those who want to personalize their journal without needing any special skills or tools. It is also a great way to use up leftover buttons and ribbons from other projects. So go ahead and get creative with your journal cover, and make it truly one-of-a-kind!

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Memory Jar

Mason jar, Label, Calligraphy, Doily, Tableware, Fill the jar with thoughts on all the good things that happen through the year. Next time you're felling down or need a smile - open the jar and take out a thought.

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DIY Book

Pink, Purple, Violet, Book, Paper, This is called Japanese binding and you can find lots of tutorials for it.

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DIY Book is a great way to create a unique and meaningful journal, diary, or smash book. Japanese binding is a traditional bookbinding technique that can be used to create a beautiful and sturdy book cover. It is a great way to customize and personalize your book, as the technique allows for a variety of materials to be used.

Japanese binding is a simple and straightforward technique that can be done with minimal materials. All you need is paper, thread, and a needle. You can also use fabric, ribbon, or other decorative items to embellish your book. The technique involves folding the paper into signatures, then stitching them together with thread. The signatures are then bound together with a cover, which can be made of fabric, leather, or paper.

This technique has been used for centuries in Japan, but it is becoming increasingly popular in the West. It is a great way to add a personal touch to your book, and the finished product can be quite stunning. There are lots of tutorials available online that will help you learn how to make your own DIY book.

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Hand Woven Ribbon Covered Journal

Hand Woven Ribbon Covered Journal Source: Tridiagonal

What a lovely idea.

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This hand woven ribbon covered journal is a beautiful and unique idea for a DIY journal. The photo, sourced from Tridiagonal on Flickr, showcases the intricate design and attention to detail put into creating this journal. It is a perfect project for those who love both crafting and writing, as it combines both skills in a practical and aesthetically pleasing way. This journal would make a great gift for a loved one or a special keepsake for yourself. The use of ribbons adds a touch of whimsy and can be customized to fit any color scheme or personal style. Overall, this journal is a wonderful addition to the 53 DIY ideas for journals, diaries, and smash books on the women-focused blog.

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Transparent Book

Text, Hand, Line, Paper, Design, This is such a neat idea and a great way to keep your precious treasures safe. It's made from pieces of vinyl sewn together.

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The Transparent Book is a unique and practical DIY project that can be used as a journal, diary, or even a smash book. It is made from pieces of vinyl sewn together, providing a durable and transparent cover for your personal creations. This idea is perfect for those who want to keep their memories and treasures safe while still being able to admire them. The clear cover allows for easy customization and personalization, making it a fun and creative project to work on. This DIY idea is not only practical, but also a great way to express yourself and showcase your creativity.

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DIY Book Binding

Book, Paper, Publication, Wood, Paper product, Follow the link to the tutorial by Elvie Studio.

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Book binding is a great way to create custom journals, diaries, and smash books that are perfect for expressing yourself. DIY book binding is an easy and cost effective way to make your own personalized books. With a few simple materials, you can make your own book that is perfect for creating memories and stories.

The tutorial from Elvie Studio is a great starting point for DIY book binding. It provides step-by-step instructions for creating a book with a hard cover, and includes detailed instructions on how to sew the spine. The tutorial also includes helpful tips on how to make the book look professional and how to make the pages lay flat.

To make your own book, you will need a few basic materials. You will need a pair of scissors, a ruler, a pencil, a needle, a thread, and a cover material of your choice. You will also need some paper or cardstock for the pages. Depending on the type of book you want to make, you may also need some embellishments such as ribbon, washi tape, and stickers.

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DIY Journal Tabs

Pink, Material property, Magenta, Tape measure, Get your journal organized.

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One great way to keep your journal organized is by creating your own DIY journal tabs. These can be made using colorful cardstock or even washi tape. Simply cut out rectangular shapes and fold them in half, then attach them to the edge of your journal pages using glue or tape. You can even label them with different categories, such as "goals," "memories," or "inspiration," to easily flip to the desired section. This not only adds a fun and personalized touch to your journal, but also makes it easier to navigate and find specific entries. Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover materials from other DIY projects!

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Quotes on Paint Tabs

Room, Architecture, Bulletin board, Now that's clever. Cut them up and stick them in your journal.

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Burlap Journal

Rectangle, Beige, Paper, Linen, Even plain can become beautiful.

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The Burlap Journal is a great way to add a unique and stylish touch to your DIY project. This journal is made from burlap, a type of linen cloth, and is perfect for writing, scrapbooking, and other creative activities. The cover of the journal is beige in color and features a rectangle pattern. Inside, the journal contains lined pages which are perfect for writing down ideas, memories, and more.

This journal is perfect for anyone who loves to express their creativity. It’s a great way to keep track of ideas and memories, and it’s also a great conversation starter. Whether you’re a writer, a scrapbooker, or just someone who loves to express themselves, this journal is a great way to do it.

The Burlap Journal is a great addition to any DIY project. It’s simple yet stylish design makes it a great choice for any project. It’s also a great gift for any creative person in your life. Whether you’re looking for a unique journal to use for yourself or a special gift for someone else, the Burlap Journal is an excellent choice.

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Perfect for Teens

Eyewear, Toy, Font, Glasses, Photography, Another way to recycle old jeans.

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This DIY journal idea is perfect for teens who are looking for a creative and unique way to recycle their old jeans. By using the denim fabric from old jeans, teens can create a trendy and durable cover for their journal. This not only adds a personal touch to their journal, but also promotes sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Additionally, this DIY project is budget-friendly and allows teens to showcase their creativity and individuality. It's a fun and practical way for teens to repurpose their old jeans and create a one-of-a-kind journal that they can use for writing, drawing, or scrapbooking.

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Book Binding Tutorial

Book Binding Tutorial Source: HOW TO make a Leather ...

Just to give you a flavor of what to expect with a binding tutorial.

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Woven Map Travel Journal

Woven Map Travel Journal Source: How-To: Woven Map Notebook - ...

This is a different way to repurpose old maps for travel albums.

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DIY Journal Cover

Pink, Footwear, Material property, Hand, Textile, Use strips of fabric or even ribbons.

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This DIY journal cover is a great way to add a unique touch to your journal. All you need is a few strips of fabric or ribbons to create a look that is both stylish and functional. You can choose from a variety of colors and textures to create a look that is all your own. You can also use this technique to make a personalized cover for any type of journal, diary, or smash book. With a few simple materials and a little creativity, you can create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind journal cover that is sure to stand out.

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Ticket Page

Box, Table, Illustration, Present, Paper, Now that's how to create a ticket page for your smash book.

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The ticket page is an essential part of any DIY journal, diary, smash book, or other creative project. This page allows you to document and remember special events, such as concerts, plays, and other outings. The ticket page is the perfect way to keep track of the memories associated with each event.

Creating a ticket page is easy. Start by gathering all of the tickets from the events you want to remember. Once you have them all collected, it’s time to get creative. You can use scrapbooking supplies to create a collage of the tickets, or you can use a digital scrapbooking program to create a digital ticket page.

If you’re using a digital scrapbooking program, you can easily add photos, text, and other elements to the page. You can also add a title to the page, such as “My Ticket Page” or “My Ticket Memories.” Once you’ve created the page, you can print it out and add it to your smash book.

When creating a ticket page, it’s important to think about the memories associated with each ticket. Write down the details of the event, such as the date, time, and location.

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DIY Journal

DIY Journal Source: DIY Libreta Anthropologie | el ...

Want to create something that looks like you bought it from Anthropologie?

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DIY Journal is a great way to customize a journal and make it look like it was bought from Anthropologie. This DIY project is perfect for those who love to create something unique and special. It is also great for those who are looking for a way to express themselves without spending a lot of money. The project requires basic materials such as cardstock, a ruler, scissors, a pencil, and glue. It also requires a bit of time and patience to assemble the journal.

The finished product is a beautiful journal that looks like it was bought from Anthropologie. The pages are made from cardstock and the cover is decorated with a unique design. The journal can be used for a variety of purposes such as sketching, writing, and journaling. It can also be used to store photos and other memorabilia.

This project is perfect for anyone who is looking for a unique way to express themselves and create something special. It is also great for those who are looking for a way to save money and still have a beautiful journal. The project is relatively simple and can be completed in a few hours. With a little bit of creativity and patience, anyone can create a unique journal that looks like it was bought from Anthropologie.

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Mini Notebook from a Cereal Box

Mini Notebook from a Cereal Box Don't throw your old cereal boxes in the recycling.

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Transform those colorful cardboard boxes into adorable mini notebooks that are perfect for jotting down quick notes or doodles. Cut out the size of notebook you desire, use paper for the inner pages, and stitch or staple them together for a charming, eco-friendly stationery option. Personalize your notebook by adorning it with stickers, washi tape, or your own artwork. Not only will you have a unique place to write down your thoughts, but you'll also be giving a new life to something that would otherwise be discarded.

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Write on Anything, and then Bind It into a Book

Pink, Text, Paper, Material property, Textile, It will be such fun reading back over old journals in future years.

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Creating a journal or diary is a great way to express yourself and document your thoughts and memories. With this project, you can write on anything and then bind it into a book. This could be a great way to save ticket stubs, photographs, or other mementos that you want to keep forever. You can also incorporate fabric, ribbon, and other materials to make it unique. There are so many possibilities when it comes to DIY journals, and it's a great way to get creative and make something meaningful. Plus, when you look back on it in the future, you'll have a wonderful keepsake to cherish.

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Notebook Covered with Pieces of Photos

Text, Notebook, Paper product, Paper, Font, This is an excellent way to use those photos that “go wrong" - no heads, over exposure, etc...

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Transform your notebook into a personalized mosaic of memories by covering it with cropped and fragmented pictures. These visual snippets, rife with imperfections, gain new life as they collectively adorn your journal. Even those underexposed or accidental shots find a place, contributing to this unique collage that tells a story — one of happy accidents and cherished moments. It’s a creative twist on upcycling, turning what might otherwise be discarded into a textured, visually engaging surface that captures the eye and provokes the imagination each time you reach for your diary.

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Up Cycled Pants

Up Cycled Pants It doesn't have to be jeans as seen previously. Other pants will do just as well.

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Case for a Smash Book

Font, Paper product, Ring binder, Metal, Notebook, Rather than decorate your smash book, journal or diary, get on the sewing machine and run up a nifty cover.

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Creating a unique cover for your smash book not only adds a personal touch, but it also protects your cherished memories from wear and tear. Choose fabrics that reflect your personality or the theme of your entries. Whether you opt for vibrant patterns or subtle textures, this DIY project is not only practical but also allows you to infuse a bit of your own style into your journaling experience. Don't be afraid to experiment with different materials and embellishments to make your smash book truly one-of-a-kind.

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Spiral Notebook Transformation

Paper, Paper product, Notebook, Folder, Something cheap becomes a thing of beauty.

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This spiral notebook transformation is an easy and affordable way to create a beautiful and unique journal. All you need is a plain spiral notebook, some decorative paper, glue, and some scissors. You can customize your journal however you like, adding your own designs and patterns to the cover. The possibilities are endless! You can also add extra features such as pockets, dividers, and more. With a little imagination and creativity, you can make a one-of-a-kind journal that is perfect for writing, sketching, and documenting your thoughts and memories.

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Notebook Dangles

Nail, Hand, Finger, Pink, Cosmetics, The equivalent of phone charms (they died a hasty death didn't they?)

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Notebook Dangles are a great way to add a personal touch to a journal or diary. They can be made from a variety of materials, such as beads, charms, and buttons, and can be customized to fit the individual's style. They can be attached to the cover or spine of the journal, or even hung from a keyring or lanyard. Notebook Dangles can also be used to mark special memories or milestones, as they can be personalized with charms, photos, or quotes. They are a great way to make a journal or diary unique and personal.

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DIY Ombre Journals

DIY Ombre Journals Source: DIY Ombre Journals - Damask ...

Get with the ombre trend.

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Crafting your own journals adds a personal touch to your stationary collection, with ombre elevating the aesthetic. Dive into creativity by starting with plain notebooks and a selection of your favorite gradient colors. You’ll need some acrylic paint, sponge brushes, and a bit of patience to blend the hues seamlessly. The key is to gently overlap each shade, transitioning from light to dark, or vice versa. This simple yet stylish DIY project is not only therapeutic but leaves you with a unique journal that stands out in any setting—be it a coffee shop corner or your workspace at home.

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Colored Pencil Holder for the Art Journal

Colored Pencil Holder for the Art Journal Source: crafts

Just what you need if you're an artist on the go.

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This Colored Pencil Holder for the Art Journal is perfect for anyone who loves to be creative while on the go. This holder is made of a durable material that can hold up to 24 colored pencils. The holder is designed to fit in most art journals, and its compact size makes it easy to carry around. It's a great way to keep your colored pencils organized and protected while you're working on the go. It's also an ideal accessory for anyone who loves to sketch, draw, or paint while out and about.

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Simple Keepsake

Skin, Beauty, Design, Hand, Room, You can bind together greetings cards, invitations, programs, notes and all sorts of paraphernalia from special events.

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Creating a keepsake journal is a deeply personal and delightful way to preserve memories. With just some basic binding materials, you can transform your treasured snippets into a tangible trip down memory lane. Imagine flipping through pages filled with movie tickets from a first date, heartfelt handwritten notes, or vibrant flyers from a favorite concert. Each piece nestled in its place, telling a story of a cherished moment. This is more than just a collection; it's a creative masterpiece, a reflection of your journey, lovingly compiled for you to revisit time and again.

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Ribbon-Embellished Notebooks

Paper, Pink, Heart, Art paper, Flower, Tie a ribbon or two, or three, or four...

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These Ribbon-Embellished Notebooks are a great way to add a bit of color and personality to your journal. You can use any type of ribbon you like, from satin to lace to grosgrain, to create a unique look. This is a great way to add a special touch to your journal or diary. You can also use the ribbon to hold a charm or a special item that has special meaning to you. You can also use the ribbon to create a bookmark or a special closure to your journal. The possibilities are endless.

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Sketchbook Cover for the Crafty Artist

Sketchbook Cover for the Crafty Artist Source: Le lapin dans la lune ...

Just follow the steps/ And it doesn't just have to be for sketchbooks.

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For those who love to infuse creativity into every aspect of their craft, this idea is a winner. You can customize your own journal or diary cover by selecting fabrics that reflect your personality or interests. Think bold patterns, soft textures, or a patchwork of your favorite materials. Regardless of your skill level, the simple instructions pave the way for a personalized creative sanctuary where your thoughts and sketches have a home that's just as unique as they are. Remember, a touch of whimsy or elegance can inspire your artistic journey every time you open your book.

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Washi Tape Edges

Room, Material property, Pattern, Paper, Beige, Organize your journal sections with Washi tape.

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Use Washi tape to create beautiful borders or tab markers on your journal pages. It's not only functional but adds an aesthetic charm to your diary or smash book. By choosing different patterns and colors, you can quickly identify separate sections or highlight special entries. This Japanese paper tape is easily removable, so you can rearrange sections as necessary without damaging the pages. Incorporate this idea to add a personal touch and stay organized in the most creative way!

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Recycle Old Books

Recycle Old Books Source: VolumeVII

I like the idea of recycling old books. Stick your mementoes to the old pages and affix paper sheets in for writing on. Remove sections of the old pages with a craft knife to make room. Embellish the cover too.

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Recycling old books is a great way to create a personalized journal or diary. All you need is an old book, some paper, and a craft knife. You can use the old pages to attach mementos and add paper sheets for writing on. You can also use the craft knife to remove sections of the pages to make room for your items. Don’t forget to embellish the cover too, to give your journal a unique look. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn an old book into a one-of-a-kind journal that you can use for years to come.

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Game Board Journal

Game Board Journal Source: Monopoly Game Board Journal with ...

Keep your scores in it or use it as a general journal.

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This Game Board Journal is the perfect way to document your fun and competitive gaming experiences. It features a Monopoly-themed game board design on the cover, making it a great gift for any game enthusiast. The journal has plenty of pages for recording scores, game strategies, and other notes related to your gaming sessions. It also has plenty of room for general journaling, allowing you to capture your thoughts and feelings related to your gaming experiences.

The journal is made of sturdy hardbound material and has a handy elastic closure that keeps all your notes and scores secure. The pages are lined and have plenty of space for writing, drawing, and doodling. The journal also has a ribbon bookmark for easy access to your notes.

This Game Board Journal is a great way to document your gaming experiences and make them even more memorable. Whether you’re playing classic board games like Monopoly or Settlers of Catan, or modern video games, this journal will help you keep track of your scores and strategies. It’s also a great way to capture your thoughts and feelings related to your gaming experiences. The journal makes a great gift for any game enthusiast, and is sure to bring hours of fun and enjoyment.

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Embroidered Name Journal

Spiral, Notebook, Paper product, Drawing, Paper, Nice straight forward DIY journal project.

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This DIY journal project is perfect for anyone looking for a creative and unique way to document their thoughts and memories. The 50. Embroidered Name Journal is a spiral-bound notebook that is easy to customize with your own name or initials. It features a high-quality cover with a soft feel and is perfect for sketching, writing, and more. The notebook is made with acid-free paper, making it perfect for archiving your memories. The journal is a great way to express your creativity and make your journaling experience even more special.

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Travel Album Made from a Cardboard Box!

Paper, Money, Cash, Banknote, Currency, Oh the possibilities!

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This fun travel album is made from a cardboard box and is an easy way to store and display your travel photos and memories. With a few simple supplies, you can create a unique and personalized album that will last a lifetime. You can add decorations to the box such as stickers, photos, or paint to make it even more special. You can store postcards, maps, tickets, and other souvenirs that you collect while traveling. This is a great way to document and remember your travels for years to come. You can even give it as a gift to a special someone or use it as a decoration in your home. This DIY project is sure to be a hit with everyone!

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Transfer Any Print or Photocopy into the Pages of Your Journal

Transfer Any Print or Photocopy into the Pages of Your Journal Source: arthousecoop.tumblr.com

Cute idea.

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This idea is great for anyone who wants to customize their journal with their own photos and prints. It's an easy way to add a personal touch to the journal. All you need to do is photocopy or print out the desired image and then glue it onto the page. You can also use this method to create collages and add unique details. It's a great way to make your journal one-of-a-kind. You can also use this idea for other DIY projects like scrapbooks, photo albums, and even art journals. With a little creativity, you can make something truly unique with this simple technique.

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Cover for Book Using a Bigger Bound Book

Cover for Book Using a Bigger Bound Book Source: Artsy Lady Book

Put old board game boards to good use.

The only limit to DIY journals is your imagination – oh, and maybe your crafting skills. I might just be inspired to buy a plain journal next time and DIY it. Do you buy or make your journals?

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I just had to order a Smash book after seeing how much fun they can be!!!

Superb ideas!!! Need to try some!

Love them all

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That's cute....might have to try it out :)

Number 5 is actually a fandom for the book little blue envelopes.

Oooooohoohooo! Yess! So stinkin' excited to try a few!!!!

Awesome ideas! I really want to make some of these now.

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This is one of the best pins on journals I’ve seen!

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