I know lots of folks think journals, diaries and such are formal affairs where a specific book needs to be purchased. Many would never consider actually making a journal of their own.
Let’s be clear here. Journals can be for a wide variety of things:
- Gratitude Journals
- Food Journals
- Wish Lists
- Dream books
- Recipe books
- Projects (sewing, quilting, home decor)
You can literally have, or make, a book for any reason you desire. Got a project you want to document? Why not journal it? Collecting recipes you are testing? Why not journal that, too?
While a formal book might be a way to go – and some are quite amazing – sometimes it is difficult to find Just The Right Book for the project you are working on. (Been there.)
So, why not create your own?
You don’t have to be an experienced crafter to create a journal. You don’t need lots of fancy tools or spend a lot of money, either. Check out Maymay’s tutorial on her Gratitude Journal to see how she does it and then see if her methods will work for you.
You have unlimited options for paper packs. The Mintay papers that Maymay used are beautiful (the entire line is delicious) but you can choose papers that are in different colors, themes and designs.
Basic Tools Needed
At the very least you will need a ruler, glue, scissors, a pencil and the paper you choose. If you already have the trimmer and different adhesives, fine, but they aren’t necessary, just useful.
Don’t be afraid to try your hand at making a journal that fits your needs. It really is only paper, right? 🙂