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Ive used a million journals and notebooks over the years, but here are my favorites that Ill happily use again and again.

How to Turn a Composition Notebook into a Stylish DIY Journal

I own a soft spot for those all-too-familiar black marble composition notebooks. Not only can you discover them everywhere, but theyre the quintessential empty slate for making a DIY journal. You can customize everything from the cover to the index, or even add pockets to the covers. Theyre also lightweight, inexpensive, B5 sized (which is comfortable for writing) and the paper gets a amazing crinkly quality after its been used for a while.

There just something about these notebooks I love!

Today, Ill show you how to cover one of these bad boys so that it reflects your personality. Ive also noticed this process adds a bit of strength to the cover.

Materials Needed

These are the materials I used, but they definitely arent the only options. Start with what you own on hand, then switch things up with new materials or color combinations.

  1. Scrapbooking paper or present wrap: Im using Rifle Paper Co.

    present wrap. I adore their designs, and I had a huge stash from a sale they ran a few months back.

  2. Composition notebook: The lined versions are everywhere! You can generally discover them in stores for less than a buck. I prefer grid or dot ruled paper for my journaling (Of course! It would be too simple otherwise, right?). Since grid composition notebooks are surprisingly hard to discover in my area, I ordered a 4-pack of grid-ruled notebooks by Roaring Spring.

    I hold them handy for those times I need a excellent basic notebook.

  3. A sharp craft knife
  4. Scissors
  5. Mod Podge: I used the paper craft formula because I had it on hand. I probably would own preferred matte gel medium, as my base adhesive. I still would use the Mod Podge at the finish to seal the notebook. It dries completely clear and has a amazing matte finish!
  6. A sponge brush
  7. Printer paper (if your decorative paper isnt thick enough to hide the marble pattern)
  8. A flat paintbrush: Use one you dont care about ruining.

    Remember, youll be dipping it in glue!

  9. Colored duct tape: I had mint green Duck Tape that looked grand with my present wrap.
  10. A cutting mat or board: I used my large Fiskars sewing mat, but you can also use a little one designed for paper crafts.

How to Make a Stylish DIY Journal

Step 1: Start by covering the composition book with a thin layer of Mod Podge,matte gel medium, or adhesive of your choice. You need to work quickly so the glue doesnt dry before the next step. Pay special attention to the edges of the notebook.
*Quick tip: To avoid getting glue on your pages, hold the cover away from the relax of the notebook while you jacket the edges with glue.

Smooth everything with your sponge brush.

If your decorative paper is a light color, or if its not extremely thick, youll need a white layer to hide the marble pattern (see Step 2). Otherwise, you can skip the white paper and dive straight in with your decorative paper.

Step 2:  While your glue is still wet, apply a sheet of white printer paper to the front of your notebook. Start at the spine and smooth outward, paying special attention to the edges. Give everything a excellent once over to make certain you own a smooth application with no air bubbles. Every inch of the paper should be firmly adhered to avoid problems later on.

Repeat on the back cover and permit everything to dry for at least two hours before moving on.

Step 3: Using a craft knife, trim around the front cover of the notebook to remove the excess paper. I wanted a extremely clean edge, so I trimmed correct up next to the cover. Repeat on the back cover. Now you should own a white composition notebook with clean, trimmed edges.

Step 4: Were ready for our next layer of glue.

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Just love you did in Step 1, apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge over the white paper layer. Work quickly so your glue doesnt dry up before youre finished applying it. Remember to smooth it with your sponge brush. Smooth, smooth!

Finally, its time for the star of the show! I bought a couple rolls of Rifle Paper Co. present wrap a while back, and its so beautiful I can barely bring myself to wrap gifts in it! Along with these beautiful peach flowers, I also snagged a few other patterns.

That way, I can make a finish set of notebooks in diverse patterns and still own some left forOh, I dont knowactually wrapping gifts? 😉
*Quick Tip: If youre using present wrap, youll need to cut your paper below to a size you can work with. I used my Fiskars paper trimmer to get a nice even cut.

Step 5: While your glue is still wet (I know Ive already said it, but its really important that your glue is thin, even, and wet. Otherwise, your paper wont adhere properly), apply  your decorative paper sheet, starting at the spine and working your way outward.

Since you just did this in Step 2, youre already an expert paper smoother. Glance at you go! Once your beautiful paper is safely applied to both sides of the notebook, let the whole thing set for 2 hours.
*Quick Tip: If you notice your notebook warping while it dries, you can put a heavy book on it to coax it back into shape.

Step 6: Once everything is nice and dry, go around the edges again with your craft knife to remove the excess paper.

Step 7 (optional): Coat the whole notebook with one more layer of Mod Podge to seal everything.

Pay special attention to the edges since thats where youre most likely to get lifting.
**This was an essential step for me since I tend to be beautiful rough on notebooks. Having an additional layer of Mod Podge gives it a little more durability against sticky-fingered kids and coffee spills. I was really happy with the finish I got from the Mod Podge paper formula because it wasnt shiny or sticky.

Step 7: Now that your notebook is covered, lets take care of the spine.

I got glue every over the spine while I was working.

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Seriously, you would ponder I was working with a mop! Anyhow, you can cover the spine with colored duct tape that matches your paper. It may take more than one strip to cover the entire spine. Smooth any air bubbles and trim the top and bottom edges with your scissors.

Voila! A beautiful DIY journal thats ready for every your large ideas. Grid-lined notebooks are grand for Bullet Journaling, planning, travel journaling, and even doodling. Plus, these make grand gifts for teachers, writers, and budding entrepreneurs.

Give this a shot, then experiment with other materials. Make certain you share your projects and tag me on social media (@pageflutter) so I can see your beautiful creations. Happy journaling!

Those are my ideas, but I desire to hear yours! What materials would you use to cover your own DIY journal or stash of notebooks?

Journal Hoarding is Real

Getting a brand new empty notebook is one of the most exciting sensations. There is so much potential, so much freedom! The feeling of cracking open the front cover, the texture of the paper in your hands it can be intoxicating.

But it can also be fairly intimidating!

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Sometimes the blankness of the first sheet can be overwhelming and make you feel love youll surely ruin this beautiful thing. You might be tempted to put this gorgeous empty notebook on your shelf (with the other empty journals youve collected). I know what its love to own a vast collection of underused journals and the unique frustration that comes along with it. Thankfully, after a few years of journal exploration, Ive found dozens of ways to put beautiful empty notebooks to excellent use. If you are ready to feel inspired to take on your journal collection, then grab your favorite pen and lets jump in!

0 Ways to Use a Empty Notebook


Plan a Wedding or Party

Planning parties can be enjoyment or it can be stressful. Hold every your ducks in a row by dedicating one empty notebook exclusively to your planning! This is especially handy if youre engaged and youre planning out your wedding. One journal can be the central location of every color swatches, appointments, music playlists, registry information, and more so you dont lose your head.

3. Dream Diary

Are you interested in the meaning of your dreams? Trying to study how to lucid dream? Then a dream diary is a must! Hold a journal by your bed and jot below your nighttime adventures when you wake up.

Travel Journal

I dont know about you, but every time I travel, I get so wrapped up in the experience that I never ponder to document it in any way.

That means that days full of wealthy exploration and enjoyment get lost to memory, and I only remember highlights. Thats why I desire to start a travel journal to capture every the magic of travel so I can enjoy it for years to come. If you love to travel, then you should start one, too!

Pail List

This is a grand chance for you to ponder up every the wild and incredible things you desire to do in your life. They can be grand, expensive, once-in-a-lifetime events or they can be seasonal activities that you love and enjoy.

Ive made seasonal pail lists for both summer and autumn, and they made me bask in the glory of each season even more!

5. Daily Events

Some people prefer to hold a personal record of their daily activities, and a empty notebook is perfect for just that. Record below a few sentences about what you do each day who you saw, what you ate, what you worked on, etc. Over time, you can see some patterns of your life and acquire some grand insights!

Unsent Letters

When you are mad or upset with someone in your life, sometimes the best thing to do is record an Unsent Letter.

This technique from Journal to the Self by Kathleen Adams is a powerful way to pour your feelings onto paper and process heavy emotions. You can let out every your pain, anger, and sorrow. Then you can hold it tucked away, safe and sound. Just make certain this one stays away from prying eyes!

2. Lists of

Im personally a huge fan of the List of , which is a method I tug from Kathleen Adamss Journal to the Self. Hold a journal just for this amazing exercise and see what insights you can find!

Spiritual Journal

Whatever your spiritual journey, you can track and plan it every in one journal.

Record below prayers, meditations, Tarot card spreads, hymns, holiday plans you name it. This is perfect for any notebook that you feel especially drawn to!

7. Time Tracker

When you work for yourself or you simply desire to hold better track of your schedule, then a time tracker is a great tool. Hold a notebook next to your desk and simply scribble below the time when you switch tasks so you can review your time usage later.

If youre a procrastinator, this might be just the method to assist you see where you get stuck so you can correct. Its super simple to set up, but you can always add a bit of enjoyment and flair withtime tracker stickers!

Six Expression Story

Every day come up with a six-word tale its that simple! This is a enjoyment challenge from Sheet Flutter to get the creative juices flowing and its a grand exercise for aspiring writers and poets.

Bullet Journal

I would be remiss if I didnt mention the bullet journal!

This is an excellent planning/journaling system to assist you dive into organization. You can make it as enjoyment or as frilly as you desire, and its perfect for any ancient empty notebook that you own lying around. Read my ultimate bullet journal cheat sheet to get started!

Gratitude Journal

We could every use more gratitude in our lives, right? Make it happen by starting a gratitude log in a new journal! Counting your blessings is excellent for the soul and incredibly simple to do.

Habit Tracker

As Im certain you can tell by now, Im a large fan of logs and trackers.

My favorite tracker of every is my habit tracker! This one lives in my watercolor planner, but it could easily be moved to its own journal. You pick certain habits (good or bad) that you desire to track, then simply mark whether you did that habit each day. Over time, you can see your habitual routines and patterns pop up, which means you can tackle any habit changes you desire to make!

Mutual Love Note

This one goes out to every you lovebirds out there. Hold a single journal (maybe a nice leather journal love this) and use it as a put to hold love notes.

Record out your sappiest feelings and address it to your sweetheart. When he or she picks it up to record their own heartfelt message, your note will be waiting. You can collect some beautiful memories over the years and create a cherished keepsake to enjoy for years to come.


Affirmations are an incredible tool to assist you change your thoughts and attitude to be more positive. And an affirmations journal is an awesome way to assist you develop that habit!

Blog Log

Have a blog?

Make plans and track your success in a notebook! Its a great way to stay on track and hold yourself organized. In fact, I own a whole post about how to use a pen and paper notebook to plan for your blog!Dont own a blog yet but interested in starting one? I can assist you get off the ground with a $50 discountto web hosting!

Morning Pages

If youve ever struggled to hold a dedicated journal, then Id highly propose you attempt writing Morning Pages! After years of trying to record regularly, the Morning Pages helped me turn journal writing into a daily habit one Ive kept for a couple years now!

This method is from the book The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, and its hands below one of the most powerful books Ive ever read.

Memory Book

Use a empty notebook to record below notable events in your life and embellish them with photos or drawings. Treat it love an informal scrapbook and document large life events, vacations, and other treasured memories. This can be for you to hold or it can be given to someone you love, love your children. Grab an instant camera and make a habit of snapping impromptu photos for your memory book. Be as creative as you desire with it! Just make certain you own enjoyment making awesome memories 🙂

Book/TV Show/Restaurant List

This journal would be the put you jot below every those things you own been meaning to attempt but always forget.

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Get a recommendation to attempt a new restaurant? Record it down! Own someone propose a book?

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Record it down! That way, when youre looking for something to eat or a new book to read, you can flip open this journal and own your pick of the litter. Someone suggestedBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbertto me and it took me ages and ages to finally read it using Audible (spoiler alert: its amazing). If you desire to attempt out Audible, you can get two free audiobooks with a free month-long trialand see for yourself.

Exercise Journal

Whether you desire to lose weight, acquire mass, or maintain a healthy body, an exercise journal is a grand way to do it. Record below your goals, inspiration, and exercises. Create an exercise schedule for yourself, and make certain to track your progress!

Its perfect if youre training for a marathon or participating in some helpful of program, love the Sofa to 5k.

Expenses Tracker

If you desire to own a better handle on your finances, then why not hold a financial planner? Focus on your goals of paying off student loan debt, creating an emergency fund, or saving up for your dream vacation. Track your monthly expenses and watch how your spending habits develop.

9. Vision Journal

Ever heard of a vision board? Imagine that, but in a journal!

Record out your wildest fantasy of your best life. Cut out pictures from magazines, paste in pictures of yourself, and let yourself dream without limits. Dont know where to get started on this enjoyment project? Attempt this exercise for sheet one!

Recipe Book

If you desire to kick up your cooking game, then attempt starting a recipe book! Ponder of it as a log of every the recipes you attempt, along with notes about what you thought about that meal. Writing it every below can assist you develop your skills in the kitchen and be more conscious about your food choices.

You can also add recipes you desire to attempt below the road by creating a recipe bank!

Gardening Journal

A gardening journal is amazing for folks who own a green thumb. Hold a detailed list of your houseplants, patio plants, or food garden plants. Create a schedule so you know exactly when your monstera was final watered or when your string of pearls was fertilized. If you desire to hold your green babies healthy and happy, a gardening journal is an excellent choice.

Food Journal

Health is a super significant part of life, so dedicate a empty notebook to the cause!

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Hold a log of everything you eat, how much water you drink, and even record below a permanent grocery list to take with you to the store. If you are into calorie counting, hold that information in your food journal too. Its the perfect way to watch what you eat!

1. Hobby Journal

Are you an avid hobbyist? Then hold a journal for every your hobby-related projects and purchases! Sketch out rough ideas of your plans, measure for projects, and jot below items you need or desire to grab in the future.

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That way you own a record of every the work youve done so you dont forget key details.

4. Sketchbook

If you own a empty notebook with no lines or grids, then its a grand candidate for a sketchbook! You dont need fancy paper to doodle or jot below your rough ideas.

6. Lettering Practice Book

Interested in hand lettering? You know you need to practice in order to improve, so why not use one of your empty notebooks? Tug out your Tombows or your Faber-Castels and go nuts practicing!Brush lettering is an amazing skill that isnt hard to pick up the only thing you need is the correct resource to study the correct way.

If youre wanting to get into lettering, check out my course Brush Lettering and get started today!

Health Log

If you own any type of medical or mental condition, then keeping a health log might be your new favorite thing. You can track every your symptoms, triggers, medications, and any other information that is relevant to your condition. That way you can see the overarching patterns and better handle your situation! And an added bonus is that you can discuss your health log with your doctor and own a better dialogue about steps moving forward.

Nature Journal

If you enjoy nature walks, you might enjoy taking up the hobby of nature journaling.

A book I particularly enjoy on the subject is A Trail Through Leaves by Hannah Hinchman! Observe your local wildlife as the seasons change and youll be amazed of every the natural beauty youll capture. I enjoy bringing my Pentel Aquash Brushes and Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils with me so I can sketch on the go.

Literally Limitless

While this list covers 30 grand ways to use your journal, there are no limits to what you can do! The empty sheet offers you finish liberty to do whatever you desire. And dont feel that you must hold a notebook committed to only a single purpose! Stir and match whatever you fancy to suit your needs and assist you get the maximum enjoyment out of your paper pal.

If you are nervous about writing on that first intimidating sheet, check out this post on perfection and getting past the first hurdle to using a empty notebook. So take your pen in your hand and record out whatever feels correct to you. Now go out there and make something fantastic!

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A DIY journal can be super stylish!

Plus, its a grand option when a fancy designer journal isnt in the budget. Ill show you how to completely convert an ordinary composition notebook with supplies you probably already have!

Ive had this post on the back burner from a couple of months, and Im so excited that I can finally share it with you today! One of the most exciting times in my journaling routine is breaking into a brand new notebook.

I hold a stash of high-quality  notebooks and journals around so Im always prepared to start a new one when the need strikes. But what if youre brand new to journaling? Or on a tight budget? Investing in those designer notebooks can be intimidating. You might not desire to drop a pile of cash correct now, especially if youre not certain journaling is your jam!

Today, Im going to show you how to convert a boring composition notebook into a stylish DIY journal you can use for planning, Bullet Journaling, studying, doodling, daily journaling, scrapbooking, creative writing, or anything else that strikes your fancy!

You can watch the video tutorial under, or hold scrolling for the full record up.

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