I love making journals……here are a few I’ve made recently:
A simple stamped journal:
I used an inexpensive sketchbook journal from Michael’s and used foam stamps with white ink:
Stamp and allow to dry!
Some Chalkboard-style journals……you don’t want to use chalk on them…..but Chalk Ink works amazing!
I started with regular old composition books. Note: not all composition books are equal! make sure you buy the ones with the sturdy cover.
I applied chalkboard paint….this color is from Martha Stewart’s line:
The black journal was spraypainted. When the journals are dry I let them cure for about 24 hours and then use Chalk Ink markers to sketch designs and quotes on them:
To remove the Chalk Ink just use a wet wipe….and if it leaves a “ghost image” just swipe it lightly with a Magic Eraser:
How about a custom photo cover or scanned artwork? This would be great for Christmas…..maybe add some kid’s artwork:
I scanned in some artwork and printed it onto T-Shirt Transfer paper first:
I painted the cover of a composition book with Gesso primer first (Gesso is slightly absorbent and helps to absorb the transfer paper):
I ironed the transfer onto my cover:
Instant custom cover!
If you mess up the transfer at all just use some sandpaper to scuff the whole cover up to make it look distressed on purpose:
Make sure to check out the DIY Journal Kit downloads! Click the image below: