DIY Journal Ideas

DIY Journal Ideas (Chalkboard, Transfer, Stamped) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love making journals……here are a few I’ve made recently:

A simple stamped journal:

DIY Simple Stamped Journal via lilblueboo.com

 

I used an inexpensive sketchbook journal from Michael’s and used foam stamps with white ink:

How to Stamp a Journal via lilblueboo.com

 

Stamp and allow to dry!

How to Make an Art Journal via lilblueboo.com

 

Some Chalkboard-style journals……you don’t want to use chalk on them…..but Chalk Ink works amazing!

Make a Chalkboard Journal (Chalk Ink) via lilblueboo.com

I started with regular old composition books. Note: not all composition books are equal! make sure you buy the ones with the sturdy cover.

Make a Chalkboard Journal (Chalk Ink) via lilblueboo.com

I applied chalkboard paint….this color is from Martha Stewart’s line:

Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint via lilblueboo.com

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:

DIY Chalkboard Journal via lilblueboo.com

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:

Use Chalk Ink on Chalkboard Journals via lilblueboo.com

 

How about a custom photo cover or scanned artwork? This would be great for Christmas…..maybe add some kid’s artwork:

Transfer Paper Journal via lilblueboo.com

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):

Gesso and T-Shirt Transfer Paper via lilblueboo.com

I ironed the transfer onto my cover:

How to Make a Journal Using T-Shirt Transfer Paper via lilblueboo.com

Instant custom cover!

How to Make a Journal Using T-Shirt Transfer Paper via lilblueboo.com

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 an Instagram Journal via liblueboo.com

 

Materials used:

Chalk Ink Markers
Composition Notebook
Martha Stewart Green Chalkboard Paint

Martha Stewart Gray Chalkboard Paint
Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint

Acrylic Gesso
Super Soft InkJet Transfer Paper


 

Make sure to check out the DIY Journal Kit downloads! Click the image below:

The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download) via lilblueboo.com #gift #artjournal

 

 

 

The Lil Journal Project via lilblueboo.com

The Lil Journal Project (on Instagram) via lilblueboo.com #theliljournalprojectThe Lil Journal Project (facebook.com.com/lilblueboo) via lilblueboo.com #theliljournalprojectThe Lil Journal Project (pinterest.com/lilblueboo) via lilblueboo.com #theliljournalproject

 

 

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  1. 1

    Oh I love all of the DIY journal options!

  2. 2

    I love this post. :-) I was wondering where you got your foam stamps from though; they’re really nice looking!

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