DIY Journal Ideas

DIY Journal Ideas (Chalkboard, Transfer, Stamped) via


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

A simple stamped journal:

DIY Simple Stamped Journal via


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

How to Stamp a Journal via


Stamp and allow to dry!

How to Make an Art Journal via


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

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

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

Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint via

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

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


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

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

I ironed the transfer onto my cover:

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

Instant custom cover!

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

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:

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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:

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  1. says

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


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