The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download)

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


I wanted to do a version of the DIY Art Kit but for a “journal” version so that it could be used for gifts.  My artist friend Stephanie Corfee was so helpful in making the free artwork download for it. She made the large labels and small labels for labeling all the contents!

DIY Journal Kit (and Artwork Download by Stephanie Corfee) via


This would be a fun gift idea for the holidays for for teacher gifts.  I made two different versions: one for writing and one for art journaling. Want to see what I filled mine with?

What to put in your journal kits via

Art Journaling inspiration from Stampington. These are my favorite magazines….Art Journaling and Somerset Studio are filled with inspiration. You can get them at your bookstore:

Art Journaling Inspiration by Somerset Studio via

Page after page of inspiration to get started with:

Art Journaling Magazine Inspiration by Somerset Studio via

I made these little journal prompt cards. You can download the template I uploaded. Just cut out the pieces, punch a few holes, and add them all to a metal ring:

Free Journal Prompt Download via #theliljournalproject


The PDF download for the journal prompts:

Free Journal Prompt Download via #theliljournalproject


Of course you need a journal!  This is a chalkboard journal I made using a composition book….the Chalk Ink markers work perfectly on it because they don’t smear:

(click here for more DIY journal ideas)

Make a Chalkboard Journal (Chalk Ink) via

Chalk Ink markers are also great for journal pages because they are an opaque marker and tend to write better than paint pens:

DIY Chalkboard Journal (Chalk Ink) Labels by Stephanie Corfee via

Bits of paper inspiration I put together from different kits I picked up from the scrapbooking store:

Scrapbook and Art Journal inspiration via

A collection of decorative masking/washi tape.  These are from Elmer’s:

Decorative Washi Masking Tape by Elmer's via

Correction tape is great for writing and for art journaling:

Correction Tape for Art Journaling via

Gesso, a travel water color box and Aquacolors for art journal pages:

Art Journaling Starter Kit via

Stamps and stamp pads:

Stamps in the Art Journaling Starter Kit via

Or you could make your own handmade stamps with wine corks!

How to Make Wine Cork Stamps via

A punch for rounding corners of photos and papers:

Corner Rounder Punch by Exacto via

Fill the boxes with templates, shapes and tools. These are from K&Company and X-Acto:

I printed off Stephanie’s “Journal Kit” artwork onto matte photo paper and attached it to mailing boxes (from the office supply store) using adhesive spray:

DIY Journal Kit with Label Downloads via

So many things you can fill the boxes with:

What to fill the journal starter kit gift with via

You can encourage a friend or family member to get creative and start writing more with a present like this:

Give the gift of art journaling via


Click below to download the Journal Kit cover art and the journal kit labels by Stephanie Corfee! Do me a favor and go and visit her to say thank you for the free download!


Free Journal Kit Download and Labels by Stephanie Corfee via


Materials Used:

Chalk Ink Markers
Elmer’s Designer Masking Tape

Correction Tape

Water Soluble Wax Crayons

Travel Water Color Box
Exacto Corner Rounder Punch
Adhesive Spray

X-Acto Decorative Shapes Template



Make sure to check out the DIY Art Box version too! Great for kids gifts…..and just to keep gifts stashed away for birthday’s and other occasions!


The Gift of Art (DIY Art Box and Free Artwork Download by Stephanie Corfee) via #gift #christmas #diy #printable





The Lil Journal Project via

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    Jill Hubbs says:

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was about to send you a request for printable prompts but you were one step ahead of me! My 7-year-old and I have enjoyed the journal project and wanted to share it with her grandmas. There are several “grandparent journals” on the market but this is so much more personal and creative. I wanted to give them prompts with the journals to make it more gift-y so this will be perfect. Any more you want to add to the printables would be much appreciated. ; ) We particularly enjoy the ones about childhood memories.

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    Teresa Barsanti says:

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    Teresa Barsanti says:

    I let Elmer’s know you sent me!

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    Teresa Barsanti says:

    And I already like you on FB

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    I liked Elmer’s Craft FB page. And I follow you on FB. I’m hoping to win this for my daughter.

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    I left a comment on Elmer’s Craft it FB page and I follow you on FB! Love the Journal Kit Idea!

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    I did all three….love your Pinterest pins :)

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    Elizabeth says:

    Amazing ideas. I intend to put one of these together for my sisters.

    I liked Elmers on FB too.

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    I have also liked you on FB. I always enjoy your updates.

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    I liked Elmers fb page

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    I follow LBB on fb

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    I’m a LBB follower too!

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    I liked Elmers FB page. :)

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    I follow LBB. :)

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    I also like LBB on FB!

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    I liked Elmers on Facebook, and said Lil Blue Boo sent me

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    Like Elmer’s on Facebook!! Thanks for a chance to win!!

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    Audrey Nielsen says:

    Of course I already like LBB on facebook…thanks again

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    Yeppers, following you on FB. My id is Robin Phillips-Knotts
    ty! And, altho’ I’ve not started following the journalling thing, I intend to – LOVE it!

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    I liked Elmers Craft It on facebook and said that LBB sent me…I thanked them and I thank you for the chance to win!! :)

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    Trenton erickson says:

    I am hoping to win this for my wife!

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    Thank you for these printables!!! If you ever feel like making ALL of your journal prompts into little cards pls put them in the shop – I would gladly pay for them!!!

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    Barbara Kiphart says:

    Hi…I “liked” Elmer’s Craft It on Facebook and let them know you sent me, also thanked them for their generosity. My fingers are crossed…what a Christmas present this would be!

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    Barbara Kiphart says:

    I am already a follower of LBB on FB and a subscriber to LBB’s newsletter. Thanks again for the giveaway and happy weekend!

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    I did both, liked Lil Blu Boo and Elmer’s on FB

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    and… Done! :) Thanks for the giveaway

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    What a terrific idea! I LOVE journaling! Will be doing this for sure!

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    Finally starting my cookbook for my kids thanks to this post!

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    And I am a fan of Lil Blue Boo

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    Linda Smith says:

    You are so inspiring! I love your creativity and your outlook on life. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site!

    p.s. That journal kit is AWESOME! I would adore a gift like that. :)


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