Since I was a little girl I have loved to write.
I got my first journal when I was 8 and I still have it…
Do you see the Strawberry Shortcake small book that says “Mi Diario”?
“Mi Diario” means “My Journal”.
 
 
I have kept a journal since I received that first one.
I love to read them, share them with my husband and children
 and remember things that otherwise I would have forgotten.
 
Weeks ago I got the privilege to visit with beautiful Jen and share over at her EXTRAORDINARY blog
Tatertots & Jellow  the TUTORIAL of how to make your own journal.
 
 
 
Our family theme for 2012 is DREAM BIG!
It is my hope that these journals collect for many years to come our dreams,
the accomplishments of some and perhaps the hope for others to  come true someday.
 
Just in case you missed it here is the TUTORIAL
 
You’ll find these note books pretty much anywhere. I found ours at Wal-Mart.
These are the small ones… about the size of your hand.
 
 
 
 
The Tutorial
 
 
1
 
The Front and Back Covers.
 
The first thing I did was to trace the shape of the cover { from the end side until the black line } into a piece of craft paper.
Cut it and glue it and then repeat the same step for the back of it.
 
 
 
2
 
The Tabs.
 
For the tabs  you’ll need to cut 12 strips of paper 1″ x 7″ each.
 
 
 
After you have them divide your Small Composition Book in 13 parts.
You may want to do this with the strips before you even glue them… To get a general idea.
{ I eye balled this part }
The sections will be small but that is all you’ll need since it is a one entry for month type of journal.
 
 
 
Fold your strips in half {2}.
Glue the strip to the front page of the section you are working on {3}.
Then turn the page and glue the other side of the strip to the other side of the page {4}.
 
 
 
By the end you’ll have 12 tabs and 13 sections.
The first section won’t have a tab.
After I had all the tabs in place I numbered each of them from 1 to 12.
{ each tab for one month of the year }
 
 
 
 
3
 
The Inside
 
 
I wanted to make these journals special.
Not just a notebook but a keepsake where my kids can come back perhaps many years from now and remember the moment.
{ As I remember those moments that I wrote about back when I was 8}
 
In the front page of the book we wrote a small personal  note to each of them… according to their age.
 

 

I made a small book mark just for fun and  I cut some numbers and I added the year… 2012! 

Can you believe it? Where did 2011 go?
 
 

 

After this I was almost done…
 
In the second and third page I added a few questions for them to fill up on New Years Eve as…
 
 
Who did you spend New Year’s Eve with?
 
What did you eat?
 
Where were you at?
 
Who was your favorite singer this year?
 
What is the name of your best friend?
 
 
You get the point… things that they can look back and say:
“Oh my GOSH! I remember that!”
or…
“Oh my GOSH I completely have forgotten about that!”
 
 
The last step was to write the name of each month on each section…
 
 
 
And this was it… I was done!
 
These journals were part of our New Year’s Kit.
Similar kits can be done for any type of party
{ You can see the TUTORIALS for the rest of the kit over HERE }
 
 
 
 
 Remember… DREAM BIG!
 
 
 

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Hi there! After years of working in interior design, I fueled my passion for DIY into my own little corner dedicated to creativity. I am grateful that blogging has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share my passion for transforming, creating and reinventing with our readers.
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12 Responses to Make a journal…

  1. [...] telling you how. Not that it’s hard or anything. But still. Desiree did that. You need to go to her blog to see the how-to’s. And please oh please go pin hers from her blog, not mine…I don’t want [...]

  2. Alyson Dunsmore says:

    I’ve been writing journals for years – but have always wanted to find a way to make my own. This is a FANTASTIC idea for a homemade journal!!!! Am going out immediately to buy the supplies! Will be sure to tell all of my friends about this, as well as about your blog. Awesome blog – very cool ideas!

  3. Patty says:

    I just found your blog and I absolutely LOVE it!!
    I am now a subscriber! {I’m also LDS ;)}

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