diy personalized journal

hi! i came up with this idea how to transform plain journals and planners from being boring and unusable, into something super cute and super easy to make, and once i tried it (and it turned out awesome..) i thought i would share it with you!

all you need is...
a plain journal (it can be paperback, hardcover, leather, ect.) 
old postcards, envelopes, vintage typewriter paper, ect.
mod podge
scissers, glue stick, paint brush (not shown)

first see if one of your envelopes or whatever you're using fits the cover of your journal nicely. if it doesn't, you will have to cut it down to size. mine did. 

next cut it into strips. this was extremely nerve-wracking for me because i only have a few of these old envelopes and i didn't want to ruin any of them. just be brave and do it.

heeeeyyyy lookie its my strips of envelope wahooo

next put glue on the strip you want to go on the top part

okaaay now glue all of them and put them all on. they don't have to be perfectly aligned or anything. see mine, its all like, everywhere. and i like it like that.

now put some mod podge on there. and then spread it around with a paint brush.

now just wait for it to dry and it's done! see below for finished project (i did it like 3 times.. hahah)

i covered my planner with postcards... and i didn't realize this until it was done, but the cover was clear. so it made the cool backside of the postcards on there. i love it.

i made two journals and a planner. (:

the edges kinda curled on this one. but that's okay. it gives it character. 

hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial!

Selina  – (January 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM)  

THAT is awesome!!! :)

I'll have to give this idea to my local library for the kids whenever they do crafts! :D


Elisha  – (January 5, 2013 at 9:22 PM)  

You are so artsy, and way cool, aaaand I'm doing this.

Vicki  – (January 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM)  

This is adorable! I love the one with the vintage envelope especially! I'll definitely have to give it a try one of these days!

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Gina Norman  – (January 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM)  

I love this so much hannah, i want to try it very soon, thank you for the inspiration!


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