DIY Journals for 2017!!

Happy new year!! I know that it’s not back to school time but I thought this would be a perfect journal/notebook for the new year. Let’s make 2017 great!!


Idea #1:


  • Plain notebook/journal
  • Scrapbook paper (choose a light color that goes with your Sharpie. I chose a light color so the black sharpie would show up. If you choose a dark color then use silver Sharpie)
  • Sharpie marker (color that will show up on scrapbook paper^^)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick/Mod Podge


  1. Measure the dimensions of your notebook and remember the measurements.
  2.  Mark the measurements of the notebook onto your scrapbook paper, drawing lines to mark the spots an inch away from the actual measurement.
  3. Cut on the lines and place your scrapbook paper onto the notebook, folding around the edges.
  4. Apply a layer of glue or mod podge to the notebook and place the scrapbook paper onto it, smoothing down any air bubbles.
  5. Cut a slit on the point of the scrapbook paper and glue the edges onto the back of the notebook cover.
  6. Using letter stencils or freehand, write the subject name or whatever title you would like to give to your notebook on the top center.
  7. Around the title, draw a rectangle and decorate it with a mandala pattern as shown in the picture.
  8. Starting in the left bottom corner, draw a mandala design. Mandalas just require you to keep building upwards. Here is a video tutorial I watched for inspiration. You can use the picture of my finished notebook too!
  9. After the Sharpie design dries, apply a layer of Mod Podge to set in the design. This is OPTIONAL. (I didn’t do this)

Image result for scrapbook paper covered notebook

(not my picture)^^ but the notebooks should look similar, but with a  mandala design and label!!

Idea #2:


  • Plain notebook
  • Gold spray paint
  • Painter’s tape/masking tape
  • Black Sharpie
  • Newspaper/cardboard


  1. Cover a certain section of your notebook with masking tape, knowing that the part you do not cover is the part that will be gold.
  2. Take a piece of newspaper or cardboard and place it inside your notebook and covering the wires if you are using a wire notebook, so there is no way the paint can get on the pages.
  3. Simply spray paint the section of your notebook with no tape
  4. Write the subject/title of your notebook with the Sharpie