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As, not only a crafter, but a writer, I LOVE journals. I have more journals than I know what to do with. I have seen some fantastic journals and have designed some of my own, but never got to making them… But hopefully you see this awesome ideas and make your own!

Now, before you get started, remember that journals aren’t just for writing in. Journals and notebooks are for art, they’re for scrapbooks, they’re for all kinds of creative things! Fold up your kids’ art and glue it in. Make origami scenes that pop our of the page. Fill it with photos and poetry and paint! I have made some fun journals in my day that were a nice mix of scrapbook memories, and creative fun. Fill them with your favorite quotes, song lyrics, places you’ve been, awards, report cards, what ever you want! Or, use it to write stories or document your life. People often overlook the wonders that a journal can hold. And now that I’ve hopefully got you inspired to make one, let’s get you inspired for designs!

These are a few by diarment, one of my favorite steampunk artisans on devinatart. He uses cardboard and paint to make these gorgeous metal style notebooks.

Or, here are some fun fandom related ones!

As you can see, there are lots of different ways of making journals and notebooks. Wood, cardboard, paint! Here are some fun ideas done with various supplies to get you going.

Clothe!

Clay!

Metal!

Wrapping paper!

Now that you have to cover looking gorgeous, you need to fill the inside! Here is a tutorial on how to nicely bind a journal.

Or, if you’re feeling a bit more artsy, especially if this journal is for creative art or photos instead of writing, try this fun fold-able journal! (click on picture for tutorial)

Hope this helps in your journal en devours! Now get making =)

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