Simple steps to make your own journals

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These diy journals are simply pretty. The are the kind you want to be seen carrying around. They make you feel smart and hip. This diy journal tutorial is cool ( I just needed to stick the words diy journal tutorial in together for Google. I couldn’t come with something better then that sentence. Although, I think I stuck it in again…didn’t I. Oh yeah, I am on a roll. diy journal tutorial. Ha!)

Now STOP…hammer time. Just kidding. No really, I’m guesting over at Setting for Four today. Great lady…great blog!! You NEED to get yourself there!! in Hammertime! Okay…you can move.

Luckily, these DIY journals are also simple to make and personalize. They make great gifts for others (and yourself).


easy diy journal by nelliebellie (tutorial included)


diy journal tutorial by NellieBellie




These wicked sweet DIY journals require:

  • card stock ( I used faux wood)
  • copy paper
  • heavy needle
  • upholstery thread
  • and hammer

Line up the copy paper on the cardstock.
Trim the cardstock so you have about 1/2 inch all the way around.

Take your needle and hammer.
Punch holes down the center of the stack of copy paper.
Be sure to hold down the paper so it doesn’t shift on you.

Use a running stitch (or whatever you can manage) to run your upholstery thread through the holes.
Holding it tight for the first few holes will help for the rest.
It’s not really as tricky as it sounds.
Now fold it over and you are done.

Use tape, markers , embellishments and such to personalize these.
There’s no such thing as the wrong way to finish these.
Do what you like.
And then smile when you write in your journal that you made all. by. yourself!

diy journals with tutorial from NellieBellie


This craft is part of the Toot Toot Tute Series…

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  1. Polina

    September 16, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Thanks for this post! I have a thing for such creative handmade journals…)

  2. Bella

    September 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    These are great! I used to make my own journals for sketching. Even got all fancy and learned how to do the coptic stitch. This tut makes me want to make my own journals again! Thx J!

    • miznelliebellie

      September 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      coptic stitch? I don’t even know what that is. Sounds fancy though!
      I love these! I really am surprised. I want to make stacks.

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  3. Cassie Bustamante

    September 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    definitely 2 legit 2 quit!

  4. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    September 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    These are totally wicked- Like 2 – Legit- 2 Quit wicked!

    • miznelliebellie

      September 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      go hammer! go hammer!! You are too cool!

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