Break out the scrap paper because it is time to make a DIY mini journal! This simple tutorial takes just a few minutes and the results are adorable.
I love journals.
And sticky notes.
Oh, and random bits of paper too!
Why? Because I am a person who loves to take notes, make to-do lists, and just write stuff down. The act of writing is relaxing to me (until my hand gets tired) and it makes me remember what was written better than had I just heard or read it. Are you like that?
When I chose paper scraps as my craft challenge item for February on Facebook Live, I quickly realized what I wanted to make. Soon after the live stream ended and I took some time to really think about what the options were, it dawn on me…why not use the scrap paper I have, to make a new journal!
Then I had to legitimize the need for another journal to myself. I already have 2 planners, a mini notepad, a recipe notebook, a crafting notebook, and a few forgotten ones I am sure. So why more?
Well, one thing I have been neglecting to track lately (ever since I learned digital tracking was not my thing) was health and exercise. A plain, old journal would not do though. They are big and I am not ready to fill big pages with my health details, that’s intimidating. Plus, I wanted something bright and fun that would make me WANT to fill it out. And just like that, the idea for a DIY mini journal was born.
I gathered my paper scraps, measured (twice), cut, and assembled. Surprisingly, it took only 5 minutes for this journal to come together! Which is good, because I procrastinated on making it.
Now, I have an adorable, 40-page, 5 centimetre tall journal.
And, I have the paper all cut out to make an even smaller one at just 4 centimetres tall! So excited for number two. In fact, I have a new appreciation for quick paper crafts thanks to these journals and plan to use up more of my paper scraps in the near future.
Want to make your own DIY mini journal? Here is how.
DIY Mini Journal
- 2 pieces of thin cardboard or cardstock cut to 4cm x 5cm (fill)
- 1 piece of thin cardboard or cardstock cut to 1cm x 5cm (spine)
- 1 piece of nicely patterned paper cut to 11cm x 7cm (cover)
- 2 pieces of coordinating paper cut to just under 4cm x 5cm (inner cover)
- 20 pieces of coordinating or white paper cut to 7cm x 4.5cm (pages)
- 30-40cm of thread
- Sewing needle
- White glue
- Hot glue gun and glue
Firstly, in groups of five pieces, fold the pages in half width-wise and sew each bundle of five in the crease to bind the pages together.
Secondly, use hot glue to attach the pages to the spine by placing the glue on the folded/sewn edges of the paper and pushing onto the spine piece.
Now, let’s put the main pieces together! Lay down your cover piece nice side down, then use white glue to attach both fill pieces with 0.5cm to the cover on all sides. The open space in the centre will be for the spine.
Once the cover and fill pieces are well secured, use white glue to attach the spine in the centre gap.
Fold edges of the cover to over the inside edge of the fill pieces and glue into place with white glue. Glue the inner cover pieces over top of the folded edge and fill pieces to both create a seal and a more finished look.
Finally, decorate your new DIY mini journal as you wish. I added a small piece of paper to the front to act as a label/title. You could also add little trinkets or even a mini bookmark!
Now before you go, make sure to check out the other Craft Challenge bloggers and their February stash busting creations.
Megan from Make Something Mondays: Bottle Cap Bookmarks
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Fairy Dust
Heather from Shiftmama: Repurposed Stuffies
Martha from The Art in Martha: English Paper-Piecing Pin Cushion
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Valentine Love Greeting Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Heart Pouch
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Geometric Leather Necklaces