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.

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I love journals.

And notebooks.

And notepads.

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?

Craft Challenge

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.

DIY mini journal from scrap paper - 5 minute craft

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


Paper scraps 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.

Mini journal craft from scrap paperOnce 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!

DIY mini journal tutorial

More Inspiration

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


Scrap paper to mini journal tutorial

DIY mini journal from scrap paper - 5 minute craft tutorial
DIY Mini Journal from Scrap Paper – A five minute craft!
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6 thoughts on “DIY Mini Journal from Scrap Paper – A five minute craft!

  • February 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Isn’t that just the cutest! My daughter would LOVE one of these.

  • February 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Cute! Do you need a mini pen to write in it? These would be such cute Xmas ornaments with the names of your favourite books of the year on them.

    • February 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Haha, I was actually thinking it needed one of those GIANT pens for “balance.” They would make good ornaments…cute idea!

  • March 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    This is such a great idea! I am always writing down to-do lists and ideas into notebooks, but I’m always worried about running out of spaces to put all of these details. I love the mini size of this book, and I would make one twice the size as well.

    • March 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Ya, the big notebooks take up quite a bit of space if you have multiple! This is a nice way to size it down. Have fun making them!

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