As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back on some of the best memories we’ve had. It’s also a time to brace ourselves for the coming year, and make sure we make every day count! With time flying by and errands and tasks piling up on top of one another, we tend to forget to sit down, contemplate, and examine the true nature of our lives. Quiet thinking and introspective writing can help us understand ourselves and our lives better! Here are fabulous DIY journals you can use to jot down your 2017 experience and be ready for the new year!
Creative DIY Journals to Make Every Day Memorable
They say writing can be therapeutic as it helps clear the mind, and bring into focus the things which really matter. There’s no better time to start honing the skill of writing down your thoughts than the transition from one year to another! Endings are always kind of nostalgic and these DIY journals will help you express how you feel as 2016 concludes. But there are always new beginnings which are fantastic and exciting! You better have your DIY journals ready for collecting all the memories for the coming year!
I know what you’re thinking: with too much stress and too little energy, there simply isn’t enough time to keep a journal! But we don’t want to look back on some of the best years of our lives and regret we didn’t immortalize them! Good DIY journals can contain your photos, musings, and inspirations. Starting a new DIY journal as the new year dawns upon us is the best New Year’s resolution you can make! There’s nothing better than taking a trip down memory lane and being confident you know every single thing you’ll find along the way.
1. Hand-Stitched Paper Journal
No special paper requirements are needed for this one. Just some good ol’ sewing skills! Gather up pieces of paper of your choice and stitch them together to have a journal you can keep for the rest of the year!
2. Wooden Journal
Here’s something a little sturdier. If you like carrying your journal around with you but are worried the pages might get creases, this one’s for you! DIY journals have never been more practical! A light piece of wood is all you need to protect your valuable thoughts!
3. Sharpie Journal
Sometimes, less really is more. With just a gold metallic sharpie, you can create these spectacular DIY journals! It’s the contrast of the sparkle ink and the dark background which gives these journals a magical touch!
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4. Anthropologie Leather Journal
Classic and elegant. Great men and women throughout history have been known to possess a good leather journal—Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, to name a few! Be part of the gang with these DIY journals which use leather!
5. Mini Custom Journal
If you’re the type who needs variety and assortment, this is the journal for you! This guide shows you how to make a journal with no two same pages! The uniqueness of each page will surely motivate you to use it everyday!
6. Journal with Picture Cover
Scattered memories and fragments need not be scattered anymore! This one is a perfect example of DIY journals which aim to make a beauty out of a mess! Just look at the artistic combination of pictures at the cover!
7. Ombre Journals
8. Long-Stitch Leather Journal
You can never have too many thoughts and experiences! The new year will feel longer than 365 days with this DIY journal which can accommodate anything you could possibly think of! This guide shows you how to master the long-stitch!
9. Personalized Moleskine Journal
Tired of the same ol’ Moleskine everyone uses? Turn them into nostalgic and artsy journals by decorating them with polaroids of your loved ones! These DIY journals will remind anyone the beautiful reasons they wake up every morning!
10. Altered Book Junk Journal
As much as we love books, we know they have a lifespan. But don’t throw your outdated books just yet! They can be turned into a beautiful journal with these easy steps!
11. DIY Secret Diary
Some thoughts are better left unsaid—written down and never shown to anybody! Here’s a cute little secret diary for your privacy!
12. Washi Tape Journal
Washi tape has been a favorite stationery item all year long. And I can see why! These adorable adhesives can add beauty and personality to almost anything! You can also make DIY journals using them! Just follow this great tutorial!
13. Fabric Journal
Here’s a break from all the leather and paper: DIY journals wrapped in fabric! You won’t believe everyday handkerchiefs are all it takes to make these!
14. DIY Diary with a Lock
With the new year comes many new experiences and memories you might not be ready to share with anybody yet. Get a locking diary without having to spend too much!
15. Souvenir Journal
Works of art made out of varied paraphernalia always delight me! This souvenir journal has envelopes and stamps for pages. They’re also embellished with twine and stickers!
16. Travel Journal
What’s the point of opening up a new chapter of your life in the same old setting? Live the new year by seeing new places! And don’t forget to bring a journal with you which is also in style!
17. Button and String Journal
An old favorite of mine! Two simple things coming together to create one of the most meaningful items anyone could ever own. Document a new chapter of your life with these lovely button string journals!
Watch this video from Kalyn Nicholson for more DIY journals:
In the age of digital and social media, it’s pretty easy to be lured into ephemeral forms of memories. We like to think everything online will last forever. But tweets will be deleted and Facebook posts will be buried under a pile of new ones. Your DIY journals, on the other hand, are yours forever! They embody your personality and will hold all of your precious memories and thoughts without the threat of vanishing. They can even be passed on from one generation to the next! So, this new year, consider making a DIY journal and start truly taking in every moment of your life!
Which of these DIY journals are you excited to make for the new year? Let me know in the comments below!
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