There are several different ways to create a homemade journal, ranging from quick and easy methods to advanced book making.
Homemade books and journals make fun homemade gift ideas... especially when paired with a coffee gift basket, a hot cocoa mix or one of these cute chai tea mixes.
The easiest way to make a journal gift is to embellish a notebook. The notebook is covered inside and out to give a professional finish from front to back. You can then decorate as desired. Scroll down for a couple of these easy homemade journal tutorials.
On the other hand, you may want the freedom to choose the type of paper used to fill the journal and perhaps the exact size of the book. In this case you should try binding your own book. You can bind your own book using heavy duty glue, book screws or binding thread... or you can purchase a book binding kit.
To personalize this homemade gift idea, you can give the homemade journal or book a special theme that fits your gift recipient perfectly...
Ideas for themed homemade and embellished journals are endless but I hope the above brainstorming helps. Following are some easy embellished notebook journals that you can customize in an endless array of colors, patterns and themes.
Here are some homemade gift ideas for embellishing a store-bought notebook into the unique hand-decorated journal of your choice. Click on the links below for the full tutorials.
Easy Homemade Journal.
This easy homemade journal utilizes a composition notebook, patterned paper, ribbon, embroidery thread and stamping. It is extremely easy and inexpensive as well.
If you have a notebook and some pretty paper, you can make a journal using these instructions as a guide. Embellish your journal with the materials you have on hand.
Here is another easy to make journal. Using similar methods you can use heavy paper and a postcard, card or image of some kind to make a journal with lots of personality.
What makes this decorated journal special, is the recycling of an old image that might otherwise not be used again. Whether you use an old drawing, postcard, card or photograph - you'll enjoy finding a new use for it as the centerpiece for your journal gift.
Here's a tutorial that teaches you how to make your own book using the most basic Japanese book binding technique I know of. I did this a long time ago and thought it was a lot of fun choosing beautiful cover paper and matching it up with high quality paper for the insides.
You could also use this technique with homemade paper for a truly hand made book!
If you like working with paper, you might also like this simple decoupage frame.
Inspire others!!! ...If you make a journal or a book, be sure and share it in the HMGG photo gallery!