Make Your Own Book & Journal Gifts
There are several different ways to make a homemade journal, ranging from quick and easy methods to advanced book making. Here I've outlined those on the easier side of the spectrum and provided some super easy to make journal ideas as well.
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.
Custom Themed Homemade Book and Journal Ideas:
Homemade journals make great homemade teen gifts but they can also make great gifts for adults. One way to make them extra meaningful for teen or adult is to choose a theme for the journal. Pick something they will really resonate with like:
Ideas for themed homemade and embellished journals are endless but I hope the above brainstorming helps. Following are some cute 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.
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.
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