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DIY Mini Journal

By: Melissa Langer

DIY Mini Journals from Melissa Langer make expressing yourself that much more fun. You'll fall in love with this handmade paper craft.


  • Card stock
  • Scanner
  • Protractor
  • Construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Tapestry needle
  • Yarn


  1. I decided to scan my favorite owl pillow for the cover of my journal. Here it is after I printed it onto a piece of card stock. You can make your journal any size you want! My piece of cover paper is 8 x 10.

    DIY Mini Journal
  2. Just fold the cover in half... Measure the cover and cut the inside pages to be 1/4" smaller and fold them in half. I used 5 sheets of construction paper for my book. It is colorful and I like how it feels when I write on it.

    DIY Mini Journal
  3. Next, find the center of the paper and punch a hole with a book binder's awl or a sharp object. I used the end of my protractor.

    DIY Mini Journal
  4. For the next 2 holes, I measured about 1.25" from the top and bottom of the center crease and placed a hole in each spot.
  5. I then threaded a tapestry needle with some of my favorite bobble yarn and started in the center hole and sewed in and out of all 3 holes so that the two ends ended up on the outside of the cover in the center hole. I tied a knot and it was done!

    DIY Mini Journal
  6. I decorated the inside cover of mine with a January 2011 calendar and some of my pug paintings that I made into stickers. You can paste anything in your journal that inspires you!

    DIY Mini Journal

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I agree with the previous comment. Paper meant for use by professional artists to draw on would be a better choice for a mini-journal such as the one described here, since drawing paper is normally acid free. Use a good grade of paper (at least 90lb).

Making your own journal is a great idea and using a picture printed on cardstock is even better! However, if you want to include photographs in the journal, DO NOT USE CONSTRUCTION PAPER. IT IS NOT ACID FREE AND WILL DESTROY YOUR PHOTOS.


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