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DIY Watercolor Field Journal

Posted by Graphic 45 11/12/2020 5 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Mixed Media,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

  Take your creativity outdoors with this DIY Watercolor Field Journal.  Today, Elizajane aka Tiny House Journals walks us through how to create our own notebooks using Chipboard Sheets, a repurposed coil spine from an old notebook, and our Woodland Friends paper collection.  Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the tutorial and flip through videos below. 


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Woodland Friends Field Journal

By Elizajane aka Tiny House Journals


I love field journals! Pop one in your bag to record your visit to the beach, walk in the woods or a hike up a mountain. I was so inspired by the Woodland Friends collection that I just had to create my own field journal using it. I also included watercolor and repurposed papers and I love the result. I hope you enjoy creating one for yourself.  


Start with Graphic 45 Chipboard for the covers. Each cover consists of 2 pieces of chipboard cut to 6 ¼” x 4 ¼” and 5 ¾” x 4 ¼”. I doubled the thickness of the chipboard just to make it a little stiffer for when sketching or painting. However, I didn’t double the thickness on the spine where the coil binding will be. I then choose all the other papers I wanted to use and cut them to 6 1/8” x 4” or smaller. The Ephemera & Journaling Cards work perfectly for this sized journal. I also used the 8” x 8” Paper Pad and miscellaneous repurposed papers. Now you can punch the holes in the spine of all your papers, keeping in mind which way you want the papers facing in your completed journal. View the video tutorial for further instruction details.


Video Tutorial:

Graphic 45 Woodland Friends Field Journal

Part 1 - Tutorial



Graphic 45 Woodland Friends Field Journal

Part 2 - Flip-through




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Graphic 45 Supply List:


Woodland Friends 8 x 8 Pad

Woodland Friends Ephemera & Journaling Cards

Woodland Friends Stickers

Kraft Chipboard Sheets



Other Supplies:


Repurposed book pages, notepaper, and watercolor postcards

Distress Inks


Misc. charms and stickers






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5 Comment(s)

Rebecca Bishop aka Becky B from Arkansas:
11/12/2020, 04:20:20 PM

I haven't even watched video yet and I'm already excited. I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time. Take care and God bless. Sincerely Becky B from Arkansas

Sharon Gullikson:
11/12/2020, 04:26:58 PM

OH MY GOSH, this is just my style. I am into nature (and so many, many other things), but this is exactly my style. You did an amazing job. I would love to make one exactly like it. You should be so proud of yourself for doing an amazing job. I am very impressed...

11/12/2020, 06:51:45 PM

A sweet little album! Love the woodland theme.

Rebecca Rosas:
11/14/2020, 10:11:37 AM

Love this!

Jan Ross:
11/19/2020, 05:23:51 AM

I have the Woodland Friends collection and haven't used it yet. Please tell me more about the spiral binding portion of your journal, which is super cute by the way.

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