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[Step by Step] Handmade Journals

Posted by Graphic 45 08/17/2018 30 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,

Hello, G45ers!

 Happy Friday crafty friends!  Today we have a quick and easy DIY Journal tutorial to share with you by the fabulous, Glenys Vidal.  This post is in celebration of our #G45JunkJournal - August Challenge  and features our Floral Shoppe  collection.  Following this step by step guide, we have our Weekly Contest Winner to announce!  So be sure to see if you are this week's winner!  


DIY Junk Journals with Graphic 45

By Glenys Vidal


“Hello G45ers, I am so happy to be here again with you. This time I have a project that is very

dear to my heart: a DIY junk journal for the  Graphic 45 August Challenge.


I have been a paper planner and junk journal lover even before it was cool to do so.

I still remember that when I was younger I did not have available all the awesome products that are on the market nowadays. So I used to make my own planners out of old notebooks, manila folders, copy paper or anything that I had at hand. Then those old notebooks were filled with

pictures, drawings, magazine images, just anything that caught my eye or whatever I wanted to keep for later.


Those old journals were my treasure.



Now let’s fast forward to 2018. Right now, planners are in style, and there are so many products readily available to use. But still as a crafter, I do love to make my own version of these journals in junk style, and wanted to share a little tutorial how I make mine. I am hoping to give you guys some inspiration to make your own.


Lately I am loving the Midori type journals. You can find them in different sizes, colors and materials. I love how compact they are, and how easy they are to carry and store. But the best part of them, is that changing the inside is so easy by just making new inserts when your old ones are filled. I wanted to share a little tutorial on how I make my inserts and pages. I am hoping to give you some inspiration to make your own! Here are the steps:


Step 1:

I used a sheet of 8 ½ x 11” kraft cardstock. I scored my paper at 7 ¼’ and 3 ½” (depending on the size of your cover you many need to adjust the measurements).


Step 2:

Fold the 3½” flap.


Step 3:

Draw a diagonal line from the top left corner to about 4” high from the bottom center.


Step 4:

Cut along the diagonal line and glue down.


Step 5:

Make your inside pages 7½” by 8½” and fold in half.


Step 6:

Sometimes I use my sewing machine to adhire my pages, but this time I used a simpler method and I just stapled them to the cover.


Last step:

At this time your notebook is ready to decorate and to be filled with all the wonderful pages that come from your inspiration.


For this month’s challenge, I made my inserts using the amazing Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe collection. I just love using floral images and this collection has the most amazing one I have seen. I used the papers from the collection and a little gold label, and voila! My first insert was ready.


For the inside pages I just filled them with stories, mementos or whatever came to my mind at the time.


This page I made when I was picked as Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador and was so happy and inspired that wanted to document it all.


#G45Tip: Use your papers images as decoration for your pages, just use adhesive to attach them. In this page I used the fuzzy cut flowers as my focal point.

#G45Tip:Use your leftover paper scraps from other projects. Any piece of paper will add dimension and interest to your pages.


I’m hoping that you guys join the fun of this month’s challenge and post your creations on the Graphic 45 community page. I am so looking forward to see all the entries. Have fun creating, I will see you soon with more projects!” ~Glenys


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Floral Shoppe collection


Weekly Contest Winner

This week’s prize package included a Club G45 - Vol. 8 Kit, including a Tropical Travelogue - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Regular Book Box, Antique Brass Claw Feet, and Photogenic Inkpad, a $50 value.  The Winner is… Ellen Haydon!


Ellen had this to say on the [Tutorial] Pocket Mini Album blog: “What a lovely album. Thank you for the tips (they are nice to have. Ellen from Phoenix”


We want to thank everyone who left your thoughtful comments on our blog and social media this week.  We love our G45ers! Ellen, please email to claim your prize.

What a great way to start the weekend!  Big thanks to Glenys for sharing this easy to follow guide, and to you for stopping by today.  Be sure to leave your feedback and tips in the comments below.  Pull out those papers and have a wonderful and creative weekend!  


Happy Papercrafting!

30 Comment(s)

Jean Marmo:
08/17/2018, 10:28:39 AM

Simply stunning journal!

Diana Dillon.:
08/17/2018, 10:38:54 AM

One of my favorite collections. So glad one of your dreams came true and now you are sharing your creativity with us. Thank you soooo much.

Michele Lewis:
08/17/2018, 10:40:10 AM

What a quick and fabulous idea! perfect for using all our left overs (we hate to waste these beautiful Graphic 45 papers too! So this is a brilliant IDEA FOR USING EVERY LAST PIECE)

Carrie Zimmerman:
08/17/2018, 11:03:44 AM

I can't say enough using G45 since 2007...never disappoints ..

Sharon Gullikson:
08/17/2018, 11:20:51 AM

What a great idea. In a few years, you will pull it out to read it, and will be reminded of so much...

Aimee Filimoehala:
08/17/2018, 02:08:08 PM

Glenys, thanks for the nice simple tutorial! I will try this folio.

Katherine Buchanan:
08/19/2018, 12:25:58 AM

So easy, even I could do that!! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!!

08/20/2018, 12:08:25 PM

Great and easy planner. I plan to add a few of these to mine as I could always use more space for daily going ons.

08/20/2018, 12:13:11 PM

Wow that looks easy..yours is beautiful..going to try this later on g45 papers!

Jan Watson:
08/20/2018, 12:14:23 PM

I have always been intrigued by junk journals but never knew where to start. Thanks for this tutorial. I can't wait to start.

08/20/2018, 12:21:33 PM

I love the idea of making my own journal. Glenys, your post also gave me an idea of exactly what I would use it for. Thank you!

Cheryl Wells:
08/20/2018, 12:42:05 PM

Wonderful journal - thanks for sharing your talent!!

08/20/2018, 12:42:53 PM

Love to see other ideas for using this beautiful paper! The more the better!

Patti Henschen:
08/20/2018, 12:55:20 PM

super easy tutorial, i love it!

Kathleen E Capachione:
08/20/2018, 01:00:43 PM

Junk journals are one of my favorites! Your tips are very helpful. G45 Rocks!

Regina Harrison:
08/20/2018, 01:12:15 PM

Love this. Easy to put together and looks amazing:)

Sylvia Rivera:
08/20/2018, 01:33:44 PM

Such an easy and beautiful project! I love the idea of using my G45 papers this way! Thanks for the inspiration.

Susan Ashby:
08/20/2018, 02:35:52 PM

Thank you for the step by step instructions. I’ll think I’ll make several to give away as a little thank uyou gift....using several different paper pkgs. from you. Really nice.

Glenda Buster:
08/20/2018, 02:37:08 PM

Congratulations to Ellen Haydon

08/20/2018, 02:51:05 PM

two powerful tools, dreams and a journal. keep on track, and beautiful thoughts keeping you on track..

Martie Rollin:
08/20/2018, 02:51:58 PM

While I am not interested in junk journals, I can well appreciate the beauty of this particular G45 paper collection. Congrats on being selected as a Brand Ambassador!

Anne McIntosh:
08/20/2018, 03:01:14 PM

At more junk journal that looks like it could actually be used to journal! Most of the junk journals I've been seeing are so full of stuff that there's no room for journalling. What an easy idea for us to use on our own journals! Thank you G45 and Glenys!

Ellen Haydon:
08/20/2018, 04:07:59 PM

Thank you for all that you do to make our projects so much fun and those tips are so wonderful to get. Also thank you for drawing my name this week. I am so excited I almost fell off my chair (and that would not be a pretty sight).

Dee S.:
08/20/2018, 07:33:38 PM

Haven’t tryed a journal yet but I think you just gave me the inspiration to try one. Love the floral papers!

Sue D:
08/20/2018, 08:49:46 PM

thanks for sharing how to make this journal.

kim murphy:
08/20/2018, 09:23:40 PM

Simple but effective looks fab x

Kim Persinger:
08/21/2018, 06:43:26 AM

I lovethis journal. Thank you very much for sharing!

Sue MacFall:
08/21/2018, 01:41:14 PM

THank you for such clear instructions - beautiful result.

Rosann Barnes:
08/22/2018, 08:40:49 AM

Oh this is so cute... love the black and white polka dots with those pink florals ... such a classy look !! I have come to love junk journals, they are so much fun I'm "playing " with one now ... might submit it for challenge :)

tami Johnson:
08/23/2018, 03:41:14 PM

I can't wait to make these! So cute!

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