Make Your Own Hybrid Journal

March 28, 2013

Do you write down your thoughts in a journal?

The idea of writing down my thoughts and inner ramblings in a journal has always intrigued me, though I've always had problems making it stick.  However I've decided not to let that stop me from giving it another try!

I feel like I'm in a new place in my life, one that could benefit and grow from the experience of reflecting on my thoughts daily.  And I'm using my creativity to fuel this new goal.  I'm designing a new journal cover every month--with a photo of myself somewhere on it. Here's a look at April's  Pieces of Me Journal and a quick how-to for making your own journal should you decide you might also benefit from a little self reflecting.

Hybrid Journal - April 2013 by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Anna Aspnes Designs: ArtPlay Palette Scientist, Showcase Layered Templates, Torn N Tatterned Flutterby Clipping Masks, Loop da Loop Stitched White, 8.5 x 11 Distressed Edge Overlays; Freckled Fawn: Yellow Chevron Washi Tape; Moleskine: Kraft Cahier Notebook 5 x 8.25; Scotch: ATG Gun + Adhesive.

To make your own hybrid journal: 

1.  Design your own cover sized 8.25" high and 10" wide.  I've used Anna Aspnes' ArtPlay Palette Scientist and Showcase Templates.  (NOTE: Remember to design your image so the front of the journal is on the right and the back on the left and keep in mind this image will fold in the center.)

2.  Print out your image onto textured cardstock or a medium weight presentation paper.

3.  Find the horizontal center of your image (at 5") and score your cover vertically for a nice crisp fold.

4.  Cover your notebook's front and back cover with adhesive and carefully place your new custom cover onto the existing cover--lining up the spine of the notebook with the fold in your new cover.

5.  Use washi tape to cover the vertical edges of your journal, this will help reinforce your new cover and add a fun pop of pattern and color--it may also serve to hide any gaps that may occur due the thickness of your notebook.

My hope is that this new project will provide me with a new outlet for expressing myself as well as motivating me to scrapbook more about myself--we'll see!?

Best of luck with your own hybrid journals.  If you decide to join me on this journey I'd love for you to share a link to your own creations in the comments below.

Have a great day!

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