How To :: Decorate A Journal

I think journaling is so important because when you're an adult, you can look back on your thoughts from when you were a teenager. I try to journal whenever I can, but I don't get to journal much during the school year. I love to have cute journals, but I don't like to spend $10 on a designed journal. That's when I decided to design my own!

To design my own, I just buy a plain black and white composition notebook that usually costs no more than $1. Then, I look for quotes and sayings that I really like on Pinterest and Tumblr. Once I find ones that I like, I put them into a word document and try to resize them all so that they all fit on my journal perfectly - I don't want them hanging off the edge. After I get all of the pictures I want and size them to fit the covers of my journal, I print them out. I then cut them out and tape them onto the covers to create a collage. However, sometimes the tape doesn't always stay, so I staple the pictures onto the journal.

This is a great way to cheaply decorate a journal. I actually like this way better than buying an expensive decorated journal because I don't always like the designs I see in stores - they aren't as colorful and bright as I'd like them to be. Also, my journals have a lot of positive quotes on them, so they convey good messages instead of just having a plain design.

Even when I don't need to decorate a journal, such as when I haven't the journal I'm currently writing in, I like to have a word document on my computer that I put quotes and pictures on when I come across ones that I like to use for future journals. That way I don't have to waste time searching for quotes and pictures to use - I already have them ready!

This is a finished picture of my journal:

How do you decorate your journal?


  1. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award xx

  2. What a great idea! I would probably collage lilly prints and monogram it... Haha #prepproblems

    xoxo, Frannie

    1. That sounds like such a good idea! Maybe I'll try that for my next journal :)

  3. I do this all the time! What I do for mine is take the clear packing tape, the kind that comes in those thick rolls with the metal serrated edge for cutting, and cover the whole thing after I tape the pictures on. It kind of gives it a laminated look, but it takes a lot of patience to make sure there are no bubbles underneath!

    xo, Taylor