DIY/Craft | Personalized Journal

By: Rina Gonzales, Mothership Scrapbook Gal



I am so happy to share my latest "creative" endeavor with you - I am part of the Riverside Art Museum's "The 52 Project".  The project is a 52 week commitment and encourages creative goals and daily journaling.  The project kick off was very inspiring and I started my journal the next day.  There are a few guidelines to get you started - but for the most part the project is as much as you make of it - and I'm excited because it really has motivated me to be more artful and creative on a daily basis.

In 2015, my goal has been to "doodle daily" in an effort to hone my drawing skills.  So, the "52 Project" was a great way for me to keep myself accountable to my doodle daily goal!

Here are the 52 Project Guidelines:
1. Write a commitment statement (A simple contract with yourself). Do a self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses (Ironically weakness are often strengths). What is your story/passion? What differentiates your work?

2. If you are interested in being part of the "52 Project" there is still time to join in, check out their Facebook page.

This brings me to my DIY craft for May. I decided to create a new journal to doodle in!  I love to take composition notebooks and give them my own personal flair using scrapbook paper, tape and Collage Pauge.

Here are my supplies for a DIY Personalized Journal:Composition notebook

  • Scrapbook paper (I used 3 different patterned papers)
  • Paper trimmer (I use Fiskars brand)
  • Scotch Expressions Masking Tape (yellow - they carry a low of fun patterns!)
  • Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner
  • Collage Pauge Instant Decopauge
  • Paint brush
  • Bumblebee stamp by Close to My Heart
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Colorbox Archival Dye Ink:  Atlantic Blue

Step 1: 

Select your scrapbook papers that you will trim to adhere to your composition notebook.  I picked 3 papers out and cut them to fit the front side of my notebook.  Once you have them cut, you can adhere them with double sided tape - I used Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner. 

Step 2: 

For the smaller pieces of scrapbook paper I adhered them with the Scotch Masking Tape and Collage Pauge.  The Collage Pauge will dry clear and you should be sure to use a paint brush and apply a couple of thin coats to seal down your papers.  I also used the Collage Pauge to further seal/protect the alphabet stickers that I used to spell "Journal".

Step 3: 

Once you get your papers adhered you can then work on further embellishments.  I used my Bumblebee stamp and Colorbox ink to add an additional texture and pop of color to my journal. 

Step 4: 

Begin journaling (or in my case... doodling!) daily.

Happy May Days to you!



Please join me at my next Crafty Happy Hour event on Thursday, June 4 at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 3721 Mission Inn Ave, Downtown Riverside, the theme is "Best Dad Ever" and "Class of 2015 Grads."  The cost per project is $5-10 and we will also have Card Kits, Scrapbook Kits and a Basic Journal Starter Kit! 

For further event information, please check out my website: