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Make a customized journal for the new year with adorable art supplies!
Hey guys! New Year's coming, which means many resolutions are on the horizon. Why not pick up journaling? Everyone knows all the great mental health benefits journaling gives you, and this customized art journal will inspire you to write, draw, or create something every day. This project is easy, quick, and will last all year.

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  • Step 1

    Watch the video for the tutorial, or scroll down for the step-by-step. :)

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    Step 2

    This journal book from Canvas Corp Brands comes with 6 card pages and 2 book rings.

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    Step 3

    You can assemble the book as it is and use it with journal sheets.

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    Step 4

    But I'm going to girly it up first. :) I cut out a page from an old atlas to fit the cover (about 5" by 7").

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    Step 5

    I glued it on with Mod Podge.

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    Step 6

    I used a piece of ephemera from Canvas Corp Brands for the cover title. My journal will be called "The Honeymoon." :)

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    Step 7

    I cut a strip of burlap ribbon to accent the bottom.

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    Step 8

    To prevent fraying, I coated the edges of the burlap with Mod Podge.

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    Step 9

    I added Washi Tape (this one is from Daiso Japan).

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    Step 10

    It still looked incomplete, so I added a sticker of a suitcase to match the theme of traveling.

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    Step 11

    I used an Antique Matte finish Mod Podge to give it a vintage look.

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    Step 12

    I just dabbed the Mod Podge sporadically all over the cover.

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    Step 13

    This is how the antique finish turned out. Pretty neat!

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    Step 14

    While it dried, I worked on the back cover of the journal.

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    Step 15

    I glued another page from an atlas to the back.

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    Step 16

    To match the front, I also added a strip of burlap ribbon.

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    Step 17

    Again, I used Mod Podge along the edges to prevent fraying.

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    Step 18

    I added a sticker of a camera.

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    Step 19

    I looked through other ephemera to see which one would work best with the cover.

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    Step 20

    I thought the Rome ephemera worked best with the whole theme.

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    Step 21

    More washi tape!

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    Step 22

    Once the glue is dried on both covers, I can assemble the journal.

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    Step 23

    I used store-made journal pages (provided by Canvas Corp Brands)

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    Step 24

    And I also used my own DIY journal pages.

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    Step 25

    Then I assembled the journal with the 2 book rings that came with the journal book pack.

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    Step 26

    Finished! I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial!

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