DIY Beautiful Journal

Did you know that September 22nd is Dear Diary Day? As a writer, I love keeping a journal about my life because it allows me the opportunity to pen down my frustrations, remember the good times, and tell my story. In Brad Wilcox’s article, “Why Write It?” he says, “I have found my personal journal an ideal environment in which to ‘become.’ It is a perfect place for me to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.” If you would like to start keeping a journal—whether it is a personal one or one you use for your fiction writing—then follow the instructions below to transform a plain old composition notebook into a beautiful diary.



  • Composition notebook
  • Rubber cement
  • 2 sheets of 12X12 matching scrapbook paper
  • Hot glue and a hot glue gun
  • 2 sheets of plain matching cardstock paper
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Pencil



1—Cut down the scrapbook paper to 12X9 inches and the cardstock to 9X7 inches. Cut two 12 inch lengths of ribbon.

2—Brush rubber cement near the edge of the black binding on the composition notebook. Then place scrapbook paper on the rubber cement along the black binding.

3—Fold the excess scrapbook paper over the sides of the cover. With rubber cement, glue down the top and bottom of the paper first, then the side.


4—Center the ribbon inside the cover about 2 inches deep and hot glue it in place.

5—With rubber cement, glue the cardstock paper on the inside of the cover so it sits over the ribbon.

6—Repeat instructions 2-5 for the other side of the composition notebook.

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