Making This Mini Journal Brought Me Joy
Here’s a peek inside the mini-journal I made for my friend, Elle.
Ms. Elle is one very special 16-year-old. She’s full of life and a total joy. She’s creative and smart and beautiful and sensitive and lovely. I wanted to make a gift that would allow Elle to journal about everything that makes her so special and unique. I’m a big believer in the value of journaling. My old journals are treasures. I hope that someday this journal will be a treasure for Elle, too.
Like Elle, this journal is one-of-a-kind. I used a variety of papers, both new and old, plus all kinds of buttons, ribbons and trim. On some of the pages I gave her a prompt (click on image to enlarge):
Other times I just gave her space to fill up with her own dreams and ideas:
I also added some pictures that inspire me:
The end result was a big bunch of pages all gathered together just waiting for Elle to make her own.
To make your own mixed-media one-of-a-kind journal, simply gather paper and supplies you love. Trim them down to fit inside your covers (I make my covers out of chipboard). Experiment with different sizes and shapes of papers. Add your own decorations. Fill the pages with love. Save forever.