Making a Journal For Beginners - Step by Step Process

  • Published on Jun 6, 2016
  • UPDATE: check out my easy binding tutorial here (shown briefly in this video):
    NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is just ONE way to demonstrate how you could go about making a simple journal, and [of course!] you can change things about it to make it suit you! There are never any rules it is all about personal preference!
    I made this video specifically for those of you that are beginners, that have asked about making journals and where to start.
    This video doesn't go into great detail, however I hope it can help you break down the steps and make your project less intimidating!
    There are SO many different ways to do these things, and there is no right or wrong! Learning your own techniques and style comes simply from trial and error. And the best part is you can usually use what you already have on hand, especially if you are just learning, or practicing your technique.
    Here are some binding tutorial videos I believe to be very informative:
    -Marianne Kensington (poketfullofvintage):
    -Sea Lemon DIY channel- she has multiple tutorials on different binding methods:
    - recycled cardboard (cereal box, biscuit box, packaging etc)
    - Paper trimmer (Mine is American Crafts)
    -PVA glue
    - cover decoration (I used scrapbook paper but you could also cover yours with wrapping paper, plain paper, paint, newspaper etc)
    - inside pages (I used scrapbook paper scraps but you could use anything you have including plain copy paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, junk mail, brochures, note paper, etc)
    For binding you will need a needle, awl, thread and possibly a ruler, pencil and paper if you wish to make a template, please see my binding tutorial for more details.
    More journalling videos:
    Starting a journal:
    Beginner supplies for journalling:
    Junk journal with me:
    Finished journal flip through:
    Add easy tabs to your journal:
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Comments • 2 395

  • Marina Sol
    Marina Sol 2 years ago +2

    Imagine your relatives finding that journal 100 years later, it would be the most amazing thing

  • Patricia Smith
    Patricia Smith 2 years ago +1

    Great tutorial. I’ve never made a journal before, always been a sewer and beader, but guess it’s never too late...even at 79.

  • Molly Taft
    Molly Taft 2 years ago +185

    The fact that she made a journal out of a belvita box is what makes her so talented to me

  • Dan Doodads
    Dan Doodads 3 years ago +110

    i love the simplicity of this. you see these “easy” journal tutorials and they use so many intricate tools and methods and it’s nice to have everything you used on-hand already

  • eveny119
    eveny119 4 years ago +257

    I've only watched the first 2 min of this video and already know it's excellent .Thanks for speeding it up and the clear voice over. Very professional. I don't have the time to watch someone looking for their supplies, phones ringing, tv and kids in the background. Some explain what they are going to do and don't even start the project for 7-8 minutes, then there's 20 min of paper cutting. The only complicated process was the binding and you gave references. Again, very professionally done! Now I will watch again. Thank you

  • Tessa Mae
    Tessa Mae 3 years ago +51

    Hello: I'm a beginner on Junk Journaling, and after I saw this video, I followed your step by step examples! I'm so happy to have found this video, since I actually didn't know where to start doing the junk journal! Thanks for showing! tessa

  • Victoria
    Victoria 5 years ago +193

    So pretty

  • Lois Seeley

    I cannot believe it's been 5 years since I did my first journal following my first TheXvid tutorial which was yours! I wish I could say you have gotten better BUT you were wonderful back then. Of course, your work and talent are amazing.

  • Love For Vlogs Channel
    Love For Vlogs Channel 4 years ago +40

    I write journals/diaries since I'm 10 and until now that I'm 25. I can't wait to make my own journal/diaries someday. ❤ Great videos! 💋

  • Sherree Faries

    Thank you for this tutorial… you explain it so clearly, I feel I can try to make one now!

  • Wyatt
    Wyatt 2 years ago +4

    Wow! I’ve been practicing book binding lately and this video showed me all kinds of things I never thought to do! My mind exploded when you cut the corners of the paper so you could easily fold it- So simple, how did I never know?!

  • Marialla
    Marialla 2 years ago +18

    I like that this version is so simple. I like that it's roomy enough for lots of add-ins. Great jumping off place for a beginner!

  • atasha datu
    atasha datu 5 years ago +2

    Who wants the cutting machine just because they're tooooo lazy to cut perfectly using scissors? I know I am...

  • ah
    ah 3 years ago +1

    I love the way the binding looks! It adds character👍🏼

  • Zoila Rivera
    Zoila Rivera Year ago

    WOW!! I absolutely love this video, as a beginner I want to make one of these❤️❤️. I have saved your video because I will use it as a reference😃. Thanks for demonstrating your process. Thanks for sharing🙏🏻

  • sharon miller
    sharon miller 3 years ago +1

    I have enjoyed all of your videos so much. Thank you for doing this simple tutorial...and making it so easy to understand! I'm ready to try it for myself. Much love to you🥰

  • Tammie McDaniels

    This is a great tutorial. I really enjoy the simplicity of your process. I always tend to make junk journaling more difficult than it needs to be. Thank you for the video and for teaching me to lighten up a bit!

  • Paper and Pen days
    Paper and Pen days 3 years ago +5

    This video I've watched over 30 times in the last two weeks and it's the one video that inspired me into taking up making my own journals! Thank you Johanna you're such an amazing soul and inspiration! 😍😍😍😍

  • not your mum
    not your mum 5 years ago +783

    This is so aesthetically pleasing wow thank you

  • Janie Nihiser

    That was the most well explained video I've seen. You did a great job showing how to make your journal so we could understand what you were doing . Thank you so much