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Just Begin – How To Make A Journal

Everyone has to begin somewhere and you can join me make a journal page. I’ve been making journals for as long as I can remember for school holiday classes and birthday parties to encourage young people to document their lives. It’s always been a satisfying activity but I haven’t made one in a long time.

So let’s begin!

This pandemic has given me a lot of quiet time in the craft room to use my Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, dies, punches and paper for card making and also for journaling and memory-keeping. The Comfort & Hope stamp set has gorgeous images of textures, shapes and words that are perfect for this page.


Papers with words printed on them work well too for this kind of project. When you stamp images on them, you create layers of interest. This stemmed greenery stamped with Early Espresso ink worked like a charm on top of the printed paper. Try to stamp the images on top of each other in different colours or shades because it will give your page lots of layers without the added bulk.

I love the words ‘comfort and hope’ in this stamp set so I stamped it in the corner.

Fun Tips:

Make a pocket out of vellum so you can add an interactive section in your page. I happen to have a personal seal so I melted some wax and added that too. Do you have ephemera to add? Postage stamps, dried leaves, old book pages, tickets, menus, photographs, postcards are some ephemera that you can use.

Here’s a checklist to create this journal spread:

You might also want to add the Gift Wrapped Bundle so you can make bows for tags as I have done. They are perfect for card making and your gift wrapping too. Here’s an inspiration that you can check out.

I hope that you enjoyed this journal inspiration and that you’ll give it a go. Happy journaling!

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