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DIY Upcycle: Scrapbook Paper Journal

By: Serena Appiah

Scrapbook Paper Journal

Getting Started

A DIY scrapbook paper journal is of those easy craft ideas that satisfy your soul. It only takes 10 minutes, but when you’re done, you walk away feeling like Martha Stewart (even if you're not the creative type).

And this year, I have big goals for doing room makeovers in my home, and these DIY journals are the easiest way to track my progress over 30-60 days.

Here’s how to make it and get cute scrapbook ideas.

You Will Need

Materials Needed

Other Materials

  • Thick premium scrapbook paper
  • Room Makeover Journal (Download printable sheets in STEP 2)
  • Decorative tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
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Step 1

For this journal notebook, I chose gilded paper with a wood design. There are many options you can choose from, but make sure to pick thick, premium paper that can easily be a DIY journal cover. Once chosen, cut the scrapbook paper to 8.5” X 11”.

For this journal notebook, I chose gilded paper with a wood design. There are many options you can choose from, but make sure to pick thick, premium paper that can easily be a DIY journal cover. Once chosen, cut the scrapbook paper to 8.5” X 11”.

Step 2

It’s time to download and print out the ‘Room Makeover Journal’ sheets for the content of the DIY journal. These sheets will help you:

• Commit yourself to making over a room in your house in 30-60 days
• Identify your challenges and solutions to your room makeover
• Create a list of materials needed
• Track your to-do list each week
• Track your total expenses

Once you’ve downloaded the sheets, print the content using premium paper.

It’s time to download and print out the ‘Room Makeover Journal’ sheets for the content of the DIY journal. These sheets will help you:

• Commit yourself to making over a room in your house in 30-60 days
• Identify your challenges and solutions to your room makeover
• Create a list of materials needed
• Track your to-do list each week
• Track your total expenses

Once you’ve downloaded the sheets, print the content using premium paper.

DOWNLOAD JOURNAL SHEETS

Step 3

Now that you have the cover for your journal and the sheets that go into it, it’s time to staple the DIY journal together. I’d recommend testing out the stapler on comparable scrap paper first so you know how many sheets would work with your paper thickness. The goal is to get three clean staples along the DIY journal edge.

Once you have a good feel for the stapler and the paper, use the P22 Plier Stapler with the 5/16” staples to bind the journal.

Now that you have the cover for your journal and the sheets that go into it, it’s time to staple the DIY journal together. I’d recommend testing out the stapler on comparable scrap paper first so you know how many sheets would work with your paper thickness. The goal is to get three clean staples along the DIY journal edge.

Once you have a good feel for the stapler and the paper, use the P22 Plier Stapler with the 5/16” staples to bind the journal.

Step 4

It’s time to disguise the staples with fun, decorative tape.

It’s time to disguise the staples with fun, decorative tape.

Step 5

Add a decorative label (if you want to).

Add a decorative label (if you want to).

Finished Product

These notebooks were so easy and fun to make, I couldn’t help but to make five of them! For each room makeover, you can create a new journal to track your projects over the course of 30-60 days, including your weekly reflections about how your progress is going.

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