This DIY washi tape journal is an easy way to dress up any journal, composition book, or planner. I have used this technique with both composition books and moleskine journals, but it will work for a variety of different covers.
These are a perfect little craft to give as a gift. You could give them as a teacher’s gift, a stocking stuffer, or just as a little add on for a friend who is a writer. I use them for my bible study notes and for anything I need to jot down that I want to keep track of.
Here is what you will need:
- 1 journal/ composition book/ planner
- Coordinating washi tapes
- 1-2 pieces of matching scrapbooking card stock (depends on size of cover)
- Scrapbooking punch for rounding corners (optional)
First align the strips of wash tape and place them onto the entire surface of cover as shown. You can place the wash tape diagonal, horizontal, vertical, how ever you like. I just happen to really like the diagonal look. You can use a few different tapes, alternating them as I did, or you could just use one tape for the entire cover. It’s up to you and the look you want to achieve.
As you go you want to fold the ends of the tape over the edge of the journal cover. I do it this way so the tape stays securely in place as opposed to cutting it along the edge of the cover and risking that it will lift.
Next measure each leaf of the journal cover from the inside. Once you have your measurements you want to deduct about 1/4 inch from both the length and the width measurement. This ensures that the card stock will actually fit inside and not hang over. Measure out the card stock and cut to size.
Next you will want to round your outer corners of the card stock either with a scrapbooking punch or with scissors. This step is optional. Use what works with the journal you are working with.
Apply glue to the back side of the card stock. Make sure to get the edges really well so they don’t lift. Then fit the card stock inside the cover as shown. This gives it a more finished look by concealing the tape edges and also secures them in place so they don’t lift.
There you have it! A beautiful journal waiting for you to put pen to paper or to be given as a thoughtful gift.
I hope you will give it a try. Even if you are not very crafty I think you will find that it’s pretty easy, and quick too.
Have you ever worked with washi tape? What are some of your favorite ways to use it?
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