Dec 28

DIY: Personalized Journal

by Hannah Holt »


The New Year is almost here. I’m not a resolutionist. Resolutions seem more like ultimatums than goals, and I’m not a big fan of ultimatums.

Instead I try to go with the flow.

Along with my goal setting, I keep a regular but eclectic journal. My journal is part meditations/part shopping list/part brainstorming station.

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”

~ Unknown

I like my journal to reflect a bit of me was well. Here’s how you can take a common composition notebook and fancy it up.

What you’ll need:

  • a foam brush
  • Mod Podge glue
  • scissors
  • a composition notebook
  • scrapbook paper

1) Measure and cut your paper to the size of the notebook.

2) Paint glue onto the outside of the notebook.

3) Press the paper onto the notebook, and firm it into place by scraping over the top of the paper with a plastic card.

4) If needed, trim the edges. Let the glue dry completely before using.

Happy (almost) New Year!

  1. Kirsten

    Very cute, Hannah! I was just getting my annual planner together also. I love this time of year for that.

    • Hannah Holt

      I loved your post on goals, too.

  2. Cristine Holt

    I love your view of resolutions. I have always been a “resolutionist,” but people get put off with the words “New Year Resolutions” so I quit using it (one of my new resolutions!). However, I LOVE your diagram of the process we can use to bring good changes into our lives as we sweep out the old things that aren’t working for us. Happy New Year!

    • Hannah Holt

      I like your anti-resolution resolution. :)

  3. Catherine Johnson

    That’s lovely and what a good idea. Flow is very similar to what I’ve been thinking the last few days. Movement. I feel like blogging especially has been jolty and I’d like to be more fluid and experimental this year.

    • Hannah Holt

      Yes, go with the flow. (But for heaven sakes keep up that wonderful poetry on your blog!)

  4. Stacy S. Jensen

    I love this one Hannah. My hubby got me a leather journal for Christmas. I typically use the 10-cent notebooks I buy in after school sales for story ideas, lists, thoughts, etc. However, I decided this one could break me through the fear of “messing up a nice journal.” Plus, I can get refills. How cool is that?

    • Hannah Holt

      I too have a fear of messing up “nice journals.” Maybe that’s why my nice journal is so empty and my notebooks are so full. Refills sound like a good solution to the problem. Hope you had a merry Christmas!

  5. Dana Carey

    Love this, Hannah. I don’t like resolutions either. And I don’t like ruining beautiful journals with recycled papers that seem to deserve beautiful writing, drawings and thoughts. So this project is perfect. I know I have some of these composition notebooks around just waiting for my scribbles and a dressed up cover.

    • Hannah Holt

      Ah, but I bet your scribbles are beautiful. I hope you have a very lovely New Year’s.

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill

    I like your style of journaling :) and what a fun project! Maybe even something this totally artistically challenged person could do! :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Yes, no special skills required. :)

  7. cheryl Velasquez

    Hannah love this… I think I might try this with my 2nd graders for their writing notebooks!

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