Whether you’re a student, a writer, an artist, or an extremely organized bullet journaler, finding the perfect notebook can be a challenge. Stand out from the crowd with this roundup of DIY journals and notebooks. These items also make great handmade gifts, so feel free to create a few extras for teachers, coworkers, friends, family, and other special people in your life.
Upcycled Book Journals
If the pretty patterns on vintage Reader’s Digest books suit your style, use them to create a beautiful new journal for recording all your special memories.
Painted Canvas Journal
If you have a blank canvas journal, personalize the cover with a custom watercolor painting.
Handbound Leather Journal
You can’t go wrong with classic leather. This DIY journal makes a special treat for yourself or a good gift for the artist or writer in your life. Fill it with blank paper for doodling, lined paper for writing, or a combination of the two for maximum flexibility.
Stitched Cover DIY Mini Journal
This tiny journal is the perfect size to keep in your purse. The hand stitched cover gives it a homespun charm.
Copper and Marble Journal
It’s hard to believe, but the secret to this amazing DIY journal is self adhesive vinyl! Learn more at
Washi Tape Journal
Use strips of washi tape and a monogram to give a plain journal some pizzazz. Head over to
Duct Tape Notebook
Duct tape comes in a wide range of fun patterns and its durability makes it perfect for notebooks that will be used often.
Paper Doily Notebook
Highlight an intricate cut paper doily by wrapping it around a blank journal. Add stickers and a coat of Mod Podge Hard Coat sealant to protect your work.
Magazine Collage Pattern Journal
Personalize a plain journal with a geometric pattern made from magazine pages.
Doodled Journal Covers
Highlight your artistic talents with a kraft cover journal adorned with Sharpie and gel pen doodles.
Printable Boss Lady Notebooks
Make work fun with these funky retro “Boss Lady” printable notebook covers.
Printable Watercolor Notebooks
Can’t paint, but love the look of artsy watercolors? Then you’ll flip for the free printable from
Journal Cover from Fabric Scraps
Fabric Covered Notebook with Pen Holder
Isn’t it annoying when you have a great idea, but can’t find a pen? Keep yourself organized with this clever sewing project that lets you mix and match pretty fabrics.
No-Sew Fabric Covered Notebook
If you like the idea of a fabric covered notebook, but never learned how to sew,