Documenting this month of November in a journal has been SUCH a blessing to my heart! Taking time out of every day to just be thankful was much needed. I used the prompts provided by Illustrated Faith to make my own Gratitude Journal. As I posted these day by day on Facebook and Instagram I got many requests for how I made the journal. So here it is below! Step by step instructions for making your own journal! Easy Peasy!
I started by typing out the prompts in Word booklet template. I used higher quality (24lb) 8.5×11 paper and printed it out double sided.
On to the cover. Choose a piece of cardstock you like. (I chose paper from the Illustrated Faith Gratitude Documented line.) I trimmed it down using my paper cutter to leave a small boarder around my 8.5×11 paper.
The next step is completely unnecessary but I love rounded corners!! So I took the time to use my corner tool cutter to round the edges of both the cardstock cover and the inside paper.
After the paper was rounded, I folded it all in half so that I could easily tell where to staple. A booklet stapler works best!
The next step for me was to draw different banners in pencil around each prompt. I did this for the whole journal.
I wanted to cover the whole page in watercolor and put my decorations on top. I used my Neocolor II Watercolor Crayons to cover each page. I left the banners white to help them stand out on the page. *Helpful Hint – I went ahead and watercolored all of the pages before I started to decorate. This way the water from the colors will not effect any stickers, stamps, glue or writing you may have on the previous page.
At this point I went through all pages and outlined the banners with a Sharpie Fine Point Non Bleed Pen.
At this point I was ready to start decorating and journaling! As far as my process goes I picked the consistent items I wanted on each page. I already had the headings and banners. I also decided to have the scripture printed out on each page by typing them ahead of time onto clear sticker paper. I simply cut them out and stuck them to the page. I also wanted different washi tape on the page so I decided on 2 rows of washi tape on the bottom of each page decorated with a number sticker and a stamp that said “Gratitude Documented”. Those would be my staples for each page and I would simply build around those each day. I also set aside some of my favorite journaling supplies to use.
And that is it! Very easy and a great way to document your faith! Check out my Instagram page for each entry. Comment below if you have any questions!