I love making decorated journals… you can indulge all your whimsical, girly (or other!) fancies into something that is practical and beautiful.
I start with my box of old books, ribbons, lace, buttons and glue. I cover the journal, in this case with plain paper.
I then try a few different ideas:
Everything is glued down:
The back is also decorated: I glue down some labels I had printed with our ‘The Nest’ name:
I covered these, glued on some small paper hearts then painted over the whole lot:
This was covered in fabric, and then decorated like above:
When the front is done, I tidy up the inside cover with a sheet of paper or the first page of the journal (sometimes the first page is suitable to paste down and this makes a lovely, neat finish)
If you can bear to give these away, you can be sure they will be gladly and joyfully received!