I enjoy journaling. Especially my thoughts when I study the Bible or spend quiet time with God. I can look back at things I've written in the past and it's wonderful to reflect on where I was at that point in my life.
I also like to just journal my everyday life, funny things my children said, profound thoughts that were shared with me or to write down the words to a poem or song that has come to me.
But I don't want to write in just any old notebook. I want a special journal. Something beautiful to look at just on the outside regardless of what is written on the inside.
Typically I have used composition notebooks and covered them inside and out and made my journals that way. That works well. Plenty of pages and a decent size. Recently, however, I came across another resource for making journals. They are by Muji and are available on Amazon. The come five to a package, have 30 lined pages and measure 6 x 8.25. The front and back are just plain craft color but the spines are a variety of colors. Here are four of them.
The last one has a lovely mustard yellow spine and I used it to create my latest journal. This is where the products from Silhouette America really shine. I printed a background color onto the Printable Cotton Canvas that has a sticky back and then adhered it to the front and back of the journal. I also used the Ribbon Slots Border item#7718 by Sweet Afton. Colored it with the fill color option and cut it out at well then wove some of Stampin' Up's Tangerine Tango 3/8" stitched satin ribbon through it. The phrase oval I is on printable canvas too again with the print and cut. The flower pattern is a picture I captured off the internet and turned into a cut file then did a print and cut of that using printable white sticker paper.
The result was a journal with a beautiful look and an elegant feel to it. I really like that it's only 30 pages. One month of entries and it goes to the shelf and I can adorn and collect an entire library of these if I choose to. They would also make great gifts for someone heading off on a trip to journal their travels or for a bride to be to journal her wedding preparations.
Hope you enjoy it too.