How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my favorite journaling essentials and one of them was my journal bag.

Since I take my bullet journal and my art journal to school with me every day I needed something to protect them from getting dirty, just like everything else I put in my school bag. This is what my journal bag is for and I love it. But, a couple of days ago one of my classmates thought it would be funny to write his name on it and now I can’t get it off. This is why I have decided to make a new one and to show you how you can make one too.

Here is what you need:

How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

  • Fabric (I used one of my dad’s old button-downs)
  • Something to sew (I used a sewing machine but you can also sew it by hand or glue it together)
  • (some ribbon)

How to make your own journal bag:

  1.  Take the fabric and place your journal on top. Trace around your journal to get an idea of how big your bag is going to be. Leave some space between your journal on the line. Since I want my bag to be able to hold two journals I left some more space. Do the same thing a second time. In the end, you should have two rectangles next to each other.How To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  2. Cut out the shape you just drew. It doesn’t have to be exact. You can still cut off some fabric later
  3. To get a smooth edge on the opening fold both of the shorter edges over and sew the folded pieces togetherHow To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  4. The next thing you want to do is to fold the fabric in half and to stick the open edges on both sides together using pins. IMPORTANT: The inside of your future bag should be on the outside.How To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  5. Sew along the pins and remove them when done
  6. Cut off dispensable fabric
  7. Take two strips of your fabric or some ribbon to create two handles. Both strips should be the same size. Sew them on.Design ohne Titel (3)
  8. Flip your bag over so the outside of your bag now actually is on the outside
  9. Enjoy your new journal bagDesign ohne Titel (4)

I already liked the fabric the way it was but of course, you can decorate your bag however you want.

I hope you can follow these steps. If not feel free to ask. If you do make a journal bag yourself I would love to see a picture of it.

Lots of Love

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My First Happy Mail

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Just A couple days ago I have received my first happy mail. I always wanted to try it and it turned out to be even better than I expected to be.

I was the one to reach out first to my two pen pals. Here is a list of things I sent them:

  • Washi Tape swatches
  • a random postcard
  • a short letter telling them a little about me
  • a polaroid picture of me
  • paint chips
  • some stickers
  • my favorite zine 

I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear back and how much fun it was to open the letters once I have received them. Here are some of the things I got

Things I have recieved from my penpals

Do you have any pen pals?

Lots of Love

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The “flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS”

Yesterday I found this book at my favorite bookstore and I just had to get it. I couldn't resist. The book is called "flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS" and was made by flow magazine. It has more than 300 pages of pretty paper, tags, journaling cards... and is divided into three different section called print studio, paper studio, and pattern studio.

Yesterday I found this book at my favorite bookstore and I just had to get it. I couldn’t resist.  The book is called “flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS” and was made by flow magazine. It has more than 300 pages of pretty paper, tags, journaling cards… and is divided into three different section called print studio, paper studio, and pattern studio.

Print Studio

The print studio contains writing paper, tags, postcards, envelopes, all kinds of different stickers and my favorite a pop-up typewriter. They all come in different designs and are super cute.

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Every sheet of writing paper has an icon on the front and a pattern on the back. There are 23 different sheets in all kind of different designs. They are perfect for writing letters and pen paling (what a surprise) but you can also use the for any other craft project and journaling.

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Next are these beautiful tags. There are 26 different ones and I love every single one of them. They have a pattern on the front and an icon as well as lines to write on on the back.

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There are 12 different little postcards you could also use as journaling cards.

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Following are 12 cut-out envelopes in different designs.

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My absolute favorite is the pop-up typewriter. Not only do I love typewriters in general but also love the color and idea of this.

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The last thing that is contained in the print studio is 6 sticker sheets.  Two of them are alphabet stickers, two other sheets have pink hearts, stars, and flowers on and the last two sticker sheets hold circles with different designs.

Paper Studio

The paper studio contains office stationary, tissue paper, wrapping paper, stickers, colored paper, a garland saying “let’s stay home”, mini posters as well as a large poster, fold-your-own paper boats, a 3D poster, mini booklets, which are the cutest, and finally monthly calendar sheets.

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The office stationary includes 6 sheets of paper with different designs on the front and the back. There are different types of graph paper as well as lines paper.

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Next are 6 designs similar to the picture above.

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I absolutely love the tissue paper, which comes in 3 different designs. I can’t wait to use them.

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The paper studio also includes 4 sheets of different wrapping paper which can be used for all kinds of projects besides to wrap presents.  Each sheet has a different design on each side.

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Next are 2 different sheets of this kind of stickers.

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This is my favorite out of the three small posters which have different designs on each side.

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I also love this side of the big poster and I am definitely going to put this up on my wall.

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The let’s stay home garland is blue on the one side and yellow on the other side.

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Next are the fold-your-own paper boats. At first, there is a short explanation of how to fold a paper boat followed by 11 sheets of paper with different designs on both sides to fold your boat with. The design on the left of the second picture is my favorite.

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Aren’t these super cute?

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Last, there are these monthly calendar sheets with different designs. Now, there are also a lot of different sheets of colored paper in this part of the book

There are also a lot of different sheets of colored paper in this part of the book.

Patterns Studio

The last section of the book contains cut-out flags in various designs, a create your own landscape poster with stickers, a lot of patterns, some more wrapping paper, mini cards, stickers and patterns you can color in yourself.

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The first part of this section includes 12 sheets of cut-out flags in all kinds of colors and patterns.

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Following is the create-your-own landscape poster with stickers but I am pretty sure I will use the stickers elsewhere.

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Next are 10 sheets with lots of different patterns. Again, they can be used for all kinds of projects.

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There are also 8 more postcards.

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This part of the book includes two more sticker sheets. The second one has glitter on the stickers but you can’t really see it in the picture. I love the first sheet of those two because the stickers are kind of random.

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There are also 12 sheets of patterned paper you can color yourself.

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Lats but not least are four more sheets of wrapping paper and I am so happy they included the “retro design” in these because I absolutely love it and can’t wait to use it. Each sheet of wrapping paper has a different design on each side.


I think this is the fourth edition of the flow book for paper lovers and I am so happy to have found it. I got the book for 20€ which is really cheap considering how much stuff is in there.

What do you think about this book?

Lots of Love

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The Wonderful World Of Zines

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A couple of days ago I watched a video titled “How to make a zine” by Jordan Clark and it introduced me to the wonderful world of Zines.

A zine basically is a self-published magazine and there is a whole community around it. People make zines with their art, poems or make collages. You could even turn it into a letter or an invitation. There are no rules, what I love about it. Some people publish them online but my favorite way to publish it is to leave it at random places for people to find.

I immediately started making some of my own and fell in love with it. Zines are a great way to express my creativity or to write my poems in. What do you think about my zine?

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I really wanted to try out leaving it at random places. I even made a couple of copies but I chickened out because some of my friends were with me and I still don’t want them to know about this kind of things. Next time, when I am on my own I will definitely do it.  I already made the copies.

Lots of Love

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Journaling essentials

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Today I want to share my five favourite journaling supplies that are either cheap or even for free.

1. A bag

I keep this little bag to put in my journal whenever I take it with me

Since I take my journals with me almost everywhere I go I got this little bag to put them in. I decorated it myself and I love how it turned out to look. The best think about this is that you don’t need to buy an expensive bag. Instead, you can use an old Shirt and sew it together. If you guys want to know how please tell me and I will make a tutorial on it.

2. A set of fine liner

 

When I started bullet journaling I bought the cheapest fine liner set I could find. You don’t need anything fancy. I love switching between different sizes. It makes your page look a little bit more “professional”.

3. Washi Tape

 

There is nothing better than Washi Tape. I have a huge collection. There are many different sizes, colours, patterns and ways to use it. I think I will never get satisfied. I will always need more.

4. Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are a great thing to use for your bullet journal. Whether you use it to write little to do lists or draw some doodles on.  They always look great. You don’t even need anything fancy, although fancy sticky notes are great too.

5. Magazines

 

Something I do to save some money is to go through old magazines and cut out illustrations as well as patterns. This way I don’t have to buy any expensive stickers.

Lots of Love

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