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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Applause

Here is something I don’t really understand. Why do we applaud after a show or a presentation?

If you ask google it tells you that applause is the approval or praise expressed by clapping but I think it has lost it’s meaning over time because even if we did not like what we just saw we will still applaud. It became a weird social ritual without any meaning. Also, no one ever knows when to stop and it always ends up being weird because you either stop way too early or too late.

Maybe I am wrong about this what do you think?

Lots of Love

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Darkness

There is always some light hidden in the back of all the darkness.

Dear you,

why do you look so sad? What happened?

I know life can be hard sometimes. I know that sometimes it feels like you are caught in a neverending darkness. Sometimes it feels like the voices and the pain are never going to stop and you do not think you can take it any longer. We all feel like that from time to time and that is okay. It is what makes us human.

There will always be ups and downs in life and you may ask now if the ups are worth all the pain you are feeling now? I can tell you from my own experience that it is.

Do not beat yourself up for what happened whether it was your or someone else’s fault. Look ahead. There is always some light hidden in the back of all the darkness. I promise.

Look at yourself. You are strong. You are beautiful. You are worth as much as everyone else. You may not be perfect but no one is. I am not perfect and no one you see on the screens all over this world is.

Do not give up. Keep searching for the light and I promise it will get better.

Lots of Love

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There is always some light hidden in the back of all the darkness.

There is always some light hidden in the back of all the darkness.

Imperfection

You, nobody else and nothing you do needs to be perfect because as Anne Lamott says it is uninteresting and unreal.

I am not perfect and I never will be perfect either.

My “art” is not perfect and it will never be perfect.

I am sorry to tell you this, but you are not perfect and you will never be perfect too.

Nobody and nothing is and ever will be perfect.

But how does something perfect look like?  What is perfection?

Perfection is shallow, unreal and fatally uninteresting.

-Anne Lamott

You, nobody else and nothing you do needs to be perfect because as Anne Lamott says it is uninteresting and unreal.

There is joy in every little imperfection. Don’t beat yourself up for it. Take a closer look instead and find the joy.  All those little imperfections are what makes you yourself and what makes the things you create yours.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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