DIY Crafts, Handmade Books

Handmade Journal Gift

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Make a cute and unique handmade journal that is perfect to jot down your notes and ideas. You can easily personalize these journals to make great gifts!

A handmade journal (that can be easily personalized!) would make a great gift for your family, friends or school teachers. I love making handmade books, they always make me smile. Make sure to scroll down this post for an awesome giveway with tons of prizes!

making a journal as a gift

Creating something unique and beautiful from just paper and twine always amazes me. So hopefully, the recipients of these handmade journals will feel special and loved as well.

I kept the binding on these handmade journals simple and clean and the best way to see them being made is in a video. So click on the video box below to watch the Handmade Journal tutorial or head over here to watch this video in HD on YouTube

To gift these, I simply added a big bow onto the handmade journal and I also made a matching personalized tag. You could easily add the gold embossed name onto the journal itself to make the gift even more special.

handmade journal
Handmade Journal Gift


Since the binding on these handmade journals is simplistic, I added colorful flowers and gold embossed words to decorate them. That Gold embossing has some sparkle to it that is so cool!


I really like how the hand lettered “ideas” word turned out here! I used a silver embossing powder which had some sparkle to it. You have to watch the video about to see the embossing powder melting in action. The blue color handmade journal minus the “ideas” label would make a perfect gift to a special guy in your life. Guy gifts that are handmade are hard to come by.

handmade journal
Book Binding

handmade journal

A fun option- add the recipients name on the front cover!

Personalized DIY gifts
Personalized DIY gifts

I will be sharing a BONUS VIDEO that on my YouTube Channel showing you how to make these hand painted hand cut flowers. It’s a super simple technique! And if you like my videos, please subscribe!




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  1. Sue LD

    I like the simple binding and the matching tag.

    1. Smitha

      Thank you Sue!

  2. danatatar

    I love the binding on these journals!

    1. Smitha

      Me too! Bookbinding makes me happy. Thanks for stopping by my blog Dana!

  3. Love the lettering technique!

    1. Smitha

      Thank you Jennifer!

  4. I love, love, love this! The binding is wonderful and your tutorial just perfect!

  5. Gilda (McStamper)

    Love your journal. Thanks for the video.

  6. LOVE making journals! TFS!

  7. Linda Storey

    Cute idea, thanks!

  8. Kim Wolff

    I love all the elements used and the easy binding idea!

    1. Smitha

      Thank you for stopping by!

  9. What a great idea to give to my kids’ teachers, and my older kids would definitely be able to help make them.

  10. salmadinani

    These are a great gift idea. Lovely and personal

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