How to Make a Simple Gratitude Journal
Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft! Today, I am sharing a quick gratitude DIY journal with you. I am a firm believer in counting blessings, giving thanks and always having a positive outlook on life. Having a gratitude journal can change your life from feeling anxiety and overwhelmed to looking for those positive things that happened during the day.
Start by making a simple gratitude journal. Then, write three things each day that you are thankful for. It could be something as simple as “I took a shower” to noticing a new blossom on a plant in the yard. After three weeks of consistent gratitude writing, you will feel a noticeable difference and start to see the sunshine through the clouds.
Supplies Needed for Simple Gratitude Journal:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens Retro Pack 10-Pack or any colors you love
- Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker
- Glossy photo paper
- Tombow Blending Palette and Spray Mister
- Binding machine or needle and thread
- Copy paper for filler
- Paper cutter
Step 1: Make the Background Paper
This fun technique is one I learned from @studio.katie. She is another Design Team Member.
Begin by coloring with your Dual Brush Pens on your Blending Palette. I needed a larger palette, so I used a laminated times table chart. Even a large plastic zipper bag would work. Fill the page with color.
Then, spritz the entire page with water from the Spray Mister.
Spray the glossy surface of the photo paper as well.
Then, press the Blending Palette onto the photo paper.
Lift off the palette and reveal the fabulous aquatic-like design on the photo paper. The photo paper dries nearly instantly! Wipe off the Blending Palette and table surface with a wet cloth or baby wipe.
Step 2: Assemble the Journal
Now, there are a couple ways to assemble the gratitude journal. I have a binding machine, so I cut my paper in half. I punched the holes and repeated the process for the filler paper as well. Then, I clamped them in the binding wires. Local copy stores can usually do this for you as well.
Now, the journal is ready to doodle on and decorate.
I used the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to write some faux calligraphy on. If you are learning how to do hand lettering, check out this post to get started.
Now, the journal is ready for you to fill with all the positive things from your day. Leave out anything negative…just load it up with positivity! Here’s a great post on gratitude journaling three ways.
I am mostly grateful for this cute gratitude journal!
Share yours on social media and tag @tombowusa and @doodlecraft so we can cheer you on!