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How to make a simple gratitude journal using Tombow Dual Brush Pens, photo paper and the Tombow MONO Twin Marker.

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.

How to make a simple gratitude journal using Tombow Dual Brush Pens, photo paper and the Tombow MONO Twin Marker.

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.

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 3 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:

Supplies Needed for Simple Gratitude Journal: Tombow Dual Brush Pens Retro Pack (or any colors you love) Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker Glossy Photo Paper Tombow Blending Palette and Spray Bottle 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.

Begin by coloring with your Dual Brush Pens on your Blending Palette. I needed a larger palette, so I am using a laminated times table chart of my kids. Even a large plastic zipper bag would work. Fill the page with color.

Then, spritz the entire page with water from the Spray Mister.

Then spritz the entire page with water from the spray bottle.

Spray the glossy surface of the photo paper as well.

Spray the glossy surface of the photo paper as well.

Then, press the Blending Palette onto the photo paper.

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.

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.

Second idea: Make your notebook by sewing it with directions in this post by Jessica!

Now there are a couple ways to assemble the gratitude journal. I have a binding machine, so I cut my paper in half. 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.

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. 

I used the MONO Twin Marker to write some faux calligraphy on.

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.

Now the journal is ready for you to fill with all the positive things in your day. Leave out anything negative...just load it up with positivity!

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!

Learn how to make a simple gratitude journal using Tombow Dual Brush Pens, photo paper, blending palette and the Tombow MONO Twin Marker.

 

 


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