Crafts

DIY Glitter Journal Cover

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I’ve been trying to get more into journaling lately because writing just helps me so much, especially when there’s stress in my life. And there’s LOTS of stress right now with the end of the quarter, moving, the wedding, etc. But I also find it really hard to stay motivated to keep writing in a journal – even though it helps – when my journal looks less than attractive. There’s something about choosing both the journal and the pen that can really make or break the journaling experience, at least for me. As a result, I rarely finish journals because the second I see a new one that’s better, I have to have something at least as good to keep me motivated to write.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Pinterest (and if you don’t, you should!) I LOVE Tiffany’s blue. And I found this notebook at my college’s bookstore in Tiffany’s blue! It was perfect to encourage me to write more in my journal.

And for awhile, it worked. But then the plainness of the cover started to get to me and I started to look for a new journal. Then it hit me; maybe I could make my old journal new again with a little decorating! I’ve been on a glitter kick lately too so pulled out my glitter, Mod Podge, and got to work!

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Supplies:

  • A notebook/journal, one that feels good to you
  • Fine glitter (anything that’s not the chunky stuff typically used in kids’ crafts work well)
  • Mod Podge (I used Gloss finish Mod Podge)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Paper plate (to catch the extra glitter)
  • Painter’s Tape OR if you’re eager to start like I was and didn’t have any, washi tape! Thicker washi tape works better and this project turned out nicely, but I would still recommend painter’s tape if you can get it.

Once you tape off the design you want to have on your cover, apply a coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter all over it. Allow it to dry for awhile and then dab large amounts of Mod Podge over the glitter. It’s going to get messy but if you paint the Mod Podge on, it’s just going to brush the glitter off or cause it to streak and you’ll have to do another coat or two… or three. At the very end, once your glitter is protected with dabbed-on Mod Podge, remove the excess Mod Podge from your brush and start lightly brushing off the excess Mod Podge. Be gentle enough that you’re not disturbing the glitter and then let your very messy journal dry over night. Carefully remove the tape in the morning (it has a tendency to want to pull the glitter up with it… so go slow and take your time) and voila! Your journal now has a beautiful new cover! I went ahead and added some heart stickers to the corner of mine too just for extra sparkle:

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What’s your favorite DIY you’ve done to make something new again? How did you like this one? Would you like to see more DIY posts in the future? Let me know! 🙂

xoxo

Lissy

One thought on “DIY Glitter Journal Cover

  1. My favorite part of this is the hearts at the bottom! So cute! This would be good in your Etsy shop!

    Also, I’ve nominated you and your blog for a Leibster Award. I chose you because I enjoy reading your blog and your ideas!
    What do you do next? Come to my blog http://amorecreativeme.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/liebster-award and copy and answer the 11 questions at the end to a new blog post on your blog and nominate 11 of your favorite bloggers who have less than 500 followers! Happy blogging!
    -Roxanne

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