For years I have been an avid supporter of recycling some of my magazines for projects like book covers and journals. My friends at school would always comment on how original each cover was. Currently in my early twenties, I still prefer creating my own journals from scratch, and find it cheaper too. The process takes time but I really think the outcome makes it worth the effort. Recently I’ve been inspired by minimalist themes and earthy winter tones, and decided to combine this color palette with pictures of my favorite plants and greenery when planning the layout of my new journal. Once you’ve decided on the layout and overall aesthetic of your journal, it’s time to venture out and purchase the relevant stationery and materials you need for your DIY journal. The first thing to look for is the perfect sized book – opt for a hardcover with non-lined sheets. I usually opt for an A5 sized hardcover with 192 pages back-to-back; I find that this size is perfect for carrying around anywhere and the hardcover makes it durable enough to last. After purchasing your stationery materials, it’s time to head home and get started

Based on your own aesthetic, start by printing out some of your favorite images (mine includes greenery and line drawings), then gather up a few magazines for any additional images or text you might want to add to the cover. As I page through different magazines, I randomly cut out pictures, words and letters that stand out to me. During this process I’ll begin brainstorming ideas for the cover of my journal; for my DIY journal I decided to cut out different letters to spell out the name of my blog. Before planning the layout of where all my chosen images and text will be pasted down, I’ll cover the entire front and back face of the A5 book with a sheet of black color paper to serve as a plain background for the images and text.


Once this step has been completed, start planning where each word should go and then begin pasting it all down. I do the words first, then later add the greenery and line pictures in a random mosaic. Now that you’ve completed the journal cover, use plastic wrapping to seal the book to ensure the journal doesn’t get damaged when carrying it around. If you’re still interested in adding more detail to your journal, you can print out quotes and paste them at the foot of every page. Again, this is all up to your own preference, so be as creative as you want. You can also add black line borders to every page in your journal, but I recommend staying away from permanent markers or highlighters as this will ink over to the subsequent pages.

And that wraps up this DIY journal guide, I hope you’ve found this post helpful or inspiring in some way. If so, let me know and I’ll do more DIY’s like this in the future.

Happy creating,



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Founded by Wijdan Arendse – both creative director and content creator for THE MINIMALE BLOGGER – the then 23-year-old UCT graduate decided to turn her part-time passion in to a full-time career.

It’s been nearly a decade since I started exploring the world of the internet and its many online social platforms. During that time, I’ve been lucky enough to come in to my own and find my unique voice in the world of blogging. As someone who subscribes to a lifestyle that craves quality over quantity, my interests in fashion, skincare, travel, and interiors, are all documented from a perspective of quality.

Since starting, it’s been a passion of mine to create a platform for engaging content, for visual storytelling, and to instill in my readers a responsible approach to fashion. As our network grows, I hope to continue sharing my style journey with you all in the hopes of inspiring and encouraging you to feed your soul through your own style stories. Staying true to oneself and being able to express that is a truly wonderful feeling, and I want to use this platform to affect that sense in my readers.

Until the next post.