DIY Art Journal

I recently went to a scrapbooking event with my mother-in-law and some sweet ladies from church. I always enjoy spending two days scrapbooking and socializing with some wonderful women but by the second day I’m bored with whatever I’m doing and ready to move on. But boredom always results in me spending money…and this event takes place at a scrapbooking store. So you can imagine the peril I put myself in.

However, this time I challenged myself to spend absolutely no money at the store! And I almost got away with it but I just couldn’t do without that .80 cent sheet of velum paper. In order to follow through with my goal I decided to pull from the bagillion craft supplies I already have on hand and create an art journal. My goal was to fill it with Instagram photos, inspirational quotes, and even the Waiting for Grace posts I’ve written.

I recently heard someone say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” As soon as I heard that, it sort of became the theme for this book, needing whatever I could find to make this book happen. I began searching throughout the house for random supplies and I found some scrap wood laying around and sawed it to make the covers. Then I drilled three holes for binder rings so I’m able to fill it as full as I would like. The only items I spent money on are the binder rings and the Instagram photos I ordered from Postalpix. Oh, and that .80 cents for a sheet of velum.

The binder rings are a HUGE 3″. But that gives me lots of room to keep adding as much as I would like.

Left: A page for an Instagram photo I took with its caption. Something sweet I’d like to remember forever.
Right: A page for our date night to Fitzgerald’s.

A page (three, actually) dedicated to mine and Aaron’s vision letters to each other.

I had to add this sweet Instagram of me and baby Ryland during his newborn session.

This is one of my favorites…I wanted to do a spread and journal about HOPE because it’s so very important to me and very dear to my heart.

If you don’t know what HOPE is it’s a Christian infertility support group at Lakewood Church in Houston. So thankful to have found this group!

Lesli is the awesome woman who leads HOPE and runs Dancing Upon Barren Land. She’s my buddy and deserves ample room in my special book.

Left: One of my absolute favorite worship songs, Forever Reign.
Right: Psalm 91. He alone is my refuge.

There you have it! A few of my favorite pages I’ve completed so far in my new, fun art journal! I love that it’s not perfect and that masking tape and crooked lines are a characteristic of my book. It makes it so much easier documenting memories and journaling when it doesn’t have to be perfect; The imperfections are what make it special!

  • Krystin - Hannah! This looks great! I saw your photos when you first started this journal on Instagram, so I'm very excited to see the finished product! I haven't made my own journal, but I have a SMASH Journal. I made a post not that long ago about it. I'm still working on it, but it's almost full! It's so fun to get crafty! Good work!

    XO Krystin ReplyCancel

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