Journal Cover Design

I decided last night that it's time for a new journal. The one I'm working in is pages shy of being full, it's expanded by inserts of many types, and no longer lies flat. Not to mention, today begins a fresh month, and this month begins a new season.

So today I got out a blank spiral bound journal (actually sold as a sketchbook, it has plain white thick pages that ink won't bleed through, heavy enough paper that you can attach things to, and large enough (7.5x10") that I don't feel cramped on the page, but not so big that I feel intimidated by all the space) and set to work. 

I wanted to incorporate themes of season in transition, change, beauty & hope, and fresh, new beginnings.

I got out my scrapbook paper (I actually don't scrapbook, per se, although my journals include some scrapbooking) and looked at the all the papers I have. I was drawn to a few, so I set those out, and thought about how to layer and what design elements I would want to use. 

Anyway, long story short, this is what I came up with:

I chose a black base paper with white polka dots to symbolize winter, darkness, snow...

On top of that I layered a spring-like image of pink hydrangeas {incidentally, my mom's favorite flower}, to indicate beauty, spring, and new beginnings.

I added the butterfly on the bottom corner to indicate change, transitions, hope, freedom and peace.

Then, to top it all off, I added mini silver scrapbooking brads to be the centers of the hydrangeas. I loved how this made the whole thing pop, and the silver lends a bit of richness and symbolism of good things to come.

I love how this cover turned out!


  1. I LOVE THIS IDEA!! And how perfect, since we are about to embark on a new beginning next week. I love the colors and the symbolism you have attached to them. So creative, Jenn!

  2. A fine step-by-step description of the process. I like your choices, especially moving beyond visual to the tactile with the brads!

    Starting a new journal is like the first whiff of sea air pulled into the lungs. You breathe (and write) all the time, but the fresh air is special and inspiring. Happy writing!

  3. Christina@toshowthemjesus.comDecember 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    I've wanted to decorate my journals for a long time now. Thanks for the inspiration!


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