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Today, I’m showing you how to make a cute and easy DIY Line a Day Journal! Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift!
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I’ve always enjoyed journaling, but I have the tendency to go strong for a few weeks or months and then stop. Which is exactly why I love the concept of a Line a Day Journal … that I can keep up!
You are going to have so much fun putting together this DIY Line a Day Journal! It’s simple to make, and the creative possibilities are endless!
Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape is the star of this project! With their perfect combination of versatility, function, and fun, these gorgeous tapes are the perfect way to make simply inspired creations!
Washi tape is endlessly versatile; you can use it to decorate anything from cards and envelopes to bangles. Unlike regular tape, it applies and removes easily. If you make a mistake, just pull if off and start over. Plus, washi tape comes in a ton of cute colors and patterns.
This DIY Line a Day Journal is made from basic supplies – index cards and tape – but the end result is amazing! With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to make one as a gift … although you may have a hard time giving it away!
***Although pictures don’t show it, I’ve updated the free printable files for the current year (2017 to 2019).***
- 4 x 6-inch plain white index cards (no lines)
- colored card stock
- corner rounder
- Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape and/or Masking Tape (choose an assortment of patterns and colors)
- Double Sided Tape
- Decorative punches, stickers, twine, stamps, gel pens, etc.
- A container to hold the calendar together
Starting by printing the days of the month on the index cards.
I’ve created a free printable file for you to use (scroll to the end of the post for the updated 2017 to 2019 file), or have fun and create your own layout. I used Word to set up mine. There is space on each index card for three years worth of entries!
Next, print out the month tabs on colored card stock (there’s a template at the end of the post). Cut out the tabs, then use a corner rounder on the edges, if desired.
Adhere the tabs to the index cards using double sided tape. I staggered the tabs to make them more readable.
When working with washi tape, don’t worry about cutting it to the perfect length. Extend it past the edges of your card, then turn the card over and trim off the excess washi tape with a scissors.
For this card, I simply laid strips of washi tape over the card at an angle.
Another fun thing you can do with washi tape is cut out shapes. Adhere slightly overlapping strips of washi tape to a piece of wax paper. Cut out the desired shape, then peel off the wax paper and apply the washi tape shape to the desired surface.
My next idea is one of my favorites! I placed a strip of black and white stripe washi tape at an angle across the card. Then, I used a heart punch to create a bunch of mini hearts. Finally, I ran the hearts through a sticker maker (double sided tape would also work) and adhered them to the card. Cute, right?
A mini bunting is another creative thing to make with washi tape. Cute a length of twine, then fold the washi tape around the twine with the sticky sides of the tape touching. Trim the ends and add a message if you’d like!
This card took minutes to make! I simply used some colored dots I found in the office aisle to create a polka dot pattern.
Did you know that Scotch® Brand also makes chalkboard tape? It is so cool! From masking tape to spray adhesives and everything in between, there really is a Scotch® Brand product for every project!
After you’ve finished decorating the month dividers, placed all the cards in a decorative container. I used a cardboard jewelry box for mine, but feel free to get creative. A recipe box, basket, wood crate, or anything else that fits the cards will work.
Tip: For best printing results, when your printer dialog box opens, make sure that the box under “Paper Size & Handling” is marked “Actual Size” (not “shrink oversized pages” or “fit to page”). That way your printer won’t shrink the image size.