Mother’s Day Gift Idea: DIY Journal

Happy Friday We R friends! It’s Aly here with you again. Mother’s Day is so special–I love celebrating the women in my life who have incluenced me the most. Along with the joy also comes a bit of stress because I want to give my special peeps something meaningful that shows them how amazing they are. I often turn to handmade gifts, and that’s exactly what I did this year.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My mom is an avid reader and writer who loves family history, so I created a DIY journal complete with journaling prompts that will encourage my mom to write down her ideas, thoughts, experiences, and all those important details that I want to have recorded for years to come.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The DCWV Journaling Stack provided the perfect spring board for this project. Its full of patterned paper and die cut journaling cards, tags, and labels that you can punch out and add directly to your projects. I love the soft color scheme–perfect for a Mother’s Day gift!

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I created the cover with a double sided piece of cardstock from the DCWV Okey Dokey Stack that coordinates perfectly with the Journaling Stack. I cut a 7 x 8 inch block and scored it vertically down the middle with my Trim and Score Board. Then I decorated the front of the cover with some die cuts I punched out of the Journaling Stack.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For the inside pages of the journal I gathered four pieces of paper from the Journaling Stack. They’re thin text weight paper–perfect for journal pages. I cut them all to 6 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches so they’re just smaller than the cover. That way when folded to fit in the journal, the edges of the inside pages don’t stick out over the cover. I stapled the cover and inside pages together with my Staple Board to finish the structure of the journal.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a journaling prompt to each of the inside pages, along with some die cut embellishments I punched out of the Journaling Stack. I also made some frames to embellish some of my pages using the Frame Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

I finished off my DIY Journal with decorative paper clips, and secured it shut with a Heidi Swapp binder clip. Visit your local JoAnn Store to find the supplies I used to make this project.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so excited to give this to my Mom! It’s a handmade unique gift that I know she’ll enjoy.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Plus, my family and I will enjoy reading what she writes in it. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Frame Punch Board
Staple Board
Detail Scissors
DCWV Stacks: Journaling and Okey Dokey
Heidi Swapp Binder Clips
American Crafts Shaped Paper Clips: Cameras and Hearts

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