Handmade Journals – For the love of writing as a past time and how to make your own

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In the fourth grade I was required to keep a daily journal. I used to write in it several times a day. Everything from poems to short stories to just random thoughts. In high school I kept a journal of poetry I wrote for a special boyfriend and also wrote poems for one girl in particular who enjoyed passing off my poems as her own to her beau. In college I took a poetry class and I had another journal for keeping track of thoughts, ideas and obviously, more poetry. I’ve also kept a dream journal that I loved sharing with others so they could help me decipher my dreams.
During the ‘zine movement in the 90s – that fabulous era of grunge, alternative and riot grrrl – I steadfastly cut and pasted and pen and inked over thirty issues of my own ‘zine which I self published via the United States Postal Service and Kinko’s copiers. Writing a ‘zine also helped me discover the handmade movement for the first time as it was via mail order as a pre-cursor to the famous handmade marketplace online – Etsy. I bought my first hand knit ladybug hat with pipe cleaner antennae through a ‘zine order form, a check and a stamp courtesy of Marissa Falco.
While I have not written much on paper lately, it remains one of my favorite past times when life is rough or I’m filled with a little extra creative energy.  A computer lacks the intimacy, for me, of pen and paper. Perhaps it’s because my childhood years pre-dated the invention of computers, and typewriters I considered only for my final drafts. Either way, I have a special fondness for handmade journals.

So, of course, I couldn’t help but find inspiration from the handmade journal tutorial found on torta gialla blog. The aesthetics for creating a journal are endless – as demonstrated by the photo above of a journal created by Linda Tieu, owner of Torta Gialla on Etsy. Linda  creates an endless variety of handmade journals and sketchbooks using a basic bookbinding process. If you’re a fan of writing, I encourage you to visit Linda’s blog and check out her tutorial for creating journals for yourself.
I am also currently in love with the following collection of handmade journals from various etsy artists from around the world.
Do you keep a journal or have a favorite journal making artist?

About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here in order to receive email updates.


  1. Excellent post!

  2. Thanks for the feature! 🙂

  3. Great post! I also love writing in journals 🙂 There’s something so comforting in opening up the covers and putting pen to paper on a new page. I love the fact that I can doodle in them as well when I’m thinking.

  4. Such a great idea ~

  5. More paper stuff, right up my alley of happiness. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love having a journal. Such great Etsy finds too!

    Thanks for linking up for this weeks Pinteresting Party.

  7. I love having a journal. Such great Etsy finds too!

    Thanks for linking up for this weeks Pinteresting Party.

  8. Wow – honored that you like my journals and tutorials – thanks for mentioning my blog!