Self Care Journal: How to Make a Self Care Journal (with Free Printables)

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Learn how to make a self care journal to set your healthy resolutions for the New Year with these printable journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains not just inspiration blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, it also has pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes that fit your skin type each season. So you can use this journal throughout the year and start at any time.

Printable self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal to set your healthy resolutions for the New Year with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes that fit your skin type each season.

Additionally, there’s also a self care checklist so you remember to take time out for self care at least once a week. I’ve even included a printable front and back cover that you can print onto cardstock to make a completely handmade self care journal if desired.

Keep reading to discover 60 self care journal prompts and my printable self care journal pages. You’ll also learn how to make a self care journal using my free resources. Plus there’s information I received from licensed therapist, Corinne Phillips, on how to break unhealthy habits and addictions through journaling, along with some great ideas and projects you can implement for self care.

Free printable self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal to set your healthy resolutions for the New Year with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes that fit your skin type each season.

DIY Self Care Journal

It’s a New Year and hopefully that means you’ve set your sights on some healthy resolutions to get you through the year. That means taking care not just of your physical health, but your emotional health as well. And what better way to learn how to put yourself first (so you can be there for others) than with a self care journal?

How to make a self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal for inner reflection and emotional health with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes. Plus 60 self care journal prompts and easy self care ideas and projects. #selfcarejournal

Journal Prompts & Ideas

Not sure what to write in your self care journal. If need some direction to get started, then try one of these self care journal prompts for self care and inner reflection.

  • What makes me happy?
  • What goals do I aspire to?
  • Why do the people in my life make me happy?
  • When am I most confident?
  • What does my ideal day look like?
  • Who is someone in your life who should treat me better?
  • What do I want my legacy to be?
  • Today my self care mantra is…
  • How do I enrich the lives of others?
  • What inspires me?
  • I feel most energized when I do or experience these things.
  • What is causing me stress right now?
  • Is there a new craft or hobby I’d like to explore?
  • What actions or bad habits are holding me back from a happier, richer life?
  • What am I proud of myself for?
  • How can I change my morning routine to make it easier?
  • What is my favorite personality trait?
  • What things make me feel powerful?
  • How can I love myself today?
  • What is my best accomplishment?
  • Who is the person I want to become?
  • What advice would I give my teenage self?
  • The words I like to live by are…
  • What makes me unique?
  • How have I changed from the person I was five years ago?
  • What message do I most want to share with the world?
  • Ten reasons why I love myself.
  • What am I afraid of?
  • If I died tomorrow, how do I think I’d be remembered?
  • Who in my life means the world to me and why?
  • What changes can I make to slay my goals?
  • My life feels like magic when…
  • During difficult times, I’ve found that doing this helps the most.
  • What’s something I can do to make my life a delight every single day?
  • Make a list of twenty things that make me smile.
  • Write a list of things I’m grateful for today.
  • If I could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would I go and who would go with me?
  • What does forgiveness mean to me?
  • How does journaling help me?
  • What love means to me…
  • On a scale of 1-10 my mental health is at…
  • What do I wish my parents had done differently when raising me?
  • Write a letter to my mom.
  • What is my biggest regret and what have I done to make amends?
  • I wish for….
  • The two most memorable moments of my life are…
  • What does unconditional love look like for me?
  • I practice self care because I want to feel…
  • Where is my happy space?
  • If my body could talk, this is what it would say.
  • What are three things I’m doing that no longer serve my best interests?
  • Make a list of everything I should say “no” to.
  • What do I love most about life?
  • How will making myself a priority positively impact my life?
  • What changes can I make to get a more restful night’s sleep?
  • When I’m really busy, what activities can I do in just ten minutes to practice self care?
  • How can I better balance my work and my personal life?
  • What is my favorite self care quote?
  • What are the things I truly, deeply need in my life?
  • If I had unlimited resources and zero obligations, what would I do with my life?

Don’t feel like you need to write paragraphs for these journal prompts. You can bullets instead. For best results, however, it’s best not to go more than two days without putting something down on paper.

How to make a self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal for inner reflection and emotional health with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes. Plus 60 self care journal prompts and easy self care ideas and projects to make at home.

How to Make a Self Care Journal

Print the Journal Cover

Print the self care journal cover onto 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. Then cut out the front and back cover. For best results, use a paper cutter to get straight, clean lines. Allow some white space around the black lines of the cover when cutting. (Download here.) I used my Epson Expression printer, which has been a dream to use.

printable skin care recipe and face mask recipe cards

Print the Journal Pages

This journal consists of 12 8.5″ x 11″ pages, each with two journal pages for a total of 24 pages for your self care journal. You can either print all of the pages or simply the pages you want. The pages include two each of the following:

  • Skin care recipe cards
  • Self care checklist pages
  • Healthy recipe cards (here’s one of my fave healthy recipes to try!)
  • Face mask recipe cards
  • Pages for setting healthy goals

printable self care journal pages

There are also fourteen lined journal pages featuring seven different motivational quotes and images.

Simply download the printable self care journal pages then print onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Then cut out the pages the same way you did the cover for the journal. (Download here.)

The pages are slightly smaller than the cover so they fit neatly inside. These printable self care journal pages will even fit inside your Happy Planner!

self care journal pages

Assemble Your Journal

To assemble your journal, use a hole punch to punch holes into both the cover of your journal, if using, as well as the free printable self care journal pages. If you you are using a Happy Planner, you can use those pages as a guide both for cutting out your pages as well as lining up the holes properly.

Once you’ve punched holes into your journal pages, you can either add them to an existing journal, such as a Happy planner, or create a self care journal using the printed journal cover.

To use the provided journal cover, simply position the journal pages between the printed front and back cover. Then loose leaf binder rings to hold the cover and pages together.

Alternately, you don’t have to punch holes into your self care journal pages. Instead, you can use binder clips to hold the pages together in book form. Both methods, however, allow you to remove or add pages as desired.

Printable self care weekly planner stickers

Want printable self care planner stickers for your new journal? Here are a few you might like including these printable self care weekly planner stickers (pictured) from Love2Plan92.

Need more guidance on your self care journey? Check out this amazing sacred self care workbook or this therapy journal for mental health struggles.

Journaling to Break Unhealthy Habits & Addictions

If you’ve been reading Soap Deli News for some time, then you’re probably aware that I started seeing a therapist after a rather difficult end to what was an incredibly short second marriage. She has been a dream with helping me overcome emotional distress and work toward healthy emotional goals.

Recently I started seeing her again to help me break unhealthy habits. Three of the most important tips she gave me to help me break unhealthy habits and addictions were to 1.) not shame myself for these habits and 2.) find something positive to replace the habit you want to stop and 3.) focus on the benefits of breaking that unhealthy happy or addiction and the positive things that come from not doing it. These work for any number of unhealthy habits or addictions including alcohol consumption as well as binge eating.

She also gave me an acronym to use with journaling. That acronym is TICES. TICES stands for:

  • Trigger
  • Image
  • Cognition
  • Emotions
  • Sensations

So basically, when you want to do whatever the unhealthy habit is you want to stop, you consider these five things and then write about them. For example, if you are trying to stop binge eating or give up alcohol (I chose these as examples as are they are so common) and you want to binge eat or drink, then stop and think about these five things. Then write down the following in your journal:

  • What triggered you to want to binge eat or drink
  • What images you see in your head when you are triggered
  • What happened to lead you to the point that you want to binge eat or drink
  • What emotions do you feel from being triggered
  • What sensations your body is experiencing

I also recommend keeping a running list of all the wonderful things you experience both physically and emotionally when you aren’t engaging in that unhealthy habit. For example, if you are trying to quit drinking, then positive results would be weight loss, a more restful night’s sleep, increased productivity, etc. Then think about these positive benefits (rather than the negative results of the unhealthy habit) and all that you gain from quitting whenever you are triggered to engage in that unhealthy habit.

More Ways to Practice Self Care

Looking for more ways to practice self care in your day-to-day life? Try one of these other self care ideas and projects.

free printable self care journal pages ideas prompts

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DIY Washi Tape Notebook Craft Project

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DIY Washi Tape Notebooks - Ideas for Using Washi Tape
There have been some really unique and fun DIY washi tape projects floating around the web recently so I thought I’d give a try at creating some of my own! My first project was to design some notebooks – which are perfect for back to school to use as agenda books for homework and projects, sketches and drawings, mini-diaries, inspiration and idea books, and even photo books for your snapshots.
DIY Washi Tape Notebook Craft Project
I started with some adorable little handmade blank books from Jotters and Journals and some washi tape from Downtown Tape. I also used some scrapbooking papers, Mod Podge, and scrapbook embellishments.
DIY Washi Tape Family Photo Album Craft Project
I made a cute mini photo album with my first handmade blank book and some washi tape. The floral, dot and stripe designs on this album are creating by just sticking washi tape to the notebook in a design that I liked. This is super simple to do. Just stick like you would regular tape and trim off the excess with scissors! Once I covered the front of the notebook, I also put a strip of tape down the spine of the book for a more finished look. I then sprayed the book with a clear acrylic sealer to seal it and added a metal label embellishment.
DIY Decoupage Blank Book and Washi Tape Journal
For my second book I decoupaged a patterned paper to the cover of the book with Mod Podge and then placed washi tape along the spine of the book. Next, I sprayed with a clear acrylic sealer. I then added a metal camera and film scrapbook embellishment for the final touch. Both of these blank books were so easy to create. You can customize almost any type of book cover with washi tape, scrapbooking papers and Mod Podge. Use these little books for notes, recipes, homework assignments, photo albums, even journals! They are perfect to give the kids for back to school or even tucking into stockings during the holiday as stocking stuffers!
DIY Washi Tape Life Journal
Don’t just limit this project to yourself though. Make it a family affair! These blank books are perfect as rainy day projects for you AND the kids! This project is easy and clean up is a snap. Pictured above is the washi tape journal my son made.
Have you tried a washi tape project yet?

DIY Handmade Decoupaged Sketch Book

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I’ve been wanting to buy a sketchbook/notebook to take with me on my journeys for some time. Yesterday proved the perfect opportunity to do so as I had to pass the mall that houses A.C. Moore on my way home. Unfortunately for me I spent money on more than just a journal. Fortunately for you that means some new upcoming crafty DIY projects.
Easy to Craft DIY Decoupaged Journal
My first DIY craft project of course is for creating a super easy to make DIY decoupaged journal. Using a sketch book is optional of course. You can do this with school notebooks or journals or even genuine books you want to dress up.
Modge Podge and Other Nifty Decoupage Crafting Supplies
For my journal I purchased a 4×6 spiral bound Sketch book with scored pages for easy removal if I so desire. Some pretty cool Smash tape, a few spools of ribbon, some paper flowers, matte Mod Podge, a foam brush, and giant 12×12 pad of 180 scrapbook papers that was $10 at half price.
Choose the papers you like for your journal cover
Start by choosing a decorative scrapbook paper that you like for the cover of your journal. Then cut it to fit the height of your sketch book. Trim it so it’s a bit smaller than the width which will allow you to add some decorative trim.
Apply mod podge to the elements for your journal cover
Next apply Mod Podge to the cover of the book with a foam brush. Press your paper onto the cover and smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Then apply more Mod Podge over the top of the journal going over the new paper you just placed on it. Next, cut and place ribbons along the side of the decorative paper you are using for the cover. Glue them down with Mod Podge as you did the paper, then go back over the ribbons and the paper with another coat of Mod Podge. (And don’t worry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.)
Decorate your sketch book with a decorative paper flower
Now give your sketch book an extra nice, decorative touch and add a decorative flower. Simply apply the flower in the same way you did the ribbons and paper, then brush back over the top with an additional coat of Mod Podge.
Spray an acrylic sealer or keep going and decorate the back!
Once the Mod Podge has dried completely, spray over the cover with a clear, acrylic sealer to protect your decorative cover.
Journal decorated with scrapbook papers and decorative tape
But you’re only finished if you want to be! There’s still the back of the sketch book to decorate if you so choose. For the back of my journal I used a different paper and lined the edges this time, not with ribbon, but with decorative Smash tape. You can, however, also use washi tape.
Washi Tape for Craft Projects
Speaking of washi tape, the washi tape I ordered from Downtown Tape arrived today along with several free tags for dressing up. They were just $1.99 a roll with $2.95 flat shipping. I plan to put these to good use in a future projects – one of which will be decorating blank, handmade pocket notebooks from Jotters and Journals.
Now, does anyone have suggestions on what I should fill my newly crafted journal up with?

Stocking Stuffer Extravaganza – Unique Ideas for Small Stocking Sized Gifts

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With Christmas just around the corner – doesn’t it always seem to sneak up on us? – I’ve been hunting down more great, handmade stocking stuffer ideas daily to share with you. Here are a few of my favorite picks from the past few days for everyone on your gift list.
For more handmade stocking stuffer ideas, visit my Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas Board on Pinterest for fresh new stocking stuffer ideas daily through the end of the holiday season.

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

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These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

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 precursor 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.

These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

So, of course, I couldn’t help but find inspiration from the handmade journal tutorial found on torta gialla blog. The aesthetics for creating handmade journals 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.

These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

1. Blue Silver Baby Elephant Journal – Handmade Leather Notebook from  Baghy’s Journals

2. Handmade Journal – Leather Bound Blank Book from Medieval Journey

3. Scottish Tartan Kilt Journal in Red, Black, and White Plaid from peaseblossom Studio

4. Overswirled Leather Journal from Kreativlink

5. Tree of Life Natural Handmade Journal from Leather Druid (shop closed)

6. Wood Log Engraving Handmade Leather Journal from Medieval Journey

7. Desdemona Journal – Leatherbound Shakespeare Blank Book from Immortal Longings

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