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Love note journals

These applique love note journals are so happy looking and fun to show off and share. I bought the books from the dollar store!

I’m a junkie when it comes to blank books – they are so easy to customize! So when I visited the dollar store recently, I picked up a stack of blank notepads in order to make these love note journals in honor of Valentine’s Day.

I know what you’re thinking – “Kathy, how many love notes do you intend to write?” I plan to keep one book and give the others away to friends, or heck, even sell them at upcoming events.

They will make great gifts or promo items for your business. If you are a painter or working artist, you can use this method to apply your color copies of your work to them.

You can write love notes and give them away, or write about the things in your life that you love, or things you want to do to bring love into your life, you get the picture!


Choose the right journal for you

What inspired this project was the books – they had a clear printed cover that caught my attention.

You can use any journal, if it has a thin cover, simply cover it with a thicker paper. 

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If you don’t like smaller books, look for some larger ones.

Super colorful! I imagined they would make my images pop!


Find some images and print them out four to a page. I bought some collage sheets from My Art Place and Spectral Jewelry!


Cut out your images and use a glue stick to affix to the cover. Get all the edges!


Now you have to seal down the image. I like to use black puffy paint. You can also add designs with it as well.


Reasons to use a journal:

Make a mini-vision board on the cover and then use the inside to journal about your goals.

To-do list

Goal setting

Journaling the good things that happened each day.

Documenting areas where you want to develop your skills

Lettering practice

Wellness tracker

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Thanks for checking out this tutorial! OK, let’s go buy more notebooks!

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