Back to school is right around the corner and I love kicking off the new school year with a small gift for my child’s teacher. This year, I decided to make this very easy personalized DIY journal with some fun paper clips. Follow along if you want to make one of your own!
- Darice 5×7 Blank Journal
- Tape Measure Washi Tape
- Chalkboard Sticker Labels
- David Tutera Chalkboard Pen
- K&Company SMASH Paper Clips
- Snap! Decorative Brads
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon (optional)
I placed a chalkboard label in the middle of the journal and wrote the teacher’s name using a chalk ink marker. I love chalk ink markers because once the ink is dried it doesn’t come off unless you use a little water. It gives you that look of chalk without the mess or worry of smudging! Win-win!
The paperclips were very easy to make. I used the Snap! Life brads and removed the metal prongs off the back of the brad by twisting them. I used a generous amount of hot glue and placed the paperclip to the back. I think it makes for some very fun and unique paper clips or even a place marker!
I placed the clips on different pages and wrapped the entire DIY journal with a big red ribbon. You can add a pencil or a nice pen for a finishing touch. I think it makes such a fun little DIY journal and can’t wait to give it to my son’s new teacher this year!
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Tori is the writer and crafter at Lil’ Mrs. Tori. She is a wife and mother to two young boys. Lil’ Mrs. Tori is her creative outlet where she shares her latest craft projects and inspirations.