DIY Washi Tape Smash Book/Journal

I recently stumbled across the most AMAZING, super cute, super easy to use Gratitude Journal app on the iPhone. One entry a day, you can easily attach a photograph, and you can set daily reminders as well…LOVE this app.

Inspired by the app and intent on ACTUALLY COMPLETING a Gratitude Journal, I wanted to make something to keep actual copies of the photographs and handwrite sentiments. Many of the composition notebooks have been marked down at Target, I found this particular notebook for .37 cents. Giddy about having the chance to finally use my embarrassingly large washi tape stash, I went to work…

I grouped the pages in threes as I wanted them sturdy and thick enough to withstand ink, tape, embellishments, etc.

Super easy. The edges are far from perfect. Just line up…

Turn the book over. Cut the corners at an angle. Fold over corner. Fold over tape. Turn book back over and fold down the remaining pieces of washi tape.

Seriously, super easy. Maybe, 15, 20 minutes…and you get a super personalized, fun smash book or journal:

The colors make me smile and the lined paper is so much easier for me to work with than the various papers included in the Smash books. I like the simple, clean look of the lined background. Looking forward to adding and working this…not bad for a .37 cent journal!!


44 Comments on “DIY Washi Tape Smash Book/Journal”

  1. ericag1025 says:

    I ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ it!!!!!

  2. Miriam says:

    This is a great! This is going to make perfect journals for the girls in our family. Christmas gift for sure!

  3. Laura says:

    This is such a cute idea! I’ve been looking for ways to turn my comp book into a smash type journal. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Tamara says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been wanting to make a journal for my 30 Before 30 list and you have given me the inspiration to pretty it up!

  5. ukmaryanne says:

    Outstanding idea. So simple yet effective. And who doesn’t have a ton of washi tape? 🙂


    Mary Anne

  6. Marie says:

    This is a great idea! I saw it on Pinterest and wanted to othank you for sharing it!!

  7. Cindy Hoffmann Smith says:

    ❤ it!

  8. LOVE this idea! Except, you just “enabled” me to buy MORE washi tape! 😀 THANKS!!!

  9. scrappycath says:

    Hi! Wanted to let you know that I’ve featured your post over at Ideas For Scrapbookers. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  10. lbaker74 says:

    I like that better than gluing the pages together

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  13. Kristina Anderson says:

    I have neither used nor purchased washi tape. I do know what it is, but I haven’t had the pleasure of owning any. Where can I buy a lot for the least amount of money? 🙂 Thanks for the project idea! and I know it will help with my scrapbooking and card making.

  14. isabel says:

    great and wonderful

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  16. Sabrina Dallmann says:

    I’m just starting my first smashbook and prepare the pages like you did. 🙂
    It’s great, thank you so much for sharing your Inspiration! I don’t know how I could live without Pinterest…
    Greetings from Germany! 🙂

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  18. Katrianna says:

    SO cute!! where did you get all of your washi tape?

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  21. Marilyn Hill says:

    Fantastic idea. I did this to my journal
    And I’m so pleased with how it looks…and how it makes me feel!

  22. Dawn says:

    I love this so much I had to make one last night! I used a mini composition book–it came out so cute! I gave it to my sister and plan to make myself one tonight.

  23. Super cute super fun, I am adding you to my sidebar!

  24. Shanice says:

    Cute idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  25. Great idea! It really makes the pages look so much prettier!

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  27. Gail says:

    Very pretty! I am going to make one for a friends birthday that’s coming up. But I think I need more washi tape… I only have 7 rolls. =)

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  30. Ilse says:

    I think this is really awesome! I want to use this for my next bullet journal. =)

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  33. Wilmarie says:

    My loose leaf keeps riding in my binder and I’m looking very important notes. I was thinking of saving the notes and when I rewrite them to put washi tape on the edges so they won’t tear of. Then I’ll just add the holes and voila. Do you think that I’ll be strong enough to hold or is there anything you can recommend me? I like how the edges look it would definitely make me want to study just with all the pretty edges.

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  35. Jennifer says:

    Hi there! What a great idea! Where do you purchase your washi tapes? They seem so popular and yet I can never find them! Thanks!


  36. Paige flynn says:

    I have never heard of this tape where can I buy it would be nice to make a journal for my daughter who is about to turn 16

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