Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

DIY Free-Form Journal

There are many things going on in your life that can weigh on you. Sometimes you can’t tell people these things and sometimes you just need to vent right now. The kids are driving you crazy or your friend hurt your feelings. The regular lines of communication aren’t there because your spouse is deployed and you are feeling isolated. You shouldn’t carry all of that hurt and frustration around. It keeps you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal helps you let go of all of that in a safe place. In addition, it is the second tutorial in the journey to wellness (in preparation for the first ever Military Spouse Wellness Summit). This has now ended.

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Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

 

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Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

What a Free-Form Journal Is Not

  • This journal does not replace important conversations with the people in your life.  It is important to open up about it in order to move past it.
  • It is not a tool for avoidance of important issues going on in your life.
  • A free-form journal is not a magical cure-all to keep you from being hurt or frustrated again. (Don’t I wish!)

 

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

What a Free-Form Journal Is

  • This journal does give you a safe place to vent your hurt and frustrations so that when you get the chance to bring it up, you are able to do so with much more diplomacy and clarity.
  • It is for any form of expression including destruction.  First, write your frustrations in your free-form journal. Then feel free to mutilate that page or rip is out and destroy it altogether.
  • It is a tool for helping you unload some of your burdens so that you can go through your day to day life without the weight of it all on your shoulders.

 

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Materials

 

 

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Step 1

First, cut a length of ribbon 4 inches longer than the height of your composition book.  Next, attach it to the top left corner of your composition book cover.

 

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

 

Step 2

Next, use your composition book to measure you decorative paper.  Once you have measured it cut 2 pieces to those measurements.

 

Step 3

Put a layer of Mod Podge on the front and back covers of your composition book.  Next place your decorative paper on top.

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

 

Tip:

  • This entire project works best if you lay your composition book open with the covers facing up.

 

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

 

Step 4

After attaching your paper put another coat of Mod Podge over the decorative paper.  Next add any embellishments you chose.

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Note:

  • I just added letter stickers to mine because I loved the paper and didn’t want to cover it much but you can use any stickers, die cuts, or chipboard that you want.

 

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Step 5

Finally, add a sealer coat of Mod Podge to your entire notebook and allow it to dry.

Tip:

  • If you notice that your paper is bubbling, add a sheet of wax paper over top and stack a heavy book on it.  Once the Mod Podge has dried, the wax paper will peel right off leaving your design intact.

 

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Hurt and frustration keep you from being the best you possible. This DIY free-form journal can help you let go of all of that in a safe place. Find out how!

Now you have a fantastic new free-form journal.  Use the ribbon you attached to keep your place easily.  Any time you begin feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or anything in-between simply pull out your new tool for being the best you possible. This is another excellent tool that goes along with dealing with embarrassment (if you struggle with that like I do). Take control of your life today with this easy DIY.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.