DIY Journal Covers

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DIY some cool journal covers • Tiny Rotten Peanuts

It doesn’t get much easier if you want to make your own journal covers. You just need 2 pens, a journal or 10, a little time, a great podcast (I highly recommend The Unmistakable Creative and The Accidental Creative), and of course some snax. While you wear your slax. These are the fax.

DIY some cool journal covers • Tiny Rotten Peanuts

(See what happens when I give up wine for a few weeks?)

DIY some cool journal covers • Tiny Rotten Peanuts

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in tangling and doodling lately, so I chose a few of my favorite easy patterns and drew them on with ultra fine Sharpie. Then I went in with a white gelly pen for cool white accents.

DIY some cool journal covers • Tiny Rotten Peanuts

This first journal I started at the bottom. Just draw those little mountains across the bottom, then continue up the whole cover with mountains offset from the mountains below them. There are so many ways you can go back into this page of mountains. Infinite. Mountains for days. But I drew vertical stripes in every 4th row of mountains, then drew little black whatevers on the rows below the stripes. Then I went in and randomly colored in some of the stripes white.

DIY some cool journal covers • Tiny Rotten Peanuts

This one looks like some weird items you would gaze at under a microscope, then fall into a deep, reflective hour of awe-stricken wonder at the infinitude of the universe. But really, they’re just drawings! Ah, the power of art. If you want to make these, draw the inner 2 lines, then the 2-3 lines, rainbow-style, then the outer 2 lines. See how I made the inner lines closer together than the outer lines? Then draw little lines in the inner and outer bands, and color them in with the gelly pens.

I cannot believe I have never known about these gelly pens until recently. They are so awesome- the ink flows really well and it’s pretty opaque. Sort of like being able to draw with white-out, but less goopy.

Have you tried the colored ones? Those are in my Amazon cart. They also have all these other weird pens like pastel colors that puff out a little when they’re dry, metallic, sparkly… These will all be making their little ways into my life in the near future. PEN OBSESSION.

DIY some cool journal covers • Tiny Rotten Peanuts

This bad boy was created by first drawing the vertical sets of double lines. Then I went down each column, drawing the parallel angled lines. Go across the cover, drawing the lines down the columns, then you can fill in ever other row with little stripes. (Do you love stripes as I do?) The vertical lines got GELLIED.

That combo of black, white, and kraft is just always perfect. Throw in some cool designs, and you have a little journal you’ll want to carry around with you everywhere, slightly poking out of your bag so people eyeball it and think you’re totally rad. Because you are totally rad.




  1. 05/17/2015 / 8:11 am

    Oh, I love these! Where are the journals from? I love that such simple designs can be so effective. Have you seen Lisa Condon’s work, these remind me of her.
    I must admit though, I have never got on with gelly roll pens. I bought some with excitement and I can’t even make the white pretty, mine are scratchy and uneven. You have made me want to give them another chance though, so I shall seek me out some kraft paper or journals and do me some doodles.

    • 05/17/2015 / 5:46 pm

      Oops- added the link to Amazon for the journals. They’re just the 3-pack of Moleskines, though. You can get them at Target. SO as far as the gelly roll pens go, I’ve heard before that this brand is the only one that people can get to work well- like without clumping or leaking. They were really smooth and wonderful. I would LOVE to see what you do with them.

  2. Amanda Yeager Leonard
    09/20/2015 / 4:16 pm

    Sharpies, jellies, journals AND a matte mani ??

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