If you’ve been around the blog for any length of time, you may know that I’m a big advocate for using your photos – printing them, getting them off your phone, and using them in decor and other projects. Today I’m combining my love of printed photos with something you can use if you’re participating in the 31 Days to Happy series – a DIY Instagram Gratitude Journal.
I love unconventional things, and that includes journals, so this is a bit different than what you might see on Pinterest, but I like that. 🙂
I want to encourage you to really make this your own, so I’ll show you what I used, and you can just let your creative juices flow when making your own.
– Various 4×4 printed Instagram photos
– A stack of 3×4 grid cards
– A stack of 3×4 Project Life cards with room for journaling
– A stack of 3×4 Project Life cards with good quotes
– A hole punch
– A ring
– Washi tape
I started by taping grid cards to the back of all the Instagram photos so I can journal on them.
Then I put my journal pages together, adding various 3×4 cards between each picture, and inserting the quotes cards in between, too, until I was satisfied with my layout.
Next it was time to get out the hole puncher and punch holes in the corners of each “page” in my journal.
I added the ring, and that was it! I love that I can add pages to my journal easily just by opening up the ring, and when it gets full of pages I’ve journaled on, I can take those out and file them away.
Whether you create a DIY version of just use a standard notebook, I hope you’ll take time to document things you are thankful for in some form of a gratitude journal.
I think a big part of finding happiness wherever you are is developing an attitude of gratitude, making a concerted effort to notice little moments throughout the day that are blessings in disguise, and trying hard to be a blessing to others.
If you aren’t familiar with 31 Days to Happy, you can join any time! For all the details, read THIS POST and get happy!