Above photos courtesty of "Eyes of Wonder" blog.
Jewels, from Eyes of Wonder, inspired me to make a pretty Everyday Journal from a simple blank journal and my favorite pictures and quotes from magazines and catalogs. This is really a very simple thing to do, and it's fun! Here is a link to Jewel's page where she tells us exactly how she embellishes her journals. There you will find pictures to encourage and inspire you! And here is another article with more pictures and ideas.
After reading Jewel's articles, I jazzed-up my own journal which is 5.5 x 8.5". Jewels recommends a blank, hard-cover sketchbook, which I can see would be a much nicer size to use and would allow more space for writing or pictures, depending on your preferences. The open white space becomes a nice backdrop for the pictures and for your writing.
So now, for a few pictures from my journal. Mind you, my journal was not blank, but has colored pages. It gives you the gist of the project.
Did you notice that I flipped ahead in my journal to October and November and decorated some pages? I think you could do an entire sketchbook and give it as a gift or do as Jewel did and give a Kit -- a basket or bag with all the goodies needed to make-your-own embellished Everyday Journal .
It's such a pleasure to flip to the next page and see a bright and beautiful page to write upon. However, if you did this day-by-day, you could add quotes or pictures or magazine clippings that had meaning for you in that particular day. Whatever you do, enjoy playing with your scissors, glue, pens, and pictures. I did! Thanks Jewels, for the inspiration!