Rachel McPherson is a writer, photographer and DIY junkie. She co-authored The Kingdom Experiment
and The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition
. Rachel lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Jay, and son, Sawyer. Keep up with her on Twitter at @Rachel_Mac4.
This may be one of my favorite DIY projects of all time. I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe because it’s super easy, or because it’s a suitable gift for almost anyone. Or because I’m obsessed with quotes, and it actually looks like something I’d find on Pinterest.
Whatever the reason, this won’t be the last time I make these. And with Christmas approaching, I know what each of my family members will find in their stockings this year.
Stamped Journal Essentials
Cost: Around $3 to $4 each
Plain journal: I found these Moleskin® journals on Amazon.com for $8 per 3-pack, but you can also look for them at Target®, Walmart® or a dollar store.
Alphabet stamps: Check the $1 bins at Michaels®.
Stamp pad: You can find these for around $5 apiece or use any that you already have at home.
Step 1: Select a quote to stamp on the front of your journal. I’m sending one of these journals to a college student who loves Taylor Swift, so I used Taylor’s quote: “Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.”
Here are the other two great quotes I decided to use:
“I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun; not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis
As you can probably tell, I really like C.S. Lewis.
Step 2: Decide how you’re going to space out your quote. Write it out on a spare piece of paper and determine how many words you want on each line. Make sure you practice stamping on an extra piece of paper as well.
Even with practice, though, don’t worry about getting everything perfect. Stamping looks great if it’s done freehand, which means the spacing won’t be perfect and neither will the ink. I personally think the imperfection creates a beautiful overall effect.
Step 3: Stamp out your quote.
Step 4: Let it dry. It won’t take long, but you could smear it if you touch it immediately after you stamp it.
Congratulations! You’re done! Give the journal to a friend or keep it as a prayer journal. This project pairs perfectly with the DIY pencils I showed you last month!