Quick & Easy Teacher Journal Project

Posted by Cheryl
Created using Back to School - IE156 Collection

Created using Back to School - IE156 Collection

With summer almost over and back-to-school time just around the corner, put that apple for the teacher away and give him/her something special the first day of classes. Create this fun journal in a few quick and easy steps.


Inkjet printable paper for printing images

Wire-bound journal - size can vary

Blank shipping tag

One sheet of decorative/scrapbook paper that coordinates with your images

Ribbon/Trim/Vintage cloth measuring tape - for tying on tag and to trim length of journal

Spray adhesive/double sided tape/glue stick - preferred adhesive of choice

Craft knife/cutting mat - or - Hold punch to match size of holes along wire binding

Step One:  Print out the handwriting page and the teacher with stars images from the Back to School - IE156 Collection.  Re-size images if needed to fit where desired (teacher image should fit neatly on shipping tag and handwriting page should cover the journal front & back). Adhere using your preferred method of adhesive the teacher image to the front of the shipping tag.  If you choose, you can write a personal note on the back.

Step Two:  Remove the wire from the journal. Adhere the handwriting page to the front of the journal keeping it flush with the left side over the holes.  Using either the craft knife or hole punch, cut the holes out of the paper.  Cut a strip out of the coordinating paper - approximately 2 inches wide or the size appropriate for your journal size - and adhere to the right front side of the journal cover overlapping the handwriting if necessary.  See the sample image for placement if needed.

Step Three.  Cut ribbon/trim (we used cotton trim with a vintage measuring tape look) long enough to cover the journal from top to bottom with about 1/2 inch extending over the top and bottom.  Adhere so that the trim covers the place where the two papers meet on the front cover. See sample image above for placement.  Be sure to fold the ends of the trim over to the back of the journal cover and adhere.  Tie another length of the ribbon or trim to the hold in the shipping tag.  Then adhere the tag to the front of the journal.

Step Four:  Reattach the cover to the journal. Present to the teacher and enjoy!!!

Until next time…

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8 Responses to “Quick & Easy Teacher Journal Project”

  1. Barbara Linzey says:

    What a great idea. I’m always looking for new ideas and this one is a keeper. I love making my own journals and presently making my own art journal pages. Thanks for so many great ideas.

  2. Brenda says:

    Really cute idea! I think the measuring tape might look a little too seamstress/sewing-related. I would glue on a cut-to-fit wooden ruler instead, maybe age it with a little sanding and wood stain. In a pinch, you could even scan a wooden ruler and print it out on cardstock.

  3. Betty says:

    This is really nice. I have a pretty silly question I am sure. How do you take off the wire and replace it without making a mess of it? Thanks!

  4. admin says:

    Hey Betty,

    Hmm. Very carefully is the short answer to your wire question. Many of the blank journals you find now don’t always spiral around from top to bottom but have a “hooked” wire that goes through each hole - much easier to remove and replace. Truly the answer is just take your time and carefully remove it and then carefully put it back through. You can always use something else to tie it back together like - ribbon, twine, metal rings, etc. Try something different! It’s all about being creative and doing it your way!! Good luck, Cheryl

  5. Judy Cook says:

    Cheryl - I like the look of this teacher journal. What size is it and where can I find one like it? Judy

  6. admin says:

    Hey Judy,

    This journal is about 8.5 x 5.5 inches, but any size could work here. I usually find my blank journals I personally use at general craft and hobby stores. Memory Book or 7 Gypsies are two brand names that I know that make blank spiral journals.

    Thanks so much,

  7. Judi says:

    Our Daughter-in-law is a teacher so I plan on making this for her birthday in August. What a wonderful idea!

    I do have one question. I was able to print off the teacher with stars but cannot locate the handwriting page that goes behind it.

    Can you be more specific as to how I am able to print it too?

    Thank you,

  8. admin says:

    Dear Judi,
    The handwriting page image is in the collection IE156 Back to School. You can get to this collection by clicking here or copying and pasting the following into your web browser: http://www.thevintageworkshop.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=125
    The collection includes several other cute images as well as instructions for the journal as well as an apron. You can download all images to your computer and print from there.
    Thank you,

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