Basic DIY Bullet Journal | Solid Pages, Pockets, and Dot Grid!

Basic DIY Bullet Journal | Solid Pages, Pockets, and Dot Grid!

Hey Everyone, today I am going to show you
how to make this simple diy journal. The dot paper we will be making would
be perfect for bullet journals and any other journals alike. All materials and links can be found down
in the description, so check that out when you start this project. First things first, I found this free dot grid pattern that worked for a standard letter size paper on this awesome blog. I went ahead and checked out some of her content
and it’s definitely worth looking around! Once you have it open, go ahead and load 12 sheets of 8.5 by 11 drawing paper into the and then hit print. Make sure to check off “fit to page” so
the printer doesn’t downsize your dots. After printing the one side, reload the printer
to print on the blank side and hit print again. Now you have solid quality dot grid paper! Next, take a sheet at a time and fold the
paper in half lengthwise. Insert them into each other and place that
aside for now. Use whatever cover paper you want, I am using
12×12 Kraft scrapbooking paper for mine, and then cut it to 9 by 12 inches. Fold it in half and then measure .5 inch from the bottom. Cut triangles on the centerfold and then crease
the .5 inch flap using a bone folder or anything that has a dull edge, butter knife works too! This will create a clean fold. I actually messed up and added a flap to the
top as well. As you’ll see later, I’ll be trimming
that off. To bind the book, measure about 2 inches from the top and bottom of the center fold and mark it. Move in .5 inch from the first marks and then mark that. Use a push pin or any small sharp needle to
poke holes through the pages and cover. Grab a single staple and insert it into the
holes. You’ll need two for this journal. Once you have that done, turn it around and
fold the stapler ends to secure the book. Now pull away the cover and trim off the excess
paper to create a clean edge using an xacto or mat knife. Make sure the blade is sharp to produce a nice cut. Now fold the cover back over and mark where
the paper hits the cover. Crease the line and then fold it in. Now cut off the corners of the flaps to help
the book lay flat. To attach the elastic, mark about 1.5 in from
the top and bottom of the back of the book. And then mark about an inch from the side
of the book. Create a cut that is the width of your elastic
and then insert the elastic. Play around with the length until you are
happy with the closure. Now secure the ends using hot glue. If you want, you can also cover the exposed
ends of the elastic with another piece of kraft paper to keep it super clean. And finally it’s time to finish the pockets. I created these shaped inserts for my pocket
facing which will go into the flaps like so. Since I like to take things a step further,
I printed on my pocket flaps using my laser printer and now I am prepping it to be foiled. Using this reactive foil, I cut that to the
size of the insert and put it into this sleeve I made by folding sketch paper in half. The sleeve will protect it from getting tangled
in the laminator as it heat up the foil. So instead of buying the minc press machine,
I bought a laminator that basically does the same thing but at a lower cost. Feed that through the machine a few times
until it bonds and now I have foiled stripes! It wasn’t a perfect bond, but it looks pretty
good. Now, use hot glue and secure the pocket facing
into place. Close up your new journal using the elastic
and you’re done! Here is the final flip-through of the journal. It lays flat and surprisingly the dots line up. I love how this turned out and I am so excited
to start my first bullet journal! Hopefully, this will help keep me on schedule
to be super productive! Subscribe and give this video a thumbs up
if you liked it and want to see more diys, inspirational chats, and more. Also follow me on instagram for future giveaways
and behind the scenes sneak peeks! Thank you so much for watching and I’ll
see you next time! Bye!

100 thoughts on “Basic DIY Bullet Journal | Solid Pages, Pockets, and Dot Grid!

  1. It's absolutely perfect and it is what I was looking for. So many videos I watched, which was too much for me, until I find yours ❤ thank you!

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  3. How many pieces of paper did u use to make this? Ive been looking for a journal for so long, but i think i would rather follow this tutorial

  4. For anyone wishing or wanting a template for A4 , A5 and A6 size paper check this out! Hope you like it! 🙂

  5. I'm Brazilian, I was looking for a way to organize myself and paraqueda I do not have your channel. And since then I do not go out anymore, I'm in love with everything that is a generation. Your sensitivity is enchanting. Congratulations and thank you very much for helping me, I made my own Bullet Journal and I'm very happy. If you want to send as photos by email. Wondertiful kisses (wonderful with beautiful).

  6. This is so well done. I love the tip for using the laminater with foil. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm new to your channel and will be watching your other videos

  7. wOW i have never seen such a simple yet detailed instruction on how to make bullet journals. Will do for my 2018 bullet journal

  8. so, when you cut off the tabs on the upper part of the cover was the measurement 9 x 12? Or do we have to measure it 9 x 12 and make the tabs and remove it to get the correct measurements?

  9. Is this paper good for inks and watercolors? I’m looking for something that won’t show on the other side.

  10. I love this so much! Thank you Christine for making this tutorial. I love to make things that are practical and dotted journals are so pricey – but this, I can do. I loved the precision in your measuring and cutting and the end result is so perfect. Also, thanks so much for the foil tip!

  11. Wow this is actually easy to follow and reproduce! My wallet will be so so so happy to save some money.

  12. I am doing bullet journal for this year, but I am already looking for models for the next year. This is not the one for me, but the result is so adorable and it looks so easy to do it by yourself, I had to like it 💜

  13. How do people on Youtube male notebooks so good but when I try to make them I ALWAYS fail? Maybe I'm just that bad at book-making

  14. I don't like the text block part of this journal (too thin for my taste, I go through paper fast) but the other parts were very nice, and the tutorial itself was quite well structured. Nice job!

  15. Amazing! I always wanted a bullet journal but either they were to expensive or the tutorials were to confusing and required special equipment i didn't have. Now i found this i am extremely happy! I have all the materials and the journal is exactly what i wanted! Thank you for this tutorial!

  16. I can't wait to try this it is so cool and amazing since I have been wanting a bullet journal but now I can just make one myself

  17. Beautiful! I loved it! Thank you so much, I was looking for exactly this to make a present for my boyfriend! Wish me luck! haha

  18. Hi, can you please tell me on which program you made the dots.? I need 4 more rows for my paper, so I can add them. Thanks.😊

  19. yay I finnaly found sometging I could do! because others are hard!?!? so I'm going to make this one

  20. You know what … for you guys i turned out to be so aesthetic and creative . I alaways kept my creativities inside of my mind . You and jordan made me bring it out

  21. Hi Christine. I have a question about paper you're using for printing dotted pages. What GSM is it? 80 gsm or more? I want to make sure so i won't see ghosting or bleeding through my page. 😁

    Sorry if it's a repeat question though.

    Btw thanks so much for this helpful clip.

  22. OH MY GOSH!!!!! This is exsactly what I have been looking for, for forever!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I am so glad I found you!!!

  23. Thank you I starting making my own multipurposeful creative journals sealemon very good website. Loved listen to your voice. Very clear and useful your journal looked so professional and elegant to.😊

  24. AYOW WAZZUP MA GURL, you just saved my pocket, yes I’m 12, and yes I bullet journal, but all those other vids had been like: use this expensive thing that you TOTALLY don’t have at home but it’s just clickbait, use these fancy things to get it right, this company only, blah blah blah. But you, oh ma gahd, you just made. Me want to make a million of these and still not get bored, gurl, I’m not a viewer no more, IMMA SUBSCRIBER, WITH THE BELL ON, OMG, WUUUUUUUT, ok please don’t mind my extra ass

  25. Also , thank you for the dotted paper, cuz they be like buy the dotted paper at blah blah for 50$ for only 30 pages, NOT DOUBLE SIDED, so I was like, thank you for making us go to an easy link, and printing them out

  26. Oh my God, you won't believe it: I've been changing notebooks for 2 months and now I made this one and I kept it!!! Thanks so much, I wish my videos are so helpful too💕💕💕

  27. You are so capable! I really liked that your video got right to the point w/o long rambling monologue. Well done!

  28. I love this…. I was about to make my own journal… And i want to make my first handmade journal.. Thia video helps.. Thank you


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