DIY Journal {And the Power of Visualization}

DIY Journal {And the Power of Visualization}

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about the power of visualization and the benefits of using a vision board. It’s a great tool, used by many successful people, to manifest your dreams and your desires. A vision board is basically a vision of what you’d like to have in your life represented in a way that speaks to you.

In the past, I’ve tried making vision boards (usually digital ones) and never really ended up looking at them as often as I wanted to. So I thought it’d be a good idea to create one on the cover of my journal, because I usually write in it everyday and see it multiple times during the day.

When you look at your vision board everyday, your goals actually become your reality. Seeing pictures daily of what you want to manifest in your life will remind and inspire you to take the required action to move towards your goal.

I recently posted a picture of the DIY journal I made on Instagram and a lot of you asked me to put up a tutorial of how I made it. So in this post, I’m going to share a step-by-step guide of what I did to my journal and also share a few ideas for the topics you can journal about, just to get you started.

What you’ll need:

DIY Journal

  • A notebook/planner
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pictures (you can find inspirational pictures online or use your own photos)

Making your DIY Journal

1. The first and the most important step is to sit yourself down and think about what your goals are and what you’d like to achieve or manifest in different areas of your life, such as work, family, health, travel, relationships and money. You should take as much time as you need with this step because only when you know what you want can you actually achieve it (duh). And often, you go about life thinking you want something but when you actually take the time to reflect on what you want, you might realize you want something completely different from what you thought you wanted (this has happened to me so many times).

2. Next, you need to find pictures that represent or symbolize your dreams and goals. You can get really creative with this and find pictures in magazines or online on Pinterest/Tumblr or use your own photos. It’s really important to have fun with this process and choose only those pictures that actually speak to you or mean something to you. You can also include quotes or lyrics to your favorite song.

DIY Journal

3. Cut out these pictures and place them on the cover of your journal to see what arrangement you like best. Then just stick them onto the cover one by one with the help of some glue. I also stuck a few pictures on the inner side of the cover because I had extra photos. You can also add stickers or use glitter to decorate the cover. You could also paint over the cover with some mod podge to keep your cover protected (I skipped this step). 

DIY Journal

It’s literally as simple as that. The whole process took me a couple of hours and I’m so happy with the outcome. Every time I look at my journal, I feel so positive and inspired, and if nothing else, I think it’s worth making it just for that feeling you get when you look at it. And it also helps that it looks awesome and is one of a kind.

DIY Journal

Here are some ideas for what you could use your journal for:

  • Gratitude Journal
  • Goal Journal
  • Favorite Quotes Journal
  • Daily To-do List Journal
  • Fitness Journal
  • Dream Journal
  • Daily Journal
  • Idea Journal (to remember all those mind blowing ideas you come up with everyday)
  • Travel Journal / Bucket List Journal
  • Positivity Journal

I actually bought a five-subject notebook so I use different sections for some of the ideas mentioned above.

Whether it’s on the cover of your journal or on an actual board, I really recommend giving this process a shot. If this post inspired you to make a ‘vision journal’, then I’d absolutely love to see what you’ve made. And if you’ve already been using a vision board, I’d love to hear your experience with it. You can get in touch with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or just write me an email at


  • How cute is this! I have always loved collages and this one is so fun!

  • Emilee W.

    Love this! I am a big believer in journaling! Great idea!

    • Thank you! I’ve been loving journaling too! 🙂

  • This is really fun – I love journaling and my daughter does to. I will show her your post, because she is all over DIYing her own journals!

    • Thanks! I really enjoyed making this. Hope your daughter likes the post and gives it a shot 🙂

  • Like you, I’ve made digital vision boards and mood boards in the past, and while they’re pretty and fun, I don’t look at them as often either.

    This physical vision journal is such a cool idea, and I absolutely LOVE how yours turned out! Seriously, it’s Pinterest-worthy, haha. 🙂

    I definitely now want to make my own, and I really like the idea of buying a journal for different subjects. That would be so fun and productive!

    Great post!

    • Thanks, Bria! That’s so sweet of you to say 🙂

      I love this idea too! And it helps that I look at it everyday and get inspired. Glad you enjoyed reading the post! 🙂

  • Tonee Newman

    This is such a cute idea!! Love how your journal turned out!

  • This is a great idea! I’m addicted to notebooks and I love how personalized this one is!

    • Thank you! That’s what I love about this journal too, that it’s personalised! 🙂

  • This is such a creative idea! I never thought about making my own journal before. This looks so fun!


    • Thank you! I don’t know why it took me so long to do this. Love my new journal 🙂

  • I love this idea so much! I have an obsession with buying way too many journals, but I can’t believe I didn’t think of decorating my travel journal like this! I use glue sticks anyway to add stuff from where I have traveled in my travel journal anyway. It would just make sense to do this.

    Since traveling is my main goal this would be great to see every time I take my travel journal with me somewhere. It would remind over and over again that I can actually make traveling happen.

    • I know! I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this earlier myself. I’m totally in love with my new journal 🙂

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