How to Turn a Notebook Into a Journal

Stamped Bullet Journal

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

A notebook has been turned into a planner by stamping different tag shapes using Memento Luxe inks and adding dates and days, there is even room for a menu and blogging schedule plus a couple of listing sections as well. This journal in yellows, pinks and reds was created by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

I recently had a job transition, and I opted to put aside my more traditional planner and give bullet journaling a try instead. What’s a bullet journal? Simply put, it’s an organized catch-all notebook. You can make it as plain or as decorative as you want, and it’s completely up to you how you want to organize your days and weeks. Best of all, because it’s all created as you go, if something doesn’t work one day or week, you can easily change it without having to start all over!

Today I want to show you how I’ve used stamping to decorate and organize my week-on-two-pages spread for the first week of August. With the new school year coming up, if you just can’t find a planner that fits your needs, consider crafting your own out of a notebook.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes + dry time



Step 1

I like to have a place for notes and to-do lists for each day of the week, so I used round and square tag stamps, along with Memento Luxe inks in Love Letter, Morocco, and Dandelion, to make a space for each day. I also used an Ink Blusher to buff out some of the stamp lines and create a softer background for each day’s landing spot and stamped the image first onto a scrap piece of paper so that my images would allow me to write over them. No sense in having a planner that you can’t read, right? Use a date stamp to designate each day on the first page.

TIP: Stamping in a notebook can be tricky if the pages underneath are uneven, so slip a spare piece of chipboard under your page to get a cleaner impression.


Step 2

On the facing page I keep my lists, so I used a large tag stamp to set up the tops of two columns.


Step 3

To mark my weekdays for each of the larger tags, I lined up my alphabet stamps on the paper before picking them up with the edge of an acrylic block. This makes stamping close to the gutter of the notebook much easier. I use these areas to plan my week’s menu and blog posts, but it’s a great way to keep track of class schedules or extra-curricular activities in the upcoming school year.


Step 4

If you want to add some dimension on your planner pages, make custom “enamel” dots by squeezing StazOn Studio Glaze or Radiant Neon Amplify onto the craft mat and allowing to dry. These dots can then be attached with a little bit of glue.


Step 5

A few more scattered stamps and some pen detailing go a long way towards making a planner page look more complete. Make sure the pen you choose won’t bleed through the paper and get in the way of next week’s pages.




  • Acrylic blocks
  • Close to my Heart − tag stamps, alphabet stamps
  • Viva Las Vegastamps − scatter stamps
  • Pebbles − date stamp
  • Helmar − Super-Tac Glue




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