DIY: revamped journal with old CD cover

One of my goals for this year is to journal more. Sometimes I think I use social media to seek affirmation from other people – instead, I want to try to treasure more of these moments in my heart and thank God for them. So, since I’ll be needing someplace to write down these thoughts, a revamped journal was the perfect project for my snow day this past week!

I get a lot of my music for dirt cheap from our local library booksale, but it leaves me with a ton of empty cases since I just stick the discs right into a CD book. I usually recycle the cases, but some of the artwork I just don’t want to throw away. Thus, this journal was born.


You will need:

– small blank journal  (could have a logo/design on the front that you don’t like, since we’re going to be covering up the central part of the cover)

– CD cover art that you like (I used Relient K’s “Forget and Not Slow Down”)

– paper trimmer

– Mod Podge and old paintbrush you don’t care about

– small paintbrush and acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice

– picture of a font you like to use as a reference (optional)


1. Use a paper trimmer to cut the CD cover down to the size you want.

2. Use the old paintbrush to apply Mod Podge where you want to put the image and center it on the journal.

3. Paint a word or phrase onto your journal. I originally tried using rubber stamps with the acrylic paint, but it looked awful so I just ended up freehanding. It really doesn’t have to be perfect, but if you want to emulate a certain style, try looking at a font that you like for inspiration. I ended up just looking at the font on the stamps I was using.

That’s it! If you want, you could probably apply another layer of Mod Podge to the top after the paint dries if you want a more glossy finish.

Enjoy your sweet new journal, and don’t get too busy to stop and see the beauty around you!

James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


“Holding On To You” cover!

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you probably know how much I love music – and not just listening to it. I love playing, learning new instruments, coming up with melodies, and writing songs. I started piano lessons when I was six and picked up electric and acoustic guitar on my own (thanks, Internet!) when I was in middle school. My friends and I started a worship band and I picked up a bit of bass and drums during practices when we were all goofing off.

All this to say, music is great. It amazes me when I think about how God created each key and note and that he puts this desire to create something new and amazing within us. One of my new favorite bands of late is Twenty One Pilots – their music just has this way of capturing exactly what I’m feeling and expressing it in such a genuine and passionate way. So since I was trying to avoid doing homework yesterday on my day off, I recorded a cover of “Holding On To You”! It’s one of my favorites from their newer album. Hope you like it!

Some of my other favorite Twenty One Pilots songs are “Addict With A Pen,” “Trees,” “Car Radio,” and “House of Gold”. Seriously, check them out!