Journals, Planners, and Scrapbooks You Can Make Using Recycled Materials

blank book for a child's writing
My 18-month planner doesn’t end until the end of December, and already I’m panicking. How am I to make notes about things to remember in January if I don’t have a planner!?!

Currently, I’m near the end of a store-bought 18-month planner, which I do love, but it was pricey, AND I had to have it shipped to me, and I’m pretty sure that the pages originally came from somebody’s old-growth forest somewhere–in other words, not ideal.

Right now I’m in the process of constructing my own dream DIY planner (more on that later!) from the ground up. It’s going to have room for my weekly schedule, dinner menus, three different kinds of to-do lists, and tear-out pages for shopping lists. It’s also being made completely from recycled and natural materials. Yep, it’s a project!

If you liked our tips and tricks for making recycled books from trash, then I think that you’re also going to love these tutorials that I’m also loving lately–five projects for upcycled books that you can make using recycled materials. Check them out, and start planning your own dream planner.

recycled envelope pocket book from WhipUpThis recycled envelope pocket book tutorial from WhipUp shows you how to create a book full of pockets made from upcycled envelopes. I’m incorporating upcycled envelope pockets into my DIY planner so that I can carry things like coupons, stamps, and my business cards.

[Image by WhipUp , used with attribution]

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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