The easiest book you’ll ever make? A journal

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I have taken the new BookSmart out for a spin and already have my book in hand. I’ve seen some of the Blurberati rock their books with 1.9’s stunning hand-illustrated embellishments. Or, they take the collage photo treatments and make them look like pages of art that should hang in museums. Not me. I opted to make a journal for my friend’s daughter who is very young and just learning how to write. Making it was beyond simple, but I think that’s ok. Sometimes less is more.

It took less than half an hour to make and required no design skills. BookSmart made it extremely easy for me to keep the book organized and perfectly lined. I created a 36-page 7X7 hardcover book of lined pages with only the journal title at the top. I added a few blank pages in for coloring, just in case her creativity called for crayons. In lieu of that, you could add photo pages, inspirational quotes, or anything to make a journal more personal. My recipient was under the age of six, so I kept it short and sweet.

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Holiday alert: If you know someone who likes to use a journal, this is a super fast yet very thoughtful gift idea. Who has a one of a kind, hard-bound journal with their name professionally printed on the inside pages? Someone stoked, that’s who.

Here’s how to do it: In BookSmart, under Apply Page Layout, there are four Lined Pages options for you to choose from. They range from dotted lines to solid lines. And from single column lined pages that work well for traditional journal writing to two column lined pages ideal for wedding guestbooks or event registers. Just apply the layout to every page and there’s your journal. Make it as lengthy as you want.

We’re seeing more and more journals and guestbooks in the bookstore. Have you made one? What tips do you have? What pens worked best? In the Forums, folks seem to like the fine point Sharpies.

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  1. That’s a great feature! Along those lines, I’d love to see some calendar page layouts, as well. A two page spread of the full month, and one page layouts for months, weeks, and individual days. I usually use a Moleskine daily planner, but I’d give it up if I could buy a planner with pictures of my daughters in it.

    By Steve W
      October 31, 2007 – 10:49 am   Permalink

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