Thoughtful Creative: Friendship Journals


To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere
without moving anything but your heart.
(Phyllis Theroux)

Can you feel it? The holiday season is quickly approaching and the time for thoughtful homemade presents is here. With the current economy, many people are looking to save a few pennies with gifts from the heart.

A friendship journal is great for anyone who lives far away. It’s a heartfelt gesture that keeps giving throughout the year. The idea is to add a few pages at a time before mailing it back to your journal buddy. As time goes by and pages are filled, you and your friend/sister/cousin/niece/etc will have a book full of inspirational images, thoughtful musings and lovely journal entries. Follow my easy DIY directions to make your own.


  • Journal—the dollar store kind is perfect!
  • Magazine cut outs, favorite quotes and any other decorative accents
  • Crafting basics—scissors, markers, stickers, tape glitter and glue

Step One: Decorate


Pretty up that plain-jane journal with stickers, sparkle and glitter. I like to make the cover simple at first so my journal buddy and I can add to it as time goes by. Make it custom by infusing your style with creative touches.

Step Two: Journal


Use the first page of the journal to explain the idea behind your thoughtful gift. You may want to include a favorite quote or inspirational photo. This is a great place to tell your journal buddy how much you miss them and how excited you are to keep in touch with them in this creative way.


This is really where the fun starts. Allow yourself to be silly and playful when creating your journal pages. Each one can follow the same theme or be totally different. Personalize it. Love it. This is your friendship journal.

Step Three: Send!


Once you have completed a few pages, wrap it in pretty packaging and send it off into the universe with love. Before you know it, the journal will be making its way back in your direction with newly completed pages, ready for you to dive in and play some more!

photo credit: me

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10 Responses to Thoughtful Creative: Friendship Journals

  1. stephanie alaine October 30, 2009 at 10:19 am #

    ke: this is such a sweet idea. i used to give these to my mom, friends, and even keep one for my beau! i “gave it” to him at christmas time, without him knowing, and logged the whole year about what we did, where we went, how i felt about him, and at christmas time the NEXT year, i gifted him with the journal: full of memories and much love!

    i think you’ve inspired me to start that trend again!! thanks

  2. City Girl October 30, 2009 at 10:24 am #

    This is lovely 🙂

  3. kaileenelise October 30, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    sa: that is a great idea – I might have to borrow it for one of my loved ones this year 🙂 thanks so much for sharing. xoxo, kaileenelise

  4. TweetNica October 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Pretty Pretty Pretty. but I’m not surprised. You like pretty things!

  5. Tiffany October 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    THANK YOU!!!! I love my present!!! You are such a great friend! I am so thankful to have you in my life! Now my creative juices are flowing with ideas on what to write back in OUR journal! 🙂

  6. Stephanie November 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    What a cute idea! I loves it!

  7. JoAnna November 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this is fabulous!!
    Journals and letters are 2 of my favorite things.
    What great ideas!

  8. mickey mouse November 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Hello Kaileen,
    I really love your website! What a creative and beautiful young lady. I love and miss you.

  9. micaela November 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    you are my favorite kind people… thoughtful and full of heart.

    i ADORE the glitter tags. did you make them?

  10. Darlene 'Dee' Bishop @Frugal Fancy January 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I know this is an old post, but I have to say this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! (Sounds like a spam comment!) But REALLY… I’ve just got started in swapping at Swap-Bot and a lot of the people there do the FBs. But just those don’t appeal to me. I want more! A friendship journal sounds perfect. Now I just have to convince one of my distant relatives to play!! Thanks for sharing… and for the easy to follow instructions.


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