March 26th, 2012


DIY: Jonathan Saunders inspired Color Block Journal

I love good stationery.  And nothing brightens up a stressfuld ay of work like a great notebook or planner.  Making (and crossing items off) my to-do list just feels that much better.  When I saw this Jonathan Saunders for Smythson Diary , I was of course, smitten.  But in addition to being sold out, it’s so expensive!  I immediately set out to recreate my own.  I ended up making mine in neon pink, but the sky is truly the limit in terms of color combinations… get creative and have fun with it!


Begin by laying out a strip of painter’s tape across the length of the notebook.  This is going to be your black stripe.

Cover the entire notebook in a coat of white acrylic paint…  (this is important as it neutralizes the black and will allow your colors to shine through.)

Paint on the first color…

And then the second color…

Allow to dry completely, and then peel off your painters tape.

Voila!  Your notebook will look like this.

Fill in any white spaces with paint…

Glue on your ribbon, as shown below.

And then apply your rhinestone!  You are finished… enjoy your snazzy new notebook.

Top image via, all other images Stripes & Sequins

33 Responses to DIY: Jonathan Saunders inspired Color Block Journal

  1. Lesley March 26, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Cute cute cute!!! I might have to do this to one of my moleskines!

  2. christin March 26, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    LOVE this one. i should just do this at work to the notebooks we have. arts & crafts time in the conference room! 

  3. Supal March 26, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Oh this is incredibly simple! I’m heading to grad school in the fall and plan on getting moleskins instead of notebooks (since they’re prettier). Totally doing this to make them extra pretty! 

  4. Things That Sparkle March 26, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Absolutely love this!! You are so freaking creative

  5. Tara March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I love this! You chose such fabulous colors :)

  6. AvgGirlsGuide March 26, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Adore the colors you selected and the rhinestone? Perfect!

  7. Viviana Carmona March 26, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    SO great! This must be attempted by me!

  8. Liz - So Much to Smile About March 26, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I absolutely adore notebooks – and I go through so many! Will definitely have to give this a try!

  9. Julie & Lauren March 26, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    This is awesome- I’m sending this to one of my friends who is obsessed with personal journals! Xo

  10. Budgetnista Kia March 26, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I Love this project! I’m heading to Joanne’s today anyway, so I’ll just pick up some paint and try this in a few days!  Thanks

  11. Ladyofashion March 26, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Clever, and super cute colour combination. I love it! :)

  12. Catherine Gabel March 26, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I love this idea!! This is amazing. 

  13. Tamra Sanford March 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Ohh I love this DIY!  Also a great idea for a way to decorate guest books.  Thanks Grace!

  14. Thenowstylebook March 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Nice!!! So cute!!!! xoxo Elizabeth

  15. Sarah March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I LOVE this! You are so creative, Grace!

  16. Molliee Martin March 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    loving this idea! I never leave the house without my day planner and this makes it so much cuter!

  17. Julia Rosinus March 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    so cute!! love the pink and brown color choice.

  18. Laura|Style Notes March 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m a little bit obsessed with pretty stationary! This is a fabulous DIY! Love the colour combo you chose :)

    Laura xo

  19. Mal @ The Chic Geek March 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Gorgeous! I love this project

  20. Nnenna March 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Ooo, I’m a stationery lover too! I love the bright pink on your DIY version :)

  21. Jordan - Queen of LA March 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    loving the pink! anytime i am crafty i think about how talented YOU are! :)

  22. Alexa March 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Grace. You amazing. Oh have I said that before? Well…I say it again! These are too cute.

  23. Lisa @ Elembee, Etc March 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    How fun! Definitely need to give this a try.

  24. Lisa March 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Fantastic DIY!!  I love a great notebook to keep me organized (so needed).  Will definitely try this for my next one.  Thanks for sharing!!

  25. victoria | vmac+cheese March 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    I love it! It looks fantastic. :) Fun little craft project for sure…even for a total newbie DIYer like me!

  26. Erika [small shop] March 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    That is all kinds of fabulous…the colors, that black rhinestone…you’ve done it again Grace!

  27. AnnOnandOn March 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    (First time here) That looks like a fun project. You did a great job. :)

  28. Bettina March 27, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Awesome DIY as usual! Love it Grace! There’s something so refreshing about physically crossing items of a to-do list, I swear I always try to move to an electronic format, but always come running back to paper!

  29. Becca Atwood March 27, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    So fun! We need to have a craft night soon.

  30. Mai March 27, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    ooh..i will have to try this!

  31. Frankie hearts fashion March 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    How cute is this?! And I love the colors you did! xo


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