Handmade Journal Kits!

Instead of a recipe today, I wanted to share something special I’ve been working on. Recently I’ve been learning various bookbinding methods and making handmade journals. I love making the journals from scratch because the finished product is so special.  I love being able to customize everything about the journal, from the papers to the size.  And just like cooking and baking, I get to take a variety of ingredients or materials and turn them into a beautiful finished product.

If you’re reading this, you know how much I like to share the things I love, so I wanted to create a journal-making kit so you can make one too! All the materials and tools are included, and everything is pre-cut. The kit includes a detailed instruction manual with illustrations to guide you through the steps. You even get to choose your favorite paper design for the cover of the journal! Check out the kits at They make great gifts for the Holidays!


Handmade Planner

Hi guys,

One of the reasons I enjoy cooking so much is because I love making things. There’s something about seeing a group of ingredients, and mixing them in a certain way to produce something wonderful and delicious! Well, for the same reasons I also love to make stationery, journals, and really anything I can get my hands on!

I thought I’d show you my latest creation: a planner for my sister. She recently became a teacher, so I knew she’d need something to keep her busy schedule organized. And it has to be cute too, not just functional, right?! I bought some refill planner papers from a local Sanrio store to use inside the planner for the calendar and weekly pages. Then I handbound the pages together with a hard cover, and decorated the front to make it special. I hope she likes it!









There will be similar items soon at Paper by Maria…watch out for updates!