A notebook can serve as a journal, but can a journal serve as a notebook? After all, both are nothing more than a collection of bound pages. What’s the difference? What separates a custom journal from a bland notebook? In my mind, the difference is intention.
When I purchase a notebook, it’s usually for a class or seminar. I intend a journal or diary for recording something specific—like my thoughts on a day, my aspirations, travel experiences, the details of my workout, eating habits, dreams, ideas for my next book, etc.
I find there is something relaxing about journaling. Like coloring, it allows us to take a few quiet moments to collect, reflect, and distill our thoughts before committing them to words on paper. It calms us to think of our day anecdotally or as a series of connected scenes. What happened today that is worth recording? Why is it important? How did I react to something unexpected? What actions or interactions were important today? Did I reach my goals?
No matter what information you record in your journal, it’s your information. It’s personal, so why not create a custom journal?
It’s pretty simple to layout pages with writing prompts, lists of daily exercises, fitness or spiritual goals, appointments, or other experiences or feelings you wish to track. Once you’ve got it right, duplicate the page until you have the desired number of pages. You can also design your own cover from your favorite photos and choose from paperback, hardcover, and coil bindings.
Custom Journals for Unique People
Why adapt to something you find on a shelf that’s sort of close to what you want when you can easily create something that’s perfect for you?
Thanks to Lulu’s easy-to-use platform and print-on-demand, you can create your journal and order as many (or as few) custom journals as you need with ease!
Want to make it even a little easier?
We’ve got a few basic templates for custom journals ready to go. All you need to do is upload the file to your book project, create a cover, and order a copy. You’ll be journaling in no time!
Custom journals: The Interior
You can create your own file if you’d like, just remember to create the pages in the same dimensions as the journal you wish to print. Also, the total number of pages should be divisible by four.
We suggest one of these four common formats for your journal:
Maybe you want some inspirational quotes to keep you motivated? Add them! You can even mix and match lined and unlined pages so your journal can include pages of text and your sketches. The wonderful thing about doing it yourself is that your journal is 100% yours!
We’ve got the templates you need to get started
- 8.5 x 11 (US Letter) – 100 Pages – College Rule Lined – DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
- 5.83 x 8.26 (A5) – 100 Pages – College Rule Lined – DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
- 8.5 x 11 (US Letter) – 100 Pages – Graph Paper – DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
- 5.83 x 8.26 (A5) – 100 Pages – Graph Paper – DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
Custom Journals: The Cover
Making a cover can be tricky, but oh so rewarding! We like to give you a simple option with our cover templates – allowing you to add text and images to a pre-made cover. Or you can get creative and make your own. Just pay close attention to the specs we provide so the cover fits perfectly and prints correctly.
How awesome is it to have a journal with a picture of your pets or family on the cover? Or a travel journal with pictures from your favorite vacation spots? Or an amazing piece of inspirational art you created? You can do all that and more with Lulu!
Put it all Together
Need a little more guidance or some inspiration? We got you covered with this awesome Journal Page from Lulu.com! Head over there for more advice and step by step instructions, template downloads, and a few of our favorite journals on Lulu.
Once you’re ready to create that journal, we’ve got two ways ready for you. Note that both options use our global print network and offer industry best printing quality:
Lulu.com – The classic Lulu site is perfect for creating a journal with a hardcover, either Dust Jacket with Linen or Casewrap. If you plan to sell your journal online through the Lulu store or retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble online, you’ll want to use Lulu.com.
Lulu xPress – Our newest book creation tool, Lulu xPress is perfect for journals with color interiors or if you’re just creating a single paperback or two for your own use.