Fien’s Journal – DIY blog

Journal with me in my Traveler’s notebook.

Hey here I am again!

Of course I am joining the maychallenge by Café Analog , I work on it in my Traveler’s notebook from  Travelers company. Of course you can choose for yoursel in what kind of notebook you do the challenge and Project me. I decorated my frontpage, but it is all about the inside of course. So let’s start.

I chose an empty page for my ‘Sunday fun’ prompt.

I started with a piece of old music paper, I rip it into the piece I want. Then I use a fun Stamp from the  Cafe Analog webshop. (sorry it is sold out)

I stamp it on the music paper, when that is done and the ink is dry, I am going to wrinkle the paper for a nice old and used effect.

I am glueing it on the righthand bottom .

Then I am using one of the labels by LinCHianing (soon will be coming back to the shop). My mother and me bought all 3 of the boxes , and my favorites are now in box nr.1 .  Then I wrote SUNDAY with my yellow Touch pen on top of the page.

Now I am going to use these super fun stamps! For the label I am using the Red Soramame Ink Beans. The Label stamp, I am using under the Sunday stamp, and I write ‘funday’ in it.

The other stamp goes on the fun paper that was also in the April Box. I tear off the sides .

Then I use the fun blue and yellow washi tape that also was in the box. Then I chose a pretty yellowish mushroom, it is from a secondhand book about Fungus from the thriftstore!

At the end I stamp around the places where there is too much white space. I also am adding the number  ‘12’ and a pointing finger stamp so the date is very clear too.

And …. tadaaaa!! This is how my finished page looks!

I hope you like it !

If you are participating in the maychallenge of Cafe Analog, please post your creations on instagram or facebook with the tag #cafeanalogtalk. You can find me there too:  @journal.with.fien

Have fun journaling!

See you next month

Kisses – Fien

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STEP BY STEP Journalpage


A lot of times people ask me how to build up a page

the way I do it.

Well… here is a simple step-by-step , I hope it helps you !



Tear a bookpage in half

and glue left and right on the pages (called mirroring)




 Stick some transparent washitape, overlap

(mirror them, it gives your page balance)



Use some washi with opposite colors



Cut out a circle for journaling

see where it fits nicely




 Use washi with your theme




Stamp letters, distress with a stencil

and overlap the layers, it pulls it all together




Think outside the pagelines,

cut pictures or postage stamps in 2 and

let them ‘disappear from the page’






Journal about your day or your topic,

find a quote or some info about it, done!

 et VOILA!

Please show us your page as a REACTION on this BLOG !


Dear Diary – by Desiree Oude Groothuis


From my 14th birthday untill my 25th I wrote in my diary almost daily.

I remember my very First DIARY (Dagboek) had a cover in bright blue that was kind of chinese silk cloth.  The pages had a vague flower and grass design on them, in pastelpink, and it had lines.

It has poems, and the words to my favorite songs at that time, a lot of Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac and of course Michael Jackson.

In these years I also had a penpal in Germany, her name was Beate. We wrote for 3 or 4 years at least. We would call it SNAILMAILING now, sending letters and little presents to eachother, the feeling of receiving mail still hasn’t changed … it’s the best.



Later I made my own, bigger – A4 size journal,  because I glued in everything that had anything memorable :

The yarn  I was crocheting  bikini’s from (not knowing crochet gets lumpy when wet 😉 the cinema tickets from JAWS, and the first lovenotes.  I even glued in a little cheat sheet for History class and it is still in there.


About school, friends, crushes, boys, and boys oh … and boys.  About being mad at my dad for being so strict, to journaling about the books and the films I so loved.

I read so many books in those years and I am so happy that I wrote most of them down.

I remember going to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam on a school trip.

It was so impressive,  and  how  I wrote about it later in my own diary,  after reading Anne Frank’s Diary . Anne wrote to ‘Dear Kitty’ a fictional friend, mine from then on was ‘Dear Kim’.

When I was 15 I watched a lot of the B&W filmclassics, with Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day and all the Sissi Movies that I watched with my mother every christmas. I  added pictures of the Films and the stars in it, I loved Gone with the Wind.

After 16 and up everything became about boys, relations and friendships.


The Schoolplanner we used for school became planner  and Journal in 1. Homework was inferior to Popsingers and Musicbands and boy’s names were on every page. Me and my friends read eachothers journals and wrote in it.



After 24 yo my journals stopped, as I was too busy working and partying . Life simply got in the way.

When I started making marriage plans I bought a planner to make sure I didn’t forget anything.

I guess that is what we call a Bulletjournal today.( It even has dried wedding flowers in it, the flowers  survived, the marriage didn’t … lol )

When I got pregnant, I started a 9 month book and went on with making Baby books until my daughter was about 6,with lots of pictures of course!


Life and children got in the way again, but then after a while I bought a pretty notebook and started writing again, …  and doodling, drawing and zentangling ! There is so much inspiration out there and I loved trying it all!

I try to write or journal every other day now, because I am now so happily busy running this Cafe.

So did you have a Diary? Since what age , and do you still have it??

Tell us, and send pictures of them, so we can make a DIARY – Hall of Fame here ! Or leave a message underneath this post!

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