Commonplace Book Setup | Suzanna Stein

July 20, 2017


The concept of a "junk journal" or a commonplace book is nothing new. And while I've loved looking at the books from other people, it took me a while to jump on the train myself.

I don't really know what you'd call this binder I made, but I know that it's the perfect mix between a junk journal, a commonplace book, and an old school binder.

Commonbook Setup by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

I picked up a mini binder from Target for just a couple dollars. I thought about covering it with patterned paper, fabric, etc. But I ultimately decided to go back to my high school days and make a decorative cover to slip in the clear sleeve. The point of this project is to keep it simple and I'm so glad I did!

Commonbook Setup by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

I don't have a plan for filling this binder, I just know I'll add anything that I like, want to save, quotes, ideas, etc. Keeping that in mind, I used my Kate kit as a starting point. I trimmed a few pieces of patterned paper/vellum down, added a journal card or two, and made a few tags.

Then I added a couple page protectors I also picked up from Target, some blank white paper, lined paper, other random pieces of paper, and envelopes. In one of the pockets, I added tabs and paper clips to easily grab when needed.

Commonbook Setup by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

Commonbook Setup by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

As I go, I know I'll end up rearranging things, adding/subtracting different parts, and making it my own. I'm so excited about this no-frills way of documenting the little parts of life I want to hold onto.

If you create one of these, I'd love to see them! Tag me on Instagram and be sure to follow along so you can see how I fill mine!

Supplies Used: Kate Kit | Kate Patterned Paper Add-On | Kate Die Cut Shapes | Kate Epoxy Hearts | Kate Designer Vellum Sheets | Kate Word Stickers | Kate Journal Cards | Kate Stamp Set | Floral & Stripes Wide Washi Tape | Emeline Puffy Alphas

Suzanna Stein
Suzanna Stein


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