Make Your Own Vintage Nature Journal

I love old vinyl record album covers. You can pick them up for next to nothing at garage sales, thrift stores or in someone’s basement (make sure you know them first, though). You can pick up lots of good kids albums at the thrift store for next to nothing, and the art could be perfect nature book for journaling, drawing, and more.


  • Album cover 
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Notebook
  • Glue (we used hot glue)
  • Ribbon

1. Prep and trace.

First off, you’ll want to trace the notebook shape onto the backside of the album with a pencil. Repeat for the back and also for the spine of the book if it has one.

2. Frame it up.

Next, Cut out the shapes. Be careful not to trim too close. If anything, you want to make sure there’s a little bit of extra room.

3. Piece it together.

Now you’ll want to glue all your pieces directly onto the notebook. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect! Once it’s glued down, use ribbon to decorate the edges and hide any imperfections. We used ribbon here, but you could also use sequins, feathers or anything else to dress it up. All done! You just made a lovely gift for less than a couple bucks! Have fun searching for cool vintage albums.

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