Previously, I shared Lara Gastiger’s perpetual nature journal. Today I want to share how to make your own frugal perpetual nature journal.
This journal I made is very cheap! I used 2x A5-sized blank paper exercise books; one with 72 pages and the second with 48 pages. But you may prefer a spiral-bound journal or sketchbook instead. Just check that it has least a 120-pages.
Start on the first right-hand page of your journal and label your first month. Now turn over and allocate 4 pages for each week. These facing-pages provide a double-page spread for each week. Now label the main month page and label the top left corners of each double-page with the month and the week number, e.g.: January Week 1, flip the facing page and label January Week 2 on the next left-hand page, etc until you have labeled all 4 weeks. Continue this pattern for all the months of the year.
The first 1-month page can be used as a “Calendar of Firsts” for each month with either numbered a list from 1-31 or calendar blocks or decorate it with poems or season-inspired quotes or Scriptures. (I’ll share more on Calendar of Firsts in another blog post.)
Perhaps you may create a blank lined or column page to keep lists such as your Bird lists for the year at the front or the back of your nature journal.
I removed the original soft thin cardboard exercise book covers and joined my 2 exercise books with journal stitching.(You can see a very clear tutorial here.) I made a new cover that wraps around the journal using an old cereal box which I covered with fabric using Modge Podge. I attached a tie to wrap around the journal to keep it neatly closed.
You can start right away by making your first entry in the week you are currently in, drawing a sketch, writing some notes or adding some details of nature finds or firsts.