Whether it's for class, work or just for fun, we all need a place to take notes and record our thoughts from time to time. And we're believers that a good old paper notebook does the trick just as well (if not better) than a fancy tablet. That's why we think this homemade gift idea from Design Love Fest is perfect for anyone on your list. Check it out:

homemade gift ideas Photo by Kimberly Genevieve from Design Love Fest


This colorful journal looks like it took a lot of time and effort to make but it’s pretty simple. Plus, you can buy washi tape in many colors and designs to match the recipient's style, making it a truly one-of-a-kind gift. To read the full tutorial, head over to Design Love Fest.

And, check out some more DIY projects that would make great gifts this holiday season.

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  • Tea Wreath

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/20/homemade-gift-idea-tea-bag-wreath_n_2331607.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">unique wreath</a> is perfect for any hostess, homemaker or tea-lover you know.

  • Striped Umbrella

    Turn a blah umbrella into a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/homemade-gift-idea-umbrella-diy_n_2325075.html">stylish accessory</a> in no time.

  • Leather Pouch

    A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/homemade-gift-ideas-leather-pouch_n_2317537.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">one-of-a-kind gift</a> that only costs $15 to make.

  • Collegiate Scarf

    Forget the college bookstore -- you won't even need to leave home to make <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/homemade-gift-ideas-collegiate-scarf_n_2315311.html">this spirited gift</a>.

  • Shower Curtain

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/homemade-gift-ideas-shower-curtain_n_2303525.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">hand-embroidered shower curtain</a> will turn any bathroom into a fun and relaxing oasis.

  • Instagram Cards

    Bring memories to life by turning <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/homemade-gift-ideas-instagram-cards_n_2294071.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">Instagram photos</a> into a very personal greeting card set.

  • Fabric Scrap Keychains

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/homemade-gift-ideas-fabric-scrap-keychain_n_2286828.html">These keychains</a> make inexpensive stocking stuffers.

  • Animal Bookends

    Brighten up a bookshelf with these fun and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/12/homemade-gift-ideas-animal-bookends_n_2278818.html">colorful bookends</a>.

  • Wool Throw Blankets

    A great way to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/homemade-gift-ideas-wool-blankets_n_2272895.html">stay warm</a> and cozy this winter!

  • Typographic Coasters

    A great <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/homemade-gift-ideas-typographic-coasters_n_2271648.html">gift for anyone</a> who has an opinion on Helvetica vs Times New Roman.

  • Altoid Tin Toolbox

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/homemade-gift-ideas-altoid-toolbox_n_2259505.html">mini toolbox</a> is the perfect place to store nails, screws and other small hardware.

  • Heart-Shaped Potholders

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/homemade-gift-ideas-heart-pot-holders_n_2251110.html">perfect gift</a> for the hostess with the mostess.

  • iPhone Book Dock

    A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/homemade-gift-ideas-iphone-dock_n_2246125.html">decorative way</a> to hold and charge your smartphone.

  • Neckties For Men

    Give him something he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/homemade-gift-ideas-men-neck-ties_n_2237939.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">will actually use</a>.

  • Monogrammed Mugs

    A great <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/03/homemade-gift-ideas-monogrammed-mugs_n_2233850.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">way to personalize</a> a practical item.

  • Icy Treat Cell Phone Holders

    These cute popsicles and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/03/homemade-gift-ideas-ice-cream-phone-case_n_2231031.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">ice cream sandwiches</a> will help you stay organized.

  • Pantone Chip Magnets

    A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/homemade-gift-ideas-pantone-magnets_n_2219894.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">colorful gift </a>any artsy friend would love.

  • Confetti-Sprinkled Napkins

    A great gift to give the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/homemade-gift-ideas-confetti-napkins_n_2212603.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">frequent entertainer</a> on your list.

  • Paint-Splattered Umbrella

    Brighten up a rainy day with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/homemade-gift-ideas-umbrella_n_2205418.html">neon umbrella</a>.

  • Knitted Coasters

    Practice knitting squares make for a perfect <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/homemade-gift-ideas-knitted-coasters_n_2198645.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">set of coasters</a>.

  • Washi Tape Journals

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/homemade-gift-ideas-washi-tape-journal_n_2193118.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">perfect gift for the writer</a> on your list.

  • Monogrammed Soaps

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/21/homemade-gift-ideas-mongrammed-soap_n_2173140.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">gift is really easy</a> to personalize.

  • Paper Doll Kit

    Give a gift that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/homemade-gift-paper-doll-kit_n_2165238.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">any creative and crafty kid</a> would adore!

  • His And Hers Pillowcases

    These <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/homemade-gift-his-and-hers-pillowcases_n_2166747.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">his and hers pillowcases</a> are perfect for any couple sharing an apartment or moving into their first home together!

  • Kindle Case

    Any e-reader owner will love this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/homemade-gift-kindle-case_n_2160348.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home">one-of-a-kind case</a>.

  • Neon Coiled Bowls

    Fill <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/homemade-gift-idea-neon-coiled-bowls_n_2158007.html">these bowls</a> with something they love to make this the ultimate gift.

  • Chic Luggage Tag

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/craft-of-the-day-luggage-tag_n_1943372.html">personalized fabric tag</a> is perfect for the jet-setter on your list.

  • Placemat Clutch

    Turn a funky-patterned placemat into a one-of-a-kind <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/craft-of-the-day-turn-a-p_n_1450510.html?1350328069">fashion accessory</a> for the fashionista on your list.

  • Wristlet Key Fobs

    A cute and customized <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/craft-of-the-day-wristlet-key-fob_n_1865445.html" target="_hplink">ribbon key fob</a> to carry their keys.

  • Make Embellished Dishtowels

    Their kitchen will look brighter with these pretty, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/craft-of-the-day-embellished-dishtowels_n_1415075.html?1350329605">embellished dish towels</a>.

  • Photo Collage Star

    Make a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/craft-of-the-day-collage_n_1229244.html?1350335749">decorative photo collage</a> with meaningful photos for the recipient.

  • DIY Cocktail Ring

    Use an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/13/craft-of-the-day-cocktail-ring_n_1339492.html?1350332112">old costume earring or button</a> to create a fancy (and inexpensive!) ring. Perfect for someone who loves fun and unique jewelry.

  • Paint Swirl Vases

    Give the gift of funky home decor with these <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/craft-of-the-day-paint-swirl-vase_n_1466328.html?1350327220">swirled vases</a>.

  • Keyboard Message

    Use old keys from a keyboard to create <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/craft-of-the-day-gift-made-keyboard_n_1472208.html?1350327028">a personalized gift</a> with a meaningful message.

  • Marbled Drinking Glasses

    Use nail polish to give plain <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/10/craft-of-the-day-marbled-glasses_n_1472457.html?1350326605">glassware</a> a pop of color. Perfect for a friend with a new home or apartment.

  • Reversible Apron

    Give your favorite hostess a new kitchen accessory: this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/17/craft-of-the-day-apron_n_1525622.html?1350325991">cute reversible apron</a>.

  • Coffee Cozy

    Help the coffee fiend on your list go green with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/craft-of-the-day-coffee-cozy_n_1593468.html?1350324272">reusable coffee sleeve</a>.

  • Felt Phone Case

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/craft-of-the-day-cell-phone-case-_n_1601559.html">pretty felt case</a> is a personalized way to keep their phone safe.

  • Pet Dishes

    Know someone with a new pet? Create these <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/craft-of-the-day-pet-dishes_n_1698022.html">personalized pet dishes</a> by using a simple wood burning tool.

  • Canvas Portrait

    Turn a photo into beautiful <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/craft-of-the-day-canvas-portrait_n_1764100.html?1350316023">canvas wall art</a> that doubles as a very meaningful gift.

  • Tablet Case

    Create <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/craft-of-the-day-ipad-tablet-case_n_1764794.html" target="_hplink">this case</a> for any of your techie friends.

  • Instagram Calendar

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/craft-of-the-day-instagram-calendar_n_1773778.html" target="_hplink">personalized calendar</a> is an awesome way to display some of the recipient's most memorable moments.

  • Emergency Zippered Pouch

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/craft-of-the-day-emergency-pouch_n_1910203.html"> zippered pouch</a> is both cute and useful. The perfect stocking stuffer!

  • Geode Bottle Stoppers

    These <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/craft-of-the-day-geode-bottle-stoppers_n_1898401.html">pretty bottle stoppers</a> are a great gift for anyone on your list who loves to entertain.

  • Floppy Disk Planters

    Repurpose old floppy disks into a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/craft-of-the-day-floppy-disk-planters_n_1951187.html">fun planter </a> to make an awesome green gift.

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