In this blog post, we’re going to look at journal covers, what makes a good journal cover and a free website to make your own.
You Only Have One Chance to Make a Good Impression.
This is an old saying but it’s true. If someone doesn’t like your journal cover, they’re not going to look past the cover to see what treasure is inside.
Look in the journal section of Wal-Mart, WHSmiths, The Works in real life, and Amazon online, to see the massive range of cover designs.
Which designs or types of designs would encourage you to take a further look at the journal? Maybe be brave enough to – gasp! – open the cover and look inside?
How about recreating some of those designs but adding your own flair? This is good experience if you’re going to design your own covers.
Pattern or Picture or Plain?
Which do you prefer? Remember not everyone will like what you like so do all three.
I like all three. My bought journals are a mix of all three covers.
So long as they’re good to look at. I know, I’m shallow. But, hey – the cover I have depends on my mood, the size of the journal, the number of pages and the price.
The journal above has a plain purple cover with a multi-colored butterfly image, “Butterfly Journal” in a cursive (script) font – “curly” font, as a friend described it – all enclosed with a frame. It’s effective and eye-catching. A colleague saw it and wanted to buy.
If you’re going to use a pattern, make it subtle. Creating a pattern that causes eyestrain or headaches will turn away any potential buyers.
Check out Amazon. It’s not just a place for ideas, you can see if certain patterns work well or not.
For example, I found some Art Deco patterns gathering virtual dust on my hard drive yesterday. Thought they might make good journal covers so went to Amazon.com to see if there were any on there.
There were quite a few and most looked effective. Subtle black and gold borders appeal to me – some of those designs were gorgeous! Sorry, lapsed into “girlie”, ahem.
Not so keen on plain plain covers. I’m happy for the background to be plain if there’s, say, a butterfly motif, a title, or something else to move my eyes away from the plain.
This is my favorite design website, where I design all my journal covers, posters, flyers, etc.
If you know the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp, Canva.com is where I am after rubbing the magic lamp.
I found it easy to use after working through Sue Fleckenstein’s amazing course, Turn Your Content Into Journals and Planners.
There’s a free part and a paid part. The paid part has more goodies but the free part has all the basics.
Having been charged $130 for a book cover, I BADLY wanted to learn to use Canva!
The journal cover at the top was done using Canva.com and a royalty-free motif from Pixabay.com.
Go on there. Play with it, explore it, come up with some stonking designs and let me know how you got on.
Okay, then. I’ve introduced you to journal covers and explained why they’re important, we’ve had a look at plain, patterned and ones with a picture on, and I’ve recommended my go to site for designing book covers.
Goal achieved 🙂
The purple Butterfly Journal you can hold in your hand is available [easyazon_link identifier=”1724410075″ locale=”US” tag=”shanma0f-20″]here[/easyazon_link].
The PDF version you can print off is available here (goes to my payment processor).
‘Til next time