Affinity Publisher added Data Merge to the list of included features earlier in 2021. This is great news for journal and planner creators because it makes layouts with different elements on a page so easy to create. I mean things like prompt journals and dated planners.

Now, dated planners takes a little more thought so let’s start easy and learn how you can use the data merge feature to create a prompt journal in a snap. Well, a few snaps, it took me less than 15 minutes to set up this document and once you have it, it will take even less time to make a few changes and create a new book.

What you will learn in this tutorial:


Watch the video demonstration:

The steps summarized:

Make additional prompt journals:

Where to find prompts you can use:

So, now that you can create all these lovely books quickly and easily where do you find prompts? There are lists of prompts all over Pinterest and blogs, but be careful because prompts are a bit of a gray area when it comes to copyright.

A prompt such as “describe your favorite childhood memory” is pretty generic but more specific prompts are copyrighted by the person who wrote them. You should not just copy a bunch of prompts off the internet. Either write your own (it’s not hard) or buy a license for a set of commercial rights prompts. Here are some options:

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Createful Journals

Sue Fleckenstein has a monthly prompts club membership and this is a great choice for an ongoing source of prompts. It is extremely affordable.

Journal Prompts Monthly

Or check out the back issues which can be purchased individually dating back to 2018!

Sue also has some larger prompt packs on popular topics:

Baby and Me Journal Prompts

Anxiety and Stress Journal Prompts

Weight Loss Journal Prompts

Health And Wellness PLR

Jennifer Anderson loves journaling content. You can find a ton of journaling content with private label rights on her site including over 40 products that include prompts.

Here are two free packs you can sample:

50 Healthy at Home Journaling Prompts

50 Mental Health Journaling Prompts

And here is where you browse all the rest–includes topics like self help, fitness, diet, spirituality, seasons, and more.

Health and Wellness Journaling Content

PLR Planners

Di Heuser has this pack of 1100 creative writing prompts. You could make 10+ journals from this alone.

1100 Creative Writing Prompts

PLR for Blogs

A la carte articles, including prompt article packs.

Gratitude Journal Prompts

Bullet Journal Prompts

White Label Perks

Free Prompts for the New Year (from 2018)

Body Positive Prompts and Journal PLR

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