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« on: July 05, 2010 01:09:15 PM »

Gather some different papers together... size doesn't matter



Give them a wash of white (both sides). Don't be too neat! Do it willy nilly.



Add some splotches of colour.



Add some interest to the pages. Don't go crazy embellishing at this point... just add a touch of this and a dash of that. Doodling on them while watching tv is great because it helps to take the focus away from making them 'pretty'.

Cut (I prefer to tear with a ruler) your pages into small, similar sized pieces and put them in stacks of about 4 or 5. These ones measure about 4" x 2.5"



Fold the pages together and create a good crease.

Punch holes in your pages... I do this by eye because I'm crap at measuring and it will end up wonky anyway. I use a teeny Martha Stewart hole punch but you could use an awl or a nail.



To make a thicker book I put two or three folded stacks together, using a punched page as a template for the other stacks.

Cut your cover material slightly larger than your folded page size. If you are using leather or something rather thick for a cover, use your pages as a guide to punch holes that align with your pages. If you are using fabric you can skip the holes since you can just stitch right through.



Now, using a needle and thread, sew the cover to the book using the holes that you punched. Experiment with different ways to string them all together.



At this point I trim the edges of my covers so that everything looks almost straight. Like I said, I'm a terror when it comes to measuring and working so small, it really shows when you're off... which I always am Smiley Depending on your material... beware of fraying (unless you like that sort of thing.)

Now embellish to your hearts content!

The journals made for this tute will be hidden around my town for strangers to find Smiley



















***Please remember the spirit in which this is shared. Make as many journals as you like for yourself, for swapping, trading, gifts and especially hiding for strangers to find. But please, please don't sell them without adding your own special flair. These should be a springboard of inspiriation, not copy cat central.***
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2010 01:14:59 PM »

Love it! I would be so excited to find one of those lurking on a shelf or park bench somewhere! How exciting!
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010 01:23:02 PM »

oooh thank you so much for the tute!! I'm funk at paper crafts, but this just might make me try it out.... I had no idea how easy it could be!  Your finished books are wonderful!
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2010 02:01:13 PM »

What a great tutorial! I love those tiny journals. I just featured this post on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2010 02:07:51 PM »

This is SWEET - I used to make cards with quotes on them and leave them here and there - but entire journals!  That is taking it to a whole 'nother level!  Awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2010 02:52:44 PM »

Lovely Tut. Thanks for sharing Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2010 02:59:50 PM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010 03:24:41 PM »

Wonderful tute! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm totally going to make some!
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2010 06:48:07 PM »

Love love love it!  I'm going to try this.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2010 07:52:18 PM »

Thanks so much folks. I'm really excited about hiding this bunch Cheesy I'm in the middle of making tags that say "READ ME" that I'll attach to them. I sort of wish I could get secret camera footage of people picking them up and thinking "What the...?"
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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2010 12:50:36 AM »

What a lovely idea, and re-cycling too. You could start a fairies are real rumour by leaving those in secret paces!

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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010 07:12:29 AM »

Thanks for sharing the tutorial.  I love your magical little books  Smiley 

(I bought that same martha stewart hole punch and it broke after one punch, good to see yours is still working  Wink )
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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010 12:44:25 PM »

Did you make up that last quote? I really like it!

These books are great... any of my nieces (or nephews) would LOVE to find one of these hidden about.
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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2010 01:06:17 PM »

I bought that same martha stewart hole punch and it broke after one punch, good to see yours is still working  Wink )

Actually.... mine still punches but the handle sort of bent after only a few uses. Shocked Martha, Martha, Martha 

Did you make up that last quote? I really like it!

Thanks! I did make it up all the wordy bits  Tongue

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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2010 07:18:03 PM »

These are quite beautiful, Thanks so much for taking the time to do up a tut!
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2010 05:28:59 AM »

This is so beautiful and sweet.  I've got to try it, and your pics and instructions are wonderful.  Thank you!
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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2010 03:58:41 PM »

What a fabulous idea!  I love the whole concept.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to know that someone having a bad day found one of your books and that it cheered them up.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2010 07:56:31 AM »

I made 2 of these for some visiting artists to remember their time teaching at our art center. They thought they were just wonderful. I used the fliers and promotional materials that the art center sent out as pages in the books! Thanks so much Knicker!
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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2010 08:42:40 AM »

I made 2 of these for some visiting artists to remember their time teaching at our art center. They thought they were just wonderful. I used the fliers and promotional materials that the art center sent out as pages in the books! Thanks so much Knicker!

I saw them on your flickr! They looked great and I'm pretty proud that you used the idea for something so fantastic Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2010 04:57:47 AM »

Finding one of these would make my year. Thats so exciting Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2010 02:36:55 PM »

that is the most beautiful idea ! i am sooo making one thank you so much for this tut! x
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« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2011 01:13:21 AM »

I love this! I especially like the words that you've written!
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« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2011 09:41:45 PM »

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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2011 01:44:01 PM »

These are just delightful!
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« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2011 06:46:23 AM »

This is wonderful - can't wait to make one!
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