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« on: June 07, 2011 07:06:02 PM »


I have been making these journals for a while now and I love them. They are simple to make and a great way to use up vinyl record covers, cereal boxes, or any other sturdy cardboard.


Items Needed:
Cardboard
Paper
Duct Tape
Stapler (a long arm staple is super awesome for this, but a regular stapler will work if it can open)
Straight Edge (ruler, etc)
Scissors or rotary cutter
cutting mat (if using rotary cutter)
rubber eraser (if using a regular sized stapler)
Pen or other marking device

Step 1.
Choose your size:
-For a 5.5" X 8.5" journal, you will use regular printer sized paper folded in half
-For a 4.25" X 5.5" journal, you will use regular printer paper cut in half, then folded in half. (see step three for specific instructions)

Step 2.
Decide the number of pages you would like to have in the book. I like from 8-16 pages, depending on what I have planned for it.

Step 3.
Cut and fold your paper.
-For the bigger size, each sheet of printer paper will give you two pages in your book (so if you want 8 pages, use 4 sheets of paper). Simply fold the sheets of paper in half.


-For the smaller size, each sheet of printer paper will give you four pages in your book (so for an 8 page book, you will only need 2 sheets of paper). Cut the paper in half so you have equal pieces of 5.5" x 8.5" paper.

Then fold them in half.


Work on the crease a bit to make sure all the pages have a nice sharp crease. I like to use the handles on my scissors so my finger nails don't get destroyed.

Step 4.
Make the cover. There are a few ways you can do this.
-If all you have is scissors, you can place your folded paper on the cardboard and trace around it, then cut it out.
- If you have a rotary cutter, you can lay your paper on top of your cardboard, then use your straight edge to cut out the covers.


You will need 2 pieces. Make sure that the top and bottom hang over the paper a bit, the sides do not need too.



Step 5
Duct Tape!
Lay your covers on the table face down. Take a strip of tape about double the height of your book and lay it on the table sticky side up in between your covers.


Place your covers on the duct tape leaving a space between the cover.



Fold the overlapping tape into the center.



Ideally the tape should overlap a bit on the inside. If you misjudged like I did, just at an extra piece of tape. Using your finger, smoosh down the tape between your covers so that the ridges from the cover show really well.

Close up the cover and using your fingers, create a crease along the duct tape.



Step 6
Staples!
Place your folded and creased paper into the crease your created on the duct tape.
(not the best photo)

Using your fingers to feel out the paper crease through the duct tape, line up the paper crease with the duct tape crease. Holding firmly, open your notebook up and lay it flat out.


Staple three times through the crease. 
-If using a long arm stapler, just line up and go!


-If using a standard stapler, open the stapler up.


Place the rubber eraser under the crease where you will put your first staple.


Staple



Pull the eraser out and use the scissors to bend the prongs of the staple down.


Put three staples down the crease. Double check to make sure they are fairly lined up


And you are done!



Happy Crafting!!







This is the tutorial I used to make my first journal. http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2011/04/hardback-sketchbook-tutorial.html
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2011 08:15:46 PM »

What a great way to use some of the old cardboard boxes I have laying around! I'm always in need of a journal. Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2011 10:39:49 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial! I'm very exited about the ones you sent me in the OWS and now I'll be able to make some myself. Wouldn't it be nice to use old record sleeves...?
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011 05:44:46 AM »

Idler- I am happy that you like them Grin

My daughter really likes the smaller sizes (about A6 size) with only 8 pages. She seems to get intimidated by the bigger ones and I think she worries that she won't be able to fill all the pages (not that she needs too). If I give her the A6 size she will work happily in it until she fills each page.

They are also perfect for the car with a small container of crayons, markers, or pencils.

When I started making vinyl record containers and such, I held onto the covers knowing I would use them for something. They are the perfect thickness for journal covers!

So I can happily say that there is almost zero waste when I re-purpose a vinyl record Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011 08:36:08 AM »

This is a great tutorial!  Thank for posting!
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012 09:59:16 PM »

Great, simple tutorial. The only thing I would change is stapling from inside outwards, then tape over ends after tamping them down.

I agree with less pages in a notebook, even though 8 seems a bit too little for me.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012 07:34:41 AM »

PixieSkull,
  I have thought about doing that, not sure why I haven't yet. For an adult, I agree that 8 pages may be too few, but for my 5 (now 6) year old, 8 pages seems to be enough for her to fill the book, but not so much that she gets overwhelmed at the thought of having to fill it.

She doesn't have to fill it, we have never made her, but she still seems to balk at the idea of a lot of pages.

I recently started making them with heavier papers (cardstock, watercolor paper, etc) and my kiddo really enjoys the heavier paper better. She has a fondness for sharpie markers. Wonder where she got that...
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2012 09:28:04 PM »

Sharpies! Naturally.

Made an easy journal from 6 pages of drawing paper after seeing this. SO easy! And less pages means less pressure, I found.
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2012 04:11:49 AM »

I am so glad this worked for you! Have fun with your new journal Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2012 03:39:28 PM »

I love this, I'll definitely have to try it out. Awesome work and tutorial!
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