The other day I was having lunch with a friend on the local college campus and we were browsing in one of the bookstores when she sparked interest in the small (and overpriced) section of journals (she's embarking on a summer-long trip to the Middle East on Sunday). And that's when I knew what I'd make her--a Blair-Original Travel Journal!!
So I rushed home to get started on it (I only had one day to get it done) and started thinking/researching on various techniques on how to make a quick/sturdy journal. I'd experimented with the photojojo techniques (the "Picture Journals" you see all over craftster), but the pages always seemed to threaten to fall out. And I didn't want Suja to lose any of her travel journal. I looked up other various methods that seemed both overly time-consuming and overly-detailed.
And that's when I decided to create my own Journal Making technique!
I began by folding
25 sheets of regular computer printer paper in half
(I wanted her to have plenty of room to write!) (this can of course be substituted with recycled paper--I just happened to have some laying around).
I then divided them
into 5 sections
of 5 pages (not too thick, not too thin). And instead of punching holes by hand and sewing them by hand, I ran each section through the sewing machine
, sewing down each crease as closely as I could! It was so quick, so easy, and so secure!! I am completely in love with this method of "binding" the pages together!
After sewing the pages, I then had to figure out a secure and easy way to create and attach the cover. I'd seen photo covers, but I didn't have any photos big enough. I'd seen cardboard-covered covers, but that was both too time-consuming and too bulky (I wanted something slim to slip into any bag or pocket). So I decided to use up some of my beautiful
heavier scrapbook paper
. Using one of the sections, I traced out a cover and back
, being careful to select patterns, and cut them out.
Now to bind it all together...what to do?! I'd gone too far to use any traditional methods, so instead, I combined and created. In section (the cover and back were considered each their own section), I measured one cm in from the spine
and with a pencil drew this "boundary line". I then measured equal spacing to punch holes
(I did 1.75 inches, starting at 0.5 inches from the bottom). Using a nail
, I clipped the sections to an old notebook
(so I wouldn't punch into my floors), and punched the holes as I had measured them, one cm in from the spine.
After hole-punching, I used a needle
and embroidery floss
in a complimentary color and created my own stitch (there is a specific way to do this particular stitch, but I hate looking up directions and so just did it as I figured it out on my own). Not sure what it's technically called (coptic maybe?), but it binds the pages well and holds them tight!
1.5 hours later, I have a beautiful travel journal to give to my dear friend for her adventures overseas!!
The Front Cover:
The Back Cover:
A close up where you can see the machine and hand sewing:
I also glued an envelope on the inside of the front and back cover so she can stow away small keepsakes along her journey!