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« on: May 15, 2008 01:08:19 AM »

Hello everyone! Recently I bought this journal with an amazing cover, I bought it knowing that I could put lines on it, but HOW? This is where you lovely craftsters come in! I was hoping to use one of my mom's old scrap booking stencils, but alas! The space between the lines were too wide! Cry Am I doomed to just use a ruler and hope for the best?

Thanks so much in advance!
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008 06:47:15 AM »

Make your own stencil? You can get full sheets of stencil plastic for making your own. A fresh exacto blade & a metal ruler to use with the exacto should give you a nice stencil. (obviously draw your lines on the stencil first).

Speaking of rulers, I have used exclusively for years the graph type, clear plastic with a 1/4" or 1/8" grid on them, knowing you are lining up things correctly by having a vertyical and a horizontal makes quick work out of otherwise tedious planning.
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008 06:55:35 AM »

I agree about making your own stencil.  Our Walmart has the blank stencil plastic.

You could also use a rubber stamp journal set like this one.  The lined stamp might be too small for your journal page, but the other stuff is kind of fun, and would take up some room on the page.

Writing straight isn't so hard if you practice, too.  I only buy unlined journals now because the lines bug me on lined journals (they're too far apart, like you said).
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008 09:21:55 AM »

Thanks so much to both of you! I hadn't thought of making a stencil. Or using a rubber stamp. This helps so much! Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008 12:15:37 PM »

i don't know if you are going for an exactly precise look, but sometimes  when i want lines as a guide (i normally just go without)  i take a bright colour magic marker and draw them myself as straight as i can and write in between them, or if it is a light colour i write only where the marker is.  but it isn't very neat and tidy, just sort of cool looking afterwards.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008 02:25:25 PM »

I can think of two options:

Stamping - use a line border stamp, or a jumbo wheel stamp - I got a wheel from Stampin' Up to make recipe cards - I just hate index cards with the blue lines.  Here's a link to their online catalog, and you'll find the wheel at the bottom of Page 132. It's called Dotted Lines.

The other option is to cover the pages with scrapbook paper/or a computer generated background paper. They have some cute lined paper patterns for scrapbooking, since office ephemera is a recent trend. You could cover each page - time consuming, I know, but it might look good.
I personally like unlined journals - just let your mind and hand wander all over the page. You could embellish the pages with stamps, stickers, scraps, etc. to add some flair.
Hope this was helpful - and hope you'll post whatever you decide to do.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2008 04:43:30 PM »

Thanks so much for all your help! Cheesy I decided to go with just a clear ruler and a thin pen. It works well, and looked really clean once I got the hang of it! I haven't finished lining it yet, but will post pictures when I am for those that are interested. ^_^

Thanks again!
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« Last Edit: June 13, 2008 04:58:59 PM by AmberKat » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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