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« on: October 09, 2008 12:54:46 PM »

Here is my metal repair tape journal. oOoO!

Ok, here are the pics and after the pics I will explain how it is made!

Front Cover

Back Cover

Detail Shot

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Supplies needed:

Cheap Composition Journal From The Dollar Store
Super Heavy Card Stock or Cereal Box
Glue Stick
Metal Foil Tape
Sanding Block
Permanent Ink Refill
Stylus or Something Similar
Bone Folder or Something Similar
Old Paint Brush
Paper Towel
2 Sheets Printed Scrapbook Paper


1.  Cut out your desired shapes and glue them to the cover and back of the journal.  If you have a die cutter that works awesome too.  For those with a Cricut or a Wish Blade, cut out 2 - 3 of the shape from card stock and glue them together for more thickness.  I have a Wish Blade, and this journal was made with 3 thicknesses of the shape cut from card stock. (Also a good use of those odd colors you will never use anyway.)

2.  Cover the journal with the foil tape being careful not to get any wrinkles, and also beware that once this stuff is down, it is not coming off nicely.

3.  Burnish around all the edges of your shapes with the stylus and smooth out the rest with the bone folder.

4.  Now you can add any other dots, squiggles, etc. with the stylus.  You can also add writing with Metal Stamps.  I added the person's name to this one after it sold. I bought mine at Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=90124

Optional To Get The Brushed Metal Look

5.  Now lightly sand the whole journal to give the metal foil some tooth.  

6.  Drop 5 - 6 drops of your permanent ink refill on the cover and then swish it all around with the paint brush.

7.  Wait about 30 seconds and then wipe it off with a paper towel.  This is really messy so either be super careful or wear a plastic glove because the ink will stain your hands and it takes a day or 2 to finally come off.  Tongue

8.  After all the ink is dry you can cover up the ugly folded over ends inside the book with scrapbook paper.  I added a ribbon under mine to close it with.

All Done!
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008 01:00:01 PM »

This looks very heavy and cool.

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2008 01:17:10 PM »

That is pretty awesome looking. I'm totally bookmarking this. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008 01:45:33 PM »

Love how this turned out -- great work. Thanks for the tutorial!

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2008 02:28:19 PM »

This looks very heavy and cool.

Looks heavy, but really it isn't at all, the tape is super light!

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2008 02:33:28 PM »

That's a really C  Cool  Cool L idea! It looks great.

It's not heavy because the tape is aluminum.

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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2008 03:41:20 PM »

Awesome! So creative.
And I didn't even know there was such a thing as foil tape!
Thanks for showing us how you made it.

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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2008 05:04:28 PM »

This is so cool looking! It would make a great journal for a guy. Where do you find the metal foil tape? At a craft store? What section? Or at the hardware store (and what section, again)?

Thanks so much for sharing how you made it!

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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008 07:29:03 PM »

Hardware store for sure!  Some local independent craft stores might carry the small rolls too. Metal repair tape can be found with the ducting for air conditioning.  Also known as foil tape.  There are several kinds you want the kind that looks the thinnest and the widest. The thick stuff is useless unless you are using it for its intended purpose.

Its around $4 to $7 for a roll, I bought the bigger roll because I ran out the small one so fast using it to cover my journals.

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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2008 01:19:21 AM »

That.is.awesome. I used to use that aluminum tape ALL the time in a job I had, and I LOVE how amazing it looks here over how it used to look for us!! :p (Think serious utility...we used it with barrier cloth, and foil paper...NOT a very pretty result! Tongue )

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