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« on: April 17, 2014 10:45:42 AM »

Hello, and thank you for stopping by to check out my little craft. I wanted to share a journal that I made out of recycled materials.

The cover of the book is made out of a popcorn box, and the paper on the outside of it is a paper bag from Starbucks.

The pages are just plain copy paper that I tea dyed and baked in the oven. Altogether I ended up with 35 pages (70 once folded in half; 7 signatures, each containing 5 sheets of paper).

I sewed the journal, and used jute string. I would definitely not recommend that type of string because it "sheds" a lot. Also, it tends to thin out the more you pull on it; and you will pull on it a lot in the process of bookbinding. However, it was what I had on hand, and it did the job.

The 'Starbucks' label on the inside is also from the bag, as well as the brown banner. The black banner is left over scrap from the inside cover.

I still have a lot of embellishing to do on my journal, but I'm pretty pleased with my first attempt. I think this is my new favorite craft. I've collected quite a bit of paper over the past couple of years, and now I know what to do with it. Plus, I'm a big notebook fan, but I can never find one to suit me, so it's great that I can make my own!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you again for stopping by. Have a great day (today and everyday)!
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014 10:53:47 AM »

This is really cool!
I've never attempted book binding before and I bow down to your great work.

« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014 11:04:30 AM »

Thanks, silentblair! I was intimidated at first, but once you get through your first one, you have templates and measurements, so it's a lot easier to do the next ones. I've already started on another one.
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014 11:12:41 AM »

Great journal!  Grin i love making journals they are great fun to make and addictive as well, i have made my own art journals, junk journals and i made a midori type notebook holder and made the notebooks to go inside.  Smiley

« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014 11:27:22 AM »

Thank you!

I really want to make a Midori Traveler Notebook. Did you make yours out of leather? I like the idea that you can make your own notebooks to go inside them, and that it's not permanent, so you can take notebooks out and whatnot. If you don't mind me asking, what do you use yours for? I love to see how other people use their notebooks/stay organized. Often times, I can't bring myself to write in my notebooks because I'm afraid my ugly handwriting will ruin it. lol
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014 11:35:19 AM »

yes i made it out of leather. i made 3 notebooks square for diary, lined for journalling and card for art journal.  Smiley I have horrible handwriting, i am left handed.

« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014 11:48:46 AM »

I'm left-handed, too! (Maybe I should make a left-handed notebook.) But, I heard we're more creative because of it. Also, artists' have bad handwriting in general? lol

That's neat! Did you use the "Ray-dori" tutorial on YouTube? Or, did you just wing it based on your knowledge of bookbinding? I'm really excited to have started learning this craft. =D

I'm still trying to decide how I want to use my Starbucks journal. The paper isn't lined, so the possibilities are endless.
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014 12:04:59 PM »

 Cheesy yes i used the tutorial for the leather cover and then just made my own 3 notebooks and also a craft folder from pocketfulofvintage.  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2014 08:37:35 AM »

This is a lovely journal! I love that's it made with recycled materials.

« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2014 12:25:30 PM »

That's such a cool binding! I've done quite a few coptic stitch but never this!
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