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« Reply #40 on: June 22, 2016 06:45:38 PM »

I will probably start playing around with ideas and different pages regardless and see what suits my partner when that happens!
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« Reply #41 on: June 22, 2016 09:06:15 PM »

Oh so tempting!! I was just thinking that I wanted to try book binding again.
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« Reply #42 on: June 23, 2016 04:15:50 AM »

For those who have made junk journals before, what do you use to make the covers?  Sturdy decorated cardboard?  buy chipboard?  Some other material? I've hear of people using 9"x12" envelopes to make the cover but I wouldn't think that would be very sturdy but maybe it doesn't need to be.
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« Reply #43 on: June 23, 2016 05:02:42 AM »

I need a travel journal!  This is tempting.
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« Reply #44 on: June 23, 2016 05:23:43 AM »

I'm cheating. I got a "Cinch" for my birthday this week so I'll be pumping out wire-bound books Smiley

Lime and MissingWillow, I hope you both do join! Cheesy
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« Reply #45 on: June 23, 2016 05:43:14 AM »

Lucky!  I have been wondering about those.

I have been using reused materials for covers.  Sometimes I redecorate sketchbook covers when making a decorated sketchbook.

But I have made little notebooks with 3x5 file cards and when making covers for those, I have been using sturdy cardboard packaging, like cereal boxes and the like, or reusing old hard cover books.  Even thin cardboard, if you are collaging a lot of layers with glues, mod podge, or gel mediums, or using texture pastes, etc, that will add to the sturdiness of the covers too - just allow for lots of drying time so the covers cure well and are no longer tacky.
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« Reply #46 on: June 23, 2016 05:51:19 AM »

Lucky!  I have been wondering about those.

It was a little bit of an impulse request (it was going to be an impulse buy, but my husband needed present ideas and bought it instead... and then withheld it from me because it wasn't my birthday yet). I'm looking forward to playing around with it, but have only gotten to take it out of the box and still need wires for binding. It helps that I have a craft group in town that are happy to share craft toys also - doesn't feel as wasteful when other people get some usage out of oddly specific tools.
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« Reply #47 on: June 23, 2016 12:22:12 PM »

For those who have made junk journals before, what do you use to make the covers?  Sturdy decorated cardboard?  buy chipboard?  Some other material? I've hear of people using 9"x12" envelopes to make the cover but I wouldn't think that would be very sturdy but maybe it doesn't need to be.

I've used chipboard, mat board, sturdy pasteboard, the backs of notepads (which I believe is chipboard), illustration board (I keep my scrap piece).   You can buy bookboard too.   If you're going for a softbound, then a 9"x12" envelope or cereal box pasteboard would probably work well for that.  I don't really like cardboard for book covers though.  I don't think it looks as nice as the other options and I don't think its as sturdy either.

If you're worried about the envelope being too thin, what about gluing two together and make a thicker envie?   I would use a good glue that can handle some abuse so the cover wouldn't fall apart.   PVA glue is what is recommended a lot for bookbinding.  I think a white school glue would work too.  YES! paste is really good too.  You could do this glue together method with other things like cardstock (maybe 2 - 4 pieces thick?)  or posterboard.  But this is a junk journal.  What about gathering enough larger size cardstock political postcards/card ads/etc and glue them together until thick enough, trim and paint?    Smiley    You could also build up layers of paper mache.  

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« Reply #48 on: June 23, 2016 01:05:41 PM »

I've re-used book covers, chipboard, stiff cardboard covered with fabric.  My art journal is a re-purposed book.  I tore out many of the pages and gessoed over most of the remaining ones.  Layering definitely makes both pages and whatever is used as covers stiffer and more durable.
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« Reply #49 on: June 23, 2016 03:39:53 PM »

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