How to Make a Handmade Journal


I’ve inserted a gallery of pictures to take you through how I make my hand-made journals. I know I promised this a few months back, but I’m finally getting around to it, now. I do apologize, the gallery keeps posting the pictures backwards, so start at the bottom 😉

1. 20 pages seems to be the right amount of thickness. I start by folding the pieces in half, cutting them and then folding them in half again.

2. Put holes in the crease of each paper 1/2 on the top and bottom  1 1/2 inches apart in the center. I simply sit on the carpet and push a nail through each mark.

3. For binding, see this lovely site  Follow her directions on binding exactly. The first time, I decided I’d make it up as I went- it didn’t work. When the binding is finished, glue together the edges (Elmers works fine).

4. Cut your cardboard cover to the size of the book. The site I linked to in #3 gives you exact dimensions, but if you aren’t a perfectionist (like me 😉 I found it’s more than fine to outline the book and cut that out. I also guestimate for the edge, but if you would like precise measurements, again, check out the above website.

5. Clue your cardboard to a piece of paper with about 1/8 inch between the pieces, and cut the edges of the paper once it has dried.

6. Cut your fabric cover so it has about an inch extra at the edges. Glue down. Fold the edges of the fabric over and glue. Place a book over the cover while it dries.

7. Once the cover has dried, place the bound pages inside cover and glue together. Only glue the inside pages, not the binding. Place a wax sheet of paper between the pages while the book dries.

8. After everything has dried, take a fun piece of paper (I use scrapbooking sheets- a big sheet will cover both inside pages of the book) and cut it down so it fits on the inside of the book. I glue it down and then trim the edges once it has dried.

Tada! And there’s your book! It’s a pretty easy process once you get the hang of it. Hopefully those directions aren’t too confusing. If you need any clarification, again, check out the website I listed in #3. Have fun 🙂

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4 thoughts about "How to Make a Handmade Journal"

  • Jack says:

    I like this post! Although not homemade, I had a journal like this. It was a gift from my parents at the time. Man, I remember writing so much in them, back then! Nowadays, I write tons, and I attribute that to my early journal writing!

  • Jess Byam says:

    I love it! Now I’m itching to make one for myself. I’m in Kentucky with work all week, but as soon as I get back, I’m getting my craft on. Thanks, chica!

  • Krispy says:

    Cool! Thanks for posting these! I totally want to make one now…or at least attempt to. Haha.

  • Marsha Brandt says:

    I love the journal you made for me! Right now I have it on my desk at work – but I’ve decided it needs to come back home with me. You chose the perfect fabic for me! Mom

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