Today I want to walk you through the process of making a very simple journal from scratch. I didn’t get pictures of all the steps, so I’ll try and keep it basic.
I ALWAYS keep every piece of card board I can ever get my hands on. One hint: the piece that comes in a large calendar or the back from a paper stack works great! As long as you can easily cut through it with a scissors of a knife.
I cut my cardboard approximately 5.75×8.75. I covered the outside covers with the green paper shown below. I used the white paper to cover the inside covers. I sanded the edges and inked them with Tim Holtz “Vintage Photo” Distress Ink.
Here you can see part of the cardboard which I used for the covers.
I created my lined pages in Microsoft Publisher (5.5×8.5) and printed them on plain white paper. I used my Distrezz-it-all to stress the edges. I like the edges this way as it makes turning the pages so much easier.
This close up picture shows the pages after I was done distressing them.
I embellished the front cover with different stickers. I cut the file folder and the torn note-book edge with my Cameo.
I used “The Cinch” to punch the holes for binding the journal. This picture below shows after the holes are punched and the binding wire is put through the holes.
I wanted to get a close up of putting the binding wire in the holes but I forgot so I thought maybe this picture below would give a better idea of how The Cinch works. I absolutely LOVE it!
This picture shows me closing the wires with a piece on the back of The Cinch.
And here is the finished product. Ready for use!
I was not asked to write a post on The Cinch or the Distrezz-it-all and I’m also not getting paid for writing this post. Since I own them and LOVE them and USE them, I thought I might as well include them on here. Whew, that was a long sentence!
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