|mini gratitude journal 2015|
I can't keep myself from altering or making my own journals. I love the whole process of doing it. Finding the right sized book in the second-hand shop, sifting through my stash of papers, taking apart the book and putting it back together again.
I completed this mini journal back in February. I had intended to only take out the original pages and replace them with my own. However, in the process of taking out the pages, the cover was ruined. In the end, I am glad I made my own cover. Below is a tutorial and a short video so you can see how I did this.
|outside cover, wip|
Once I had removed the book's original cover, I was left with the thinest layer of paper plus the skeleton: the spine, front and back.
|inside cover, wip|
I adhered a thick linen paper to the book to make the cover. To make sure the book would close properly, I ran my thumb along each side of the spine.
|outside cover with added linen paper and washi triangle|
To clean up the corners, I added washi paper triangles.
For the outside, top corners, the triangle will fold inside.
|completed outside cover|
I then adhered grey card stock to the inside cover.
|completed inside cover|
On the inside, lower corner, I adhered more triangles. These triangles are not folded but cut to come up to the edges.
|cover, signatures and rubberbands|
Instead of sewing the three signatures to the spine, I'd inserted them with rubber bands. I had these pretty, purple rubber bands I'd saved from some vegetables I'd bought. The signatures were sewn with the simple , 3-hole stitch. And, viola! A mini, gratitude journal is born. Below is a video demonstrating how the rubber bands work for putting in the signatures.
joining sunday sketches.