A few quick junk journals

cover art journalsI created a couple of quick journals for the teenage daughters of a friend of mine. I had 2 days to put them together, which for me is extremely short notice. Luckily I had the covers done — minus the hardware — and just sitting on my bookshelf.

I bought two covers at Tuesday Morning on the cheap and played around with how to cover up the Tim Holtz Christmas theme printed on the front. I sprayed ink, painted, dabbed more ink, sprayed with more colors, and then glossed until I was content. I wasn’t really pleased over all, but I don’t think I could have done any better. After everything dried I stamped an image on the front with my favorite copper stamp pad.

key lock hardware

This was the first time I added hardware to covers. Since these were going to be for young teenage girls I wanted to put some chain and hooks for closures, and use some key lock plates for decoration. Silver on the red cover and copper on the green.

profile journal bookI also added paper clips to some of the pages with fibers tied to them.

journal spinesFor the spine I used black embroidery thread with a few beads. This was the first time I tried this 2-holes-in-the-spine system of binding and I didn’t like it at all. When I tied in the signatures I couldn’t get them tight enough so they were wobbling up and down in the book. I simply couldn’t fix it. I had to leave them wobbly.

For the inside pages, I used 5 sheets per signature, folded that makes 10 pages. I made 3 signatures for each book. I tried to make the pages all different in function as well as different sources of paper. I wanted folds and pockets and different sizes, some plain and some colorful. I also wanted to find places for lots of tags, envelopes, some stamping, and washi tape.


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I used a hook and eye system for the fastening. This worked well as it didn’t scratch the paper on the back page.

hook and eye


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