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How To Make A Journal


I know in my previous post I said I would teach you how to make the journal in that post.  Well, I have three issues; I didn't take pictures while I was making it, I gave it away already and I don't have enough of that paper to make another one.   So, I made this one using all current products (the other one I used retired products).  I really like how this one turned out.

This is a perfect time of the year to begin making these journals, or getting your supplies to make them later, because the Back To School sales have started.  The first thing you will need is a composition book.  Around here, you can pick them up for under $1 a piece.  I usually stock up and buy about 15-20 of them just for this type of project.  Here is a picture of the one I covered. 

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You would never know that is what I used to make this!  You will also need the following paper to make the one in this post.


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Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper #141654

  • cut 2 at 6" x 9 3/4"  this is for the front and back
  • cut 1 at 4" x 9 3/4"  this is for the left edge 
  • cut 2 at 7" x 9 1/2"

Rich Razzleberry Card Stock #115316

  • cut 2 at 1" x 9 3/4"

You will want to round the corners of the front and back pieces.  I used the Project Life Corner Punch #135346.  Make sure you know which way you want your paper to go as you only round on side of the paper.  If you make a mistake and round the wrong corner, don't worry about it because it will get covered by the Rich Razzleberry card stock.  Do you wonder how I know that?  Yep, I have punched the wrong corners before. 

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You will first attach the front and back pieces.  You will want to use a strong adhesive such as the Fast Fuse Adhesive or Tear & Tape Adhesive.   I just very lightly lay may paper down on it until I know exactly where I want it, then I press it down.  If you try to move it after you have pressed it down, it will be quite difficult.  This is the step that will take some time, because you don't want to hurry through it. Once you have done it a couple of times, it goes a lot faster.                                                                    

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You will then put on the piece that measures 4" x 9 3/4". This will cover up the binding on the notebook.

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The next step is to put on the 1" strip of Rich Razzleberry. This is going to cover up the seams from the two pervious steps.  

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On the inside of the front and back covers, there is printed information for students to use. I didn't want that on mine, so I covered it up with the 7" x 9 1/2" pieces of paper.  I think it really gives it a finished look and you could even decorate this area if you wanted to.  

To finish this one off I added white Organza Ribbon which I tied in a bow.  I then added the sentiment from the Layering Love Stamp Set #141965 and cut it out with the Layering Circle Framelits 141705.  I did use dimensionals on the circles to give it a little lift off of the page.  

Here are a couple of pictures of ones that I have made.  



I hope I gave you some ideas on how to make a plain composition notebook into a work of art.  I would love to see what creations you make.  Please send me pictures!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Happy Stampin!




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Thanks so much for sharing this!!

Susan K

So cute! Good idea to stock up on the journals now. Have you shared how to make that cute card before?

Joyce Whitman

Thank you Marty and Susan for your kind comments. Susan, you can find the directions for the card in the category of Scraps - cards made with them. It is the third post down from the top. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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