Recently I found myself loving more and more being able to make my own journals at home. Sure, it takes more work than if you go out and buy a brand new journal, but personally, I love the creative freedom that it gives you.
This time I really wanted to make something smaller that I could carry with me to jot down notes when needed. Also, I had a lot of scrap paper from past projects just lying round that I wanted to put to good use. After all, for an at home crafter, recycling and re-purposing should be a useful skill to learn.~
Tools & Materials:
- 20 Sheets of White Paper, (8.5 in. x 11 in.)
- 1 Sheet Colored Paper
- 1 Sheet Decorative Paper
- Thin Cardboard (ex: cereal box)
- Cardboard Cutting Knife
- Crafting Glue
- Large Paper Clips or Binder Clips
- Stack the 20 sheets of white paper together, place on a flat work surface in landscape orientation. With your ruler, measure and mark the center point at the top and bottom of the sheet (5.5 in.). Realign the sheets of paper so that they are perfectly stacked without any sticking out and secure all four sides with clips. Align your ruler with the center point marks you made. Hold firmly while running the knife down the edge of the ruler, cutting through the stack of papers. Repeat until the stack separates in half. Turn each remaining stack so that they are in landscape orientation and repeat the process. Mark the center point (4.25 in.) and cut. You should now have four stacks of paper 4.25 in. x 5.5 in. in size. Set aside.
- Measure and mark the thin cardboard so that you have two rectangular pieces the same size as the paper, 4.25 in. x 5.5 in. Cut out the two pieces, these will be the book covers.
- Measure and cut out two separate rectangular pieces from the decorative paper that are one inch large than the cardboard pieces (5.25 in. x 6.5 in.).
- Brush on glue evenly on one side of each cardboard piece. Then place at the center of the decorative paper you cut out. Fold over and glue the extra sides of the decorative paper over the cardboard covers. The whole front side of the book covers should be covered with the decorative paper, and the backsides should have a small rectangle where the cardboard is still exposed.
- Measure and cut out two rectangular pieces from the colored paper 3.5 in. x 4.75 in. in size. Brush glue on each piece and place at the center of each book cover where the cardboard is exposed. Let the book covers dry completely. If needed, place under a heavy book to flatten them if they start to curl.
- Arrange the four stacks of white paper into one neat stack with a book cover on each end. Secure with clips leaving one side, lengthwise, free of clips. This will be the spine of the book. Brush on a thick, even layer of glue onto the spine. Then secure with clips. Let dry completely before repeating the process with a second layer of glue. Once the glue is dry, remove all of the clips.
- Cut out a rectangular piece 1.5 in. x 5.5 in. in size from paper, thick cloth, or canvas. Brush glue evenly onto one of its sides. Place at the center of the spine of the book and fold over onto each cover. Place the finished pocket book under a heavy book and allow to dry completely.