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A Journal Made From A Book And Junk Mail Paper

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Last fall my daughter and I spent a month making crafts together! She loves to journal and showed me the techniques she uses when she makes them. I have seen them in the stores costing well over fifty dollars! I made this one for her as a Christmas gift, using junk mail, yarn, homemade paper, beads, and a book. Follow through and I will show you how to make a custom journal!
 
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Step 1: Supplies And Tools

Book
Calendar page or homemade paper for book cover.
Homemade paper tutorial here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Artisan-Craft-Paper-From-Junk-Mail/
Ribbon or leather cording
Roofer's metal flashing or heavy cardboard
Beads or buttons
All purpose glue with Mod Podge is optional
Fine grade sandpaper if using Mod Podge (not shown)
Scotch Magic tape or 2 sided tape may be helpful to hold the book while covering.
Popsicle stick not shown 
Tools:
Scissors
Utility cutter
Ruler
Pen, pencil or marker
Good paint brush if using Mods Podge

 

Step 2: Make The Paper

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It does not take long to make the paper, but it does take a day or so to dry. It is helpful to know in advance what size books you will be using because it is the imperfections of the paper edges, that adds that over the top look to the journal. I had to trim my pages, loosing some of the beauty of the paper,  because I was not sure what size of paper to make.  

Paper link:http://www.instructables.com/id/Artisan-Craft-Paper-From-Junk-Mail/

Step 3: Mark And Cut The Book Cover

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I wanted to use 2 different designs for one of my journals so I glued 2 calendar pages together to achieve the look. 
Then I measured 1 and 1/4" larger than the book and marked the cutting lines.
Cut it out.



 
bird12345711 months ago
This is such a cool idea!
emms1 year ago
aha! neat!
sunshiine (author)  emms1 year ago
Thanks for stopping by for commenting! Please remember to have a splendid day!
sunshiine
I HAVE TO MAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!
sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway1 year ago
It is so fun! for you? Or?
I haven't tried yet but i hope i can i'm just going back to school soon and i won't really have time im going on on wensday i'm going into year 9
sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway1 year ago
Really, it does not take long! Have fun in school!
The only fun i'll be having is meeting up with all my friends! all the teachers are super boring exept for Mr.Mc'nally who is Awesome!
sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway1 year ago
Knowledge is POWER girl! Don't ever forget that! : )
That means HMice is really powerful (lol he's not he's quite scrawney)
That means HMice is really powerful (lol he's not he's quite scrawney)
Beautiful! ( I also get what you said about ""youth")
sunshiine (author)  porcupinemamma1 year ago
LOL! Yeah, this year I feel like I have been in slow motion! Occasionally I get a surge! Thanks for stopping by!
sunshiine
rimar20001 year ago
Sylvia, you really take advantage of all the time! Congratulations.
sunshiine (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thanks rimar! At my age I have learned to take advantage of all the little energy surges that come my way! Youth does not last as long as we would like. Have a nice day!
sunshiine
You are simply amazing. You must have a green aura. Great project.
Green is a beautiful color isn't it? The truth is this place has taught me how to re-use! Thanks for commenting! I hope your day is awesome!
sunshiine
onrust1 year ago
That is an awesome use of crap mail. Good work girl
sunshiine (author)  onrust1 year ago
Thanks onrust! Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
pecospearl1 year ago
Beautiful way to recycle!
sunshiine (author)  pecospearl1 year ago
Thanks! Have a beautiful day!
sunshiine
Beautiful!! It would be an amazing gift! Thanks for sharing :-)
sunshiine (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
I always appreciate your support! Thanks MCL! Hope your day was great!
sunshiine
Hope the same for you Mrs. S!! :-)
sunshiine (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thanks! It was great! 65 degrees and sunny! Can't wait until spring when the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing!
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