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I learned how to make a journal, today, and I thought I'd share with Instructables.

I found a tutorial, online. Here is the link, in case I don't explain it well enough.


Sorry for any blurry pictures.
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Step 1: Supplies

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What you will definitely need:

*Something for a cover (a book, some cardboard, anything)
*Needle and thread (thick thread, embroidery string, waxed string, wire)
*Something to cut (Exacto knife/box cutter and scissors)

What you might need:

*Patterned paper (or fabric) to cover binding
*Hot glue
* Modge Podge (or some other glue)

Step 2: Choosing Supplies

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I had an old uninteresting book with a cool cover, so I decided to use that as the cover for my sketch book.
I chose paper that was grey and tan, and some translucent sheets (like the kind used on an overhead projector) so that I can write with expo marker on it.

Choose paper that will be good for what you want to use the journal for. If you want to use it as a sketch book, you can buy a cheap sketch book and use the paper from it, and you can even use the cardboard backing as your cover by cutting it in half.

Step 3: Fold Your Paper

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My paper wasn't exactly right for the book cover, so I had to cut it down to size. If you have to do this, make sure to fold your paper in half, first, or it won't work.

Fold each piece of paper in half and run your fingernail along the crease.

Group the pages in fours, each inside of the next, and stack them up. Try to keep the order the same. It helps with keeping the final project looking neat. In the tutorial video I watched, she called the groups "signatures," so I'll call them that, too.
Nicely done! Love what you put on the spine :)
shyanna05 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks! This is the first journal I've ever made. I'm glad it turned out so well!