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These are directions for making a very easy and inexpensive journal.  The following steps will produce a book slightly smaller than 7"X10" with 20 pages. All steps can be adjusted to make a variety of sizes 
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Step 1: Supplies

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The supplies are very basic

*cardboard 2 pieces 6.5 X 9.5
several sheets of paper for the pages, I used white 9X12
*duct tape
assorted papers for book cover and inside cover lining
exacto  or scissor
thin ribbon
lg. eye needle
glue stick
large clips
block of wood

Step 2: Assemble the covers

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choose paper for cover of journal. Make sure it is slightly larger than the cardboard piece. I  used an old piece of marbelized paper  (remnant of a different project!) that was 9X12.

Step 3:

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turn paper over, place cardboard in center and fold up each paper corner to meet the corner of the cardboard

Step 4:

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lift cardboard and fold the corners under, replace cardboard, then fold up each of the sides along the edges.

Step 5:

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glue sides as flat as possible.

Step 6:

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next select a paper to use for inside the cover. This paper needs to be slightly smaller than the cardboard.

Step 7:

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glue the liner paper inside the cover...this is where the newspaper comes in handy.  Turn the paper over and cover the back completely to the edges. If you go over a bit the newspaper keeps your work area clean.

Step 8:

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Place inside cover, rub smooth.
Repeat steps to create back cover.

Step 9:

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place covers (good side up)  about 1/2 inch of space between (if adding more pages make the separation between the cover a bit bigger. )

Step 10:

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pull a length of duct tape to wrap around the binding of the covers, cut to size using scissor or exacto blade

Step 11:

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neatly press tape in place closing the "gap" on the inside of the cover binding. 

Step 12: Adding pages

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Depending on how many pages you want in your journal choose half that amount of full size sheets of paper....I wanted 20 pages so I took 10 sheets of 9X12 paper and folded them in half to create 20, 6"X9" pgs.
This would be great for a smash book
Have fun!!!!
BrookM14 months ago

I am going to be attempting this craft for my wedding and I am curious if there is any meaning behind the "*" on the cardboard and duct tape? I have browsed the entire how to numerous times and I can't seem to find where this is referenced. I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything!

Thanks for sharing this... It is exactly what I was looking for!

Susan Cirigliano (author)  BrookM13 months ago

Hi BrookM1,

Sorry I didn't get back toy sooner for some reason I was just aware today that you made this comment!

"*" means nothing in the instructions. I just put it near the Cardboard and duct tape in the supply list because that is how i described the journal.

Good luck and have fun!

I'm sending this link to JACK!
P.S. You MADE that paper, didn't you???
ChrysN2 years ago
Nice, I love the paper that you used.