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Journal (cardboard & duct tape)

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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
awl
hammer
thin ribbon
lg. eye needle
glue stick
large clips
newspaper 
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.
I'm sending this link to JACK!
P.S. You MADE that paper, didn't you???
ChrysN1 year ago
Nice, I love the paper that you used.
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