Journal Making




Introduction: Journal Making

About: 7th Street Studio is an art space for students at Bucknell University and also for the general Lewisburg community. We seek to provide user-friendly tutorials for those using Instructables and for students who…

Make your own journal today!

Step 1: Assemble the Supplies

  • 2 Cardboard Pieces (7.5" x5") (Note: You can change the size, but just keep in mind that you will also have to adjust the other sizes accordingly)
  • 2 Cardboard Strips (1-1.5"x5")
  • 2 Front Papers
  • 2 End Papers
  • Journal Making Glue
  • 16 or more or less pieces of paper
  • Leather/Cottom cord to tie the journal together
  • Binder Clip
  • Drill (for the holes)
  • Paintbrush (for the glue)

Step 2: Apply Glue

Lightly coat the cardboard pieces (all 4 pieces) with the glue

(Thick coats will make the front pages lumpy)

Step 3: Paste the Pieces

Paste the cardboard pieces so the glue sticks to the front papers. Leave some space between the small cardboard piece and the bigger one.

Step 4: More Glue

Lightly coat the edges of the front paper and glue it down.

Step 5: Finished Outside Papers

This is how your end product should look!

Step 6: Glue the End Papers

Lightly coat the end papers in the glue and stick them to cover the cardboard cutouts

Step 7:

This is how it should look like

Step 8: All Done!

Voila! You have made two successful covers.

Step 9: Making the Journal

Place your papers between the two covers and align them the way you want them to look.

Step 10: Drilling the Papers

Clip the covers and paper with a binder to keep it in place for drilling.

Step 11: Actual Drilling


Place five dots where you would like to drill holes through the paper and drill holes through them. (Again, please be careful)

Step 12: Finished Drilling

This is how your journal should look like after drilling the holes. Now, LEAVE THE BINDER CLIP and tie string through the holes.

Step 13:

There is no step! You are all finished. Congratulations! You have a journal that you can write menial things like grocery lists to your life goals. Make use of this new journal!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    4 years ago

    Journals are so handy! I really like the style of journal you made, thanks for sharing it :)