I love making a journal personal…
What do I mean?? Making a journal personal is really as easy as putting your spin on the cover. Why?? It is something that you will more likely want to look at and work in each day if you enjoy how the outside looks. Silly?? Not really, because if you put personal things on the inside, why not put some of your personality on the outside!?!
To get started you will need a composition book, I picked up several from the dollar store. However, back to school time is close, check the sales! Find some DSP that coordinates with your favorite cardstock. Layer as you wish. Cut it to match the size of the cover. No, worries about the black spine, you can leave it. I used the corner rounder because it matched the edge, perfectly. I do want to suggest that you use the Tear & Tape or the Stampin Seal + to attach the DSP for the cover, keeping in mind that you will be opening and closing it a BUNCH!!
Add your stamping, keep in mind that you should do this prior to adhering in case you are not happy with it. I did add plain cardstock to the back side to match. Let’s work on that “book mark” part…
Pick a thicker more sturdy ribbon. For the following reasons: 1. thick enough to withstand the use and 2. because you are going to sew it together.
You will now need a sturdy hair tie. Yes a rubber band. It makes it so easy to slip on and off. Also, it will work from the beginning to the end of the journal.
You will want to be sure that your have a big enough extra piece of cardstock to hide the rubber band. This one was in my bits and pieces, YEAH!!
Did you know that the Linen thread fits through a large holed needle?? That is what I used and works like a charm.
The Scalloped Linen ribbon has a few layers so I was sure to be sure to add the stitches to ALL the layers. You will want to do several stitches, 5 at least. Keep them small you do not want to bunch up the ribbon.
Just a friendly reminder… do not forget to tie off the end. Also you will want to do that on the underside of the book mark.
Be sure that your last stitch for the “top” is your “cover” piece. Only stitch the top so that the ribbon can expand when moving the book mark.
Lastly add your decorations to the “cover” for the rubber band. This whole journal was decorated using the In Good Taste suite (154147). Which includes stamps, dies, embossing folder, DSP and wood embellishments (starting on pg 122).
Dad, I sure hope you like it… I did it for you!!
Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!