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Suspension Folder Journal


This journal is BIG... and sturdy... reminds me of those spell books you see in movies.

Suspension file folders


I was really lucky to come across a heap of hanging file folders in a junk shop - I immediately thought of making a journal with pages that could take a bit of punishment. You could sustitute the files with manilla folders or thin cardboard.


Art and Craft Supplies

Hanging file folders / manilla folders
Craft knife
Scissors
Corrugated card
Wallpaper / paper
Packing tape / white glue
Acrylic paint
Wood clamps
Drill and small drillbit
Knitting needle / long stick
Darning needle
String


Method

Cut the metal strips from the top of the folders with a craft knife

Line up the folders (all folds together).

stack folders and cut cardboard for front cover


Cut a piece of corrugated card larger than the folded folder for the front cover

To make a hinge so the journal will open and shut more easily cut a strip about two inches wide from the cover piece along a long side. This is the spine piece

Lay the strip and the cover it came from close together and tape it back together with packing tape

Cut another piece of cardboard the same size as the front cover for the back cover

Cover the cover pieces


Cover the cover pieces with wallpaper and packing tape or other paper and white glue

Painted inside covers


Paint the inside covers with paint (I used black acrylic)

Clamp folders between covers, along the open folder edges


Clamp folders together along the long open side as shown

Stack


Stack the folders in between the cover pieces, keeping the folded edges of the folders flush with the cover pieces. Make sure the spine piece of the front cover is alongside the folded folder edges

Clamp


Clamp the covers and folders together along the flush side

Drill hole placement


Place the knitting needle or stick on the top and along the side of the journal and mark two drill holes on either side of the needle near the top, and two drill holes on either side of the needle near the bottom

Drill holes where marked.

Bind journal


Thread needle and sew according to the diagram. Needle in at 1, out at 2, in at 3 and out at 4 securing the needle or stick in place (add more holes for stitching and strength as desired).

Back view of journal


Pull string ends tight and knot a few times. Wind excess string around the knitting needle

Suspension folder journal finished and ready to go!


All finished! Ready to go!

Have fun! :)

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