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
Wallpaper / paper
Packing tape / white glue
Drill and small drillbit
Knitting needle / long stick
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 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 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.
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!