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Wallpaper Covered Journal - the Cover-Part 1

by Mina Keenan (follow)
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Handmade journal


This is Part 1 of 4 on How to Make a Wallpaper Covered Journal

For those of us into stationery, there is nothing quite like a handmade journal. It is easier than it first appears. This part of the process takes about half an hour at most. Drying time is extra. Have a go!

There are many ways to make a cover, this is one way...


Art and Craft Supplies

A4 copy paper
Corrugated card
Wallpaper
Packing tape
Scissors
White glue
Brush
Scrap paper
Acrylic paint


Method

Cutting the covers and spine

Fold a piece of A4 copy paper in half lengthwise. (You now have two pieces of A5 paper - joined together). This is your template. Cut two pieces of cardboard larger than A5 for the cover and another piece the same length and about one and a half inches wide for the spine.

I used pizza box covers. Notice the way the grain runs lengthwise - (makes the journal stronger).

Join pieces together with packing tape


Lay the pieces close together as seen in the photo and attach the spine to cover pieces with packing tape

Measure and cut wallpaper


Lay cover on wallpaper and cut a rectangle a couple of inches or so larger than the cover

Secure edges with packing tape


Trim corners diagonally. Fold paper edges over cardboard edges and secure with packing tape

Cover spine


Cover the spine and 'hinge' edges with wallpaper with glue

Inner covers


Trim copy paper to fit inside cover and hiding the packing tape wallpaper cover edges. Scrunch it up for texture and fix to inside cover with white glue. Paint over the top of the endpapers with white glue. Leave to dry

Decorate inner covers ...finished


Use acrylic paints to decorate the inside covers. I used a coat of black and when dry dabs of gold acrylic

Front of journal - covers opened flat


Ready to make the pages and add them?

Go to Part 2 of 4 on How to Make a Wallpaper Covered Journal - the Signatures

Have fun!

All parts to this series can be found here.


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Yes desire is everything. However, Time isn't that big of a consideration in making these journals. The entire process takes about an hour plus drying time, but does not need to be completed in one day.

You can work on this project bit by bit, and take a week or more to complete it. Or if you watch television, you can make one of these journals during your television time.
Think I'd prefer to buy a pretty journal from Kikki-K!

Don't have time, nor interest in doing this now, but did as a child, & teenager, which I enjoyed.
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