After 30 days of journaling my journal is getting close to being full. I decided to make a new one and I thought I would share with you how I make them. The last journal I was working in was 8 x 10 inches, but I wanted a new challenge, so I decided to try out a smaller size of 5 x 7 inches. I start out with large sheets of 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. I like this paper because it's nice and thick for collage or painting but the surface is smooth for writing or drawing. Since my journal covers will be 5 x 7 I will be making my inside pages 8 x 6 for pages resulting in 4 x 6 after the sheets are folded into signatures. After cutting the paper into the smaller size I fold each sheet in half. I then nestle 5 of those folded sheets inside each other for one group of 5 folded pages. This is one signature. This journal will have 6 signatures of 5 folded pages each.
Now you will take the group of signatures you made and measure the thickness. That measurement is the space you want between the two covers. Glue the muslin to the edge of the second cover, making sure you match up with the bottom of the first cover. Flip the journal over and glue the top and bottom of the muslin over so that it is even with the bottom of your journal covers.
I decorate my cover before I sew the signatures in- so now I did some collage on the covers and I painted the muslin with a wash of green paint. I also glued a piece of pink paper on the inside of the covers so the inside looks nice too.
Be sure to leave a tail of thread still hanging out of the spine. After coming up through the hole of the first signature go back down through the next hole and into the spine with the needle coming back out to the outside of the spine. I tie a knot here with the tail we still have hanging out of the first hole.
We have a journal! I painted my thread the same color as the spine, but you could leave the thread color as an accent too. Now I better get to work filling it! (sorry about the glare- the girl is a packing tape transfer and I couldn't get a good photo) This is my entry for March's Creativity Invitation held each month by June from http://acreativedreamer.blogspot.com - if you'd like to play too please visit June's blog to find out more!