Wednesday, August 01, 2012
make your own simple bound art journal with fabric cover
pretty much this same type of journal--this is a condensed,
super simple blend of a bunch of them. If you've never
attempted binding before, this might be a good place to start.
What you'll need:
paper for the inside pages--you can use any decent weight paper
you want, any size, really. This book has 16 pieces of paper, which
makes for 32 pages in the finished journal.
a piece of fabric a little bit wider and about 6 inches longer
than the paper--we have three boys around the house, and I always
save their ripped up jeans, so denim it is for this one.
punch tool--if you don't have one of those pokey tools, a darning
needle with the eye shoved into the end of a cork works okay, or
of course an awl
embroidery floss or other similar stuff to bind the journal, about
about 4 times as long as your book is wide, PLUS about 20 inches--
it doesn't have to be exact!
big button for the clasp
ruler, pencil, and clamps--I use the big black flappy paper clip type,
but clothespins will work okay
optional: bone folder, stuff to embellish the fabric cover such as
paints, fabric stamps/inks, lace, etc.
a great time to use it . . .
2. Open the papers, neatly stack them, and clamp them together.
3. Using the ruler, measure the center of the fold line and mark it with a dot.
4. Measure out from the center dot about 2 inches on either side along the
fold line and mark with dots. You may want to measure out a little further
or a little less on each side, depending on how big your paper is--just make it an
equal amount from the center on each side.
on the three dots you made.
papers on your fabric as shown. The longer side of fabric will wrap around the
the three holes are. These marks will be your stitching guides.
about a ten inch tail hanging out the back side of the fabric. This tail will later
be what wraps around the button to clasp the journal closed. Continue through the
center hole of all the papers, and tighten the floss enough that the papers aren't
loose, but not so tight that the papers will tear when you try and turn pages in the
9. Sorry, didn't get a pic of this--you're on the inside center of the papers with the
floss--now go through one of the outside holes, through all the thicknesses of
paper and fabric, through to the appropriate mark on the fabric.
Tighten the floss a bit.
10. Now go over through the other hole you haven't visited yet--be careful to
line up the mark on your fabric to the hole on the paper--
knot securing the giant stitch, and trim the ends to match, if you like. (Take off
the clamps . . .)
13. Stitch on the button, then wrap the floss around the button to close the cover.
What do you think? Have you ever constructed your own journal? Leave me a
link, please, I wanna see, and come join in the Reader's Art Quests at Unruly
Paper Arts--this month's RAQ themes are "Dear Diary" (art journal pages, anyone?)
and "Scrapbook Page."
It just so happens that the current challenge at Blockheads Paper Arts is to use
any bookbinding technique--you can find the details HERE.