Next time you receive a package, don’t throw the box and the padding material away. Instead, turn them into a gorgeous hardbound journal, you can carry in your pocket.
- Two 2¾” by 3¾ “ cardboard pieces, cut from the box.
- 50 pieces of newsprint paper (used for padding packages) measured 5” by 3½ “.
- 4 scraps of patterned paper. Two measured 3¼” by 4¼” and two measured 2 5/8” by 3 5/8”.
- Glue stick + double sided tape.
- Embroidery floss
- Flatten the box and cut 2 pieces, measured 2¾” by 3¾ “.
- Adhere the cardboard pieces to the larger scraps of patterned paper (3¼” by 4¼”) with the glue stick. Position the cardboard pieces in the middle of each paper scrap (you can also use fabric scraps which are slightly larger). Cut the corners of the patterned paper flaps and allow an 1/8” gap between the edge of the cardboard to the base of the cut. Fold each flap and adhere it to the cardboard, using a bone folder.
- Cut the newsprint paper to size (5” by 3½“) and fold each piece in half (creating 2½” by 3½” pages) – use a bone folder to insure a crisp fold. Stack every 5 pieces into one signature (altogether 10 signatures of 5 pages each).
- Measure the height of the stack of signatures to determine the width of the spine.
- Position the two covers apart from each other allowing the gap between them to equal the signatures’ height, as you have measured before. Using a double sided tape, adhere a strip of ribbon to both sides of the covers.
Mark the width of the ribbon on the signatures to figure out where to pierce them afterward.
Repeat with a second strip of ribbon. The second strip will reinforce the journal and increase its stability.
- Secure the embroidery floss to the cover with a piece of tape and start sewing the signatures to the ribbon. Start from the outside of the ribbon, into the signatures and through the ribbon.
Take a peek at the finished spine –
- Cover the inside of the journal with the 2 5/8” by 3 5/8” pieces of patterned paper to conceal the embroidery floss and give the journal a finished look. This is the time to trim the ribbon’s ends and cover them, if you don’t wish the ribbon’s ends to show.
Here is how the journal looks without the ribbon’s ends -
I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share