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Creativity Prompt – How To Make An Art Journal

September 25th, 2009 by Avital

How To Make An Art Journal

A good quality art journal with sturdy signatures may burn a hole in our pocket. However, by using just 5 high quality cardstock pieces, you can make your own art journal for a fraction of the price – not to mention the cute foam cover you get…

If you are interested in watching how to make one of these cute art journals, than keep on scrolling…

Tools and Supply

How To

[music is by Josh Woodward (with permission)]

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Cut your cardstock to 8″ by 5″ signatures.
  2. Fold the signatures in half. For a sharp crease use a bone folder.
  3. Poke holes along the crease line of each signature. Start at the center and then continue each inch below and above the center.
  4. Sew your signatures together. Start at the top hole and go through each hole with a plain running stitch, after you went through the bottom hole go back through the top hole again.
  5. When attaching the second signature (and the ones after it) secure each stitch by going through the stitches on the spine before threading the needle through the holes.
  6. After you have made the last stitch on the last signature, secure the ends with a few knots.
  7. Cut the fun foam at 9″ by 5¼” for the cover.
  8. Attach the signatures to the fun foam with a generous layer of glue stick. Apply pressure on the journal for an hour or so to ensure good adhesion.
  9. Start painting and sketching in your new art journal…


If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment here, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share 🙂

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10 Comments to “Creativity Prompt – How To Make An Art Journal”

  1. Deborah says:

    This was a very nice lesson – thank you for posting it (and the demo).

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    Blessings to you!

  2. Barb in CA says:

    Thank you for putting this demo up for us “newbies” to learn from — as soon as I buy the supplies (thanks for the links) I’m going to be making my very own journal — well done!

  3. Rachel says:

    Oh yay! I love your videos, this is great! I’ll be linking. You can NEVER have enough art journals, especially handmade ones. So special!

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  5. crizza says:

    this journal is a really cool idea!