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A simple journal that will give you plenty of space to create
This is my first project, if it sucks then i apologize.
the notebooks come in packages of 5 or 6 for about
$3 and the tape and thread cost about $2

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  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take the 2 notebooks you have and make sure they are the same or similar. You don't want the lines in one book bigger then the lines in another. also make sure the pages are the same size.(when making this do not exceed 140 pages. your book will tear or it will be hard to turn the pages)

  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 2
    Step 2

    Remove the coils from the notebooks, all you have to do is cut the coil at the first hole and bottom hole. then just unscrew the coil.
    CAUSTION:
    WHEN CUTTING THE COIL BECAREFUL, IT MIGHT FLY OFF AND HIT YOU. SO HOLD THE NOTEBOOK AWAY FROM YOU OR USE SAFETY GOGGLES.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 3
    Step 3

    This is the Book Block (140 pgs)

  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 4
    Step 4

    The Covers!

    Use the 2 back covers from the original two notebooks as your new front and back covers.

    note: I used the back covers because they are sturdier, and they were completely blank.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 5
    Step 5

    If Using The String
    Pull the string through the first hole so it is equal on both sides of the book. Next weave the String in and out of the holes. This can be teadious. When you get to the bottom you can double weave and tie it off.

    If Using The Needle and Thread
    Do the same process as the sting, but do it maybe three time to make sure you have a strong binding.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 6
    Step 6

    It should look something like this!
    All the holes have been woven through twice.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 7
    Step 7

    to make sure the thread/string stays knotted, use tape to secure the knots so they do not come part.
    You could also paint clear nail polish the knot, or place a sticker over the knots to hide them

  • How to decorate an altered journal. 140 Page Journal For Only $5 - Step 8
    Step 8

    and you're done. you can decorate it in any way you want. i choose to make mine kind of unique.
    also in the book it looks like a smudge, but it is really an impression of a tiger that i shaded to you could see the white lines underneath.

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laura m.
laura m. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 1 project
this is a great way to use up all the half used notebooks i have, awesome!
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KraftyKonves
KraftyKonves · 2 projects
i did this but i hav no pics of it to put up as a version cus i left at me dadss but ne ways it turnd out great i love it awesome awesome idea Tongue

TaNaKTongue
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Hannah B.
Hannah B. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 5 projects
I love this! Especially since the regular covers of the notebooks aren't that great. Tongue
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Spender
Spender · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 3 projects
This is an awsome idea! I need to try this!!
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Sara D.
Sara D.
Yeah finally I can do something cool with all of my spiral notebook. Ugh I hate the spiral! Realy great job!
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ely.
ely. · Victorville, California, US · 9 projects
Very nice idea! Can't wait to try this. :]
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Nicole Renee
Nicole Renee · Kansas City, Missouri, US · 16 projects
Awesome!
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Tinker-Tinka
Tinker-Tinka · Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE · 5 projects
Cool idea! Happy
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
Great idea!

If you carry a lot of stuff in your backpack or bookbag it seems like the spiral spine get bent up and then the paper doesn't tear evenly - doing this project would eliminate that and give you twice as much paper to work with - you could even put a slightly larger piece of paper or cardboard between the two notebooks if you wanted to use it for two different subjects.

Instead of cutting the wire out you could just unwind it from the pages.
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