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Possible arts and crafts journal
I think I might make this an arts and craft journal where I will be adding my craft ideas that have not been made reality yet, some that have been created, copies of my old drawings as well as new ones and whatever else I can think of.
This book has an added flap that's held down with velcro and wrapping paper covering cardstock as the cover. I love this one.
BTW, this is the same way I make my other books not including the flap.

Posted by Creativemind from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States • Published See Creativemind's 116 projects »
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  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 1
    Step 1

    I used 8 1/2 X 14 inch copy paper, so you would follow the steps in any size paper you are using if you're not using the size shown.
    Fold each piece in half width wise then use boning tool to make crisp creases. You can use a number of things for this if you don't have a boning tool, i.e. a popsicle stick will work just as well.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut two piece of cardstock (in any color you choose) for your end papers of the book. The first piece should be same size as the pages of your book. The second piece has an added 2 1/2 inches for the flap.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cutting out the cover, it should be the same size as the end covers with an added 1/8 inch on all sides and space in the middle for the spine.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 4
    Step 4

    ON the flap end page, measure in and fold 1 1/2 inces from the edge and the width of the spine from the first crease. Again, make all folds a crisp crease.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 5
    Step 5

    Put the pages together with end pieces on the outside, specifically with the flap end on the bottom.
    Even the edges of the spine and place a clamp on the folded flap to hold in place.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use two piece of particle board or paints sticks as I have and place clamps as shown.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 7
    Step 7

    Add glue (E6000 or Elmer's cement glue) to the spine parts that are exposed. Spread the glue making sure that the end pages are also glued. I use a plastic knife for spreading, which I use a number of times when making books before throwing it away and using a new one.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 8
    Step 8

    After about 5 to 10 minutes, move clamps to expose the parts that aren't glued to repeat step 7.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 9
    Step 9

    Lay out book 1/8 inch from the top and bottom and side of the cover. This is making sure the book itself is placed correctly on the cover. Place a mark at spine, top and bottom on the cover.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 10
    Step 10

    Lift the book placing the spine at the first marks and mark on the other side of the spine top and bottom.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 11
    Step 11

    Measure 1/8 out from the pages and mark from that spot to the width of the spine. Or you can just lay out the flap end page and mark the creases from that page as shown.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 12
    Step 12

    Close the book to make sure it fits correctly.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now for covering the book. Much to my delighted surprise, my wrapping paper had a grid for easy cutting.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut the wrapping paper or material or whatever your using to cover your book a half inch bigger on all sides.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 15
    Step 15

    Using spray adhesive which works best for this step, even though it can get very sticky. EWWW! Don't overspray with thin papers, it will show through and not look good on the finished project. I am usually very generous with the spray, making sure to get the edges and corners.
    Starting at one end of the sprayed cover sticky side up, place cardstock cover an half inch from the side and top and bottom and slowly roll down over sticky surface. I hope that wasn't confusing, but I didn't have enough hands to take a picture. Do not smooth out.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 16
    Step 16

    Flip over and rub out any bubbles from the center to the edges, lifting carefully if necessary and resticking. This is some tacky stuff, so it will still stick if you have to pull it back before it dries.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 17
    Step 17

    Fold up corners first then press the remaining sticky cover over the cardstock cover. You have to click on the image to see the whole thing, and if you've noticed, I didn't get it exactly centered over the sticky cover, which is why I gave so much le-way just in case that happens so you will still have enough left to cover with the end pages

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 18
    Step 18

    It should like look so when the cover is completed with the creases pressed again so that you get a nice smooth spine.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 19
    Step 19

    Spray front end paper and lay squarely on second crease and 1/8 from top and bottom edges.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 20
    Step 20

    I got that second pair hands for this step. Holding the front edge of the pages against the spine, press the cover from the spine to edge of the end page and press.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 21
    Step 21

    You will then have finished the front cover. Again, if you have to peel the pages apart to re-align, do this now before it dries.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 22
    Step 22

    Flip the book over to the back cover and repeat step 20 to finish the back cover.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 23
    Step 23

    Place sticky hard side of the velcro on the flap just below the exposed wrapping paper. Stick the soft side so that the sticky side is facing out.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 24
    Step 24

    Carefully lay flap down on front cover making sure that the folds are at an perfect angle covering the front of the pages.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Journal - Step 25
    Step 25

    So now when you pull the velcro apart, the soft side is stuck to the cover.
    And there you have it.

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Crystal S.
Crystal S. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US
Great instructions! I created a book for my graphic design class and found that double tack works great for attaching the front cover of the book, it's simply a giant sheet of double sided tape. Much easier (at least for me!) to use than spray adhesive =)
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Creativemind
Creativemind · Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US · 116 projects
I thought about adding stuff to the front too, but...I just haven't. I get so excited about the finished piece I get psyched about the next one. Eventually I will get to that point.
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Sugarlishes
Sugarlishes · Fort Hood, Texas, US · 136 projects
kewl i just made a smaller version of it ...still waiting for glue to dry and i want to embellish the front side...if it turns out the way i want...my niece's bday gift is complete 2 weeks in advance! lol
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Creativemind
Creativemind · Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US · 116 projects
Would like to see how yours turned out Sugarlishes.
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Sugarlishes
Sugarlishes · Fort Hood, Texas, US · 136 projects
this is really easy...i am almost finish I am just waiting for the glue to dry on the spine of the pages and then connect it to the cover. Thanks again for the how to, I think I am offically addicted lol Happy
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Sugarlishes
Sugarlishes · Fort Hood, Texas, US · 136 projects
:o gasp!!! so awesome thanks for the how to!!! Happy
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Creativemind
Creativemind · Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US · 116 projects
I will get right on that. I just bought some more wrapping paper that is just gorgeous and perfect for this book.
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Sugarlishes
Sugarlishes · Fort Hood, Texas, US · 136 projects
oooh this is neat I am lookig forward to your how too on this ;D
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