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For thee notes of importance... Or for funsies.
I'm planning on a whole steampunk outfit ( actually, on two o.O ) and this is just one more accessoire for it. Yays!

Basically, this is a leather covered book with a leather strip that goes around twice to close it.

Posted by FrolleinKram from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States • Published See FrolleinKram's 127 projects »
  • How to decorate an altered journal. Steampunk Journal - Step 1
    Step 1

    Grabb your notebook and get a piece of leather that will fit around. Mine was a little bit too small, but I wanted two colours anyway, so who on earth cares?

    Excuse todays super crappy pictures. x)

    You know how to line a book, don't ya? So, decide which side you want to face out and just hotglue the leather on the backside ( !!! and ONLY there to begin with! ), flap in flapps, glue, the usual.

    When you glue the flaps, be really sure to pull tight so the leather won't have any folds, wrinkles or space between it and the original book cover.

    Excuse todays crappy english too, please. >____<

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

    Now it's time to decide how you wanna close the book. It you want a strap like me, decide where it's supposed to start and where to end, make little dots to remember the place, measure and cut a strip of leather.

    NOTE: If you wanna close it some other way, you might have to do this -before- hotglueing the backside.


    Sewing leather is a pain in the ass! Anyways, sew the strip and one button to the spot you marked before. The button is - of course - for decoration AND to support the stitched leather, cause mine is pretty thin and I don't know it I can trust it on its own.

    Make a fist, lift up your thumb and... aaah, forget about it.

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

    Now, I was pretty unsure how to make the strip open and close, I thought about sew-on-pushbuttons, but we had none at home, so I decided I'd use a hook and eye.

    Sew the eye to where the strap will end. Again, pain in the ass. Defeat the pain!!! >________<

    As soon as everything that needed to be sewed on -is- sewed on ( further decoration items, gears, clockwork parts, whatever ), you can add the other piece of leather:

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

    Dah-daaaaaaah! Line up, glue on, flap flapps etc. You could also sew the pieces together, I saw that somewhere on here and it was be-e-autifull, but... the pain in the ass?!?!

    Luckily, the part of dark leather was a natural edge-y part anyways, so it looks pretty cool.

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

    Get the end of the strap, decide VERY CAREFULLY where the hook is supposed to be and sew. Hook, strip, button, button facing up.

    See? Almost finished.

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

    See if the book closes nicely, be proud of yourself and stuff like that, blablabla.

    If you wanna leave it that way, congrats, you're officially done ( uh, maybe not, check out the last point in the last step! ).
    If not, and if the leather does not close nicely on the corners and you don't like that, you can easily get rid of that: Sew book corners!

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

    To do that, take a small rectangular piece of fabric - I used felt - fold it in half ( sould be an almost perfect square now, plus of course a little bit of seam allowance ) and sew one side close, snip off seam allowance, turn outside in and hotglue over the edges with the seam facing in. Is that awesome or WHAT?

    The very, very last thing is to cut a piece of paper according to the colour of the very first page of the book and glue it on the backside of the front, just to cover the leather glueing mess.




bigrthanlasagna · Alabama, New York, US
Anna B.
Anna B. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
James A.
James A. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
good work
Esteph H.
Esteph H. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
it looks good Tongue
Fannie M.
Fannie M. · 1 project
Great stuff
sgrey22 · Webster, Massachusetts, US · 1 project
this is such a badass notebook!! i don't really like steampunk stuff usually but i totally love this Happy
Eien · Conyers, Georgia, US · 3 projects
Oh, nice job. I like it muchly. It has a nice old world feel to it
Interstellar Supernatural
Interstellar Supernatural · Fayetteville, North Carolina, US · 32 projects
i hate that i mmake journals then won't write in them
FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
It sure as heaven does! In fact, it's so cool that I just don't dare to write in it cause I feel I can't think of anything that's wicked enough...
I'd love to be able to invent something like the diary from Cruel Intentions. Gosh, that was awesome!
Sugarlishes · Fort Hood, Texas, US · 136 projects
yayaya!! this rocks!
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