April 26, 2013

Creating Journals from Composition Notebooks

I've had so much fun lately creating journals from basic composition notebooks.  Here's the first journal I created.  I was inspired to create it after seeing the cover of Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog. I really like how it came out so I taught how to make it in my Special Projects class last Sunday.
Oh Hello Journal
After making the first journal, I decided to make two more.  Here they are...
You Are Creative Journal

Tea for Two Journal
They really are very simple to make.  All you need to do is use Crystal Effects to adhere any color card stock you want onto the notebook.  I used a sponge brush to do that and only glued the top section first making sure the card stock was where I needed it to be (because it dries quickly) and then I brushed the remained of the journal cover.  It's important not to get any glue on the black binding part of the notebook or else it will pull tight as it dries and make the cover of the notebook raise up. Once the card stock is glued to the notebook cover, you can trim any excess card stock with Paper Snips  and, finally, sand the edges of the card stock and notebook with the Stampin' Sanding System block to smooth any rough edges.  Once this is done, the card stock and notebook cover look as if they are one piece and you cannot tell the notebook has been covered!  I call this my "canvas" because now I am ready to stamp and embellish it.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Oh, Hello Journal
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953) , Bashful Blue (105120) and Very Vanilla Card Stocks, (101650) Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
Stamps: Oh, Hello (#130730 - W, 130733 - C)
Inks: Calypso Coral (126983), Whisper White Craft Pad (101731)
Embellishments: Paper Dollies (129399), 5/8" Flower Trim (126869), Tea Time Trinkets (129326), Early Espresso Baker's Twine ( 123124), Elements Cute Clips (1299439), 5/8" Satin Ribbon Chocolate Chip, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555) and Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Punch: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
Tools: Stampin' Sanding System (129367), Paper Snips (103579)
Adhesive: Crystal Effects (101055)

Strong and Confident Journal
Paper: Island Indigo (122923), Pool Party (122924), Calypso Coral (122925) and Whisper White (100730) Card Stocks and Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration only).
Stamps: I Am..., Madison Avenue (Sale-A-Bration)
Ink:  Island Indigo (126986) and Versa Mark (102283)
Embellishments: Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (Sale-A-Bration), Elements Cute Clips (1299439), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Framelits: Labels Collection Framelits (125598)
Tools: Stampin' Sanding System (129367), Paper Snips (103579)
Adhesive: Crystal Effects (101055)

Making of Tea Journal
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), So Saffron (105118) and Lucky Limeade (122926) Card Stocks and Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
Stamps: Stippled Blossoms (126745 - W, 126747 - C)
Ink: Bashful Blue (126961), Marina Mist (126962) and Lucky Limeade (126984)
Punch: Bird Builder (117191)
Framelits: Ovals Collection (129381)
Tools: Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (126187), Stampin' Sanding System (129367), Paper Snips (103579)
Embellishments: Artisan Embellishment Kit (129328), Large Pearl Basic Jewels (125577)
Adhesive: Crystal Effects (101055)

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