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Crate Paper – Handmade Journal Tutorial

Hello, crafty friends! How about handmade journals for our project today? They are fun and easy to make, and came together in no time. It took about fifteen minutes to make one, and I couldn’t stop. It’s addicting!

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

The first thing you want to do is gather your supplies:

  • printer paper
  • Willow Lane 6×8 Paper Pad
  • paper piercer
  • needle and thread
  • embellishments.

The 6×8 Paper Pad is the perfect size for these notebooks; they are big enough for your everyday lists, notes, journaling, but also small enough to take with you anywhere. I started by trimming seven sheets of copy paper to measure slightly less than 6×8 inches – I wouldn’t do more than seven sheets, as it gets harder to get even edges. I folded them in half, and did the same with the cover.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

With the help of a magnetic cutting mat like the We R Memory Keepers one, I was able to keep copy paper and cover together, and mark even spots for the binding. I then pierced through all the pieces at once, making sure to avoid any shifting of the papers.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy
Next, I used colored embroidery floss to attach the pages and the cover together, making sure to hide the knots on the inside of the spine.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

I created some mini tassels to attach to the twine that I used to keep the journals closed.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

For the closure, I simply punched a hole on the front cover, about ¼” from the right edge, wrapped twine around a brad I placed in the hole, and went around the notebook a couple of times.

Here are the finished journals. I created different covers, from very simple to a bit more time-consuming, like the washi tape one. I truly enjoyed decorating them.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

I hope you’ll give this project a try. It is really fun!

Supplies: Willow Lane – 6×8 Paper Pad (344490); 6×12 Stickers (344485); Ephemera Pieces (344486); Washi Tape (344480); Decorative Trim (344476); Mini Apha Stickers (344481); Cheerful Chipboard Letter Stickers (344488).

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