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!
The first thing you want to do is gather your supplies:
- printer paper
- Willow Lane 6×8 Paper Pad
- paper piercer
- needle and thread
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.
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.
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.
I created some mini tassels to attach to the twine that I used to keep the journals closed.
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.
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).
Hello, We R friends. Today I am sharing a mini album that I created with lots of washi tape and a few of my favorite tools: the Happy Stitch Sewing Machine, the Tag Punch Board, and the Frame Punch Board. I love making mini albums, and this one was especially fun. I went with an accordion style design, for which I used a washi tape binding technique that is really easy to make.
I started by cutting the panels; mine measure 5.5”x3.75”. I laid them side by side, making sure to leave about 1/8” in between, and secured the edges with a strip of washi tape. I repeated this step for all the pages, front and back; I then used my Stitch Happy to sew the washi strips in place. This is a necessary step in my opinion, as washi tape tends to detach from the paper overtime. I also love the texture that stitching brings to the pages!
Once the accordion piece was finished, I created some frames to use as embellishments using the Frame Punch Board. This tool is a must have, and is perfect for any memory keeping project or fun décor pieces. Since I wanted to use more washi, I trimmed white cardstock to the desired size and covered the edges with washi tape before punching out the shape.
You can see how I have used the frames in the pictures below.
Next, the tags. The pages of the album are only adhered on three sides, becoming pockets that are perfect for storing hidden journaling or memorabilia. I used the Tag Punch Board to create three tags, on which I typed a bit about our lovely trip. I left part of the tags showing, and added some bakers twine so to create an interactive element and suggest pulling the tags to reveal the little surprise.
Here are a few more photos of the mini. I like to include fun and unique embellishments whenever possible, such as vellum pockets filled with sequins and small ephemera pieces, shaker pockets, tassels, paper clips.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to create a mini album with your We R Memory Keepers tools.
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