You'll need a piece of Junk Mail which is printed on nice firm paper like this one:
Cut it in half:
Then in half again:
Open the pages out and Gesso them on both sides:
I decorated my dry gesso-ed pages with Acrylic inks but you can use acrylic paint or craft paint or whatever you prefer- do this on both sides:
When both sides are dry you can add stencils, stamps and others techniques to decorate your pages:
on both sides of course:
Then fold your dry decorated pages in half and pack them together in a pleasing sequence:
Here's where I cheated a bit. I couldnt find any recycled cardboard firm enough for my cover so I used a bought sheet 12x12 and cut it to size, just a few mm bigger than my pages:
So you will have your pack of folded pages and your folded cover:
Put them all together. Open them up in the middle and make 3 holes with a sharp object in the middle at the spine of your journal:
Sew the spine with a strong nylon thread:
Tie the thread off at the outside of the spine:
So your book will look like this:
Tie little bits of fibres, wool, ribbon etc onto the stitches on the outside of the spine- which disguises the stitches and also looks really cute! :
Then the really fun part- decorate your cover. I used fabric and little bits of lace & sewed it on with my sewing machine:
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