Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hand Made Journals

Having a laminator and a binding machine at my disposal has opened up a world of possibilities for paper crafting.  I am making booklets for everything I can think of.

So I thought everyone needed a journal at Christmas.  I started by finding paper for the covers that I thought the recipient would like and laminated them.  I then typed up some bible verses that I like in different fonts and printed them out on 8.5 by 5.5 size paper.  My first thought was that I would use those verses on dividers for sections in the journal.  Maybe 12 sections, one for each month.  I ended up making a couple of journals with 12 tabbed dividers then made others without.  

I'm not much on journal writing myself, so I didn't know how the recipient might use them.  I thought they would perfect for daily journaling, but also thought they would work well for a prayer journal, or jotting down notes when researching bible topics.

I made a bookmark to match each journal and wanted a tassel on each one.  I had to watch YouTube videos to learn how to make tassels..... I bought embroidery floss in colors to coordinate with each journal and made a tassel for each.  Turns out, tassel making is very easy. I took these pics before making the tassels. 

Hard to see in this pic, but I used a stamp and a VersaMark stamp pad for the square embellishments on the cover and bookmark.  This stamp pad creates a translucent watermark or tone-on-tone image instead of color.  

I found the washi tape used in this journal at Target, in the "Dollar Spot".  I wish I had gotten more of it!

I used washi tape to adhere the bible verses on these dividers and tabs before laminating. 

This cover and bookmark are embellished with another Target dollar spot washi tape.