Start playing the Christmas music. lol Today I’m sharing How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal. Using Fabric, Cardstock, Calico Collage journal kit – Golden Christmas along with my sewing machine I share How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal.
Almost daily I get questions on how to make a cover for a junk journal. I decided to share a video with the steps I take for a cover. How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal.
What you will need for this project. How to make a cover for Christmas Junk Journal
Pages – Calico Collage Golden Christmas, I have mine stamped and sprayed, ready to add trim
Fabric for outside cover
Chipboard – can use a cereal box or purchase chipboard or even an old book.
Cardstock for inside covers
Photocopy of music out of an old hymnal
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Sewing machine – Mine is old but works great.
Needles I use Organ Flat Shank Size 80/12, Use what is recommended by your sewing machine.
Thread of your choice – I used red.
Distress Ink, Black Soot, and Vintage Photo
Fiskars Scissors – to trim the thread\
Waxed Linen Thread
Bookbinder’s awl in a kit.
Tip for making a cover from scratch. Know the size of your pages first. Once I have all my pages done and I stack them into Signatures (a group of folded papers) I measure. Measure the thickness of the pages. In my case, these were about 1 inch. The height of the page needs to be measured. My pages are 8 inches tall. The width next. Mine is 5.25 inches wide without lace, with lace 6 inches.
The book insides measure 8 x 5.25 with a one-inch spine. I want there to be plenty of room so I then add a little to each and end up with the following. The height 8.5, the width 6.25 and then the spine is 1.25.
Cut the chipboard two pieces 8.5 x 6.25 one piece 8.5 x 1.25. These will be the insides of your cover for stability. Layout these pieces and then measure a large rectangle. In my case, it was 16 inches wide by 10 inches tall.
Adhere the chipboard to the cover (fabric or paper) with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Use a bone folder to smooth out the glue and for the cover to adhere.
Fold over the edges to the inside of the cover. Again use Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
Once the cover outside is complete, I will embellish the cover if I plan to sew, I do it now. For this Christmas Junk Journal, I used images from Calico Collage, copy of music, scrap of paper, washi tape and ribbon. Just play around with the composition until you see what you like.
Create pockets if you want them on the inside cardstock pieces. Adhere the inside pages to the cover with the spine being first. (if you want to do a hidden spine on a book you would sew to the 1.25 x 8.5 inch spine piece before you adhere it to the cover.
Now that the cover is done sew your pages to the cover and you are done! Enjoy the journal you just made!
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