Today I’m sharing a Junk Journal Cover Tutorial Using Wallpaper. My neighbor gave me three wallpaper sample books and I decided that as part of my #useitupjuly challenge I would use some of the wallpaper for a junk journal cover.
Junk Journal Cover Tutorial Using Wallpaper.
Supplies for the Junk Journal Cover Tutorial Using Wallpaper
- Day Dreaming Digital Journal Kit from Calico Collage
- Wallpaper Sample book
- Scraps of paper
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Brother Sewing Machine
- Chipboard – can be from a thin box
- Bone Folder
- Cardstock for inside cover and template
- Distress Ink, Vintage Photo
- Ranger Blending Tool
- Tulip Dimensional Glitter Paint
- No-Clog Writing Cap by ScraPerfect
- Tim Holtz Craft Pick
- Waxed Linnen Thread
- Book Binders Needle
- Thick craft foam or can use a phone book
- Giant Paper Clips to hold pages together
- Words Created on Silhouette
When I make a junk journal, I begin with the pages. Once all the pages are made I use the measurement of the width, height and then dept of the stack of pages to determine the cover size. For example, I use the largest pages in the journal which are the digital images that measured 5.25 x 8. when folded in half. The stack of pages (8 sheets folded in half makes 32 pages, times three signatures for a total of 96 pages.) then measured 1.75 inches tall.
Once I know this measurement I decide how much I want the embellished pages to stick out from the cover, in this case, I decided that I wanted to see the lace and only made the cover .25 of an inch wider. The height of the book I decided to give an additional .50 of an inch. Then the spine I decided to add .25 of an inch. That makes the cover piece 5.5 x 8.5 inches- cut two. The spine is 2 x 8.5 inches – Cut one.
Then when I line of these three pieces I can measure how much I need to cover the chipboard. In my case, the chipboard measured 13 inches by 8.5 inches. I added 1.75 to both the height and the width and that was enough to cover the chipboard.
If you have never made a cover before, grab some scraps and practice. Get the hang of how things go together and you can make covers very easily! Just take your time, I know you can make these because I was able to make them. 🙂
Create the inside pieces for the cover by using cardstock or heavy paper. I usually cut cardstock slightly shorter on the width and the height of the chipboard pieces. The piece for the inside spine I cut about 4 inches wide if I have a 2-inch wide spine. This adds strength to the spine and when the side panels are attached it makes a strong book cover.
Attach the pages to the cover. I use the Pamphlet Stitch as that is sturdy and works for me.
Hopefully, this Junk Journal Cover Tutorial Using Wallpaper was helpful. I know you can make a cover too, it is easier than you think. Just don’t over think the process and make a sample if you have never made one so you can get the idea of how it goes together. 🙂
Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.
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