Choosing Needles for Book Binding

Let’s talk about Choosing Needles for Book Binding. Many people ask me what kind of needle to use when binding journals or junk journals. Today I’ll share a few ideas to help you get started.

Choosing Needles for Book Binding

See the video on Choosing Needles for Book Binding for a visual of the needles.

Normally I purchase my book binding needles online but I went shopping at Hobby Lobby and found some Doll needles. In the multi pack of needles there is one that works great for book binding. The needle looks just like the ones I get online and it is a much lower price, that is if you are able to get to Hobby Lobby.

Here are some online vendors that can help with Choosing Needles for Book Binding.
Book Binding Kit – Awl, needle
Book Binding Needles only
Bookbinding Tools Set Bone Folder Creaser Waxed Linen Thread Wood Handle Awl Large-eye Needles for Handmade Books Bookbinding and Sewing Supplies,11 Pieces
Bookbinding starter kit

Once you have the right needle for the job it makes it so much easier. Nothing like using the wrong tool and end up with issues. I’ve been taught, get the right tool for the job the first time and save headaches later.

Choosing Needles for Book Binding

Hope that next time you are Choosing Needles for Book Binding that it will be easier for you now that you can see the differences in the types of needles out there.

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.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

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Info about awls for book binding

What is an Awl and Info about awls for book binding. Having the perfect tool really does make a difference. When you have a tool that helps you with a project it really makes it easier.

Info about awls for book binding

What is an Awl? It is a small pointed tool used for piercing holes. In our case, it is for piercing holes in paper and a book cover for journals.

Not all awls are alike. In the video Info about awls for book binding, I share different types of awls and the holes that these make in the paper.

Finding the right awl for your project can take a little work. It’s hard to determine from packing or websites the size of the hole that an awl will make. Here are some examples below.

Info about awls for book binding

Understanding what size hole you need to match your needle will help in your quest. Here is a list of awls that I found should work for book binding.

Zutter The 9-in-1 Tool.
This is the Zutter Book & Journal Making Tool Kit I own.
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 372 Retractable Craft Pick.
Leather Craft Cloth Wood Awl Tool Pin Punching Hole Maker Stitching Overstitch.

 

Hopefully, this post sharing Info about awls for book binding will help you on your journal making.

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.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal

Today I’m sharing the Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal I made for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  The Unicorn image is a Digi Stamp from Bugaboo.  The challenge this time on the Fantabulous Circut Challenge Blog is any thing goes.

Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal

The sponsor for Challenge #306 – Anything goes is:

The prize is 4 digital stamps!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it’s not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

Visit the FCCB and add your entry by the deadline.

Supplies Used for the Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal
Bugaboo Unicorn Digi Stamp
Cricut Cut file Dream from Wall Decor and More. Journal from Heritage cartridge.
Heavy watercolor paper for cover
Stencil
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Pink Poodle and Curious
Chameleon Pens
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink – Peacock Feathers
Cardstock – green and blue, pink and ivory
Tulip Glitter paint
Cricut Explore Air
Washi Tape
Sewing Machine
Thread
Flat Back Rhinestones
Old map
Notebook paper
Old book pages
Tim Holtz Heart punch
Waxed Linen Thread
Book Binder Kit

This journal measures 4.5 inches wide by 6 inches tall. The inside pages are 4.25 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall. There are 10 sheets of paper for a total of 40 pages in this Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal.

Here is a Video on how to make this Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal.

There is no wrong or right way to make a junk journal. Some people think the whole journal needs to be made out of things that would be trash. Others think if any part of the journal is something other than standard paper then that is considered a junk journal. I think that anything you want to put into a journal is perfectly good!

Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal

Using the Bugaboo Unicorn Digi Stamp set gave me an opportunity to learn how to print and cut on my Cricut. I like that I was able to pull in all the images and decide on the size before I printed and cut the components.

Having this features sure saves the time of me having to hand cut the images. Makes life so easy.

Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal

I used Chameleon Pens to color the Unicorn. I love the rainbow colors in the mane. Love these pens!

Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal

This will be my last Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog project as it was a six-month term. I’ve learned a lot in the past six months and I’m so glad that I was a part of the FCCB. Thank you FCCB design team for being wonderful on the team.

Bugaboo Unicorn Junk Journal Image 4

If you haven’t checked out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group, please do so. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. At the moment it is a small group, but we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and will be adding more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated of my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal

Loving the Spring Peacock Kit from Calico Collage. I have to show you How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal. Once you see the images in this kit you will want to download it today.

How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal

For this journal, I decided that my foundation papers would be made from some paper I had in my stash. Years ago when Xpedex paper had a retail store in Oklahoma City I would shop there on a regular basis.

While shopping at Xpedex I would look at their clearance section. One of these visits I found 6 reams of letter size (8.5 in. x 11 in.) paper for four dollars a ream. What was wrong with the paper? It was a flecked sage green. While I love green, it wasn’t a favorite color of mine.

The manager noticed that I was looking at the paper and came over. He said hey I’ve had this paper on the shelf way too long. I’ll make a deal you can’t pass by today. How about I sell these to you for two dollars a ream. I said sold. Not knowing what I was going to do with that paper, but heck at that price I could use it for something some day.

Well, today is that “some day”. Pulling out my Tattered Angel glimmer mists I got an idea. I would mist the papers and change the color. Since the sage was such a light color the glimmer mists would easily change the color.

Wow, what a change the glimmer mists made to the paper. It was so much fun to see the transformation right before my eyes.

Supplies used in How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal
Calico Collage Spring Peacock Journal Kit
Brutus Monroe Surface Ink Aubergine
Tim Hotz Distress Inks, Vintage Photo,  Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: True Turquoise, Cranberry Zing, Turquoise Blue, Pop Rocks, Blarney, Vintage Pink, Party Pink, Blue Bubbles
Glitter Washi Tape
Copy Paper
Heat Tool
Books by Hand Bone Folder
Fiskars 5 Inch RazorEdge Micro-Tip Easy Action Shears
Dictionary Pages
ATG Gun
Waxed Linen Thread
Book Binding Kit – Awl, needle
Jumbo Paperclips
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Scrapbook paper
Chipboard
Blue Book Binding Tape
Butterfly Stamps
Peacock Stamp set – Recollections.
Jr Legal paper pad
Lace Seam Binding

Now down to How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal.

The best thing to do is decide on the final size you want your pages. The kit is designed for 5 in. x 7 in. I chose to cut my pages down to 7.5 in. x 11 in. That way there would be a small border around each of the Calico Collage image.

Sort through the images and choose which ones you want to use. In my case, I was able to decide that I wanted three signatures of four sheets of paper each.

Next start selecting Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and spray each piece of copy paper, or text weight paper on both sides. Dry with a heat tool, or set aside to air dry.

Select images from the kit. Use coordinating Brutus Monroe ink or Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the images to finish the edges. Adhere the images with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. When I adhere a full page I left the top open so that it created a natural pocket. Think of gluing in a U shape. Also don’t use tape if you are planning on making a pocket, as items put into the pocket will stick to the tape.

On some of the pages, I wanted to have lined journaling spots. This is where a Jr Legal paper pad is handy. They are light weight and add a perfect touch to the journal. These look wonderful with a little glimmer mist sprayed on these as well.

Here is a fast process video on How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal

It took me about four hours of playing with this journal to get it finished. I really enjoyed making this journal and plan to make more similar to this one.

The completed journal is available for sale in my shop.

Now that you have seen the images and see How to make a Spring Peacock Junk Journal, are you ready to make your own? Please share what you make by joining the Fans of Calico Collage Facebook group. It is a small friendly group and we love seeing what others create with Calico Collage images.

 

 

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