How to make a Mini Junk Journal with Watercolor Cover

Welcome back to my blog. Today I’m sharing How to make a Mini Journal with a Watercolor look. Using Brutus Monroe Ink and Stamps along with scraps of paper and a domino image from Calico Collage I create a small journal.

Mini Junk Journal with Watercolor Cover

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Here is a video showing How to make a Mini Junk Journal with Watercolor Cover.

Supplies used for How to make a Mini Junk Journal with Watercolor Cover.
Brutus Monroe Surface Ink, Cabbage, Cornflower and Oz
Brutus Monroe Heart Lace Stamp
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink
Watercolor paper
Scrap of Acetate
Alcohol in a spray bottle
Scraps of paper for book pages
Waxed Linen Thread
Large sewing needle
awl
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Pearl
Scrap of book page
Calico Collage Domino Spring Peacock image
Washi Tape
7Gypsies word
Tim Holtz heart punch
Craft Glue

I was prompted to make this Mini Junk Journal because of the scraps left on my desk from making the Travelers Notebooks this past week. The sizes were varied but the most common were 2.75 inches tall and a little over eight inches.

These were perfect to make pages for a journal. I made the pages 2.75 tall by about 5.50 inches long. Some I left longer and just folded over the extra to make a flip out page.

Mini Junk Journal with Watercolor Cover

Once I had the size determined I then proceeded to cut a scrap of watercolor paper to 3 inches by 6 inches.

Next I smashed three colors of Brutus Monroe Surface ink on a scrap of acetate. Then sprayed with Alcohol to get the inks to spread and blur the lines. Dip the paper into the ink and boom you have a beautiful watercolor background.

Before stamping it would be a good idea to dry the paper. I failed to do so in the video and the stamping came out very light. I like how it looked, but if you want a vivid image dry the paper first then stamp.

After using the Brutus Monroe heart lace stamp I then layered a scrap of book page and a domino image from Calico Collage. I even sewed the two pieces together to give more texture. Then I placed some washi tape on both ends of the cover and a little over the images. Lastly I added a word from 7gypsies and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Pearl on top.

Now that the cover is done I used a pamphlet stitch to bind the journal together. There are eight pieces of paper inside to make 32 pages, more if you count the flip out pages too.

Mini Junk Journal with Watercolor Cover

I love finding projects for the left over bits on my desk. I think  have enough to make a dozen of these little journals out of scraps.

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How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert

Sharing How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert. Using Calico Collage images for the focal point on my covers on top of various colors of cardstock I share how to sew the pages together using a Pamphlet Stitch and make Travelers Notebook inserts.

How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert

My inserts measure 8.25 in. tall by 4.25 in. wide. I use 12 sheets of paper folded in half for a total of 48 pages inside the insert. Some of the papers used, scrapbook papers, notebook paper, grid paper, mop up sheets when I spray Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and more.

Once the size of a journal has been determined I make a template for my hole placement. I like the holes to be evenly spaced. The template will have three holes. One in the center and the other two will be about 1.25 inches from the ends.

Here is a video on How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert.

Creating these journals is a great way to use up those papers in your stash that you don’t madly love. Sometimes I look at the papers in a scrapbook pad and if some are not really to my liking to make a greeting card I’ll use it in a journal. These are still pretty papers, but may be limited to larger layouts.

How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert

Calico Collage images from the Spring Peacock, Natures Glory and Unicorn Magic journal kits were used on the covers. These print two images per a page. Designed to be folded in half and used as a journal page. I had a few left over from making journals and I thought these would make great cover images. I just cut the page in half and trimmed down the image to be 4 inches wide. Then I added either washi tape or ribbon to the top and bottom of the image. Lastly, I added sewing stitches all around the image.

Here is a couple of photos of my Book Binding Cradle. My husband made the cradle based off of my needs and scraps of lumber that we had laying around. I chose to have one made out of wood because the cardboard ones for sale seemed flimsy to me. This is very sturdy. In fact, it is almost the height of a short stool when turned on the end and my husband was using it as a chair while I was crafting. lol

The scraps of wood were about 20 inches long and 8 inches wide. The end pieces are almost 8 inches square. The idea is that this looks like a trough and there is a gap at the bottom of the V for the book pages to rest and the awl to punch through.

How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert

I made a bunch of these Travelers Notebooks because I’ll be in a show in August. No need to wait until the last moment to get things ready.

How to do Pamphlet Stitch inside Travelers Notebook Insert

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.

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