Hi guys!

I’m back with an (almost) step by step guide on how I made this journal. Mainly, I just want you to check out this beautiful paper I found for the cover. 🙂 It’s currently snowing with an inch on the ground, so I wanted something to warm me up: Pineapples. Yup, I went tropical for this DIY!

Here is the final product before we move on:

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As the title states, this journal came from an old book. My work was throwing a ton out, so I grabbed a few and this is the one I chose for this project. I also ripped out all the papers so I could put my own signatures in:

I also decided to keep the original first and last page of the book so when you first opened it, you wouldn’t be able to see the signatures. Eventually when I went to glue to signatures in, glue got between one of the original pages and the first page of the first signature, so now you really can’t see it.
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Alright, onto the actual process! I began by measuring out the dimensions of my book and then used a ruler to mark that on the back of the scrapbook paper:

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Like mentioned above, the dimesions for this book was 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. I knew I would need a little more due to the spine and the creases, so I didn’t bother trimming for the width; I just kept it at the original 12″ size.

 

                    After that I just glued the paper on the front and used my X-Acto knife to cut off
the extra trimmings (where I messed up):

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I then did the same things to the inside cover, however, since I decided I wanted to keep the 2 original pages, I couldn’t take my scrapbook paper all the way across (it would have covered those pages and the inside of the spine), so I cut out 2 pieces, one for the front and one for the back:

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I know it doesn’t go super well with the pineapple theme, but at best you could match the greens. I just loved this pattern so much, I had to put it in here.

Next came the signatures. I took 5 pages of card stock and folded them in half.
When I folded them in half, they were already the perfect size since the width of the paper was 11 inches (half of the book was 5 1/2″). I just had to take about an inch and half off of the top. There is where a paper cutter would have been VERY handy. I had to cut each one by hand and let me tell you, it was sloppy. Anyway, here is my process for combining the papers together:

First, I begin by laying all my pages together flat on the table. I then place an eraser (I would suggest a bigger one than what I have) along the crease and in the center of the papers. I then staple INTO the eraser. This is so the other side of the staple remains straight and I can make sure they line up in the center correctly:

 


After I made my signatures it was time to glue them to the inside of the spine. I ended up using mod podge to get my signatures to stay. I always do a THICK coat of mod podge and slide my signatures around until I feel like they are evenly covered. I just then hold them into the spine for 5 minutes with my hands, and then eventually use a binder clip to hold everything up while laying it on it’s spine for about 30 minutes.


And here we are at the end! The only thing I didn’t like is that the the last and first signatures are attached to the original pages. I can’t undo it because it’ll rip the paper and well, that’s just not cute. It doesn’t bother me too bad, but if I could go back and change it, I would.

If you learned anything from this post, I hope it’s to go to your locals Michael’s right away and get this gorgeous print. Right now it is taking everything in me not to plaster this on everything I own.  Here is a link to the paper so you too can grab 20 copies. Note: the picture looks a lot lighter than what it is in real life.

Thanks for scrolling through!

 

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