To create your own journal cover, you must first choose a pattern.
The pattern you choose should be one that fits the size of your journal or notebook.
Once you have selected a pattern, you can cut the chipboard and sew it into a hardcover.
You can also use a pattern and add personality to the cover by altering it.
Customize the pattern to fit your notebook/journal
When you choose a pattern, it is important to measure the notebook/journal’s size and shape.
To do this, lay a measuring tape along the spine or back cover of the notebook and measure the thickness and width of the cover.
If your notebook/journal is thick, you may want to create two separate cutting templates for it. Once cut, sew the pieces together.
If you are using a ScanNCut, you can use a mat to cut the pattern.
Make sure to use a non-alcoholic wipe to clean the cutting mat.
This will help to remove small pieces of felt, but you will need to dry the mat thoroughly before you use it again.
If you are using a different size notebook, you will have to make a slightly different pattern for it.
For example, if your notebook is 12 x 15cm, you will need to add 2 cm to both the height and length.
Cut chipboard to fit your notebook/journal
Before you start crafting your notebook/journal, it’s important to determine its dimensions.
A wire-bound notebook should be roughly five and a half inches long, which is about the width of an A4 sheet of paper.
You’ll then need to cut the chipboard to fit this size, including the front and back covers.
Alternatively, you can use scrapbook paper or designer paper to create a chipboard cover.
The designer paper should be about six and a half inches wide by nine and a half inches tall.
Once you’ve cut the chipboard to fit the dimensions of your notebook/journal, you can add embellishments by using scrapbook paper or double-sided tape.
To begin, cut the paper to the desired length. You should make sure to leave a one or two-inch gap on each side so that the cover looks seamless.
You can also glue the paper to the notebook’s front or back cover.
To create a beautiful journal, you can even add a few buttons.
Sew a hard cover for a junk journal
First, you must measure and cut the fabric that will cover the hard cover of your junk journal.
It should be at least 1/2 inch larger than the chip board cover. Ideally, the fabric should measure 15 inches by 10 inches.
Be sure to leave at least 1/2 inch overhang on all sides, as this will be used to glue the fabric inside the hard cover.
Next, you should decide how to decorate your junk journal. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles.
You can use paper scraps, magazines, old books, and even a half-used notebook. You can also add stickers, tassels, and beads.
If you choose to cover your junk journal with a hard cover, you should use waxed thread.
You should also use a book awl. You can choose to use coptic or saddle stitches.
You can also opt to stitch directly into the spine. This can look very stylish and add a little interest.
When sewing a hard cover for your junk journal, you must also keep in mind the size of the journal.
Some journals are much larger than others, so it’s important to take the measurements correctly.
If the cover is too small, it will not be sturdy enough to hold the contents inside.
Use a pattern to add personality
One of the easiest ways to add personality to your journal covers is to include a design or pattern.
A leather tag can be an excellent way to do this. Another option is to use floral paper on the journal cover.
This paper adds a feminine touch to your journal cover and makes it more colorful.
Drawing mandalas, similar to zentangles, on the journal cover can also give it a unique outlook.
These designs can also be therapeutic.
Another way to add personality to your journal cover is to use a fabric pattern.
A fabric pattern that is African-style conveys your sense of origin and aesthetics.
Alternatively, you can use an old denim jeans to create a journal cover page.
There are many ways to use a fabric pattern on a journal cover.
If you don’t want to spend time creating your own designs, you can hire a professional designer to create the journal cover for you.
Creating bulk supplies and personalizing journal covers yourself can be a daunting process, especially if you aren’t an artist.
A reliable design company will provide a unique design that reflects your personality and style.