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DIY Art Journal

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I can’t get enough journals. I’m a collector of tidbits: movie stubs, pieces of glitter ribbon, heart stickers, pretty business cards, lists of ideas, vintage paper, photos, tags, receipts, doilies and magazine pages that I just can’t throw away. {And, that’s just the small list.} Because I collect all these scraps and bits, I’m always looking for ways to use them.

My latest idea has been to make my own art journals and fill them with these sweet snippets and lovely morsels. Just the other day, I discovered a movie stub from Julie and Julia. Talk about a fun movie! Anyways, I didn’t want to throw it away, so I stuck it in my new handmade journal.

They’re super easy and fun to make. I’ll walk you through it.

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First, you need to choose your cover. Heavy scrapbook paper and photos or designs printed onto card stock work well. If you don’t have any lovely scrapbook paper or photos you want to use, you can print out this simple chevron design that I made.

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Second, trim the cover with a craft knife if needed. I printed the photo above on heavy card stock and deliberately made it smaller than the page, because I wanted the journal to be smaller.

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Third, fold the cover in half. {This is a very difficult step, I know. You definitely needed a picture, right? I know you don’t, but I had it and wanted to use it.}

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Fourth, pick out the pages you want to use as your art journal pages. I used vintage book pages, pretty magazine pages, envelopes, vintage graph paper, and scrapbook paper. Basically, whatever you have on hand will work.

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Fifth, cut the pages to fit inside your cover. I cut my pages so they would be different sizes. I love the effect you get when you can see multiple art journal pages at once.

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Sixth, sew down the middle of all the pages and cover together. You don’t need to have much experience sewing, because it’s just a straight line. Trim the thread and you’re almost done.

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Seventh, add a strip of washi tape down the spine, and you’re done.

I like to make a bunch at one time. That way, I’ll have enough to last me a few months.

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