I’ve had so much fun making these adorable journals! I am using them for everything from Primary Journals, to my book store, to recipe books and more! You name it, having a cute notebook is almost always better! So here are my instructions and measurements to make your own cute journals! *I got these measurements from my mother who made about 3 dozen journals for the young women in her church. If the same measurements are found on another tutorial elsewhere, please know it’s not intentional 🙂
-3 pieces of 12X12 Scrapbook Paper in coordinating colors
–Scrapbook Adhesive (you can try other sticky substances to make this work, but they must be STRONG, glue sticks won’t cut it!)
-Any other embellishments to decorate journal after it’s made. ie: buttons, washi tape, lace, stickers…
Cut your paper to these dimensions:
- Front and back cover: 12″x8″ Both sides will needs their own paper cut to this size, save scraps for later
- Inside: 6″x8.5″ Again, you’ll need 2 of these for both the front and back insides, these can come from the same piece of 12×12 paper
- Inside strip: 1″x9 3/4″ Again, 2 of these. I use the scraps from the front and back cover to make these strips
Step 2: Place glue strips along entire border of front cover of journal, leaving out the black strip on the side. *note, you don”t need a solid line of the glue strips, you can space them out every 1-1/5 inches to save on supplies.
Step 3: Place one of your cut out cover pieces over the top of the journal, leaving as close the same amount hanging off the top and bottom as you can. The paper will be wider than the journal as well.
Step 4: Open journal up and fold in corners. After making crease, open back up, place more glue strips in corners, then stick them back down. (*note It really helps if you make the crease on ALL folds before gluing them down!)
Step 5: Fold and glue in the top and bottom edges first, the fold and glue the side edge in.
Step 6: Put Glue strips along border of inside paper (measuring 6×8.5) and place inside of journal. *note, if you want to round the corners of this piece, it actually looks better, I just didn’t have one on hand!)
Step 7: Glue inside strip next to crease in journal. Do NOT put it too close to the crease or it will fold when you close the journal, if you line it up with the black line printed on the journal cover it works out great! Step 9: Repeat steps 2-8 on the back!
And there you have it! You’re very own adorable journals, all ready to fill with whatever thoughts you’d like! If you appreciate these fun ideas and free handouts please let me know in a comment below! You can like me on Facebook, follow me on Pinterest, and sign up for my newsletter for more updates!