TuToRiaL..My “Meadori” style handmade art journals..
step 1..First I fold 9 x 12 sheets of Canson 140lb watercolor paper in half..which makes the journal size 9 x 6 inches… and I use a bone folder to crease the edge. It makes a very nice fold so the paper lays flat.If you dont have a bone folder you can use a ruler or end of a pen or scissors…I also cut and tear my painted Canson 98 lb mixed media paper to add as well.(Here and Here are links to see how I create some of these painted papers) I mix both papers evenly in the journals. You can use any papers you like for your own journals, card stock, copy paper, scrapbook paper, brown wrap, deli paper..etc..
Step 2..I then Pick one of my prints from my original creations..you can use an original piece or some print you may have ..or just painted paper or scrapbook paper as well..what ever you would like for your cover is fine.I cut the print to fit on the cover page which is 9 x 6 inches.
Step 3…Then I take one of the folded 140 lb watercolor papers and cut it on the fold..this give me a front and back cover that I will attach with Duck brand colored Duck Tape ..I like it because it is sturdy and strong.
Step 4…Then I take a colored Duck tape..usually to match the cover in some form..and I duck tape the 2 covers pieces together..on front and back..with a 1/2 inch over lay of tape to paper. I actually do a tiny bit less for the front because I will be sewing on that piece and I dont want to sew over the sticky tape.
..first I do one side…
..fold excess over the top
..then I add on other side and also fold over the top..
..i then press it down and around with my fingers to get a smooth finish..
Step 5..I then take an awl ,which is a sharp pointy tool for making holes and I make two holes at the top and bottom of the duck tape..in between the paper covers. I then take elastic that is cut to about double the same length as the papers ..(or 18 inches for the 9 x 12 journal..and 24 inches for the 9 x 12 journal..)and put through the first hole at top, from inside to outside..and then in through the hole next to it..and then pull elastic to the bottom and do the same..tying the elastic together on the inside of covers.You want it to be a little taught but not so it pulls covers together..just taught enough so you have to stretch it to add paper.
Step 6..After the pieces are taped I take my cut print and sew it onto the front cover..you can add glue first if you like..but I find that the stitching is enough.I use a zigzag or decorative leaf stitch..if you do not have a sewing machine, you can just adhere with glue or matte medium and press under a book for a few hours to seal and secure it..I just like the look of the stitches as well…or you can hand stitch if you like..that would look awesome as well..!
Step 7..Then I take my folded papers and intersperse them..140 lb, then 98 lb..painted, then blank..and make a stack of 6 papers..which will be 12 pages after folded..and I slip them into the elastic ..I do the same with another stack of papers..After the pages are in I take some colorful ribbons and add to the top piece of elastic..I usually use about 4 pieces of different colored ribbon and fold them over to add some more color interest..and that my friend sis how I make my Meadori Handmade Art Journals..!