Making some handmade duct tape artjournals with repurposed prints..

I ruined some prints today while printing..and decided to make some duct tape art journals…I started with 2 pieces of 8 x 8 cardboard and some colored duct tape

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I taped the back and front on the edge of cardboard

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Then I added my art piece on the cover with a glue stick..I use a lot of glue and put it on very smoothly..

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come back tomorrow to see the rest of the process…!

then to add the pages..you cut  paper the size of the journal as it is laid out flat…so actually double the page size…make as many pages as you like, and since they will be folded the number of pages will be double..

imageeach folded piece is called a signature..I put about 3 or 4 pieces within 1 signature..and in this particular journal I had 5 signatures with 3 pages in each one..

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I filled the white signatures with different size and color pages for interest….you then need to poke holes through the duck tape binding…I use a template so the holes match my signatures..

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all 010the tool is called an awl and it is very pointy with a nice handle..just use the tip to poke a hole in the duck tape wherever you  put the marking with your template..then use the template to mark the signatures and put the holes  through each page

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I just tie in the center and triple know the thread or ribbon…in this pic I used only 2 holes..Ive also used three and four

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this one has three holes…it is an 8 x 8 journal so I felt that it need more..depending on how many signatures you have..you will need to space the holes an adequate space apart on the duck tape..notice here how I divided up the space  for the holes on the duct tape, then added signatures accordingly

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I cut the edges of my pages for interest and uniqueness…

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imageI added some fold in on the edge with fancy tape..and decorated it..

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imageI decorated some edges..and Im still not done yet i will add more journaling spots..fold outs..maybe an envelope or two…and whatever else may fancy me..If you have any questions please respond here in the comments section..I will get back to you ASAP..sorry I dont have any videos yet..I have tried to video and I dont really have a great setup, with good light or accessibility..Im working on it and as soon as I get set up in my house I will work on making video tutorials..Thank You so much..!

 

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all 001here are some more pages that I add within a signature…these are gelli pages and I put them between 140 lb watercolor paper..I use that and bristol board, brown paper bag…cardstock, mixed media paper, and any paper you like including wrapping paper, ledger paper, line paper, old book pages,  etc..anything that you can fold and alter is perfect…!

 

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8 thoughts on “Making some handmade duct tape artjournals with repurposed prints..

  1. I love this awesome, but I was wounding are gelli paper. Thank you for all your help. So do you use the 140 paper as the outside for each signature then add different paper end between? Thank you again.

  2. i think it is a fab-you-lous journal; luvin’ the cut edges with your prints interspersed.

    i’ll be back to this tut. when I’m ready to tackle binding my own.

    thanks so much!

  3. Gee, this is great! Wish I’d seen it before I attempted a little book, child’s story, for Christmas giving. Now I can see it and will use in the future. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. I am crazy in love with your cover art piece! Have you described that somewhere? It looks almost like fabric, is it? Beautiful!

  5. This is absolutely beautiful to me. Your explanation is perfect, and it gives me what I need to create my own. Thank you.

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