Duct Tape/Parcel Tape Journal

I did a Duct Tape Tutorial back in February  ( Duct Tape tutorial )
and I wanted to give you a few more tips that I discovered while making some yesterday and today.  The ones I did yesterday and today were 8 1/4 x 6 inch in finished size, so card stock cut to 
12 x 8 1/4 and then folded down the middle.

The first tip I want to give you was given to me by my dear friend Vanessa, after I had complained my folds were not very accurate despite using a score board.  I had thought once you had scored down the middle and then folded, it should be accurate.  Obviously you need to keep the card up against the side and bottom edges, when you score, but what I was doing was picking the card up and folding it and then using the bone folder to finish.  

Tip 1 What you actually need to do is this. Score the card, then keeping the card against the edges, fold it over so the opposite edge also butts up to the left and bottom edge.  Once you are confident all edges are correct, hold the left side down and use your right hand to fold the crease.

Tip 2   When you place your tape over the middle pages, don't do what I was doing, which was trying to cut the tape with scissors, close to the edge.  Allow an overlap each side, which makes keeping straight easier. 

Tip 3  Then flip over the pages.  Fold over your surplus tape, and take the pages to the guillotine to trim.  If your edges are off, trim them now.  I was leaving it till the end and then trying to cut the whole thing with my guillotine.  If your folding is neat you shouldn't have hardly anything to trim.

These tips should make it easier to keep the whole journal neat and tidy.  They certainly have helped me.

Thank you for visiting.  I now have 11 journals made.

Easy Back to Back Journal Tutorial

This is a very easy journal to make and you can make it any size.  You can make it from bought blank cards, bought birthday cards that are blank in the middle, or any craft card.   I usually use an even number, 6 , 8, 10 or 12.  I had stacks of 12 x 12 card bought as packs.  Most packs were quite cheap (which was the reason I had so much!).  The quality of the card wasn't brilliant, but you get what you pay for :)  some of card was good quality, but I couldn't think what to do with it.  So in an effort to cut down on my stash, I decided to make some journals.  I usually do these back to back journals with double sided tape, but as I had a lot of Mod Podge to use up, I decided to use that.  

I made mine 9 x 6.  I trimmed the card and scored them down the middle.  The first two I made I used too much glue, they took ages drying and warped badly, so they are sitting under paint containers flattening!  The Mod Podge is a bit runny and one of the tacky glues would be better.  I tried again, this time using glue only round the edges.  Using my finger I spread the glue around as you can see below.

Attach your next piece of card by placing two sides together as shown below.  Match up the front first and seal by sliding your fingers back and forth.  Do the same with the sides, then close the page and press along the side at the back.

Carry on adding the folded pages, I used 10 folded pages in all.   When all the pages have been added, use a bone folder along the back edge, I then use clips to hold the pages together while it dries off.

When you are happy the the spine is dry, wrap the spine with black duct tape as below.

You might notice one of the journals is slightly smaller, 8 1/4 x 6 inches.  Do let me know if you try these, thank you for visiting, I will be back soon x

New pages and paper clip embellishment (1)

I designed some pages for my new journal,  I wanted the images just be background images so I faded them a little.  It seemed  a good idea at the time, but now I'm not so sure :)   I gave some of the pages lines for journaling.

After watching  a couple of tutorials on paper clip embellishments I thought I would have a go.  I had quite a few mulberry paper circles that I has had for ages.  I decided to cover them with fabric using the sewing machine and discovered I do not have good sewing machine skills :(   My lines were very much off, so much so that I binned all of them!  The tutorial I saw used hot glue guns, but I used doubled sided tape.  I lay double sided tape on strips of paper a little wider than the paperclip.  Taking the double sided tape back just a little, I pushed the paper under the paperclip (1), folded it over and up the other side (2).  Then I got a second piece of paper, again with just a little tape peeled back and pushed this under the other side of the paperclip (3).  Fold this over and up the other side and trim a little short of the top (4).  Take the top piece over and slightly overlap the bottom piece.  The paperclip is now completely covered, it clips over a page (5) and is now ready to decorate to match your page colours or theme.  The paper provides a good surface to embellish.

Hoping to finish these tomorrow.  Until next time take care x

Easy Duct Tape Journal Tutorial updated

The above two journals were made with duct tape as the binder that holds the pages together.  I used a silver grey duct tape for the above which I then covered with black acrylic paint and also painted all the edges as I did not want the design of the paper showing.  I did discover the acrylic paint didn't cover the duct tape very well in places, so I went over it again.  The paint tended to be a bit flaky on the spine, but I actually liked the effect.

This diagram shows how the pages are put together.  First decide on your pages sizes, the top ones were 6 x 6 inches when folded so 12 x 6 paper.  Each folded page gives you 4 sides, so the picture below shows 4 folded pages, giving 16 sides, including the covers.  It gets awkward after this point to add more pages because of the height difference, and also adding more pages will make the final journal quite bulky.

If you make yourself a base (I have used an old scoreboard, it is much easier to keep the pieces straight while you apply the tape.  I have an elastic band on the left to accommodate the increasing height of that side and a peg the other to hold that side still.  Simply lay the folded card till they almost touch (almost!) and add a strip of tape to secure.  Trim any excess and turn the right side over to the left.  Add a third folded piece the same way and then a fourth.  Take some time to check all the edges align neatly.  Below shows what the spine should look like.

(Update)  I realised that I had forgotten to mention how to finish the spine.  Using the same tape, position it over the spine with all the pages closed.  Press gently down along the spine, smooth then fold over the tape on each side.  Do not stretch the tape as you do this.
When you place the book face down (a real no no for a bought book!)  you will see it lies quite flat.  The spine can be inked or painted and the cover pages will need an extra layer to make them stronger, then the cover can be decorated.

I bought some cheap paper to start with which I am still using up.  There was a huge difference in cost between this paper (£2.99) and the better stuff £12 - £30), but if your paper was beautiful to start with, you could go straight to decorating your pages.  I have used a brown paper tape for this, it seems strong enough.  Any wide duct tape would do and you can even get black tape which I think would be ideal.

Join me next time when I will showing some pages.