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Journals with elastic closures, pocket and perforated pages

teacher avatar Maribel Reyes, Graphic Designer and Maker

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Class preview

    • 2. Inspiration and Preparation

    • 3. Cover

    • 4. Finishing the Covers

    • 5. Perforated Pages Option

    • 6. Ready to Start Sewing Pages

    • 7. Tool Review

    • 8. Finalizing our Journal

    • 9. Final Tips

    • 10. Horizontal Elastic Bands

    • 11. Horizontal Elastic Band Pages

    • 12. Horizontal Elastic Band Sewing

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About This Class

In this easy class I will demonstrate how I make my journals with:

  • Elastic band closures TWO ways, vertical and horizontal.
  • Inside cover pocket and expandable pocket.
  • Perforated pages at the end of the journal, so you can tear off a page if you want to.
  • New chain stitching for the spine.

I hope you can get excited over making this easy journal and can learn something new every day! 

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Maribel Reyes

Graphic Designer and Maker


Hi I'm Maribel a Graphic Designer by trade and a lover of all handmade things.

I find inspiration everywhere and try to keep making things, some projects I finish others not so much...but I believe that getting my hands engaged it's half the battle, I love to share what I have learned thru trial and error, so you don't have to waste your precious time and can get your creative juices flowing.

Enjoy where you are, but get excited about the future!

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1. Class preview: we need snow, I will be tweeting. You're it's short. I am a handy journal. I'll be showing you to waste. First, I will show you how to make an expandable inside. Park it with a horizontal elastic band. The next way will be making a pocket from the inside cover and also adding your elastic band in a vertical way and having the option of firing your pages perforated. And if you're interested, you can turn this new way of stitching that I did here. It's a chain stitch. It's really easy to dio in fun. Very pretty. The's theater journals are awesome gift Mother's Day's comments. So keep that in mind or keep them for yourself so you can capture or your creative ideas. And when the mood strikes, you're ready to create Ready sketch. Yeah, materials. Let's get 2. Inspiration and Preparation: Hi. Before we get started with her journal, it's useful to go ahead and find inspiration. Some places I like to look our Pinterest, Google images or your local bookstore. I created a board on Pinterest to help you get inspired. You will find the link to the board on my sample project. Once you have found your inspiration Police posted in the class project. That way I can help you in case you need extra materials from the ones I used. Once you have your journal design in mind, let's gather our material so we can get started. I will provide the list of the materials when applicable. Pdf so that if you need to purchase any of these, you can find them easily. The 1st 1 I'm gonna be making is the one with the vertical and last, which is what we see most more commonly at the stairs. So I will be using paper for the pages of my journal Binder clips paper for my inside cover from the outside cover paper. I'm using a nice wrapping paper. Some also card stock. I will provide a template with the measurements I'm using container for my do foam brush, Metta Ruler, Bone Folder, Elastic Band, Of course, Japanese grew hole punch this oneness, optional sisters pencil and this nice mechanic and burglary thread I found. It's not waxed, but we can still use it. 3. Cover: Hi. Welcome to cast. We will start working on our covers. As you can see on the screen, we have a template that I have created. If you want to follow along with the same measure, I have attached a pdf with the file. In case you want to print it, both your cover paper in your cart stock need to be the same. SAS. Now that you have both papers trimmed and the measurements are clearly visible on one side , we can start blowing them together. So let's start blue in our parts. This is a decorative paper I found with my card stock. As you saw, I just flipped it so that the measurements that we had on the other side are visible to me bringing a piece of scrap paper. Make sure it's not newspaper or the ankle rub off on your paper. Then we're gonna place it down on top of her cutting man, Get her glue. This specific clue. It's very good. Doesn't warp your paper. I like putting a little bit of water in there because it makes it a little bit more, um, easy for meter. Just brush it on the paper. So just make a nice consistency. Maybe, Like maybe like buttermilk. That's the first thing that comes to my so start blowing from the center out, just like with them before on the other bookmaking classes I have, I'm tucked. Once you have covered all the corners in every little piece of the carport paper gently, they lay down your pattern or your decorative paper. Move the scrap to paper to the side. If you, um, happened to have not placed correctly like me, don't worry. He did off the blue. Still, that's why it's good to have a little bit of water there. It's a little bit more manageable if you need to correct, so go back to it. He let off and put it back down from the center out. So get your bone folder and starts more than it out from the center out. That way, you get rid of any bubbles or any creases that you may have on the people. Once you're happy with the placement, get your heavy object, place it on top so it can dry and we can continue working on it. 4. Finishing the Covers: once our cover is nice and dry, we can continue working on it. So I'm going to bring in my bone folder in my ruler so that I can score that two sides of the paper where I'm gonna fold it. One side will work as an inner pocket in the other side will work as a cover up for our elastic man. Our journal is taking shape already. So get your elastic band. We're gonna measure the length that we need to cut it. I like using. I like leaving about an inch under the cover so that it could be stronger and also depends how much paper your book or your journal will have. Mine is not going to be too thick, so measure an inch on the top and an inch on the bottom. Once you have your elastic bent caught to size, open the flap in measure from the fold in one inch from the fold and from the top happen itch. Repeat the same step on the bottom. This is a close up so you can see the measurements better. Once you have marked of two intersection points on the paper, you can go ahead and get your elastic band measure. How Why did this mind measures about an eighth of an inch and then make a line and little bit a little bit smaller than the eighth of an inch. So I want the bank to fit their snuggie. So get your sharp Exacto knife and cut. Check the back of the paper, make sure that it actually went through. Um, sometimes with the paper or the glue, it can be a little tough. So that's why I'm going back and check in and in fixing the opening so I can get my elastic band in place. What, your fingers. Maybe put down the paper on top of the current Matt, Before you do that, I've been news in the back off my blade as the kind of ah instrument to push the elastic band through. It has worked for me, but if you have something else that can work better, maybe a flathead screw or something else that can help you push the elastic band through without damaging the cover. Then, by all means, go ahead and use it. As you can see, it may take some time, so be patient with it so you don't rip the paper. We're almost there. So once you have it going through, go ahead and pull both ends. Um, gently make sure they're the same length on each side. And I like to bring it back a little bit so that the elastic band touches the edge of the book. Just like what you see in here. It has to give. It has to be a little bit tights. Not too tight, Not too lose. So like this, right? Then you flip the book back, open the flap, and we're gonna go those two sides down this time I won't be using water. Um, I wanted to be really, really secure, so just put the glue over it, like what you see here and then some more on the flat. And we're gonna close that down and put heavy weight on it and let it dry for a few hours. So make sure both sides of your elastic man are facing inward. Press it firmly and you can run a bone folder over it if you want and put your heavyweight on top of it. What? I'm putting on its ah, brick that is wrapped in scrap paper. But you can use a heavy book or, if you have a book, press even better. 5. Perforated Pages Option: If you're watching this, that means you want to try it The perforated pages option and that you have a sewing machine handy or you have a friend that can let you borrow one. First thing we need to do is get one of our pages folded in half. What I usually do is separate my pages in half. I'm gonna have perforated pages at the end of my book. I don't want all my pages to be perforated, so that's why I split it in half. But if you wanted all of them, then you need to see how much your sewing machine can handle. And if you can go through all the pages at once Since I just 1/2 of my book perforated, I am going to split the pages in half like this. Just get half of my pages. I'm gonna use the back for my perforated pages. Then on top of those pages, I'm gonna put my new page that I fold it so I can see where my spine will be And I can see where I can perforate. I usually do it from the spine out, Have a niche. So just I bought it. It could be a little less a little born think happened. Half an angel will be good for me. So once you have those pages in place, go ahead and get your sewing machine art. Make sure he doesn't have any thread. I recommend getting a scrap paper and use it as a test page so that you're sure that you like the stitching that you're gonna use when your pages and not damaged the whole, you know, set of pages. So just run a piece of paper through, pull it out and see if you like that, you can separate the stitching mawr, depending on to so much in you. Have you have options on my sewing machine? It's the setting beat. Get your stack of papers and put him down where you see the mark of the fold on the first page. That's your spine. So move your the foot of your machine away half an inch or more and starts going through. There you go. You have your perforated pages ready to be sewn into your journal. It's a simple s that 6. Ready to Start Sewing Pages: so the cover is nice and dry in our elastic bang is nicely in place. It's time to glue are inside cover. This piece of card stuck measures 10 inches wide by 5.5 inches in hat. So let's get her scrap paper down and start growing our inside cover. Now that we have our inside cover in place, it's time to glue the bottom off our inside pocket. A small amount of glue will do this kind of Lou amusing is very strong. So is going to keep the or pocket nice and coast. So just brush it in there and then close it and find your heavy object and then Steve it to dry for a few hours. Our journal is looking great. Let's get ready to start working on the inside pages, and if you prefer to have them perforated, you should watch the video on that. So let's get her inside pages now that are, Korver is completely dry and to start working on finding or making a template for our spine . Since we don't have measurements anymore, we're gonna get our first page in folded in half. That is gonna show us where our spine movie. Once you have that hold in place, you can go ahead and get a scrap of paper that measures the same height off the spine unfolded evenly like this. Remember that each fold represents one whole for your stitching. So the more photo has the more stitching holes that you will have on your spine. Sometimes the paper gets too thick and the fourth won't be as even. So that's why I'm opening it up in. Flatten it with my fingers and open it up again. Find the middle if you need more holes in people unfolded. Once you're happy with your template, place it in the middle off our pages so we can start marking the holes so we can start sewing. I like using my all so I could mark each of the holes that I will be stitching and then determine what tool I will be using on this project. I have made a video that shows the difference between the Han drew, the Japanese screw hole punch and the all so you can choose which one suits your project best 7. Tool Review: Okay, so Tour review hand drew that I've been using This new one is a Japanese group punch in the all the Japanese group on. She comes with set of bits like you see here about it online McGee with a link for that if you're interested and that end, the Handra oh comes with the different drove. It's different sizes. So I wanted to show you what the hand drill does or what it's capable off doing. This is the tool I've been using previously, and I like it because it's so versatile. I can use it to drill. Would I can use it to drill thick cardboard? I like going to three stores or going to the rash shells, yard sales, finding the old records like this one. Or maybe cookbooks thinks that interest me and that have the potential to become interesting books. Even this final record can be made into a book, but I wanted to show you how cold is Solis. See if you can. If you have it, what you can do with it. And if you don't have it, think about if you want to invest in so he re garments are drilling my record cover. This could become an awesome sketchbook. I want to show you how I drill the record and how meats the hole is. It's awesome. You can make lots of stuff with this handrail. Go to the local wood shop and find some nice wood to make into, like a Coptic stitch sketchbook. Something that not too thick But but this Handra Oh, can handle, See? Nice, turned out perfect. You can even use plexiglass if you had some. The possibilities are endless, like they saying, So it's up to you to go ahead and get inspired. No, I have this piece off leather. Um, and I think that Japanese screw hole punch is better for that than the Han Drew. You can see the hand, Really. They leave a little bit off the fibers behind. So is it drills? But it's not as nice and meat like as the Japanese for a bunch, but I wanted to show you see, there's fibers. They're still does the job, but it's not super needs. No, With this one, you can change the bit to make a bigger thicker, depending on your threat or what you project is so for this one. I am gonna move it to a bigger size so you can see better in determining if you like this. Although, if you want to invest in it, so you just press it down, make sure you have something underneath because it will cut out. Well, it turned out much better than with the Han Drew. It cuts away the fibers. It's a cleaner look. Okay, so I'm going to move this piece of side, and I'm going to bring in some paper cause I wanted to show you, um, what it would do on paper, like a stack of paper. So I chose the stack of papers, like if I was going to make a journal. What I notice is that the first few pages turn out great. It cuts perfect, but it doesn't go all the way through. So for a journal for job like this at what I would do is used a Handra. Oh, that I am sure is in a drill all the way through. And then bring in my Japanese group punch and clean up the holes. What I find really nice and positive about this Japanese through a hole punch is that I can use it to create designs. Like, if I want to make a card that has flowers or snowflake, anything with circles. It will be wonderful to use the Soling that way. Um, as you can see here, See, it cuts really nice. Could sit out and then you could just get creative with this if you know, that's what you want to dio see. Perfect. That looks gorgeous. Clean quits. Now I'm gonna use the all so you can see the difference. When you look at the back of the cardboard, you can see what they do. So they all actually pushes the fibers out to the other side. The drill cuts a bit a little bit and then pushes some of them awesome. And the Japanese group bunch actually cuts the fibers out. So I suckling her look, but it cannot be used on really think surfaces. That concludes my tour review. I hope you found it helpful, and it can assist you in choosing the tools that you're gonna need for your future projects . And then you can keep getting inspired 8. Finalizing our Journal: for this journal are making right now. I will be using the Japanese full whole bunch because it doesn't have many pages. So I want to show you guys how I do it. It's still getting goes all the way through. So I'm finding myself going back and looking at the reverse side, See, in making sure a went through, I am using my own completely look, the whole through. There's papers that they're cut out but have stayed in the hole. So I'm gonna push them back, apt with the old, so choose the right tool for your project and continue drilling the holes or making the holes along the spine. So we can so far book, get my threat ready to start sewing. Since this one has kind of a metallic finish, I am not gonna wax it completely. I would just works on both ends so that I can threaten my needle easy and then start sewing with the new chain stitch that I wanted to show you guys so measure three times the length of the spine in a little bit extra for the knots. So now that we have our needles threaded in ready to So I will start from the bottom to sleep A little tail don't double threat GIs single Start from the inside. Bottom out, Leave like about a nature thread. And in that INGE maken overhand knot go back in through the same hole that you came out first. Cool does threat to the site with your finger and holding Don't go all the way through because this is our first chain. So that little look will be our first team change. So you who let nice and tight, not too tight Go back in the same hole Hold us threat with your finger so it doesn't get in the way And you don't get your needle stuck in between the threads off the threat I think that makes it so Go back in the same hole Make your loops about the same size as the spacing between each hole. It doesn't have to be precise. It's You can always adjust it as you pull the threat to make it tighter or make it a little bit loose. And it is a handmade book. So the later imperfections, I think, add to the character of the handmade item. And that's what makes it special. So you got a bookmaking cast in the life? Listen, all in one. But it is a beautiful thing, and somebody took the time to make it. So whoever receives it, if it's a gift, should be feeding pretty special in pretty awesome anything. Continue sewing the same way on along the spine. And when we get to the last loop, we're gonna make another overhand knot and bring it into the inside of the book. Okay, so here we are last blue. Bring my needle all the way on there. That national created the overhand knot in bullets Nice and tight in single back in that same poll on the for the inside and or they're not through, like, so marionettes. I like to through it my needle just like that So I can finish. Um, finish it off then. With the same, you know, just kind of go from underneath and pulled this thread under the upwards and back under just to kind of hide it. Um, and give it a little. I better finish to the book, cut the remainder off the thread, and we're looking great. Now we just need to take or binder clips off. We don't need them anymore because everything is already in place. We're going at folder book and take a look at it and see what we need to do if we need to trim. What do you think we dio? It looks awesome. The elastic band works perfect. This good link is not to lose. Not too tight. The stitching this awesome, I think. Now we just need to go ahead and trim a little bit of off the pages. The inside pocket is working. The back is concealed. So we don't see all that Below that we applied to keep our last band in place. Looks beautiful. I hope you're proud Not for the trimming and the finishing touches. 9. Final Tips: Okay, lets start training the pages. Get your sharp X Acto knife. If you have a new blade, I recommend you put it on and start trimming from the spying down. Get your meta ruler and starts screaming. Don't do it too fast or your ruler will move. It has happened to me before, just trying to see you frustrations. So just go flow firmly, steadily and keep on. If you don't have a blade that is very sharp, you may end up with some pages that look like they have been cut with about the steak night or something. It's not going to be so small. So if you can please please invest in new blades and let's repeat the process for the other side to trim this side. Um, we need to bring in a new cutting mat and put it down so it can be on top off our cover so I can protect it. We don't want to cut the pocket we just created. So put the car in Matt on top of the of the cover between the pages, just like you see here. So when you cut, you're cutting the pages and not the cover. I wanted to share this tip. If you wanted to have a smoother finish to your pages. Sometimes we have, you know, fibers. I mean, we don't want to cut and cut and cut because we're end up with with nothing. So get a sandpaper one off light. Um, grain quality. You can find their i d packs at your local crap store and just go ahead and lightly sand paper, in its sense, all those little fibers away. So you end up having smoother edges on your pages. Please try to get the sun paper. That is the color that I'm using. If you get a green one in May, rub off on the pages and there you have it. Or finalize journal with elastic band closure. I hope you had fun. And you enjoyed this process. And I hope you can post pictures of what you've created. I'm excited to see. Thank you very much for taking my class 10. Horizontal Elastic Bands: In this video, you will learn how to create a journal with a horizontal elastic band in an expandable pocket. So what you see on screen is the template I'm gonna be following for my journal. You can print it out if you need to. So get your papers and trim them to the science of our templates. And let's get started. Perfect. Now that it's dreamed, I will be folding in the site that measures 3.5, which will become our expandable pocket way E cover aside for a moment so I can cut the sites off my expandable pockets and also full them in. They need to be folded in four equal parts. So I'm going to start for folding from the middle, then followed that part out like you see me doing here and then the other side, I'm going to repeat the same step. You can also follow the measurements on the temp. It if that's easier for you way want is our fold are in were fold to be inside our pockets . So you see, I place it in there. Sorry. I am a little bit too close to the edge. Um, it happens when they fill my own passes. So as he saw, there was a little bit of extra paper kind of poking out of the pocket. So I'm gonna trim that out. But your paper inside your pocket in C was the couple of millimeters that you need a trim. So what had trimmed that out? Put it back in and make sure it looks nice and fresh once you put it in their issue fit nice and perfect. Flush with the edge. Great. It's taking shape. Now you can see how the expandable part of the pocket is duped, and I'm gonna use that same paper as a template for my next one. Now that I have both of my pieces for my expandable pockets ready, it's time to put them in place. So let me get some of my glow in this little fish. I got a yard self that he was so cute. Don't ruin your find China. Get something from ah yard cell for 25 cents and use it for your craft project. Eso bring in my scrap paper in brush the blue on one of the sites. Be careful to do it from the crease down. We don't want any glue on on the inside part of our accordion. So just from the edge out, like so, bringing your cover open the flap that we have folded for pocket and glue your accordion or your your expandable piece of paper in there like this and repeat the process for the other side fairness. It's taking shape, so all we need to do now is glue the other parts of our expendable pocket and closer and allow it to dry for a few minutes. This blue is very strong. It doesn't have to dry overnight if you can. It's preferable, but you don't You don't need to for prostate glow in there, not to much blue and, um, close it in, get your bone folder and just kind of small that in there because you have increases. It's just to make sure that all the parts of your paper, um, are attached Awesome. He looks great. In the meantime, while these drugs let's work on our pages 11. Horizontal Elastic Band Pages: Well, the pocket is drying. I am going to start making the template for our spine. So I get a piece of paper that is the same height as our pages. I fold that in, have with waas in lengthwise. Every time you fold the paper that will indicate one hole in your spine. So make sure that you're keeping track of how many fold you have. You need to fold it on an even amount off times. I am gonna fold it 15 times. I'm gonna have seven holes on the top, space in the middle and seven at the bottom. The space in the middle will be for our elastic bent. Now then we have our template ready. Let's put it in place and start marking down the holes. We're just gonna mark them. We're not gonna drove them through right now. I need to mark them so I can see where my elastic band will go. And that will be the first cut I make for my pages. What? You have those marks and you know where your elastic band is going. Bring it in. What it worry will go and measure how wide it is. We're gonna make a cut as wide as your elastic man. So I mark a little line on top, a little line in the bottom. Then I get my Exacto knife and I'm gonna cut the pages. Be patient, depending on how many papers you have is gonna take you a little while and be careful with your fingers. Bring in your cover and clipped the pages together with the cover. We're gonna surgery in the other holes for so in our spine. For this journal, I will be using my hand drew to draw the holes. And I'm gonna be using my Japanese screw bunch to clean up the holes and make them look much neater. I wanted to slow down and show your close up off how nice and clean it's looking after I used the Japanese for hope punch in combination with Han Drew. Wait, continue with rest off the holes and get ready to bring our elastic band and put it in place. Now that we have those out of the way, get your exacto knife so you can cut the placement for your elastic band 12. Horizontal Elastic Band Sewing: we're headed to the end of our journal making. Now it's sank to measure our thread. I am measuring five times the length of our spine. I would rather have enough than be missing threat in the middle of the sewing. I bought this threat because it matches the inside of my book. But is that waxed? So I'm going to run the wax through it real quick a few times and I'm gonna get ready to start sewing. So thread your needle and start sewing from the bottom up. Just a single threat. And from the inside bottom, go ahead and start. So, mint, you need to make a knocked at the end, leave about an inch and then make an overhand knot. So once you have that not in place, well, your threat through and go back into the same home, I usually hold a threat on the side so it doesn't interfere. Go back in there and leave about the same space as the space between each of the holes for your stitching. We're gonna dio chain stitch on this, come out the whole the second home, pull the threat through and you cannot just it as you put it through, you could make it tighter like I am doing right now for the next stitch, hold this threat with your finger. Go back into the same home that you just came out of. Don't go all the way through. Leave about the same space that you have among each of the stitching holes. Call Matt off the second hole and your needles through that look that you just created. Continue doing this until the middle off your spine. - Once you get here, what you need to do is get your needle and create an overhand knot, pull it tight and go back in the same home. We're going to conceal that, um, that not and we'll do the same for the next set off stitching holes. - We are getting ready to find a nicer journal. Now we to bring in our elastic band and put it in place. The way I measure my elastic band is by placing it in the middle, double it up and leave about half an inch from the spine. You can trim right there once you have trimmed it, bringing your except a knife or whatever told you decide to use to put the elastic band through the hole, get both ends off the elastic band together and carefully start pushing them through the opening that we've created from the outside off the journal to the inside. Make sure that your elastic minus not twisted. So it's nice and flat if you're having trouble putting both ends at the same time, trained one at a time like me. Once you get one in there, start pulling it through carefully and work on the other one. When both ends are in, make sure that you make them even so, if you need to pull one out more than the other one, please do so great We're looking good in. Our journal is looking complete. The last thing we need to do is bring in your jury classed or any other thing that you want to put at the end of your last advance. To keep them from going through. You can even fold them over and stitch with the irregular needle and thread, and that would prevent it from going through the opening. I found these at my craft store, and I thought there were easier to use and faster than sewing So that's what I'm using now . So go ahead and put those and get your players Put him in and in your critical your journal is complete. All we need to do now it's folder during. No, and just trim a few pages and we are done. When you do trim your pages. Be careful with the pocket we just created when we don't want to cut that out. If you need to put a cutting mat between the pages of your paper and your Kovar, please do so. I hope you had fun and you can recommend this class of your friends. Thank you for taking my place.