I'm going to show you some photos I took of a handmade journal I made recently, using pretty much all recycled or reused paper... old ledger pages, tracing paper, pages out of nicely done paper samples, pages out of old bicycle catalogs, graph paper, old day planner pages I'd never used, some watercolor paper, and even some paper called TerraSkin (which I'll post about soon), etc... I cut all the paper by hand (why I didn't use a paper cutter is really a good question), and then followed instructions for how to glue a book binding I found on the net. I found all sorts of great diy videos on youtube! One I especially liked is done by Charmaine Martinez, click here to see her video.
Instructions for how to make a hard covered journal can be found at the Curiously Crafty blog.
Front cover, cut from paper sample from French Paper Co.
Back cover from same French Paper Co. sample
View of journal from above...
Close up view... page on left from bike catalog, page on right from French Paper Co. sample
graph paper on left, bike catalog page on right...
more paper cut up and ready to be assembled into a book...
I haven't started to write in this book yet, but I anticipate having fun with colored markers, metalic markers, watercolor pencils, rubber stamps, etc. I plan to make my next journal using only high quality watercolor paper &/or the TerraSkin paper, which really isn't paper at all!
It really doesn't matter what you choose to use, if you decide to experiment and make your own customized journal, just make sure to have fun! The possibilities are truly endless!
Now, GO MAKE SOMETHING FUN!!!