DIY Vintage Book Journal

When I visited George Fox University, I went to a bookstore where they sold lots of cool journals, including some made out of old books. The ones at the bookstore were bound, but since I don’t have a machine for that, I decided to just use thread.

1. Pick a book to use for your project. Libraries often give away old books, which is where I got mine.

 

2. Now comes the fun part: ripping the pages out of the spine. Rip out a few of the first and last pages, to make the cutting job easier.

3. Cut out the pages, being careful not to cut the spine.

4. Cut out a piece of paper the size of the spine, using the pages as a guide.

5. Draw 5 equally spaces lines going up the height of the paper (or as many bunches of paper you want to use)

6. Draw 6-8 rows of dots going up the lines. These will serve as the holes for binding your book.

7. Using five sheets of paper for each bunch, fold the paper into five bunches (or however many lines you drew on your paper). I used a paper-folder that came with a card-making kit I have, but you can use your fingernails.

8. Using the holes drawn on your strip of paper as a guide, punch holes in all of your bunches of paper and the spine.

9. Sew the bunches of paper into your spine, using embroidery thread and a needle.

10. Glue cardstock over the spine of your book , or use glue dots/squares (found in the scrapbooking aisle of most craft stores). This step is optional.

11. Enjoy!

Until next time, Em 🙂

This tutorial is inspired by the journal made at krystin-bean.blogspot.com

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