I am very excited to present my main ol’ book craft: A Sweet Pea Journal!
I made this altered book journal as a surprise gift for my friend Ingeborg, who I happen to know loves Sweet Pea imagery. So I started out with that as a main “theme” for her journal.
Of course I also had to add some special Wings of Whimsy-touches, using some of the papers I have created previously:
Here is how I did it, if you want to try altering your own old book into a journal:
- Choose a book with nice & thick pages (avoid thin pages for this project) and make sure the book construction is still good (you don’t want a book that is already falling apart)
- Flip two pages
- Cut out two pages with an exacto knife, as close to the spine as possible without damaging the spine. I inserted a thin metal ruler behind the two pages and cut agains that.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 throughout the whole book, reducing the number of pages to half.
- When I passed the middle of the book, I turned it upside down and did the second half from the other side.
- Gesso a few of the loose pages and add a little color if you please and sprinkle with glitter. Leave pages to dry over night.
- Print out the images you want for your journal. Experiment with the size settings to fit your book. For my book I printed two images per A4 sheet.
- If you want your images to cover the whole spread (both pages of the book), you need to either choose a book that is smaller than A5, or print your images in A3 size
- For whole spread images, make a nice and sharp crease down the middle before attatching
- Use spray glue for inserting images, one at the time. My trick is to spray into a big paper bag, allowing me to spray indoors while not getting glue everywhere!
- I started with the whole spreads, and inserted them randomly distributed throughout the book. Focus on getting the middle crease as close to the spine as possible
- Cut off excess parts of the images as soon as the glue is dry (about 5 minutes).
- When inserting images a few pages apart, you can do several at the time.
- If you are inserting images to the front and back of the same side, I recommend glueing one first, cut of excess and then the other (for a neat finish)
- Insert your chosen imagery evenly spread out through the book, I mainly did one image page next to a journaling page.
- Come back tomorrow for part B of this journal
The above steps explain the basics of altering an old book into a journal 🙂
In Part B, I will show you and explain some of the extra surprises I put in the journal, and Part C will show and explain the final touches 🙂
Here are a few pictures from my process:
Leave 2 pages, cut out 2
Gesso, paint and glitter are added to the pages, leave them to dry overnight. I did not layer it on too thick, since I wanted the text to show through a little.
I used the following Wings of Whimsy-papers for the whole spreads:
I will be adding all the images of the finished journal in a special album below, so you can view high quality images if you wish (click on button to see the album):
If you are looking for imagery on a particular vintage theme, why not try my Pinterest boards, I have many different themes, including two garden themes, the Sweet Pea images are gathered on the DIY Vintage Garden board:
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