Making a handmade journal, Bookbinding Tutorial, Embossing Powder Techniques, Book of Ideas

Making a handmade journal, Bookbinding Tutorial, Embossing Powder Techniques, Book of Ideas


I’m Smitha from the blog Smiling Colors
and in todays video I will be showing you how I make a handmade journal. These can be notebooks for you to jot down
your ideas and notes. You can personalize these with your own name
or make these as gifts for your friends and kids teachers. Before I make the actual journal books, I
am going to first show I created these gold and silver words. I absolutely love how they turned out. I have some cream card stock and I have gone
ahead and doodled some banner shapes here. I am using an Emboss gloss today, this is
made by Clear snap and comes with dauber of its own. I wanted to do some hand lettering today so
I am using a fine brush instead. I’m dipping the brush into the emboss gloss
and writing my word in the banner here. The liquid is clear, so I know you can’t
really see what I have written in the video, but in real life you can actually see how
the letter looks at this stage. I have written the word ‘notes’ and you
can kinda see it here, but anyways you will see it clearly in a moments time. Now I am going to add embossing powder. I the a beautiful gold sparkle embossing powder
and I am going pour it over the word generously and then remove the excess. I am using a heat gun to melt the embossing
powder. I keep moving my heat gun so that the paper
is heated evenly and here is how shiny this embossing powder looks.Here in another example,
this time I wrote the word ‘ideas’ and I used the silver sparkle embossing powder-
and I will leave a list of all the supplies used in the description box below. Melting embossing powder is one my favorite
crafty things to do. There is something so satisfying watching
that powder turn into liquid. Now just go ahead and trim out the banner
with a sharp pair of scissors, making sure to cut carefully just within the banner line
we have drawn. We don’t want to see the grey outline that
has been doodled. I like to add notches to the end of the banners,
it just makes everything look so much prettier. Like I mentioned in the intro before you can
personalize these with your name or recipients name too- personalized gifts are always appreciated. Now lets start making the actual journal book. Here I have here papers for the inside of
the journal. I have chosen to make the inside pages colorful
and I have a cream, light pink, pink and darker pink shade. These are just regular card stock sheets that
measure 8.5 by 11 inches. Now I want to trim this in half, and to do
so I have trimmer out and I will cutting the paper in half at the 5.5 inch mark. I have three sheets of yardstick together
here, and I hold the paper in place, and run the trimmer glad back and forth a few times
till I am able to separate the paper. By trimming the three sheets of card stock
together so, you get a neat edge here for your journal pages. Now I am just repeating this with all of the
other colors. So at the end I will have 6 journal pages
from each color- and each page will measure 5.5 by 8.5 inches in size. And the stack of pages here makes for nice
thick journal. Now I need to punch holes into the paper along
the spine. I am using a three hole punch, but my paper
is small, so I will be able to punch only 2 holes here. I insert the paper into the three hole punch,
with the paper resting along the bottom edge, and I punch. This creates two holes as seen here. Then I remove the paper from the punch, flip
the paper over and place it in the exact same position and punch. This creates the 4 holes needed for the binding. Then repeat this with all of the other colors. I was able to punch 2 to 3 sheets of card
stock at once, so this goes quickly. Now to make the journal cover, I have a larger
card stock, this one is 12 by 12 inches but still pink. First I am going to trim it to be 8.5 inches
wide. I then fold it lightly, and place my pages
inside it to determine how thick the spine of the journal might be. It looks like I have about half an inch of
excess paper, so I am going to trim that off. Now to double check that the cover lines up
well all around. Okay it is looking neat all around and I am
happy with it. Now at the same time, I also went ahead and
created another journal, this one has a blue color cover and the inside pages are 4 different
shades of blue. Now its tome to create the binding! Now back to the pink journal. I have the inside pages held together with
some binding clips here. I am going to add another binding clip now
and pin the back cover to the pages. Why am I doing this? I really don’t want to punch holes on the
outside cover of the journal, so instead I am just going to pierce tiny needle holes
to match the inside pages. Now I repeat the same process for the front
cover. I clip the pages to the cover and using a
needle I just pierce holes in the center of each punched hole. Now this is the binding design I am going
to create. The book feels really nice, and you can open
the pages and the spine is strong. I am going to keep the blue journal here on
the side while I bind the pink one. This way I hope you will have a better idea
of how the binding is coming along. Insert the needle from the back and through
the pages and the front cover. Leave about 4 to 5 inches and then pull the
needle through. Now insert the needle into the second hole
from the front cover and then create a loop. Insert the needle through the third hole from
the back cover and then also create an extra loop. Insert the needle through the last hole from
the front cover and then also create a loop. Now your needle is at the back of the book,
bring it to the first hole and create a loop. Before tying the binding off, make sure you
like the tension of the binding and how your pages are flipping. Tie a not at the back and trim off the excess
twine. And we are done! The journal is ready!! I love how simplistic these look and I absolutely
love the ombre colors on the inside pages. Now you can leave these journals as is or
go ahead and decorate the front covers. I have a few different options for you- You
can just add a name banner, or simple say ideas on little banner. I love how pretty the gold and silver embossing
turned out here. You could also just say notes or add a label
here. If you not sure about lettering, just go ahead
and add alphabet stickers instead. What I finally chose to go with here was the
banner along with some pretty die cut flowers. I have bonus video for you showing how I created
these pretty painted flowers- and they super simple to make, Click on the little i on the
right hand corner here to see that video. Or find a link to that video in the description
box below later. To finish off the journals, I basically layered
a few flowers and then placed the banner on top and adhering everything in place. It took me a few minutes to arrange and rearrange
those flowers and finally this is how the journals turned out! Handmade book binding always makes me happy,
and if you liked this tutorial you might be interested in a previous tutorial of mine
in which I make a handmade book. I leave a link to that video here and below
in the description box. Thank you so much for spending some crafty
time with today! To see more photos and a list of supplies
used to make these handmade journals make sure you stop by my blog today- www.smilingcolors.com. I am part of blog hop with many more handmade
gift ideas for the holiday season and lots of great prizes to win! I hope to see you there and have an awesome
day!

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