Outlander DIY Traveler’s Journal | Sea Lemon

Outlander DIY Traveler’s Journal | Sea Lemon

[ ♪ ♪ ] Hello, it’s Jennifer from Sea Lemon those of you following me on my Instagram know by now that I am a big fan of the show Outlander so I’m really excited to share that this video is sponsored by Outlander Season 3 I’ve teamed up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to promote the release of Outlander season 3 which is now available on blu-ray DVD and digital there’s a link in the video description below where you can find the Limited Collector’s edition of Outlander Season 3 which includes deleted and extended scenes and a ton of content exclusives for the major Outlander fans out there If you’re new to Outlander I will also include some links down below where you can find specials on Season 1 and 2 and I want to note to my younger viewers out there that it is a show with mature adult content but if you are of the age I think it’s a really great series It’s adapted by the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon and it’s like sci-fi meets history meets romance which I am a big fan of To celebrate the release of Outlander Season 3 I will show you how I made this book inspired by Jamie’s print shop from 1765 in Edinburgh Scotland this episode from this season is one of my favorites he’s printing books in his print shop using a printing press from the 1700s there’s authentic tools in the print shop and you guys know I get really nerdy about book binding, so I love this scene this is also the moment in the series where Claire travels back in time to finally reunite with Jamie after 20 years, and he gets to see pictures of his daughter for the first time from the future I made this book with that scene in mind, so it could look like a book from Jamie’s shop in the 1700s but it’s bound in more of a traveler’s notebook style because Claire is basically a time traveler so I thought that made perfect sense and I was inspired by Claire’s family photos so this could also be used as a mini photo album and I will include links to all of the supplies I used in the video description below and here is how I made this Outlander inspired traveler’s journal First I’m going to make my own tartan pattern for the covers of two of the booklets This is optional but I thought it would look nice to have the tartan of Jaime’s clan in this book so I taped down a piece of cardstock and painted my own tartan or plaid pattern and I do have a tutorial which I did the same process for you can check that out here, and I will also link it down below I made this with watered-down acrylic paint and looked at a photo of Jamie’s tartan for reference And it’s not exactly like his clan’s pattern, but it’s pretty close while I let this dry I’m going to make the inside pages of the booklets to make a total of 3 booklets I’m going to use 18 sheets of letter sized paper in 70 pound weight but you can use any weight you prefer. I’m going to fold each sheet in half on the long side and when all of the sheets are folded in half I’m going to then cut them in half you can do this with a paper trimmer, or a craft blade Now that the pages are all cut to size I’m going to stack them together to make the booklets you just want to stack one folded sheet on top of the other and I put 12 folded sheets per booklet for all 3 Now my painted cover is dry I’m going to cut it to the size to make the covers for two of the booklets to measure the size I just traced one of the booklets tracing what will be the back cover and then holding it in place while I flip it to trace what will be the front cover Now trim out that cover and use that center line you made as a guide to line up the pages with the cover Now we’re going to make the holes for binding and to hold the booklet together I’m using two binder clips put down the binder clip arms and I’m going to use those as the measurements for the binding holes I think this is a really easy method but the space between the binding holes is really up to you and you can make the holes with a thumbtack or an awl So I made one hole near the binder clip and one hole at the end of it on each side now single-thread an embroidery needle with craft thread and make sure the binder clip arms are up at this point because you don’t want to bind them in your book and now we’re going to bind the pages together using a saddle stitch method I do have an in-depth tutorial on this method on my channel but I will also show you how to do it in this video Start from the inside leaving a little tail of thread on the inside and then on the outside return the needle back into the inside so you’re basically weaving the needle back and forth through the binding holes [ ♪ ♪ ] When you reach the last hole you can then return the needle back through all the binding holes until you reach the other side then when you reach the end with that little tail of thread you left you’re going to tie the thread in a knot trim off any excess and then you can also tuck the ends of the thread in the middle where the binding is to keep them neat and tidy Remove the binder clips and now you can fold your booklet in half press down on the spine and you now have a booklet if the cover and the pages not lining up on the end bugs you you can trim that to make all of the pages and cover flush you can do this with a craft blade and a roller and a cutting mat and just trim off about ⅛ of an inch and the key to having a smooth edge is to do it slow and steady I repeated that process with the remaining two booklets and since the painted sheet only makes two covers I give the other booklet a red cardstock cover you can go without covers if you prefer and have all of the pages with the same paper but I really do like how these turned out And now we can move on to the cover I’m using a piece of faux leather which is vinyl fabric and it has the leather texture on the outside and on the inside you can also make the cover out of a different type of fabric if you prefer To measure the size of the cover I’m using all three booklets as a template so tracing what will be the back cover holding them in place to estimate the width of the spine and flipping them over to trace what will be the front cover I then added ⅛ of an inch around that size to add a hang to the book which means the cover will overlap the pages just a little so for your reference here is the size I made my cover Trim that out and then next I’m going to make a small piece for the closure on the cover I rounded the edges by cutting around a pen cap and here is the size of that closure piece and poke holes about ¼ of an inch from each side on that piece you can then lightly erase any pencil marks from the cover and fold it in half to find the spine because next we’re going to make the binding holes Here’s how I marked mine I did a half inch from the ends and then one inch inward and then one mark for the middle of the spine then pierce through the marks to make the holes and make them large enough for the elastic cord you’re using I’m going with a thin elastic cord starting with about 30 inches to work with The binding process on the cover is just like my previous travelers notebook tutorial which you can check out right here and in the description Start by pulling the elastic cord through the center and on the outside you can loop through the closure piece this will hold the cord in place and prevent any marks on the edge of your cover Now return the end of the cord back through the center and you want to make a loop that’s large enough to fit over the book so you can test this out by folding the cover in half and placing it over to estimate how much slack you need to give it about this much is good for this book and now to the inside of the cover you’re going to put the ends of the cord through the remaining binding holes starting with the bottom return that cord through the next hole and then do the same thing on the top Now to the outside of the cover this part is optional if you have a bead or a charm you want to weave through you can go ahead and add it here in Outlander one has to have gemstones to travel safely through time so let’s say if Claire needed to time travel with this book these gemstones would come in handy I placed one of these on each end and returned the cord back through to the inside now to tie it off place one of the booklets open in the center of the cover and tie the ends of the cord over it in a knot and trim off any excess Now the center cord is complete, and I’m going to move on to the book corners These are also optional and just decorative, but they do add a nice touch to this book for these ones I’m using I found it helpful to add just a touch of glue on the inside otherwise they kind of slipped off then I used needle nose pliers to securely clamp them on to the corners now let’s complete the binding for the booklets Place one through the cord you already made and add an extra piece of cord around the spine of that booklet so make a loop of cord around the booklet and then tie a knot on the end and cut off any excess cord now that cord can be used to hold the other two booklets so place one through the loop in the back of the book and place the other one through the loop in the front and this is the type of finding that you usually find in a traveler’s style notebook you can take the booklets out when you’re done with them and put new ones in and that way you can continue to use the same cover I wanted to add one final thing to this book which is inspired by Jamie’s print shop and I wanted to put the print shop sign on the cover you can definitely leave this book as is or if you want to try it, here we go! I printed a design similar to the sign in the show on a piece a vellum paper And I’ll put a link in the description below where you can download and print out this template on the back of the template I covered it in pencil and this is going to help me trace it onto the cover so it’s going to act as graphite paper and when I go over the lines on the top a pencil line will be left on the cover I cut out the design and taped it to the cover so it’s easier to trace Now tracing the design with a pencil and pressing firmly so that the pencil on the other side goes on to the cover remove the template and now you have the final art to trace You can use a metallic pen or a permanent marker to go over it I’m using a brown glaze pen which sort of makes it look like the design was printed with a clear varnish and it dries with a hard glassy consistency, and I think it looks awesome on this book And for adding some of my family photos to the inside pages I used black adhesive photo corners along with a date stamp I hope you Outlander fans enjoyed this video and if you’re excited for season 4, like I am hit that like button and again, I will put all of the supplies I used in the description below as well as links to the Outlander series Feel free to adjust the sizes and the materials I used in this book to make your own unique book and if you do, I would love to see pictures of your projects so share those with me on my social links and don’t forget to subscribe to this channel and hit that little bell icon so you know when I post new videos If you want to jump into another book project inspired by a show I will put some right here those links will be down below and I have a lot of book projects on my channel so go head on over there and check them out and I will see you guys in the next video Bye!

100 thoughts on “Outlander DIY Traveler’s Journal | Sea Lemon

  1. Ca donne envie de faire son propre journal. Avec tous ces explications, c'est beaucoup plus simple que l'on pense. J'aime beaucoup 🙂

  2. I am a huge Outlander fan, we have a group of 6 ladies that get together and watch each episode. I was wanting to make them something they would love and this is perfect. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  3. I'm so excited to try this out! I just tried out bookbinding and I'm so in love with it! What a relaxing hobby 🙂 Thank you for these incredible videos!

  4. I had to read the first book for a class I took last year about popular culture and the media. It was fun.

  5. This has nothing to do with this video but I'm looking for a way to make lines on my pages like the Lines on regular lined paper that you'd use at school. If you can help me Jennifer, I'd be super happy

  6. I am absolutely in love with this journal! Outlander is one of my obsessions, and season four could not be here sooner! Please male some more Outlander inspired projects (a dragonfly in amber, perhaps?)! I'll have to get my crafty mom to help me with this travelers journal (she loves making them!), haha.

  7. Hey Jennifer! I just wanted to tell you that your videos inspired me to start bookbinding. I've been watching since the kettle stitch/basic bookbinding vid first blew up, and I was finally convinced to make my own book after trying to convert my filofax to a traveler's. 🙂

  8. Girl you are so amazing! I am a HUGE Outlander and Jamie fan. Next to Poldark, Kurt Seyit and Sura and Velvet it's my favorite show. I am definitely going to make this but I will try to put my own spin on it. Thanks for such a great video.

  9. Love your video's! I've done most of your tutorials! (You make bookbinding so easy for beginners!!)
    I was wondering, how did you make those picture corners? Or did u buy them? 🙂

  10. i've been looking for a date stamp like that forever!! so glad i saw your video and decided to check it out!! a lot of the date stamp i've found have preset years up until a certain time and i didnt want that. thanks for your link!

  11. Will this cover "painting" method work with real leather? I have some suede I am thinking of using for a cover. Do you think this method would work for suede?

  12. I love Outlander it is my favorite series love your book you made I am newly subscribed to your channnel

  13. I love this …..I made Maitre Raymond ATCs …..but this is so sweet. Love that Episode a lot, but the best is ep 304…. 😉

  14. Have you ever thought of doing a Charmed-style book (there was also the Dark BoS & the spell-book of Tuatha; it was red, I think- at least she wore red [it's been a while!] Mia's diary in the PD movies reminded me of it)?- I loved that show, & watched it all the time- I also watched Witches of East End, but it was only ever ok to me- I liked Killian & Dash- but they aren't Cole (I love me a fellow Antipodean!) or Andy. I loved watching this- cheers from Australia!

  15. Found this bookbinding history and thought you would like to see it.


  16. Do you think you can make your version of a death note from the anime of the same name? I would to see your interpretation since the anime makes it seem like a hardcover book, but the ones sold in store are soft cover.

  17. I'd love to see you do a tutorial on the Book of Shadows from Charmed. I know that with your book making skills you can do it justice.

  18. Not an Outlander fan, just a huge Sea Lemon fan! But after watching this video, I so want to watch Outlander as well because it sounds really cool. And that journal is super nice! <3

  19. Hi Jennifer! This is the best channel for book binding methods, tips and tricks among others.
    I was wondering what is the width of the chord elastic that you used?

  20. Hi! I love your videos you are so creative. Quick question… how many pages can I use with the saddle stitch you use in this tutorial? Is there any limit of paper I can use with this stitch?

  21. Alright don't get me wrong I love how you make the books, and will definitely make some in the future but…
    at 10:57, the center of this design, I never realized the Freemason luciferian doctrine satanic symbol was even in the show… but apparently so.. That's just lovey! Don't tell me that I am the only one with open eyes viewing this.
    If I was to make this journal.. I definitely would not add that symbol, it is satanic. People research your symbolism.
    Maybe just be a bit more aware of what you are putting out there for all eyes to see. I love the show but it wasn't til now I just realized that it had that symbolism. It's not ok.

  22. I don’t watch the show, but I think it’s a really pretty design for a book! I may make one myself for a travel diary, since I travel a lot with my family and marching band <3

  23. This is rad. I’m making a gift for my first wedding anniversary, which is symbolized by paper! Perfect project for my paper and textile stash. Your channel inspires me to finally start a textile art channel. Stoked I found you!

  24. first of u are very pretty teacher who can explain very nicely secondly thanks for the idea and am an outlander fan like u

  25. Did you use the Masonic emblems of Freemasonry on purpose? Just curious if that was intentional or you just didn't know what you were drawing on the cover.

  26. Not gonna lie, stopped watching this about a minute in, that way I wouldn’t have any spoilers for season 3. Finished watching it and just remembered this video.

  27. I am a new subscriber to your channel and so glad to be here.
    All your projects are awesome.
    Planning my supply list to create some of my own.

  28. Oh I adore Outlander so much! I care so much about all of the characters and the story is so great! So cool to see you partner up with them

  29. hello miss lemon, I have to say, your enthusiasm for Outlander is contagious. The premise sounds intriguing, so I had to order the first season DVD and will be binge watching that when it arrives, and your journal above is gorgeous. thx bunches

  30. Do you sell your journals? I tried to ask on your facebook page but can't. What is the pen you use? I am on facebook E.KavanaghSteel PM me please.

  31. I love you, 'coz you look like my favourite niece online! I also like your works on these books and booklets!!! You are so amazing and soooo talented! Thanks For Showing your crafts! Ciao

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