In The Craft Room 21st March 2015 – Blackened (or white) book covers – The Finale

Yes, finally this week we get to finish our journals

We have gone from week 1



Through week 2


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Now we get to finish them

First we just need to cover the insides of our covers.

We went to the Harrogate paper craft Show last week where I was able to stock up a few basic supplies which included Matt Modge Podge. this was ideal for sticking down the papers and sealing over the top when finished. This should have been very straight forward but we had a few problems with some the paper being used crinkling up. We think this may have been because the paper was thin and the glue was just soaking into it . The heavier weight papers worked fine though.

The papers were cut slightly larger than the cover and we checked that the paper was well stuck down to around the edges of the cover. Once dry a Sanding block next to sand around the edges to  take off  neaten and take off the excess and job done.

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Sorry forgot to take pictures at this stage, but hope you get the idea. Also with using the matt Modge Podge we will be able to doodle etc over the top.

Now all we had to do was to decide what paper we wanted for our pages, cut them to size and then assemble altogether with “The Cinch”  – very impressed with this machine.


You can see that we have not used full length wires. “Cinch” wires are not that cheap and some of the Ladies had made A4 size journals so, I worked it out that we could use 3 sets of 4 ring wires on the A4 journals and 2 sets of 4 rings on the 8″ journals. This meant that we would be able to bind all the journals from one set of 1″ and one set of 0.65″ wires. Margery’s journal shown above is A4 size and she will be using it as a Index for all her favourite recipes.


Irene, has not decided what she will be using hers for yet, if at all. Maybe just keeping for show?


Jackie will be using hers as a gardening journal to keep track of what she is doing in her garden.

This has been a lengthy project but worth it as everyone is really happy with their journals now they are finished, though I think a few were having second thoughts at certain stages lol.

And yes I have finished mine too. This is MY art journal

I have selected different types of paper and card from 180gsm cartridge paper, “sheenas” stamping card, coated cardstock, acrylic coated, watercolour paper and card, I have selected a real mixture and all in random order


So depending on my mood, I can just select a page for what I feel like doing.



Using the  larger 1″ wires, you can see it easily opens out nice and flat  for working in.

I have been using an A4 artists pad as a practice journal since I started in January with Rae Aloha Dalal’s facebook group Journal heART 15, but now I have my very own journal just for me.


If anyone would like a mixed paper art journal just let me know  as I am looking into making 7″ x 5″ size journals  with plain covers for you to personalise yourself. Just working out costs at the moment, but promise they will be very reasonable.

A crafter will never be a millionaire 🙂



  1. lisa

    Really impressed with everyone’s journal covers. Looking forward to finishing mine next week 😊

  2. Jacky Allatt

    Enjoyed following the journey of your craft groups journals and very impressed with all of them. Well done to the ladies and hope to see Lisa’s when it’s finished. Do love the colours and design of yours, just personal preference. Would be interested to know how much the journals you’re selling will be. No rush as you’re a busy lady.

    • Thanks Jackie, hope the “stress” didn’t show too mush in the posts lol. Just sourcing the wires for the journals and should have sorted before of April. x

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