Hard Cover Journals

Finally using up the last of this batch of hard cover journals.

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Plain ‘kraft’ covers with tea stained, lined pages.  I bought these WAAAAY back when we very first opened our shop in Hillsboro.  They were really popular back then and VERY hard to find.  I had to order them by the CASE of 50 from a wholesaler to get them.  I had completely forgotten that I even had a few left.  Came across them when I was packing to move last Spring.  Finally getting around to doing something with them!

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I only had 2 of them that had not been base coated with white paint.

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I just added some vintage book pages and key images to these two.

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These two have gone to my booth at Stars.

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Love how they look next to the old photos, and on this drop leaf table.  this just might be my new favorite color combo!  Kraft tan and aqua.

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The rest of them had been base coated black, then painted a creamy white.  I sanded them with my orbital sander before embellishing them.

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Remember this paper napkin design from the little trays  I did  a while back?

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The design covers the entire opened up napkin, so I could cover several journals with one napkin.

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I used Mod Podge to adhere the napkins to the journals.  A coat of Mod Podge to the cover; lay the image in place and smooth out as needed.  Let dry and apply a top coat of Mod Podge.  Pretty quick and easy.

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I ‘could have’ cut the image larger and extended over the edges of the front, but I kind of like the look of a bit of a border.

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I used this napkin for the rest of the journals.

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For some reason I was having a hard time removing the ‘second layer’ of the napkin on this design; to the point that I actually thought that maybe it WAS just a one-ply!

The journal on the right is the one WITH the second ply.  I finally figured that when I had cut the pieces to size using my paper cutter that it ‘sealed’ the edges of the two plys together.  I WAS able to remove that second ply on the rest of them.  Not sure it really makes that much of a difference though.  At least not with this color.

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I debating whether or not these are ‘done’ yet.  They might need a little quote of some kind added to the front??

Haven’t decided if these will go to Stars or my etsy shop.

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Love these journals–especially the ones with the birds. What a great idea and great job!

  2. Love them all, but the bird ones are my favorite.


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