I’m really excited to share this notebook with everybody today. The original tutorial I saw was done by Lawn Fawn. One of my favorite parts of this journal is that it closes and I can just slide it in my purse.
In order to create this mini journal, I started out with some Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock. You really need to use a heavier cardstock for the cover of the mini journal because otherwise, it will not hold up well with the closure.
I cut the Cryogen at 7 3/8″ by 4 1/4″ and used a Hero Arts stamp called Many Petals to stamp the design all over the cardstock. The stamps are colored using Spectrum Noir markers (DR5, CR7, CR11, IB1, and I softened the edges of the IB1 using the colorless blender).
After creating the background for the journal cover, I scored it at 2 7/8″ and 6″. I used my Cropadile to punch the hole in the journal flap, used a small circle die cut (about 1/2″ diameter) to create the “button” closure from Epic Black cardstock and attached it using a snap since I didn’t have any coordinating brads on hand. I used a 3/8″ corner chomper to round the corners of the flap of the journal cover.
The paper inside the journal is five pieces of copier paper cut down to 10 4×6″ pieces. I folded them in half using a bone folder, and then I used a craft knife to trim the edges of the paper down 2 3/4″ wide so that the edges will all lay evenly and not peek out of the journal cover when it is open. The paper is attached to the cover using a stapler, but you could also punch some holes in the spine and thread more twine through to keep it together.
I attached some twine to the under side of the Epic Black cardstock with Glossy Accents, but any strong liquid adhesive will do. After letting it dry, you can wrap the twine around the journal a couple times and keep it closed. I also tied a knot in the bottom of the twine so that it wouldn’t unravel.
Hope you enjoyed this and will give it a try yourself! These would make really cute little gifts, and you can truly customize them using specialty paper and stamps.