Another One Book July 2018 Post

So, Sunday…was, for no real reason, my day to make journal covers.

I made a grey suede one:

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and a black one:

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Now–originally, these two pieces of suede were supposed to be the same journal…I drove myself nuts cutting the suede…one piece just a little bigger than the other so that when it was closed you could see just a touch of the other leather underneath.  The suede is thin, so I figured doubling it up would make it stronger and hardier.

I wanted a flap.  I wanted to be able to put in a ton of inserts and still have everything covered by the cover and the flap.  A pen loop is mandatory, even though I have removable pen loops I could use.

When I put the heat and bond on the suede–I forgot to make sure I put it on the correct sides to adhere the pieces together–I picked the cleanest sides…and so…I, of course, did not do it on the correct side of both pieces to adhere them together.

Instead, I decided–ok–two journal covers then.

I lined them with fabric since the heat and bond was already on them.


As with my fabric composition book journal cover (from yesterday), it slipped my mind that I needed five binding holes and not three…if I had stopped myself long enough, I would have thought, hey, these grommets are a bit big (about 1/2 inch).  Let me go get some smaller ones.

Nope.  Not me.  I had to carry on.

So, I finagled my way into getting everything set up so that I could still have the elastic cords.

Now, the grey journal is mine…I actually have eight inserts set up in there.

And the best part is…there is still room for more stuff….

If I chose to double up on each elastic, there is room for my cover to expand…and I have a flap, which I adore…and I have a pen loop…and I have neat little trinkets…and I have cool ribbon…

I’m good.  I’m good.

I think if I go for one single journal, this will be it–because I can have as many inserts as I need to have without having to worry about things sticking out or whatever like I do with my other journals.

What about the black journal, you may be asking…well, I have a call in to a friend who I think this journal would make very happy…and if she wants it, it’s hers.  If not…I may put it on the open market.

Drop me an email if you are interested…now that I know where I screwed up…the next ones I make will be even better, lol…

One Book July 2018

Yesterday, July 1st, one of the YouTubers that I follow posted a video about her #onebookjuly2018 journal set-up.

Yesterday, for some reason, I got a bee up my butt about wanting to put together the journal covers I’ve been playing with in my head…so it sort of felt like a perfect thing to do, to watch the video about the challenge:

And I wasn’t even halfway through the video before I was hooked…and I had subscribed to the Youtube channel for the One Book July challenge.  

I have been video hopping most of the day today.  Yesterday I finished three journal covers.

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This is a journal cover I’ve been thinking of making since last year…something like that…let me see if I can find the old post for you…here it is, if you are interested.

If you read that post, nope, that is not at all what I ended up doing.

There was no planning in this cover.  My 5-year-old son was ‘helping’ by playing with play dough on the table while I sewed, talking, singing, asking questions and slamming things into the table as hard as he could.  Luckily, it’s an old table long on its last legs….

I took my fat quarter Day Of The Dead fabric…and a piece of patterned upholstery fabric in black and cream…I trimmed them to size…and took the two left-over scraps of the Day of the Dead fabric and just sewed it to the other fabric just because it was pretty…

No pockets.  No frills.  I did include a pen loop, which was important to me.

The batting I used threw me off a little bit.  I had wanted a nice thick batting…but for some reason, it never occurred to me to take in to account how much fabric the batting would take up in relation to my measurements for how many journals will fit inside and yada yada.

I had also intended to quilt the heck out of the cover–but when it came down to it–I wasn’t into doing it…I sewed four channels and called it a day.  There are two channels delineating the spine…and then one on each cover a little bit in from the outside edge.  All channels run from top to bottom.

Now, I have made too many books, too many journal covers in my time doing this…because I was so focused gotta get it done…I didn’t look at any of my other fauxdori journals that I have here on hand–had I done that–I would not have finished any journal cover yesterday.

I set three grommets in the spine of the journal.  Just.  Three.

So I had to be a bit ingenious in how I tied the elastic cords into each journal cover because there should be five holes.  And…the weight of the composition journals started to bother me…so I only put in two cords, so it only hold two journals outright.  Which works for me.

I do like the closure…I swiped some alphabet beads from my youngest and put my favorite word on the string…and even though I fought so hard to ensure that I put the word on the right way…I ended up switching it around at least three times before I tied the cord…and then I discovered…I had put it on upside.  Now, luckily, the fabric is forgiving and the skulls go in every direction so flipping the journal  the other way does nothing…however, the pen holder is now closer tot he bottom than to the top.

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A reminder on the closure

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I did learn a great deal making this journal.  I love the work-around I did for tying the elastic cords in.

Is this the journal I will be using for onebookjuly2018?

Probably not.

But it’s not the only journal I have.