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Decoupage Mini Journals

By Whitehaus @wecanredoit
This easy project is made from materials that you've probably already got laying around! Since I recently finished making a new batch ofmini-comics, the leftover paper scraps were more than enough to cover some cardboard I would've otherwise just recycled. Instead, these throwaway items became my pretty new journals!Decoupage Mini JournalsMaterials:-paper or fabric scraps-recycled cardboard-recycled newsprint-string-button (optional)
Decoupage Mini Journals
Getting Prepared:
Step 1: Draw a vertical line down the center of the cardboard.
Decoupage Mini Journals
Step 2: Score 1/8" to the left of the line and then again 1/8" to the right.
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When you've finished with steps 1 and 2 you cardboard will look like this:Decoupage Mini Journals
Step 3: Fold on each of the scored lines. This gives you the shape of the journal.
Decoupage Mini JournalsDecoupage:
Decoupage Mini JournalsIf you already have some decoupage medium, skip this step...
BUT if you don't, making it is crazy easy! I found this terrific recipe from Life In Rehab a while back. I'm excited that this project gave me a chance to try it out. So thank you, Sandy, it works great!
After mixing mine up in an old jar, I decoupaged some paper to the top and added a bunch of rubber bands around it to look like stripes. Cheap, lazy decorating? Yes! But fast and instantly cheerful.

Step 1: For the first journal I wanted to do a simple weaving, so I cut my paper into strips and wove them over under until it was slightly larger than the cardboard. Set aside
Decoupage Mini Journals
Step 2: Brush a thin layer of decoupage on the inside of the cardboard, then cover with a piece of paper larger than the cardboard and press down.
Decoupage Mini Journals
Step 4: Flip over and paint the decoupage around the four edges. Turn the excess paper over top of it.
Decoupage Mini Journals
Step 5: Push the paper up at a diagonal at each of the corners and snip away the excess with scissors.
Decoupage Mini Journals
Step 6: Coat the whole side in decoupage and carefully lay the weaving over it.
Decoupage Mini Journals
Step 7: Cleanly trim away the excess.
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Step : Cover the woven layer in decoupage (a few thin layers may be necessary).
Decoupage Mini Journals
*For the second journal, I just cut up the scraps randomly and glued them down without any real plan. Of course it ended up being my favorite. Decoupage Mini Journals
Set them aside to dry.Decoupage Mini Journals
Putting it all together:
Step 1: Cut your paper so that it is 1/4" smaller on each side than the cardboard (so that it will fit nicely inside), then fold in half.
Decoupage Mini Journals
 (If you'd like the edges to be even, just trim with a ruler and knife.)Decoupage Mini Journals

Step 2: After the journal has dried, binder clip the pages into the correct position.Decoupage Mini JournalsStep 3: Flip over and use the awl to make holes in the center of the spine 1/2" apart.Decoupage Mini JournalsStep 4: Start sewing on one side to the other and then back in the opposite direction filling in the spaces between the stitches.Decoupage Mini JournalsStep 5: When you're back to the end you started from, trim the strings, leaving a little extra to tie into bow.Decoupage Mini Journals*You can add a closure by making 2 holes in the back flap. Sew string through and tie. Decoupage Mini Journals

Sew a button onto the corresponding area on the journal's front cover. Wrap the string around the button to close.Decoupage Mini JournalsTiny, free and the perfect size for keeping handy in your purse!

TOOLS:*Ruler*Awl*Scissors*Decoupage medium*Paintbrush*Knife*Needle
Decoupage Mini Journals

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