Wood Plaque Journal Covers

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Hi everyone, Katie here!

Who doesn’t love the feel of picking up a new homemade journal? I love making journals and buying journals. I usually make journals with a soft leather cover, or even just a chipboard cover, but I wanted to try something different by making some wooden covers! I loved the results so much I made 2 journals!

 

 

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Supplies:

  1. I started by using a gel stain by DecoArt to stain my rectangle plaques and let those dry completely.

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2. Next I painted the front and back cover, but leaving the sides and inside stained.

3. I decorated my cover by stenciling onto it with gold acrylic paint and adhering on sequins.

 

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4. Use a drill to drill 3 holes in each cover. 1 in the middle and the other 2 about 1″ from the top and bottom.

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5. Cut mixed media paper down to 7″x10″ and fold them in half. These will be the paper signatures inside the journal.

I’m still a novice at coptic binding, so I won’t try and explain it, however I used this tutorial by Canada Arts Connect to learn how to coptic stitch and I can highly recommend it!

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Once you have the journal bound, you are done!!

Instead of painting my second journal, I adhered on some resin paper. I love the look.

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Thanks for stopping by! If you have a few minutes, check out the amazing selection of basswood products on the Walnut Hollow website!

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Bio: Katie is a 23 yr old artist currently living in the Pacific Northwest. She is a lover of everything crafty and is the girl behind the blog Punk Projects, where she posts scrapbook layouts, art journal pages, tutorials and all sorts of artsy things.

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