We are leaving in a few days and all I have done so far on my travel journal is a cover. But at least I have a tutorial for it! I chose to work with a vintage book cover for this journal. Book lovers and librarians may want to turn away because I'm pretty sure this will make you cringe!
- Choose a vintage book with an interesting cover. In this case I found one with a lot of great detail on it and a rectangle I could cut out. Even if you can't find one with a place to cut out - you can always measure out a rectangle or keep it whole (some of the same steps will apply)When pulling a book apart for this first pull out the pages all in one bunch (and use them for some other crafts or include a few as pages in your journal). The book cover will be in one piece at this point. Cut the spine in half down the middle - you might be tempted to cut the spine piece down right near the bookboard but don't! (you will see why in a second) Can't bear to tear up a vintage book? Any book will do - try checking out the dollar store for cheap books - look under those paper dust jackets - sometimes you can find something really good!
- Use an exacto knife to carefully cut out the rectangle
- Turn the cover over - take the small piece of spine (you know the part you resisted cutting down!) Fold it over and glue it to the back of the cover (with a strong tape). This will make the edge smooth (instead of seeing the chipboard and having frayed edges - unless of course you like that look!)
- Cover the backside with a piece of patterned paper
- Cut the rectangle out of the paper. And there you go!
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