Monday, February 25, 2013

Handmade paper journal covers

 We made our journal covers on Friday and they have been pressing all weekend!!
We started with two sheets of handmade paper - 8.5" x 11".  Folded each to half the size by folding both edges to the middle  - see top  photo - to create 5.5" x 8.5" covers.  We embellished them with some black embossed strips of cardstock which we folded in half.  We glued half to the front and back of each cover at the top and the bottom.  This added some colour, texture and rigidity to each cover.  It also strengthened the top which was die cut for binding with a plastic Ceralox comb and will help the bottom corners wear well as this journal is used over the course of four years .  As you can see they were also cut with decorative scissor on each edge.  I used pinking shears and embossed all of mine using the same embossing folder.  Each student did their own thing so there is quite a variety of interesting covers!!
Here is a shot of both covers on the other side.  Students will get to choose which sides they will use to be the outside of their journals.

We will be adding our metal embellishments later this week.