Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Tuesday Tutorial: Jotter Journal
I was putting my son to bed the other night and was thinking about a fun way to have a jotter type journal that I could switch the cover at any time (I have no idea why I started thinking about this, lol... can you tell I love journals!?). At first I thought about using plastic cover material you can get at a fabric store (like the kind I used for this journal cover here), but decided to use something that I already had on hand and that is a common office supply (I might try the plastic cover material later on :)) and I thought of a sheet protector!
After many attempts, I came up with this cute little journal- the front and back covers are "pockets" so you can switch out the cover any time, or store pictures, receipts, findings, etc. :) I thought about using it as a grocery list holder, notes jotter, and also as a recipe holder. When I'm trying to find a last minute recipe at meal time, I'm always scrambling for a piece of scrap paper (hard to believe I have so much paper in my studio and never can find a small scrap piece of paper ;)) to write the recipe on that I find on the internet. I feel like this will be perfect for that! We'll see how it goes :)
First, gather your supplies. You will need a sewing machine.
+ 8.5"x11" sheet protector
+ various papers, or use blank computer paper
+ 2 paper clips
+ ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat
Sew a straight stitch with 1/4" seam allowance to close up the sheet protector.
It will look something like this. Hopefully your stitch will be straighter than mine ;)
Stack all of your papers so that they are centered (not flushed to one side- see picture below). Lay the stitched sheet protector over the stack of papers with the stitched side on the left, facing down (the stitched side will be on the bottom of your journal and any wonky stitches will not be in sight ;)). Attach two paper clips to hold it all together as pictured below.
Fold in half (see picture below) to make a book.
Stitch a straight stitch down the middle of the book.
Now it will look something like this:
Close up of the stitch:
Now, cut the top part of the book off- the edge of the sheet protector that has the holes. You can trim off excess paper at the same time so it will all be flush.
I also chose to pull back the covers and trim the inside pages (NOT the cover) so they would be flush.
I cut up some old magazines to make a cover for one of the journals- the picture had to do with home things- and I loved that it was so colorful. For the other one, I sewed some scrap paper pieces together.
Measure each cover section and cut your cover piece down to that size. Mine ended up being approximately 5.5"x8", but I had to shave off a little bit at a time to make it fit perfectly. Better to keep making small cuts than to make a too big one and have the cover be too small. :)
For the back cover, I stuck some pictures in, a grocery list for my shopping trip tomorrow, etc.
The fun thing about having the pockets is you can collect fun things while you're out and about and have them visible.
You can also experiment with different sizes: I made a small 5.5" x 5.5" one by simply cutting off more from the top.