How to Make a Floral Journal

Decorate your journal with dried flowers with these easy steps.

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Materials and Tools:

cardboard
white paper
spray glue
glue stick
dried flowers
tweezers
printed vellum sheets
fabric
ribbon
decorative paper
card stock
clamps
pencil
drill
1/8-inch drill bit
needle

Steps:

1. The front cover of the journal will be cut to create three pieces: the spine, the hinge and the flap. Using one piece of cardboard, cut a 1-5/8-inch spine right next to a 1/8-inch hinge. The cardboard left will be the flap. Keep all the pieces together for the next step.

2. Center the front cover on one of the sheets of white paper. Center the other piece of cardboard (for the back) on the other sheet of white paper. There should be about a 1-inch overhang on all sides of both covers. Use spray glue on the down-facing sides of both covers. Keep the three pieces of the front cover together. After a few seconds, remove the hinge. Be sure not to move the spine and the flap.

3. Fold each corner into a triangle shape. Keep the paper close to the corner when making the triangle, but not tight. Glue each of the triangles down with the glue stick. Fold in and glue down the rest of the paper.

4. Use the glue stick to fix dried flowers to the front and back covers of the journal, using tweezers if necessary to keep from breaking the flowers. Cover the front and back covers with the printed vellum sheets. Fold in and glue down the corners and sides as you did with the white paper.

5. For the spine fabric, cut the fabric into two pieces (about 8 by 2½ inches) to cover just the spine of the front cover and to mimic the same on the back, even though there's no spine on the back cover. Spray-glue the fabric and place it on the covers. Fold in and glue down the corners and sides as you did with the white paper and vellum, though you'll have only three sides to fold in.

6. Using a strip of ribbon and either stick or spray glue, cover the exposed end of the fabric. Make sure the ribbon is long enough to glue down on the back of the cover. The ribbon will create a nice transition between the fabric and vellum.

7. Cut and glue down a piece of decorative paper to cover the inside of the front and back covers. Let dry for about 45 minutes.

8. Place the sheets of card stock between the front and back covers. There should be about 1/3-inch from the edge of the covers to the inside pages on all four sides. Then clamp the whole journal together.

9. With a pencil, mark off the drill holes on the spine of the journal. The holes should be no more than 1 inch from each other and from the top and bottom of the journal, which will allow room for five holes. Use a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill the holes.

10. Keeping the clamps on the journal, sew the ribbon through the holes. Start from the top hole, pull it through, and cross over the spine to the second hole. Continue down to the fifth hole, and then wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the spine. Work the ribbon back up the holes, crossing the ribbon over the first stitching. You should have a crisscross pattern on the spine of the journal. Once you reach the top again, cut the end and tie a bow.

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