Create Your Own Journal Part 2 by Nick Roberts

Hello everyone. How are you getting on with your journals? I hope you have been crafting along and have been looking forward to this next installment. As there is quite a lot to cover, I will share the spine and how to insert your pages tomorrow, in an extra post for you. I would have liked to fit it all in today, but I didn’t want to bamboozle you will too much in this post.
To keep the basic pages simple, these are created in exactly the same way as the last 4 (See Part 1, March 8th). The only difference being is I added some embellishment to them using dies, cut into the card with coloured card behind. It’s your journal so it’s all down to personal preference, you don’t have to do this. For these pages I have used Tim Holtz Mixed Media 5 from Sizzix and placed Tim Holtz Distress Collection Core’dinations behind. If you do choose to add this detail, you can use any dies you like as long as they are left in the card. I will mention again, when placing your dies, remember that the side opening need to be facing the side when secured together.
Main Photo
You will need:
  • Matt Black Cardstock 
  • 120-150gsm Smooth Paper
  • Wonder tape, Red Liner tape or similar
  • Tacky Glue
  • Narrow Ribbon 1cm
I know a lot of people like ATC’s and this is a great way of storing and displaying them, but these handy pocket cases can be used for anything you like.
Step 1: Take your card measuring 20.5 x 7.5 cm, score at 10 cm then at 10.5 cm (see photo). Take a second piece 7.5 cm x 5.5 cm, score at 2 cm and 2.5 cm as shown, fold the score lines as pictured.
ATC 1 

ATC 1a

Step 2: Place a strip of tape down the centre of one side of the larger piece and secure your ribbon to it. With tacky glue, attach the smaller piece to the top of the ribbon side, covering the ribbon and creating a flap, as shown. * Top tip: leave sufficient ribbon to reach right around the cover and tie a bow, you can trim any excess later.
ATC 2

ATC 2a

Step 3: On the underside of the front flap, add tape then ribbon. You can cover this with a piece of card measuring 7.5 x 2.8 cm. Set aside. If you are repeating this for the additional pages you will need to make another 3.
ATC 3

ATC 3a

Step 4: Take  a piece of smooth paper 18 x 14.5 cm, score the longer side t .5 cm and fold.

ATC 4

Step 5: Secure thin tape to the flap and fold together. See photo.
ATC 4a
Step 6: Fold the open ends together, use a circle punch to create the finger tab in the centre of each. Add tape as shown and fold to create 6 pockets.
ATC 5

ATC 6

Step 7: Take 2 pocket sections, add tape to the centre of one as pictured and secure them together, making sure they are level.

ATC 7

ATC 7a

Step 8: Repeat with the next pocket.

ATC 8

Step 9: Add tape as shown to both sides, don’t remove the covering yet.
ATC 9
Step 10: Remove the tape backing from 1, line up with the top of your case and secure. Top tip: don’t line up with the base of the case or the pockets will not expand.

ATC 10

Step 11: Repeat for the other side. You will need another 3 to complete the remaining pages or 6 if you want twins on the page.
ATC 11
ATC 11A 
For these pages you can either add 2 side by side. Here I have added a Tim Holtz Die cut ‘Stitched pockets’ from Sizzix. It’s a wonderful holder for things you want to have on view, such as tickets, small photos, notes etc.
ATC Finished Page
Flap Pages:
You will need:
  • Black Cardstock
  • 5 mm x 1 mm Magnets (4 for each complete page)
  • Corner rounder
  • Tacky Glue
Step 1: With pencil, lightly mark your page to help you with positioning. I have supplied a drawing on white paper for ease. As I altered the size of the flaps you will only need six dotted lines, disregard the one directly next to the large box on each. Top Tip: Make sure your page opening is on the side before marking the page.
 Flap Page 1

Flap Page 1a

Step 2: Cut 12 pieces of black card to 10 cm x 8.5 cm. Score each at 1.5 cm, giving a finished surface area of 8.5 cm square. See Photo. Top Tip: When cutting the pieces from A4, use the shorter length to cut the 10 cm, you will get more from the sheet.
Flap Page 2
Step 3: Round the corners of the end opposite the scored end. Then fold all the scores.

Flap Page 3

Step 4: Take one flap, add glue to the tab and carefully line up within the slim box, starting the opposite side to the larger box, repeat with each until you reach box 4. Then add your magnet, securing it in the centre, leave to dry before adding your remaining 3 flaps (6 in total).

Flap Page 5

Step 5: Cut two strips of card 3 cm x 15.5 cm (you will not need the whole length). Round the corners on one end. Position your magnet towards the rounded end and dry thoroughly. Place the strip and move around until the magnet locks to the one through the flaps. Score the strip at the end, this will tuck under and be secured with glue, so leave 5 cm or so past your score line and trim to size. Secure with glue. The photo shows only up to the magnet as it was easier to photo, wait until each line is complete.
Flap Page 6

Flap Page 6a

Step 6: Repeat with your next line. *Top Tip: You can either glue the last flap down to cover the card strip, or wait until decorating and cover with patterned paper or embellishments. If you are repeating this for the other pages you will need 3 more.

Flap Page 7

Please join me tomorrow for the spine tutorial and how to secure your pages. Don’t forget to add your comments below to be in with a chance of getting your hands on a 6 x 6 version of this journal. It would be great if you could share this page on Facebook to reach to 50 comments. See you tomorrow, Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

5 thoughts on “Create Your Own Journal Part 2 by Nick Roberts

  1. Amazing as ever. Looks wonderful but am going to need to go over it a few times for it all to sink in. Thank you for taking the time to go into so much detail and providing all the photos as well.

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