How to Make a Woven Scrap Journalcomments (17) January 16th, 2009
I am usually in some danger of drowning in empty shipping boxes and mailers, so I devised this cool blank book project to help use up some excess cardboard. Depending on the size and shape of your book, you can use it in lots of ways, too—for capturing notes, for using as the basis of a photo album or art journal, for recipes, or for kids to fill with drawings.
For this project, you'll want to be familiar with my Cardboard Loom tutorial, since it's the basis of the journal cover. And please feel free to experiment with your materials here—you can weave with yarn, strips of paper, ribbons—raid your stash and see what sparks your imagination.
What you'll need:
- Sheet of scrap cardboard
- Pencil and ruler
- Bone folder
- Worsted-weight yarn, about 3 yards
- Woven cotton fabric, about 1/4 yard
- Plastic seaming needle
- Sheet of decorative paper
- Glue stick
- Craft glue
- Bias tape (optional)
- Paper clips
- Paper for pages
- E6000 (one-part epoxy)
Begin by cutting out a cardboard base. I've made this project with a piece of corrugated and also with a heavy chipboard mailer. Both work well. Decide on a size for your journal—you might want to base this on the size of paper you have available for the inside pages. Once you've determined the size, cut a piece of cardboard that accommodates both covers and a 3/4-inch spine. Score the spine with a bone folder.
Next, you'll turn this book cover into a loom. Refer to the Cardboard Loom tutorial to measure, mark, and cut the edges of the cardboard, then use some yarn to string the warp.
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