The making of… A simple recycled journal

For a short course in conceptdesign I needed a blank book to keep track of all sorts of trends. Interesting, of course, but I didn’t want to buy a notebook or journal just for that. So I just whipped up a quick little journal myself, made from recycled material! Here’s how I did it:

I took an old box and cut off a piece, this is the cover. For the inside, I used A4 paper, but of course you can go as big or small as you want. I folded my 16 sheets of paper in half and made four quires (a set with four sheets each, folded into eachother). With a sharp knife I cut the cardboard to the right size, which is just slightly bigger than the sheets of paper. With bookbinding, it’s essential that the holes you make are all exactly in the same place. From an old piece of paper I cut a rectangle shape which is exactly the hight of my paper (in this case, A5), to use as a guide. I cut out four little triangles with equal space inbetween. Usually I cut out 6 triangles, but because this had to be a quick and easy journal, I only did four. Then I made the holes in my quires and did the actual bookbinding. Once everything was sewn together, I used glue to cover the entire side. I also put glue in the middle of my cover, on the inside. I used quite a lot, to make sure it would really stick together. Then I pressed the inside into the cover. To make sure it would all stay together, I let it rest for a while with a big pile of heavy books on top. And there you have it, a quick and easy journal!


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