DIY Art Journal

In case you haven't noticed yet, I really enjoy making journals and notebooks! I think this will be my third tutorial for a journal. But don't worry your pretty little head, I still have so many more to share! Today's journal is all about art. I like to think about the purpose for a journal and let that lead me through choosing the inside pages, cover design, and what extra elements to add. For this art journal, I wanted a mix of papers to spur creative ideas and allow for experimentation. I wanted the cover to be plain so I could decorate it when I had inspiration for it. And I wanted it to lay pretty flat.

Therefore, I decided to do a simple binding and pages of different weights and sizes.

To get started, pick out the different papers you think you want to include. Think about different sizes, textures, and colors. You could also include junk mail and envelopes. This type of binding is best for 10-30 pages depending on the weight of the papers.
Next, you will need to fold each paper in half to prepare for poking the holes.
You will want to create a hole guide so all the holes are consistent. To do this, take a piece of copy paper about an inch and half wide by the height of your spine. (My finished journal will measure 8.5 by 5.5 inches because my cover and largest papers are 8.5 by 11 inches. Therefore my spine is 8.5 inches tall. There are so many ways you can size your book. But the spine will always be where your fold is.) Fold the piece in half along the long side, then in half again, and maybe one more time. Now unfold and fold in half once in the other direction.

Each fold intersection will become a stitch hole. Take your awl or needle and make small holes in each intersection. The amount of stitches you have depends on the size of your book. Seven holes or even five, is plenty for my journal. I like to have my stitches about 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart. In my opinion, it holds together well, without being too tight on the book.

Use the guide to poke holes in all the pages. 

Now you get to lay your pages together into a book in whatever order you like.

The last part is to bind everything together. I'm using a colored twine.  To bind it, I like to start in the second from the top hole. Then, I go in and out to the last hole and then back up. For a more detailed tutorial, check out this post

Here is a side view of my finished journal. I really like how it turned out! It's so colorful!