I made paper! And I made a cover! And I combined them! And made a journal!

I was introduced to the concept of papermaking a few weeks ago, and I was completely fascinated by it. I decided to try out my hand in it, and just so happened that the person who brought this to my life has a birthday coming up. Now that he has received the finished product, I can share this with you guys.

Papermaking (within the DIY world) in its simplest form is taking unwanted paper, breaking it down and recreating it. I took old mail, credit card applications, coupons, ads, magazine etc…, shredded them down, blended them with water and poured the slurry into a mold. Afterward I had to press the water out and wait for the pages to dry. The type of paper you shred determines the texture and color of the new paper. I still have yet to figure out the perfect formula for this, but the pages I made did not disappoint.

After I had about 15 pages that I loved, I moved on to book binding. This particular journal relied on cardboard, fabric glue, xacto knives and a hot glue gun. It’s all about measuring and patience at this point. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw me rage out a few times. But the finished product… I couldn’t be happier.

I was afraid that the pages may not bend very well, but the 15 pages I chose worked like a charm. Overall, I made about 30 pages, but not all of them worked out well. Something like requires a lot of trial and error, but if you are patient, and you open to learning where you went wrong, your success is all the more rewarding. Creating a birthday present for someone is also motivation to do a good job.

I made a vine showing off the journal. 

I fully intend on making more journals. The entire process from start to finish is incredibly relaxing to me (even though I was irritated in some areas), but the accomplished feeling I had when I was done only encouraged me to create more. I love making things, and even better, I love making things for people who appreciate them as much as I do.  It will be YEARS before I can even begin to master something like, but I love being able to do it.

For papermaking, this link was helpful. http://makezine.com/projects/papermaking-101/

For the bookbinding process, I used this link as a template. Due to the nature of the paper, I couldn’t follow each step, but this tutorial was very helpful. http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Bookbinding/

If you guys decide to try this out, let me know! I would love to see the progress!

Keep creating, my loves. ❤

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