I really wanted to try my hand at making a journal from random bits of paper, as Amanda Blake Soule describes in her book Handmade Home. Since my nephew’s birthday is coming up, I thought I’d make one for him.
So I dug out an old calendar (it’s actually one from the year that we lived with Jake’s brother and his family, though I don’t expect Judah to remember it as he was only 1 then) and cut it into pages (the months were only printed on one side of the paper; the back sides were blank). I used the cover of the calendar, which was just a bit heavier, to make the cover of the journal. I also printed out some of the wonderful coloring pages from Small Magazine and reduced them to size on a photocopier.
I interspersed the coloring pages throughout the blank pages.
Then I used one of the coloring pages to make the cover design.
I took it to be bound at a local print shop and, well, to put it nicely, they bungled the job. So I brought it home and had to do a some re-cutting, and I think it turned out ok in the end. Some of the pages are still hanging out the bottom of the cover, but I think that just gives it a little extra charm. Plus, it is going to a five-year-old who probably won’t be bothered by such a thing … hopefully. Needless to say, next time I will be trying a different printer or attempting to do the binding myself.
I added my own personalized coloring page and dedication in the front.
Then I glued the cover art to the front and covered it with some laminate.
Voila. A fun, easy, personalized birthday gift.