How to scrapbook a cover for your journal

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You can make a personalized and fun journal with the help of different types of paper. You can embellish the journal as much as you want to make it look great. Hand-made journals make fantastic presents for people who love writing, doodling and making lists to stay organized. Here are some things you will need to make a stunning journal.

  1. A flat surface
  2. A scrapbook album
  3. One yard of fabric
  4. Two pretty sheets of scrapbook paper that matches with the selected fabric
  5. An acid-free spray adhesive
  6. Iron and ironing board
  7. Fabric pencil
  8. Ruler
  9. Measuring tape
  10. Pinking shears

Please follow these steps to make your journal cover.

  • Measure your existing album

Remove all the pages from your existing album and spread it out on a flat surface. Jot down its height and length and add about two inches to each measurement.

  • Make your fabric flat

Iron your fabric and make it is flawlessly flat. Afterwards, spread it out on a flat working surface and mark the measurements with a fabric pencil. Use a ruler to draw straight lines for cutting.

  • Pink the straight edges

Pink the straight edges of the fabric and give it a neat appearance. Afterwards, spread the fabric with its right side down on the flat surface and in a well-ventilated area. Now spray the adhesive on the fabric.

  • Neaten up the spine

Apply the fabric on the spine of your album. Press firmly and make sure you leave no bubbles behind. Afterwards, turn the album over and fold each corner in. Press firmly and then fold in the sides neatly.

  • Trim the scrapbook paper

Use pinking shears and trim the scrapbook paper. See the inside cover of the scrapbook and make sure the paper overlaps the raw edges of fabric. Now spray adhesive on the scrapbook paper’s wrong side and apply it to the inside covers. Let your album dry and then replace its pages. You can use the brown Kraft paper envelopes as a different form of paper. You can create lots of layers using this paper. Use recycled cards and envelopes of Brown Kraft to make environment friendly albums.

  • Decorate the album

Use beads, gems, ribbons, stamps, stickers, pearls etc. to decorate the album’s cover. You can also decorate the first page of the album.