Handmade Journal Book

Hi everyone

Thank you to everyone for leaving such lovely comments on my last post.  It is always great to have your company.

Today I would like to share with you a journal book I made.

If anyone is interested details on how I made this book can be seen below.   As always, if you have any questions please give me a shout.


This is the inside of the book showing 26 chunky pages.

FlorenceLangleyJournalBook26Page059Below is a guideline of instructions that can be altered to suit anyone’s requirements and what stash you have available.


Take the book you wish to alter and remove some of the pages. I find a ratio of 5 and 3 suits my purposes. I leave the first 5 pages in the book and then remove 3 pages, leave 5 in the book and remove 3 pages etc and work your way through the book.

Tip: If you are adding large embellishments to your pages, you may wish to use say 5 and 5. Just be aware of the different bindings in books and its stability when removing pages.

Take the first 5 pages and machine sew them together and then the next 5 etc until you have sewn all of your chunky pages together. I sew down the outside edge and then add a couple of large stitches in the center of each chunky page.

Tip: If you are painting on the pages I would recommend gluing the pages together and maybe base coating each chunky page with Gesso or craft paint before decorating the front cover.

The Cover.

Using sand paper, sand off any unwanted title or embossed wording from the spine of the book.

Paint the book cover with black craft paint or a color of your choosing and leave to dry.

Take the piece of **patterned paper (please see below) and stamp the decorative images on to it using Archival Ink and leave to dry.

Take the piece of backing paper, trim it to size and coat the patterned side (the stamped side – the side you wish to be seen) with Mod Podge and leave to dry.

Coat the reverse side of the stamped patterned paper with Mod Podge and attach it to the front cover of the book and rub it all over flattening it and rubbing out air bubbles.  Rub quite hard so that all of patterned paper sticks to the book cover and leave to dry.

Give the new front cover of the book (The pattern paper) another couple of coats of Mod Podge, leaving it to dry between coats.

Extra Stampbord Embellishments for the cover.

Take your Stampbord and color it with Distress Ink and a sponge and leave it to go completely dry.

Paint the outside edges of the Stampbord with black craft paint and leave to dry.

Stamp the images, using Black Archival Ink onto the Stampbord  and leave to dry.

Use a pointy tool or similar and scratch away the ink on the stamped stamp board to make high lights.

Very lightly spray your finished Stampbord pieces with a spray fixative. This is optional.

Take a black card die cut piece or similar and coat it with two coats of Mod Podge, leaving it to dry between coats.

Assemble the front cover as seen:

Attach the black die cut piece or similar to the front cover of the book using PVA or a similar strong glue.

Attach the larger of the two decorated Stampbord pieces to the black die cut using PVA or a similar strong glue.

Attach the smaller piece of decorated Stampbord pieces onto the larger piece using PVA or a similar strong glue.

Place a book or similar weighted object onto the attached Stampbord pieces and leave for a couple of hours for the glue to set and bond.


Chocolate Baroque Stamps: Dusky Damask, Harlequin Fragments, Gothic Angels.

Thank you for looking.

Happy Crafting.

Florence x

17 thoughts

  1. Yipee i got your notification thank goodness don’t want to miss out on any of your projects. What a fabulous journal, sumptuous stamping and colours and love the optical illusion for a mo I thought my oxygen therapy was playing tricks with my mind. Thanks for all of the instructions you make it sound so easy

    XX UB

  2. STUNNING book cover Florence, some beautifully muted tones and the Stampboard focal piece is sensational. thank you for the step by step to creating a book like yours, will give this a go next year 🙂 xxx

  3. WOW, WOW, WOW!
    Astonishing Journal and what I especially love is that you have this most beautiful place to either write your innermost thoughts or to create more art – gorgeous!

  4. Wow, this looks awesome. A fabulous journal cover, its a great post, thanks for sharing the ‘How To’ details.
    Yvonne x

  5. Oh WOW, Flo!! My goodness you are just crafting your little heart out!! This is an amazing altered book! I like your advice about how to thin out the inner pages and then to either sew or glue said pages together–that’s a good idea! I’ve only “altered” one book (so far) and would like to try another one–especially with tips like yours!! Beautiful journal, Flo! Thanks for taking the time to share your steps with us! XOXO-Shari

  6. Thanks for the tutorial! It looks great – now I finally can start using those old books I bought for “might come in handy with crafting”.


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