Welcome to day three of our Hip Hip Hooray for winter series. Today's post is all about repurposing, which is something I really enjoy doing. To create my project, I've used an old children's story book that was falling apart and transformed it into a children's reading journal to record books that have been read during the year.
You can add as many lined pages as you wish inside the book. I've mixed mine up with a few of the original story book pages (for fun!) and the beauty of the project is that once the journal is full, you can just keep on adding pages.
Supplies - x2 jump rings, an old vintage book (any size), lined paper, x3 pre-made tags (or make your own), ribbon, a small piece of cardstock (inside pocket), double sided tape, sticker re-inforcement rings (optional) and hand drill - how cute is mine below?!
Let's get started!
Step 1: Remove the front and back covers from the vintage story book. Cut the spine away from the main bulk of the story book pages - you can use the pages later to scatter throughout the journal or else save them for a different project.
Step 2: Select a piece of cardstock for the inside pocket and cut to size - you're aiming for the pocket to be approximately half the size of the front cover. Using one of the inside book pages, cut another piece (the same size) for the pocket.
Step 3: Adhere the book page to the cardboard.
Step 4: Apply double sided tape around the outer edge (3 sides) of the pocket. Adhere the pocket to the inside front cover - as shown in the photograph below.
I added three tags to the pocket, to make it a little bit more interesting and whimsical. These were pre bought (from Typo) but you could easily make your own or use plain shipping tags, which are available at most newsagencies. Add a typewritten (or stamped/printed) message on each tag - read and dream, stories are magical and read every day. Pop a piece of ribbon on the top of each tag and place them in the front pocket.
Cut a series of pages for the inside of the journal using lined paper.
Step 5: Once all of the inside pages have been cut to size, add in a few of the original story book pages here and there, to make the journal more interesting.
Step 6: Shuffle all of the pages together and pop the front and back cover into place. Use a bulldog clip to hold everything together. Mark and drill 2 holes through everything and slide the jump rings through the drilled holes. Add a title (journaling on a strip of paper) as shown in the first few photos :)
I used a few sticker re-inforcement rings on a few of the paper pages inside, just to help prevent them from tearing.
I'll be back tomorrow with my fourth project for the series.
Don't forget to pop over to Tamar's blog HERE to see her second tutorial for our series and check back tomorrow for my third do-it-yourself project :)