-piece of cardboard (this will be your journal cover so the piece should be large enough to be folded in half for a front and back cover (I used the front of a cereal box but keep in mind my journal is approximately half the size of a letter size notebook)
-fabric (enough to completely cover the front and back of your journal)
-hot glue gun (any other glue would probably work just fine but I LOVE my glue gun!)
-felt (enough to completely cover the inside cover of your journal)
-paper (enough to fill your journal)
-a friend with a cute kid having a birthday because this is the cutest birthday gift ever (obviously that's only my personal opinion)
1) Completely coat your cardboard with Mod Podge. Don't worry about the size for now, you will be trimming it later.
2) Press your fabric directly onto the coated cardboard (back of fabric is pressed down). Then give the top of your fabric a good coat of Mod Podge.
3) Let it dry (I left mine alone overnight but I'm sure it doesn't take that long to dry) and stare in awe of Mod Podge's mystical powers.
5) Flip your pretty fabric covered cardboard over and cover it in hot glue (or your preferred glue).
6) Press a piece of felt onto the gluey (is that a word?) side of the cardboard. Trim off any excess felt.
7) Fold your cardboard to make your journal cover. The binding should be approximately one inch (depending on how much paper you plan to put in the book). Measure in from the outer edge so you remember to fold on the binding instead of directly in half. I found it to be pretty easy to fold using my rotary cutter guide to press the edge of my fold as a guide.
9) Cut it to fit your journal. The dimensions are obviously dependent on the size of your cover. Just make sure your pages are slightly smaller than your cover so the paper edges don't meet the edges of the cover.
11) Apply more hot glue to the edge of the paper and push it onto a strip of felt. My felt was two inches wide but yours might end up being different depending on the overall size of your journal.
12) Use hot glue to attach the sides of the felt to the paper.
13) More hot glue! Generously apply it to the felt that reinforces your page binding.
14) Push your gluey (there's that silly word again) felt back into the book cover.
16) Embellish the cover to make it fun. I used a wooden robot I had picked up from Joannes specifically for this project. I also glued on the birthday boy's initial (cut from scrap felt).
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