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Old 11-27-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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DIY Photo Journal

Stuff you’ll need:
  • 2 photographs printed on photo paper and cut to 5 x 5-inches
  • 75 or so sheets of 5 x 5-inch paper
  • white craft glue (like Mod Podge or Elmer’s) made for paper
  • a pair of scissors
  • small paintbrush
  • 2 clothespins, binder clips, or clamps
  • small sheet of brown craft paper (cut to 5 x 5-inches long and as wide as you would like the journal spine to be)
  • sheet of parchment or wax paper
  • 2 small books or thin boards that are at least 5 x 5-inches (or the same size as your journal)
  • heavy book (like a dictionary or encyclopedia)

How to assemble the journal:
  1. Pick one photo for your front cover and another for your back cover.
  2. Arrange the photos and sheets of paper. Place the cover photo on the front, the sheets of paper in the middle, and desired back photo on the rear side.
  3. Align the photos and papers accordingly. Make sure that all possible sides are evenly aligned most especially the left side where the journal spine will be set.
  4. Take the two clothespins and clamp them on either side of the left side of the journal. This area will be glued together.
  5. Place two small books or boards on either side of the journal below the clothespins which will prop up the journal as you glue the spin.
  6. Using the paintbrush, coat a smooth layer of glue on the spine. Hold the books or boards in place and allow the glue to dry for a few seconds. Apply a second smooth layer of glue and wait a few more seconds for the papers to dry. If the papers start to bulge in places, squeeze them together with your fingers. Don’t worry if a little glue leaks onto your photos since your craft paper spine will cover the edges.
  7. Remove the clothespin once the glue dries. The journal should now hold together on its own. If not, repeat the same steps above by adding another layer of glue and allowing it to dry thoroughly.
  8. Fold the sheet of parchment or wax paper in half and place the journal inside the fold, stack the two books or boards on top followed by the heavy book. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the journal to dry completely.
  9. Test the spine with your finger to make sure the journal is dry. If not, let the journal sit under the stack of books or boards until dry.
  10. Cut the craft paper to size. It should be the same length as your journal spine and wide enough to create a thick spine to wrap around the front and back covers.
  11. Wrap the craft paper around the spine and line the paper to the edges. Run your fingers along the paper to crease it to the edges of your journal and fit into place.
  12. Brush glue onto the underside of the craft paper, making sure there is enough glue on the edges and center. Match the folded spine creases to your journal and press it onto the spine edge then fold the two side edges over and press the spine into place. If necessary, trim any excess paper off the edges with scissors.
  13. Make extra glued craft paper for other projects and to give as gifts.

Aside from a new photo gear and film, is there anything better than a brand new notebook ready to be filled up with all your photo ideas and sketches? Make one for yourself and a friend while you’re at it. I mean who doesn’t like a thoughtful gift, right?

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