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Project #184

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Corrugated Cardboard
12x18" Mixed Media Paper
String or Thread
Extra Strength Glue Sticks
Bone Folder
Needle Tool
Cover Decorating Materials (optional)
Decorative Paper (optional)
View Project Video

Create a unique journal with Multi-Media Paper, muslin and corrugated board. This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Fold 25 sheets of 12x18" Mixed Media art paper in half to 9x12". A bone folder makes a nice, crisp edge. This example makes a 96-page journal.
  • Step 2
    Insert five sheets together to make a 10-page "signature". Do this four more times to make five 10-page signatures.
  • Step 3
    Make a hole template. Use a needle tool to punch holes in the center fold for all five signatures. The template keeps all the holes in the same place. The holes in this example are at 1/2", 2-1/2", 5", 7", 9-1/2" and 11-1/2".
  • Step 4
    String the five signatures together. See our YouTube video for a full description of this process.
  • Step 5
    Optional: Attach decorative "end paper" to the front and back pages. Wrap the spine with an additional sheet of Multi-Media Paper to reinforce the binding. The signature book will be attached directly to the cover.
  • Step 6
    Cut an 18x26" sheet of muslin. The muslin will make a good, durable cover that takes decoration well. This example is painted with acrylic washes so the texture of the muslin can still be seen.
  • Step 7
    Cut a front and back cover out of corrugated cardboard that is 1/4" wider than the book. Cut out a spine as well. Glue the cardboard to the muslin leaving a 1/4" gap between the spine and the covers. Trim the muslin to 2" around the edge. Cut notches in the corners and glue the flaps down on the inside covers.
  • Step 8
    To finish, glue the end papers (or the first and last pages, if there are no end papers) to the corrugated cardboard inside the jacket.

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