Monday 17 February 2020

My First Junk Journal #3 Sewing The Signatures To The Cover

Nigezza Creates aka Gez, Independent Stampin' Up® Demonstrator 

Thank you for visiting my blog, I really do appreciate. I am so excited to be sharing with you the third episode of my first Junk Journal.  If you missed episode 1 you can view it here :-) episode 2 is here :-)

So this is a series that takes you through the process from start to finish ...not that it is finished yet of course! It is a work in progress and I hope you will join me. I have made mistakes and I have learned from them and I have enjoyed every minute.

This episode shows you how I sewed the signatures to the cover of the journal.

Nigezza Creates My First Junk Journal #3 Sewing The Signatures To The Cover

Measurements and Materials

I normally give you the measurements of my projects, but for this project this will not always be possible as it is often not precise as it involves ripping paper!

The signatures in this Junk Journal are me using A4 sheets folded in half to make an A5 sized journal.

I have used ordinary copier paper, music printed paper, graph paper, pattered paper, old maps, book pages, doilies and envelopes that I dyed with coffee, tea and avocado.

I have used Stampin' Up! inks and stamps and lots of long neglected stash that have been hoarded over the decades!

Template for the holes for the signature placement

  • I cut a piece of copier paper the same size of the spine
  • Folded it in half both ways to find the centre
  • Folded the long sides to the centre point to form the 3 long lines where the signatures would be sewn
  • Folded the 2 short edges to the centre point, then folded the outer edges to the fold just made
  • this gave me the 2 outer points where the signatures would be attached 

Nigezza Creates My First Junk Journal #3 Sewing The Signatures To The Cover

  • The stitch I used to sew 
    • Go in the middle hole from the centre of the signature leaving enough thread to over hang the bottom of the page
    • Come back in the bottom hole from back of book to middle
    • The go back through the centre hole again keeping hold of the end of the tread to keep it all tight
    • The come back in the top hole from back of signature to the centre
    • Pull both ends of thread to make sure all tight
    • Push the needle under the thread that runs from the bottom hole to the centre hole
    • Now knot the 2 ends of the tread making sure everything is tight
    • Double or triple knot to make sure it is secure
    • Trim ends as desired

Now watch the #3 video tutorial in this Junk Journal series :-)

Video Tutorial

I have taken some screen shots from the video to hopefully help you see what I was doing. 
Nigezza Creates a Junk Journal using Stampin' Up! and her stash!

Nigezza Creates My First Junk Journal #3 Sewing The Signatures To The Cover

Nigezza Creates My First Junk Journal #3 Sewing The Signatures To The Cover

Video's & Channels I have watched 

I have watched soooo many youtube videos about Junk Journalling but these are the ones I keep going back to. They have really inspired me to finally get started. 

Carol Tinson Crafty Emporium Designs

If you can recommend any other channels I would be very happy to take a look :-) 

I hope you like this series and are inspired to give it a try yourself. To make sure you don't miss any of my projects why not subscribe to my YouTube channel, follow my blog and subscribe to my newsletter? I will be back tomorrow, until then ...

Happy Crafting!

Gez xxx

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