Personalized journals make great gifts for people who love to jot down their thoughts and ideas. These journals are fun and easy to make with fused fabric and purchased composition books.
How to make your own personalized journals
Start with a basic composition notebook and a piece of fabric that has Wonder Under or another two sided fusible web already applied on one side. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your brand of fusible web.
Cut the fabric about 2 inches larger than the open composition book. You’ll see I have about 2″ around at the top, bottom and side. I did open the book to make sure I have the extra on both sides.
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Cut the center of the fabric down to the binding of the composition book so that you can fold the excess fabric onto the inside cover of the book.
Once you have carefully folded the fabric to the inside on all sides, close the book and take it to your ironing board.
Press from the right side first. This will make the fabric with the two sided fusible on the back fuse to the book cover.
Once the covers are fused, then open the composition book and carefully fused the excess fabric to the inside covers of the book.
To finish off the inside of the book, cut a coordinating piece of fabric to cover your raw edges that were folded inside.
I like to make the covers nice, too. You can do all kinds of things – stencil letters, or stamp someone’s name. You can fuse any kinds of shapes – or even paint.
I decided to add my whimsical flowers to the cover. Here I used an amazing piece of Judy Robertson’s hand-dyed fabric. Can’t ever go wrong with one of her fabrics!
Here is how I make my whimsical flowers. I start with a piece of fabric that already has fusible on the wrong side.
Start by free hand cutting with a rotary cutter a wavy edge on the fabric.
Then, you cut again with your rotary cutter, to make another wavy edge, but make the cuts into leaf/petal shapes. This makes the petals similar, but not perfect . . . which adds character.
Keep trimming up the edge to a new curve, and cut more petals until you have enough for your project.
Lay the petals out on your book, with the fusible side down. When you are happy with your layout, take it to the ironing board and press the petals in place.
I love a little bling on my flowers. Since this is on a book, I couldn’t hand bead, like I usually do. So, I used the fusible crystals. Here I was laying them out with a pair of tweezers.
Once you have them the way you’d like them, go ahead and fuse them in place with your fusing iron. A finished personalized journal from a simple composition book!
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