Using my Helmar Decoupage Craft Paste I covered the wooden journal cover with glue with my paint and glue spreader.
Then popped the paper that I had cut out over the top and using the paint and glue spreader smoothed out any bumps so you get a fabulous seal. Once this is dry I covered the back just tearing book and dictionary papers and using the Helmar Decoupage Craft Paste and the glue spreader I just covered it all till no wood is showing.
To get great edges I use a piece of fine sandpaper and smooth all the edges. You could also use a cardboard nail file. That also works really well. I used some Distress ink and a blending tool on the edges of the wooden cover and on the edges of the papers. So they would blend together a bit better.
I thought it still needed something underneath the sewn part so I grabbed some washi tape and some plasterers tape and put that directly on my cover. I grabbed some of the Decoart Crackle Paste and a Palette knife and added it to 3 of the corners. I just love crackle texture.
To add the sewn part I used the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue and the paint and glue spreader and put it on the back. Making sure to Spread it around to all the edges. This holds all those layers on to the cover really well.
Here are some of the inside pages. Using a clip I just stuck some of the strips of paper I had left over so I could use them in my journal.
You could easily use some stiff cardboard and use this same technique. I hope this tutorial helps you to make yourself a journal.
Have a great day