Mini journals as I like to call them, or pocket journals are the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Give them a little collection of 3-5 journals that they can keep in their bag (s) and write down any brilliant ideas that they can refer to later (or just a shopping list or cell phone number). These are so easy to make and such a lovely gift.
In the past I’ve shown some tutorials that require sewing or hot glue. This time all you need is a stapler, glue, paper, and gold leaf. Here’s how to make these journals in a few simple steps (if you want to be a little fancier follow this journal making how-to and then just follow the gold leaf steps below):
- Cut a piece of oak tag into the size journal cover you want and cover with kraft paper or brown paper bag
- Cut a pretty piece of paper the same size as the cover for the inside cover (I like origami paper, or metallic paper)
- Cut plain paper a little smaller than both the cover and inside cover paper (this will be the pages so put in a nice bunch so the journal lasts a while. Throw in a sketch or a secret note into the middle so when your friend gets to it, they’ll smile)
- Glue the fancy paper (with a glue stick) onto the inside cover and fold in half once glued to make sure it fits (I cheat but trimming them both together at this point. I like rounded edges so I do that by eye)
- Staple the little inside pages together and into the cover on the binding (I like a long neck stapler for this so I can staple on the fold. You can punch holes and tie with ribbon if you don’t want to staple or if your stapler is too small to reach the binding)
- Put some Elmer’s glue or any glue you have into a little cup and with a paint brush or your finger tip, paint a little design on the cover (not too thick)
- Apply gold leaf (making sure it’s attached to glue)
- Let dry and rub off extra and the spots where the glue was will have your gold leaf design (I do this really haphazardly, I think it’s fun and easy. You could take your time and make something a little fancier)
*I recommend tying them up in a ribbon like a little gift or old fashioned school books in a bundle.
Materials: gold leaf (powder, flake, or paper), glue stick, Elmer’s Glue, oak-tag, metallic or origami paper, printer paper, stapler