I made these Journals with my 7th and 8th graders this past week and I just couldn't help but share them! Theirs turned out so well! It is always nice to have a project go exactly as planned, except for you know, when your hole brunch breaks or the floor is covered in cut up fabric and paper. But that is just the life of an art teacher:)
In our class we are going to be using them as sketchbooks for our weekly drawing challenge but I figured they would make great journals at home too! Plus they are just so easy to make!
a cereal box
a hole punch
glue (elmers works just fine)
All we did was cut off either the back or the front of a cereal box (you could use a smaller or larger non-corrugated box, depending on the size of journal that you want). We measured fabric to be 1/2 an inch larger than the box on all sides and glued it to the brown side of our cereal box.
For the lining on the inside we cut a piece of paper to be just about a quarter inch smaller than the size of our box on all sides and glued it in. Once that was dry we cut our printer paper to be that same size and folded it in half. We folded our cover in half as well and punched two holes on the cover and on the paper. These holes go just to the side of the fold on the back cover, both on the top and bottom of the journal. We secured the paper to the cover with brads.
For the name tag we cut out a 2x3 inch piece of colored paper and cut it with patterned scissors. We glued a 1.75x2.75 inch piece of white paper to it and wrote our name on it before gluing it to the front of our journal.
They were seriously that easy and they turn out to be so cute. They would make great gifts for people of all ages. I'm thinking about making a few larger ones to use at home for everyday journaling and possibly even for some pictures and scrap booking as well. I can't wait to fill up the pages!