Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wrapped Leather Journal

Hi friends! During September, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is sharing Fall-o-Ween projects. It's such a beautiful time of the year. Don't miss all the inspiration posted by the team this month.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I have been wanting to make a wrapped journal for myself, after having given away all the wrapped journals that I have made so far. When we visited an historical theme market recently, I came across a pile of scrap leather. After having looked through the entire pile to find a piece that was the right size for a wrapped journal, I found this pretty yellow/beige piece.This is a quick and easy project and if you can also use faux leather, or mat board covered with patterned paper or cardstock. The finished journal measures 4.7 x 5.1 in folded.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I started by test cutting just a tiny piece of leather, to make sure that the scorelines of the Wrapped Journal die wouldn't cut through the leather. I only had enough leather for one cover and I didn't want to mess it up. I die cut it with the outside up, so that the scorelines are actually on the inside. If you use mat board, die cut it the other way around.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I used Eileen's Heart & Soul Flower and Spring Leaves Bigz dies to die cut flowers and leaves from various tiny pieces of leather which I have had in my stash for years. When typing up this post, I saw that the flower die that I used is retired, but Eileen has many flower dies that you can use instead.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I also die cut a title using the Journaling Words set from thick felt.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The signatures are very easy to do. I want this to be a sketch/notebook, so I used one of my favorite sketch papers. Mine are about 7.7 x 4.7 in (19.5 x 12 cm) and fold in half. Arrange in four signatures of about 6 papers each. Stitch down the center. You can also leave the papers lose or use staples.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I couldn't quite decide what do do on the inside. I wanted the covers to be flexible, but I think using only the leather, would have made it too soft, especially at the spine. Instead I used the Wrapped Journal die to die cut an inner cover from Sizzix Paper Leather, which is very flexible, but still strong. The paper leather isn't big enough for the journal, so you'll have do die cut two pieces. You could also use cardstock. 

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I stitched the paper leather to the cover and got a border at the same time. My sewing isn't perfect, but that isn't what I was aiming for. I should have adhered the paper leather better to the inside before sewing, because I had to trim off some of the edges since it shifted a little.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

You can bind the journal in different ways - check the die packaging for ideas. I used a piece of black elastic string and did a simple bind.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with glass beads

Two glass beads were tied to the end of the strings.
 Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, signatures and binding

Simply slip the signatures under the elastic bands. I like that I can take signatures out and also replace them when they are full. It makes the journal last a lot longer too.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with leather leaves and flowers

Layer the leather leaves and flower on the cover and place a small felt circle in the center. 

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Glue the felt word to the cover.

 Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

To tie my journal, I made a super simple little belt, using a left over piece of leather, left on the one side when die cutting the journal. I found a buckle in my stash, made three holes and set eyelets in them. You can do a neater belt if you want to. I didn't even make sure it was the same width all the way.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The wrapped journal can be wrapped in two ways. Here I folded in the right hand flap first. You can do it the other way around too.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Then just add the simple belt, or tie with a piece of ribbon or string.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The wrapped journal has a very nice and chunky feel to it and I am happy with how my leather journal turned out. It would make a great gift too, but I am keeping this one for myself, since I have given away my previous wrapped journals. If you want more wrapped journal inspiration and tutorials, you can check them out: Wrapped Journal and Blue Textured Wrapped Journal.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Here's a look on the inside. You can also add pockets to the inside covers, if you want to.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I didn't add any details to the back, but you can of course decorate it too.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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8 comments:

  1. HOW COOL! Love thios Anna- Karin and glad that you are keeping this for yourself! Beautiful tutorial <3

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    1. Thank you Eileen!! Anton actually wanted the journal, but I am making him one in felt instead.

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  2. Gorgeous , looks so rich and tactile looking . Lovely to hear you are keeping it for yourself. ❤️❤️

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  3. one of my favorites for the year!!! I am in love with the mustard leather and the leather leaves!!!

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  4. I love the mustard too. Great post with some excellent tips, thank you.

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  5. You did make me smile, I too, have given away all of my wrapped journals and have just made myself a red leather one - I have even written in it so that I won't give it away!

    I love the colour of your leather and the embellishments look so beautiful. The beads on the elastic is such a great idea, I might need to 'borrow' that idea. I can see why Anton would want this for himself! Anne xx

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  6. Your journal cover is so beautiful! The leather cover must feel amazing to touch. The leather die cut out so nicely for the flowers. I would never even have thought of trying to diecut leather! Hmmm...another source could be second hand stores where they sometimes sell damaged coats and clothing at very reduced prices.
    Thank you so much for sharing 'YOUR' journal! I am so glad you are keeping this one. Your artwork and writing deserves a special place like this for safe keeping. :)

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  7. What a wonderful journal! Love the color and beautiful texture of that real leather! I also love how you arranged your floral bit using flowers and leaves - what a nice place to keep your sketches!

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