I love to make lists and plan out my week, and I love to keep all my lists together in a nice book. However, I have trouble writing in a nice book! What if I mess it up? I will have ruined a nice, expensive book! I decided to get around this problem by turning a cheap composition book into a nice, expensive-looking book by sewing a beautiful cover for it. I can write in the book to my heart's content, and then when it is full (or when I mess it up) I can take the cover off and put it on a fresh book. Here are the two covers I made:
Now that my composition books look so nice, I have to give the covers a nice name too, so instead of just calling them "book covers", I have named them "journal covers." I'm not actually "journalling" in my book, but it could be a journal.
The basic journal cover is simple to make. The embellishment is what takes time, but I think it is SO worth it! There are so many different ways you could decorate the cover; you are limited only by your imagination. I LOVE both of these covers and I'm thrilled with how they came out; in fact, I'm so thrilled that I want lots of people to share my excitement by swapping them on Craftster.org! My friend Susan and I will be co-organizing a Journal Cover Swap starting mid-September. I will get a tutorial posted here pretty soon, so anyone who's interested can make a practice one before the swap. I hope you will join us!