Journal 2 of 4: Antiqued Attic Journal

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I ended up making 4 journals – Each of them were made for some of the women I love the most. I want to share each of them, but I’m breaking up the posts into 4 so that each journal can be shared in detail without making the post stupidly long.

The second journal I’m going to share is the Antiqued Attic journal for my Mom. I never really thought about it much until I became an adult, but my mom and I are extremely alike. We are both worriers, and do our best to make the people in our lives happy – sometimes at the expense of our own sanity. We are also both very creative, and try our best to be organized. She used to draw and paint,  She is extremely giving, and caring, and I’m truly blessed to have her as my mom.

Anyway! To the journal! As mentioned, I wanted each of them to reflect their owner’s personalities. My mom is very religious, so I loosely based my design and color choices on antique bibles.  I decided to go with an antique look for her book, also since she tends to love and seek out antique style items to decorate with.. Hers was the first journal I made, and was the hardest due to the added flap… Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as nicely as the others did, but I hope that she will still like it.

All of the necessary supplies I needed came from Hobby Lobby with the exception of the cardboard box and magazines and vintage paper that I recycled. Also, the gold fabric was a scrap from my autumn dress that I bought from a large fabric store in Houston.

For most of the book, I used this damask print scrapbook paper in brown and metallic gold. The edge near the spine is trimmed with faux leather ribbon. The flap portion is made from a metallic fabric scrap that I had from a costume that I made, which unfortunately stained when I was in the process of gluing it to the cardboard.


I used an antiqued metal closure for the book… This was really tricky to add and took me a while to figure out, but I eventually figured out that if I use some stitching through the entire front of the book and gluing using E6000 it seems to be holding pretty well.The wooden flowers were stained lightly with a water based antiquing stain, and details were added using gold acrylic paint.


This book was stitched using a metallic copper colored embroidery thread. I used gold metallic photo corners on the corners of this spine. I hammered in an eyelet, and used 2 charms for this book. One is a coin looking gold and silver charm with a tree in the middle, and the other is a tiny glass vial that is corked off. In it, there is a gold acorn and a tiny faux evergreen twig. Cream colored lace is tied around the rim of the vial in a bow.


The back of this one makes me cringe, unfortunately… As I mentioned, the glue bled through the fabric and made it darker… This is especially visible on the left edge… Anyway, the damask paper wrapped around, and was met with the gold fabric. As a trim between them, I added a gold ribbon that was seethrough in the middle.


I wanted each journal to be a bit eclectic and mis-matched a bit to make them more quirky. The inside paper is wrapping paper that I had in a gold and black art deco inspired printed wrapping paper. Using wrapping paper was another unfortunate mistake since where the paper folds it ended up tearing a bit… Luckily it’s not very noticeable… I made the first page a scrapbook page covered in roses, and used a distressed looking piece of scrapbooking card-stock printed with bird cages and butterflies as the border for the quote I chose for this journal and for my mom.


I did my best to find quotes that match each person, and this one fit her the best. The quote was done with a calligraphy pen. I relate to this quote myself as a people-pleaser, and I really think that my mom will relate as well. This is a very good reminder for those of us that are apt to sacrifice our own personal needs for those of others. We all need to remember that it’s okay – and necessary – to put ourselves first sometimes.


Each journal that I made is a bit different from a traditional journal. Most of the pages are white and unlined, but I threw in some scrapbooking paper, envelopes, pockets, etc. to make it a bit more colorful and less traditional. The papers and patterns I chose correspond with the theme of the journal as a whole. My mom is a musician. She plays the piano so I chose to use paper with musical notes in her journal as well.


Each journal that I made was made with the same template. 6 signatures containing about 3 pages folded in half a piece.



Here’s a picture of it getting ready to be boxed up and wrapped!


This was actually the first journal that I made out of the 4 and I definitely learned some things… First, if you decide to use fabric, do a test on a little portion to see if the glue bleeds through. Also, it may be best to not use such thin paper on the inside cover since it can tear.

Despite the mistakes, I hope she enjoys it, and I hope you found this post entertaining. Iknow that I’ve mentioned it before, but if you want to learn the basics of bookbinding, Check out Sealemon on youtube. She has a bunch of unique, entertaining and inspiring tutorials for people new to bookbinding.

Basic bookbinding, in my opinion, is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most rewarding hobbies to get into. You generally have the materials needed to make a basic book around your house, and even if you mess up a bit the first time, the end result still looks good and is usable.

I hope you enjoyed this post! As mentioned, I will be making 2 more – I’m making one for each journal. Keep an eye out for those if you’re interested!🙂







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