- 1 sheet of cover stock for a cover
- Bone folder
- Craft knife
- Ruler or straight edge
- Large needle
- Thread: wax thread, twine, embroidery floss, etc. Use what is best for your aesthetic and your needs, but it should be strong enough to withstand the wear-and-tear of everyday use.
- Decide how big you want your journal to be and collect your papers (a good start is 8-1/2- x 11-inch) computer paper or notebook paper, since it is already cut to size). Finished journal size will be the size of your paper folded in half.
- TIP: A good travel journal could hold about 20 to 30 pages, or 10-15 pieces of paper folded in half. Examine your needs and make a journal to suit!
- Fold paper in half. For a clean fold on all paper, only fold a few pages at a time. Match outer edges together and press fold from center to top and bottom for a perfect fold. Crease with a bone folder to for a crisp edge.
- You will need to punch three evenly-spaced holes down folded center of papers to stitch them together.
- Separate papers into sections of 3 to 4 pages each, depending on the thickness of your paper.
- Create a punching guide with a piece of cardstock that is cut the same length of your booklet by about 3 inches in width. Fold in half lengthwise, and mark 3 small horizontal lines on your guide with a pencil: at center and 1 inch away from both top and bottom.
- Place guide paper into folded crease of one set of papers. Punch through all layers at marked holes with an awl. Repeat for all sections of folded paper.
- Create a cover for your booklet out of a contrast paper; our sample uses decorative scrapbooking cardstock. Cut cover paper to size about 1/8-inch beyond inside pages. Fold in half and use punching guide to punch stitching holes into folded edge as instructed in step 3.
- Prepare needle and thread and, working from inside to outside, insert your needle through the center hole, leaving about 1 inch of thread inside for tying off. Bring needle up and through top hole; then, take a long stitch down to bottom hole and push needle out. Bring needle back in at the center hole and tie ends of thread to secure. Trim if needed.