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Ancient Earth Mini-Journals – a quick tutorial

I finally completed one of my Ancient Earth Mini-Journals and because the pages are small, it went together very quickly.

I named this particular journal “Meditations from the Heart” and attached some small stitched collages to the pages.

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

I hadn’t intended to write a tutorial, but these small journals were quick to assemble and a lot of fun to make, so you might like to make your own. Here’s how I made them.

How to Make Your Own Ancient Earth Mini-Journals

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

You’ll first need some papers or cardstock to use for pages, and some fabric scraps for the wrap-around jacket. I made my journals using some of my hand-dyed fabrics, and Faded and Tattered Printable Journal Pages.

Print out the journal pages.

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Trim away the edges of the paper, then cut the pages in half to measure 5″ x 7″.

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Position two pages back to back, then sew them together close around the edges. I found that 2 or 3 double-sided pages worked best for these small journals.

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Once all the pages are made, fold them in half and stack them on top of each other. Then measure and cut a few pieces of fabric to use for the wrap-around jacket.

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

I made simple jackets with raw edges. To close the wrap-around jacket, I attached a button and ribbon tie to one end. Once all the pieces are assembled, center the jacket on the outside and stitch all the pieces together down the center using a pamphlet stitch. If you don’t know how to sew a pamphlet stitch, you can find it explained here.

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

Instead of a journal cover, I hand-stitched a piece of silk organza to the outside. I think the effect works perfectly with this style of journal.

Ancient Earth Mini-Journals - a quick tutorial

I hope you enjoy making your own Ancient Earth Mini-Journals!

2 thoughts on “Ancient Earth Mini-Journals – a quick tutorial”

  1. R

    Thank you for this easy tutorial. Something even I can accomplish with bits from my hand dyed fabrics from class. 🙂

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