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How to Make a Homemade Journal Diary

    • 1). Choose a notebook for your project. Composition books work really well, but you can choose any style you'd prefer. Pay attention to such details as what size you want your journal or diary to be, what type of binding you want it to have and whether you want blank pages or lines to write on.

    • 2). Measure the height and width of the back cover of your notebook with your ruler if they are unknown. Most notebooks will state their dimensions on the front cover. Then add 2 inches to the height and 1 inch to the width.

    • 3). Cut a piece of heavy paper to match your calculated dimensions. You can use any type of heavy paper, but 65 pound card stock is recommended. Use your ruler to mark the appropriate height and width on the heavy paper and then use the ruler again to draw a straight line across the paper with your pencil. Cut along the lines with your scissors.

    • 4). Fold the heavy paper around the back cover of your notebook. Line the heavy paper up with the binding. Fold the excess heavy paper over the top, bottom and side of the rear notebook cover. You should be folding approximately 1 inch on each side. Smooth the folds with the edge of your ruler. Remove the paper from the notebook.

    • 5). Cut the top left and bottom left corners of the heavy paper in a diagonal. Start cutting approximately 2 inches from the corner and cut in a straight line across the corner where the folds meet each other and stop about 2 inches from the corner on the other side. You should end up cutting off about a 2 inch triangle. The corner doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to just get the cut corner so it's flush with the notebook corner after the heavy paper is folded.

    • 6). Glue the heavy paper to the back cover of the notebook. Make sure to glue the entire back, along with each of the flaps. You can use your ruler to smooth the paper if necessary.

    • 7). Cut a piece of heavy paper to cover the front of your notebook. For the front, the dimensions for the height will be the same as for the rear cover, but you'll need to add 3 1/2 inches to the width. Just as before, use your ruler to mark the appropriate height and width on the heavy paper and then use the ruler again to draw a straight line across the paper with your pencil. Cut along the lines with your scissors.

    • 8). Cut the top left and bottom left corners of the heavy paper. For each the top and bottom, use your ruler to measure rectangles that are 1 inch in height and 3 1/2 inches in width. Cut these rectangles off with your scissors.

    • 9). Fold the heavy paper around the front cover of your notebook just like you did for the back. You'll want to fold approximately 1 inch of heavy paper over the top, bottom and side of the front notebook cover. Smooth the folds with the edge of your ruler. You can ignore the extra 3 1/2 inch piece that will cover the binding for now. Remove the paper from the notebook.

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      Cut the top right and bottom right corners of the heavy paper in a diagonal just like you did for the back cover. Start cutting approximately 2 inches from the corner and cut in a straight line across the corner where the folds meet each other and stop about 2 inches from the corner on the other side. You should end up cutting off about a 2 inch triangle.

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      Glue the heavy paper to the front cover of the notebook. Make sure to glue the entire front, along with each of the flaps just as you did for the back. Then glue the extra 3 1/2 inch section around the spine and onto the back cover. You can use your ruler to smooth the paper if necessary. Allow the glue to dry overnight before moving on to the next step.

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      Glue two end sheets to your notebook on the inner front and back covers. Cut two pieces of heavy paper to the original notebook dimensions, the ones before you added on the additional inches. Glue the heavy paper onto the inner front and back covers and smooth the paper with your ruler. If there is any excess paper hanging over the edge, you can trim that off with your scissors or a razor knife. Allow the glue to dry overnight before moving on to the next step.

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      Decorate your new journal. Be creative and style the covers to suit your personality. Some options include using ribbons, gluing beads, attaching photographs, drawing, painting, applying stickers, and decorating with glitter, just to name a few. Your options are endless.

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