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Made my own leather covered journal

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by Fusilier, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. Fusilier

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    I couldn't find quite what I wanted to so I designed and printed my own journal/planner. I have a spiral binding punch machine so binding was easy. Now I use 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper so cut in half it gives me a book 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches.

    I couldn't find any cover out there that looked like it would fit so I pulled out of my memory my leather working experiences. A quick check in my leather working tool box and a trip to the local Tandy Leather store and about 4 hours of effort produced this:

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    Now I wanted a cord for a bookmark so a length of paracord with the inner strands removed did the trick. I could have attached it to the outer cover but to tell the truth I forgot about it until the cover was completed and I really like the clean lines of the outer cover. If I ever add the bookmark cord to the cover I'll just sew a small piece of leather with a grommet to the inside spine. All you'll see then on the outside is two small stitch lines.

    I also had forgotten to include a pen holder so I've cobbled together one using Gaffers Tape. If I like the location/function, I plan on building a removable pen holder that'll slide into the unused card slot.

    The dye job wasn't perfect but it did leave a bit of a pattern that gives the cover a nice character. The second photo above gives a better representation of the final colour. In the other photos the brown shows up a little darker than it does in real life.

    The only thing I'd change right away if I could is I should have used a nice bright red thread. It would have contrasted well with the brown finish.

    Now to figure out what my next project will be ...
     
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  2. Moshe ben David

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    Very nice work! Did you design the page layout yourself or use a template? There are some on the web I know...

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  3. Fusilier

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    It's a modification of a design I've found online. I use the main portion for notes, the left side for action items and the bottom portion for things to retain.


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    Very cool!


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  5. ItsHardToKnow

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    That is really good work!
     
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  6. Eagle Scout
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    Looks great, nice work.
     
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    Nice work, very clean design. I like!
     
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    Very nicely done. I am envious of your stitching job, professional looking. Lock stitch with two needles? Mine never looked that good.

    sent from your mamma's house
     
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  9. Fusilier

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    I used a Speedy Stitcher for the stitching. For some reason I have three of them in my tool box. I punched the holes with a 5 point punch and a 1 point punch and used the fine needle. I wish I had a sewing horse but I made do freehand.


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  10. Cory

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    Beautiful work. I am very envious

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