You will not believe how easy and inexpensive it is to make gorgeous DIY handmade journals and books that you can use as diaries, scrapbooks, photo albums, and more. This simple bookmaking craft is perfect to do with your kids to create Mother’s Day gifts, Father’s Day gifts, and end of the school year Teacher Gifts.
Lately, I never seem to have enough time in my week (or weekend) to craft and sew. I am always too behind on my to-do list to get to any fun sewing or craft projects.
So when my daughter and nieces come home with homework that requires some crafting, I am thrilled. That is the kind of homework I actually enjoy and it is a great excuse for me to have some fun crafting with the girls!
A few weeks ago, I posted about the Tea Stained DIY Journals my daughter Olivia and I made for a school project. She had to create a handmade diary with entries written by a girl immigrating to Canada in the 1910’s.
We loved her handmade journal so much, we made a second identical journal for fun and published a step by step DIY tutorial post about how to make it.
My niece Sophia, Susan’s daughter, is also in grade five at the same school as Olivia. She needed to make a diary written by a girl immigrating to Canada from China in the 1980’s.
We used the same techniques to make this handmade journal for Sophia that we used for Olivia’s homemade journal. But instead of tea staining fabric and paper, we used some beautiful embroidered fabric that I had in my sewing room, along with some pink cardstock, and some plain white paper.
On Olivia’s book, we used brown bias binding for the outer fabric binding of the book.
But for this book for Sophia’s project, we wanted the diary to look fancy and elegant. So, we used some scraps of black stretch velvet I had in my fabric stash. [Read More…]