Monogram Journal

I love simple but thoughtful gifts. A handmade gift says so much with very little words. Making a gift fills my cup in a way that no other project can. I get the satisfaction of using my hands to create, but I also get the gratification of making something for someone else. So when my friend's birthday was approaching, I knew I wanted to do something special. Since she makes lists and journals frequently, a journal was the perfect gift! 

This is a simple project, but very customizable. Here's how I made it:
1) First, you will want to find or make your cover. This cover was painted and stenciled. You can really use anything for the cover- patterned paper, cardboard, anything that interests you!
2) Cut and fold your paper for the inside. This journal measured about 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. Therefore the cover and paper were cut to 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches and folded in half. For this journal, you can use as many pages as you are willing to sew through. I used about 30 sheets here.
3) Mark your holes for sewing. Using a piece of paper about an inch wide and the length of your spine, fold it in half, then half again. You will be left with three folds. These are your holes guides. If you would rather measure for the holes, that's fine as well.

4) Using your guide and an awl or needle, gently puncture through the spine and pages. You may have to do a few pages at a time. Take your time. If your holes are a little off, your book may look a little off.
5) The last step is to sew it all together. Here are step by step photos to show you how I do this:

Start from the outside and go through the center hole.

Start from the outside and go through the center hole.

From the inside, go through the hole on the right. Then, from the outside, go through the left hole. At this point, your thread should be on the inside and all holes have been threaded through. 

From the inside, go through the hole on the right. Then, from the outside, go through the left hole. At this point, your thread should be on the inside and all holes have been threaded through. 

Lastly, come back out the center hole. Tie off around the string going across the center hole. This will keep the knot from being pulled back into the center of the journal. I like to tie a bow here.

Lastly, come back out the center hole. Tie off around the string going across the center hole. This will keep the knot from being pulled back into the center of the journal. I like to tie a bow here.

If you like, you can use a craft knife to trim off the excess paper from the side.
That's all there is to it! Now, you'll be making journals for everyone! If you do, I would love to see it!