This one is for those of you who love and purchase my Printable Journal Book kits. Hopefully you will give this a try on your next Journal book!
I’ve been wanting to try out a different binding method and adapt it to my journal kits, for some time now. After surfing the web I decided on the “Hidden Hinge” binding by Kathy Orta. You can find more than a few video tuts – online tuts for this binding method but, I wanted to create my own so I could post it here on my blog.
Note: For my printable journal kits, you will need to make an adjustment to the journal spine. The center area of the journal spine will have to be 3-1/4″ wide with 1″ sides. You will need to cut the center spine chipboard piece to 3″ wide and widen the printable spine paper accordingly.
You can use my new spine template, as is, or split the kit included spine in the center and add ribbon, or paper ribbon/accents, down the center to extend the width as needed, as seen below. Then add a second paper under the sides of the spine to widen each side to 1″ as shown below.
You can find a FREE Download template for this Larger Spine in the Gift Download section of my Blog.
To create the binding hinge . . .
Cut the following from 12×12 cardstock – using a color to match your journal, white, kraft or black. If it will work with your kit design, a good strong kraft cardstock will hold up well over time.
- (1) piece at 7-5/8″ by 12″
- (1) piece at 7-5/8″ by 6″
Begin with the longest piece of cardstock and score as follows . .
- score at 1″ mark from the left side
- then score 1/2″ to the right then another 1/2″ to the right and then 1/4″ to the right
- continue to score, to the right, at additional increments of 1/2″, 1/2″, 1/4″, till you have scored 8 sections across (a section consists of the group 1/2,1/2,1/4 score marks – see below image)
- at the 8th section, cut away the excess cardstock from the last 1/4″ score mark, over to the right side
On the second piece of cardstock, score as follows . . .
- first at 1/4″ from the left side
- now score as you did the first piece of cardstock: 1/2″, 1/2″, 1/4″, till you complete 4 more sections
This will leave 1″ of cardstock remaining on the right side.
Now connect the two pieces of cardstock together, with score tape, using the 1/4″ sections from both pieces as shown below.
You should now have a sheet of cardstock with 1″ sections on both the left and right sides and 12 sections of the 1/2″, 1/2″, 1/4″, with the exception of the final far right section.
Next add 1/4″ score tape to the first 1/2″ area, in each section, as seen below.
Now finger fold on all score lines.
Peel the tape backing off the score tape and attach the two 1/2″ sections to each other. Repeat for all sections to the end.
Use a bone folder and burnish all the folds well.
Flip over and fold the 1/2″ sections so they are standing upward as seen below.
Miter all 12 of the hinges at both ends to make it easier to add the inside pages later on. The hinge section will now hold 12 pages total and your hidden hinge is complete!
Now construct the outside covers for the journal.
Begin by first cutting the front and back journal covers in half, rather than folding them as you would normally do. Set the sections of these covers, that would normally be on the cover “inside”, aside for now.
Add the outside covers to chipboard, measure out the center spine piece, then cut all out.
Attach the center chipboard spine to the paper spine, then attach both outside covers. Turn the piece over and attach the hidden hinge to the center spine first, then to the left and right covers, as seen below.
Now attach the inside covers to the left and right sides as shown below.
**In order for the kit inside pages to fit, you will need to cut down both the top and bottom, all the way across, of the covers. Fold a page from the kit and use the height of it to measure how much to cut from the covers.
If you created the hidden hinge the same height of the pages, you would not have to cut the cover height down but instead would have to cover the area of the spine, underneath the hidden hinge that would be showing. Because of this, and to keep the bulk down, I decided it was better to just cut the cover height down.
If you want to distress your covers, now would be the time to do that. You could also distress all the 1/2″ hinges and down into the 1/4″ gusset areas if you like.
Add 1/4″ score tape to both sides of each 1/2″ hinge.
Cut out and fold in half, all the pages from the kit you will use in the book. Add score tape to the inside of the pages as shown below. Remove tape backing and close up the page. Distress all edges of the page if you wish.
Now add the pages to your book by slipping the open end of the page over a hinge and then press to seal. TIP: do not shove the page all the way down on the hinge, leave just a sliver above the score line mark. This way the page will turn easily and lay flatter.
Add remaining pages in this manner. Notice the little sliver of the hinge showing between the inside cover and the page, in the image above? If you don’t like this, use ribbon or a 1/4″ strip of coordinating paper to cover the area. You could also add a wider strip of coordinating paper, the height of the cover, to this area and leave the left side open to create a pocket on the inside of the front cover.
On some pages you might want to punch a half circle on the right edge to create a pocket page!
You will find that the gusset between pages will allow you to add interactive parts to your pages as well as lots of pockets, photos and physical elements, while still allowing the book to close properly.
Another thought . . . because this book is so wide, I think it would be nice to create a box the entire book could be slid inside of. Maybe leave the elements on the book front to a minimum, or leave it plain/as is, and decorate the outside of the spine up. You could use ribbon, placing it down in the gussets and wrapping to the spine outside and then tie a large bow that could be used to pull the book in and out of the box.
Last but not least . . .
While working on this I thought about using the same hidden hinge but with less hinges, maybe like 5 or 6 and actually making up two hinges. You would then create two covers, one on the left and one on the right, where pages would be added to both sides. I might work on that next and see what I come up with!
Be creative and make the journal your own!!
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