For those who have asked, and recently purchased my new wider spine journal kits . . . here are the directions to create a box that will hold your journal.
Materials needed . . .
- (2) sheets of 12×12 medium weight chipboard
- kraft color heavy cardstock – for construction strips (see free tut on my blog for how to make those)
- 1/4″ score tape
- patterned paper printed from your journal kit
Cut chipboard pieces . . .
- (2) 5-3/4″ wide by 7-1/4″ high for the sides
- (2) 3-3/8″ wide by 5-3/4″ high for the top and bottom
- 3-3/8″ wide by 7-1/4″ high for the back
Connect the chipboard pieces, with construction strips, as seen in the image below. Side to back to side then top and bottom to the top and bottom of the back piece. Add construction strips to left and right sides of both the top and bottom sections.
Attach bottom to both sides then top to both sides with the score tape, finishing the chipboard box.
Add score tape around the edges of the box side section.
Cut two patterned papers to: 6-1/2″ by 8″ (for the sides)
Add score tape around the edges of the side paper.
Apply paper to the box side, miter all four corners, wrap paper around all edges of the box side, onto the top, bottom, back and inside. Repeat for the other side.
Cut two paper to: 3-3/8″ by 6-3/8″, for the top and bottom sections.
Add score tape to the box edge on the open end only. Add score tape around all edges of the top paper. Apply to box wrapping one end around edge of the box into the opening area. Repeat for the bottom section.
Cut a paper to: 3-3/8″ by 6-1/2″ for the back. This paper will not wrap onto any sides. Add score tape to the paper back and apply to the box back area.
Burnish all sides and edges to get a good secure application of the score tape. Distress edges if you like and decorate if you like. When finished, slide your journal book inside.
I did not add paper to the inside of my box but you could easily do so if you want it finished.
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