I created these simple, yet lovely journals for the women’s bible study that I meet weekly with. We are currently reading through Barbara Hughes’ Disciplines of a Godly Woman, convicting yet SO encouraging. I wanted to share my love of journals with these sweet women, and have a place were we could record prayer requests and thoughts on the study.
-colorful scrap book paper
-blank paper (I used 6 8.5X11 copier pages per journal)
-2 lengths of baker’s twine or thread (the length should be at least 2.5x the width of the cover)
-2 paper clips
First, fold each piece of ‘pages’ paper in half.
Then open each piece of paper and stack them fold on fold.
Fold the cover strip in thirds. Since my piece is 12 inches, I made a mark to fold at 4 inches.
Take one stack of folded pages and tap it, making sure things are lined up.
Place the spine of the stack of pages into one of the spine folds of the coverpage. Make sure that equal amounts of the cover are visible at the top and bottom.
Hold things in place with the paper clips.
Use the pencil to mark three sewing stations in the center of the pages. One is right in the middle, halfway down, halfway up. The top and bottom marks should be made about 3/4″ in from the cover edge.
With tack or T-pin (if you have one) pierce through the sewing station pencil marks, making sure to hold the paper firmly to keep it from shifting.
To begin sewing, push the needle through the center hole from the inside to the outside. Pull it and the thread through until 4″ or so remains. This piece will be used to tie with.
Next, put the needle through the hole between the clothespins, from outside to inside.
Skip over the center hole and go to the bottom hole. Put the needle through from the inside to the outside.
Reunite the ends of the thread by pushing the needle back through the center hole.
Trim the thread tails but not too close to the knot for fear of it unraveling.