Hey everyone! DT Angela here, back with a fun handmade journal cover. Over the last few months, I became interested in letting and also improving my handwriting. I wanted a journal I can practice in, but that would also be pretty. This month Gold and Silver Cardstock are our featured products.

I started with my selections of cardstock, some pattern paper, and a composition notebook. I used the following:

Curious Metallic Cardstock in Gold Leaf, Basis Cardstock in Aqua, Teal, Black, and Magenta.

I cut a piece of the Black Basis cardstock at 9 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ and the Gold at 5 1/2 ” x 9″. I then cut a strip of the teal cardstock at 9 3/4″ x 1/2″. This will be the base of the cover.

This next step is personal preference, but since my composition notebook has rounded covers, I got out my corner rounder and rounded the corners with the 1/2″ side.

Next, I adhered the gold cardstock to the black and then used ScoreTape to adhere them to the notebook. I used this adhesive because the notebook’s cover is poly, and I wanted it to stay put.

Next, I added my strip. This covers the seam and adds more color to coordinate with the pattern paper I am using.

Then, I cut a piece of black cardstock at 5 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ and Aqua at 5″ x 5 1/2″.

Once I adhered them together, I added them to my layout on the cover. I love how the Aqua pops against the black.

Now I want to add in the magenta and the pattern. I cut a piece of black cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″. My magenta was 4″ x 5″. Next, I added my pattern paper. I love the colorful nature of this pattern paper from La-La Land Crafts- Summer Vibes. I cut it at 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and the black to mat with 5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.

Normally, I would ink all of my edges, but I really liked how the clean, crisp edges looked, so I opted for those this time. I added the rest of my layers to the layout.

Next, I die-cut a couple of Chevrons from a Die from La-La Land Crafts and added them towards the bottom of the layout. These match the paper so beautifully.

Lastly, I cut 2 of the Twenty21 die (also from La-La Land Crafts) and adhered them together.

To finish the layout, I moved 2021 up a bit and adhered to the layout. A few enamel dots were added, and we have a fun cover.

handmade journal cover

I hope that you enjoyed this handmade journal cover project and would love to hear what you would journal about. Until next time! Angela

Written by

Angela Yearous

Angela has been papercrafting for over 20 years. When she's not crafting, you can find her curled up with a good book, and her 2 dogs and a hot cup of coffee. Find her online at: Angel's Hearts And Memories, or any social media outlet @angelscrafting/a>.