Make Your Own Photo Journals and Notebooks

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Our friend Judy runs a one-woman shop making the most beautiful handmade journals we’ve ever seen.

Naturally, when we saw the photographs she used for her covers, we ran straight to her apartment, video camera in hand.

So today we’ve got two special treats for you:

1) A how-to video of Judy showing you how you can make your own perfect-bound journal using two 4×6 photos for the cover, some paper, glue, and a few other tools.

2) Two special edition journals made with pages of sugarcane fiber and reclaimed paper by Judy herself. Created for writers, illustrators, artist and designers, her notebooks have unique features like an inner pocket for looseleaf notes and a spine that opens flat for writing or drawing across the pages. Exclusive designs on the Photojojo Store for a limited time. Buy now

p.s. Help us out, Digg this tutorial!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

You’ll need:

  1. Two Photographs printed at 4×6 or larger
  2. 50-75 sheets of paper (same size as your photos)
  3. White glue (or Elmer’s Glue)
  4. Scissors
  5. A Brush
  6. Two clothespins, binder clips, or pegs
  7. A small sheet of construction paper or craft paper (for the spine)
  8. Wax paper

Step 2: Watch Our Video

Step 3: Make Your Own Photo Journal!

They’re great for keeping track of ideas and they make great gifts!

See also: more tips from Judy on where to find reclaimed paper, what kinds of glue work best, and where to get a paper cutter!

photo_journal-store.jpgFinally, for a limited time, we’re selling spiffy photo journals made by Judy in our store. Made by hand in Brooklyn, they use paper made from sugarcane fiber in addition to reclaimed paper, and feature an inner pocket for storing loose papers, a spine that opens flat for drawing across your pages. And they’re beautiful. Two exclusive designs available. Buy here.