Making a Journal Cover... and the Winners of Last Weeks post

18 Jan 2012

First off, congratulations to Cheryl Goyer and hollywolly for winning the Riley Blake fabric giveaway from last week! Ladies, please email me your mailing information at by February 1st so that I can mail the fabric bundles out to you!

Making a Journal Cover

MOleskine journal cover, plainOne of my favorite parts about a new year is that I start a new journal. There is simply nothing better than opening a journal, full of blank pages just waiting to be written on. I love to carry a journal around so that I can write any ideas that pop into my head, observations made while people watching, or just notions that I might have at any given time.

My journal of choice is the Moleskine® brand, the ones that have black covers and off white paper. The company boasts they are the “heir” of the notebooks used by famous people of the past including Earnest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. I think that is very cool, and feel like I am in good, inspirational company when I purchase my Moleskine notebooks (I never claimed not to be a victim of advertising). Lindsey's Finished Notebook

But the truth is I am bored of the plain black cover. I once found it charming and minimalist. I thought that it was professional looking. Now when I see the notebook I see boring. Not willing to give up my perfectly sized, 1/4" college ruled, easy to write on notebook, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I searched around the Quilting Daily site, looking for a good notebook cover pattern. There is, to say the least, a LOT of notebook covers to choose from. But ultimately I found this Free eBook and decided that this project by Lucie Summers was just perfect for my purposes. I would recommend using it next time you want to make a notebook cover – it is easy, fast, and the results are great!  (you can also check out our entire selection of free eBooks here.)

I used some of my coveted Ink & Spindle fabric (you can read more about them in Quilt Scene). This fabric it is all screened by hand in Australia, and can be a bit tricky to find in the US.  I have been waiting for that perfect project to come along, one that lets me showcase this fabric, and decided this was the one.

Now I have an inspiring, unique, and fun notebook to start writing in!

- Lindsey

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on 18 Jan 2012 6:44 PM

Great job!  Not boring anymore!  I love making journal covers.  Thanks for the links.  I also really like the video Lyric Kinard has on her blog for making journal covers.  

on 21 Jan 2012 5:46 PM

I am a long-time journal-writer (well over 100 old journals stacked in my closet) but I have found that a journal cover interferes with turning the journal all the way open for writing.  I've opted for journals with pretty covers instead.  Do you have this difficulty, and what do you do about it?