DIY Art Journal from a Food Box

Handmade Art Journal

Handmade Art Journal

Hello Lovelies!  Today I will show you how I made my latest journal.

This turned out very lovely, even though it took me quiet a few days to complete it (life doesn’t stop revolving just because I’m creating art, so I have to do art in between all those lovely times.)

RECYCLE & UP-CYCLE

I always try to save my empty food boxes to make tags or journals or various arts and crafts projects with.  I save cereal boxes, instant potato boxes, macaroni boxes, pot pie boxes, just whatever we use that I think is usable I’ll flatten it and put in my closet for later use.  This is great for saving space in the trash bin.  We recycle as much as possible, even washing out jars and bottles before placing into our recycle bins.  So up-cycling; taking trash and turning it into treasure, is even more rewarding.

The journal pictured up above began life as….

dry milk

Non-Fat Dry Milk Container

A non-fat dry milk container!  We raise Boer goats and when kids are not accepted by their mother we must bottle feed them.  I have a formula that I make up and one of the ingredients is the non-fat dry milk.  Right now we have one kid that we are bottle feeding so ever week or so,I have an empty dry milk container.

LET THE TRANSFORMATION BEGIN

So I ripped off the outer paper and was left with a perfectly blank cardboard box, which I cut just perfectly down the center so that I could have reinforcement all the way around the book.  I then began taping down the tabs…

Taping down the tabs to reinforce the book cover

Taping down the tabs to reinforce the book cover

After that, the book cover was formed!

book formed

Top View and Laid Down View

I thought about just painting it, since I didn’t have to deal with any shiny side (doesn’t take paint as well), as when I used the cereal boxes and a pot pie box to create this art journal.

However, I decided to go ahead and cover it with paper and use the pinch and pull technique again, although I did the pinch effect a lot less noticeable this time, giving it only a slightly crinkled effect.

COVERING IT UP

So here I am using a glue and water base to attached the paper to the box/book.

Attaching Paper Cover

Attaching Paper Cover

PAINTING AND GLITTERING

After that completely dried, which took an good hour or two, I painted it with acrylics and outlined the edges with a lovely glitter acrylic. I also painted the inside as well, to sturdy up the book.

painted

Painted with Acrylics

SIGNATURES

After that I created the signatures, which are the papers that will be bound together to form the pages of the book.  I used four signatures in this journal.  Each signature contains 7 unique sheets folded in half, making 14 front and back pages or rather 28 pages to play with per signature, that means there is 112 pages to create or journal on!

Here’s a peak at the outside of the signatures before I hand sew them into the book:

The Four Signatures

The Four Signatures

In the pages I included some designer sheets along with hand made sheets (by myself), as well as some blank sheets.

Before I can attach the signatures, thought, I had to poke holes in the book’s spine, and that looks like this, as I begin:

Poking Holes in the Spine

Poking Holes in the Spine

I then used a wax covered book binding string and attached, by sewing to the binding, each signature individually. Here’s one signature put in:

One Signature Attached

One Signature Attached

BOUND AND WOUND

And from the reverse view, here is all the strings from the binding of the signatures.  If you began sewing from the inside of the book out, your loose strings will be on the inside, you simply snip them off (although you could hang treasures or beads from them).  If you begin sewing from the outside of the book in, then your strings will be on the outside.  This is what I have done, so that I could use some of the strings to hang handmade paper beads and dangles from.

So here the outside binding at this point:

Binding of Signatures

Binding of Signatures

VOILA PAGES!

The view of all four signatures now sewed in:

Pages

Pages

DONE

Then I decorated it with some ribbons, dangles, hand made beads and hand made paper roses on the front.  The leaves are from a 1919 German book titled ‘Des Meifters Gefahrtin’:

Art Journal Front View

Art Journal Front View

READY TO CREATE

The book opens pretty flat making it easy to create your art, journal, or collage and decoupage.

More Views:

Back View Open Book

Back View Open Book

Front View Glimpse of Siggies

Front View Glimpse of Siggies

Bead Danlges and View of Binding

Bead Danlges and View of Binding

Various Page Views

Various Page Views

I think this is my favorite journal I have made so far and I have plans to make my own very similar one soon!

 

Make it Yours Today….

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Again, I hope I have inspired you to create!

tina only

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