This is the 4th journal I have made for cancer patients. I had intended to make 6 as I bought 6 composition books but looking at the flat rate boxes I found I can get 10 journals in the box for the same price so I will be buying some more journals and sending 10 to Shirley. It is so much fun and I am using up paper I have had forever!
For this one I used scraps to make patchwork on a piece of copy paper and then ran it through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirls folder. I did the middle first and then each end. I didn't worry to much about the pattern matching up. I used a micron pen to do the cross stitching.
I had a question about making journals from someone who commented as 'Anonymous' Can I just remind everyone that if you comment as 'Anonymous' I can't reply to you as although I get the comment in an email it doesn't have your email addy it just shows up as "Anonymous" email@example.com.
I start out with a composition book. I bought mine at Walmart for 50 cents. Then I covered the front and back covers with scrapbook paper cutting it about an inch bigger on the 3 open sides and wrapped the paper to the inside. I then cut 2 pieces of coordinating cardstock for the inside of the covers and decorated the front. Try doing a search for altered composition books and I am sure you will come up with lots of good information. Here are a couple of links to tuts.