NME 2012 journal
For those who have asked for a more information and have questions this is a step by step explanation of the process I have used to expand my journal. If your journal is soft covered, this is not necessary. It will grow through the year without falling apart. If you are using a hard covered daily planner these steps will keep it in one piece as it grows.
Here's the book unaltered
Use an exacto knife and slice off the cover.
Repeat on the back.
Remove the spine.
Cut your choice of fabric to fit the size of your book and add enough width to create the gap that will allow your planner to expand.
Here you can see the gap that will remain, 1 1/2 to 2 inches..your choice.
Apply PVA adhesive to front cover wide enough to match your fabric.
Using a brush spread a thin layer of PVA.
Adhere the fabric to the cover.
Repeat the process on the back cover.
This is how the cover will look, from the inside. Notice the gap that has been created.
It is important to allow time for the PVA to fully dry to avoid frustration!
At this stage the book binding tape is used to join the cover and book pages back
together. Cut tape to fit the length of the cover, press onto thecover first, then draw cover up to adhere the other half of the tape to the book pages.
It will look like this. Repeat for the back cover.
Your finished book.
Of course you can add ribbons or other embellishments
to dress up your journal!
Happy No Excuses journaling!