Sisterhood Journal – Paper Engineering Ideas
Cherri will have examples to show in class and will help students individually.
- FLAP/FOLD OUT. Cut paper to journal height, but leave the width longer. Score at journal width and fold over. Using a 5” height by 7” width journal as an example – cut a 12×12 inch piece of cardstock to 5 inches by 12 inches. Instead of cutting to 7 inches wide, score at 7 inches, and fold over to make an interactive flap that will open. The flap can be positioned on the outside of the journal, or on the inside near the ring binders.
- HINGE. Using a strip of paper the length of your insert paper, cut to about 2 inches wide, fold in half vertically, and glue strip as a hinge to secure insert paper to journal page. Also, a hinge can be created by cutting a 3 by 6 inch piece of paper, folding in half to 3×3 inch square and then securing the backside to the journal page.
- TOP/SIDE PAGE POCKETS. Cut two pieces of cardstock to journal page size. Secure with Skor tape on three sides, leaving open on top or outside edge to create a pocket for a tag.
- ADD-ON POCKETS. Cut a piece of cardstock to the width of your journal, but only a quarter or a third as tall. For the 5×7 journal this might be 7 inches wide by 2 inches tall. Secure with Skor tape on sides and bottom, leaving top open. The add-on pocket can also open to the outside or inside, and again I’ll demonstrate in class. And the add-on pocket could be a piece of cardstock secured to the middle of the page – the for 5×7 journal, this could be 4 inches wide by 3.25 inches tall.
- SHORTER/NARROWER PAGES. For the 5×7 journal, this would mean cutting the cardstock to 4 by 5 inches. When the page is punched, and laid on top of another page, there will be a view around the outside to the next page. It can also be made into a pocket with two sheets of cardstock.
- REINFORCEMENT STRIP. It helps strengthen your journal pages by adding a 1 to 1.5 inch strip to the inside edge of journal page where the binder ring is punched.
- HOLE PUNCH TEMPLATE. It is helpful to begin with a piece of chipboard cut to journal page size. Punch your ring binder holes, and mark top and bottom edges. Mini-binder clip this template on each new journal page to align all journal page hole punches.