Journals, Planners, and Scrapbooks You Can Make Using Recycled Materials

altered book from Jane's ApronAnother timesaving option is to forgo bookbinding completely by upcycling an old book as your base, such as in this altered book tutorial by Jane’s Apron. You can still paste or draw or pin on all the components that you want to use in your book, without the trouble of finding an appropriate cover or sewing in a sturdy binding.

On a personal note, I’ve always found that my altered books work best if I choose a very thick book to start with, then tear out half the pages before I begin. What with all the embellishments that I tend to add, this keeps my finished book from becoming so thick as to be unwieldy.

[Image by Jane’s Apron, used with attribution]

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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