A Note from France

Make a Small Journal

Are you ever daydreaming and come across a thought you always want to remember? This is the perfect little assistant, ready to accept your thoughts when you are willing. 

It reminds of the time I was living in Sceaux, France outside of Paris. I would walk to the dreamy Parc de Sceaux and just sit. 

Wouldn't this be a great gift for someone on a journey?

It fits nicely in your purse, laptop case, or even your back pocket. Shall we get going?

You need one large piece of scrapbook paper 6" x 4.5", one small piece of scrapbook paper 4.5" x 1" and 12 pieces of regular white paper just under 3" x 4.5". For the white paper, take an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper and fold in half 3 times. Cut along all the folds. This will yield 8 pieces of paper. 

Fold the large scrapbook paper in half.

Fold the small piece of scrapbook paper in half and fit it over the folded edge of the large scrapbook paper. Neatly stack the white paper and insert it in between the large scrapbook paper. 

Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch. If you use too short of a stitch the pages may become too perforated and tear out. 

Using a straight stitch, sew along the fold about 1/4" away from the edge. I had a hard time getting the needle to penetrate the paper using the foot pedal. So, I sewed using the hand wheel on the side of the sewing machine, which puts out a little more force. 

Tie a piece of twine around a couple of these journals to make a lovely gift. 

The Real Deal: It cost me about $0.50 to make one journal.  

I tend to use journals for capturing things to do, ideas that come to mind, and everything else in between. Do you like to jot your thoughts down? What do you use journals for?  

If you prefer to not sew, hop on over to a no sew, kid-friendly version of this journal.

Go and be pretty,

  1. I made this!  Love how it turned out.  Thank you for the tutorial.
    See my blog here for the results!\

  2. Oh, hallelujah! Thanks so much for this post! I needed some better way to bind my little recycled notebooks and this shows me how! I never considered using my sewing machine! I can’t thank you enough! Can’t wait to try this :)

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