I was decluttering my room and stumbled into my old watercolor artworks. Looking at them fascinated me on how I evolve as an artist. Truly practice makes you an expert, though I’m far from being one. There is still room for me to improve and hone my skills.
Although, I love to collect all those art pieces I also came to the point of wanting to get rid of them. I want to apply minimalism. But as an artist and crafter, I find it difficult to do. So I decided to find ways of using them into something practical aside from framing and put them on display.
I won this mini jotter 2 years ago which apparently the inspiration for this project
I came up with the idea of using them as cover for my mini jotter notebook. Which I find so cute to carry. By the way, I am a person who needs to bring a mini jotter always. If you read in my previous post, I mentioned that I always have ideas that need to be documented or else they’ll escape from my brain. I need to catch them before somebody else does.
DIY Mini Jotter Notebook
Xacto Knife / Cutter
Cardstock as cover. I used my watercolor art painted in a 140lb Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Paper. Regular, watercolor paper, or it depends on your purpose and the ink that you are going to use. It’s better if you’ll test the ink on the paper first. I used the easel paper roll. I find the paper so smooth ideal for pen and pencil work. A marker like Tombow can be used without bleeding but you cannot use calligraphy ink and watercolor on this type of paper.
1. Cut the cardstock according to your desired size. Mine is 7 x 6 inches. And fold it half.
2. Cut papers, the same size as the cover. I used 10 pieces of paper which makes 20 leaves of paper inside my mini jotter. To help them align use a clip. and when you cut, do not put too much pressure instead cut gently as if cutting layer by layer to prevent misalignment.
3. Fold one paper in half. Check photo for the direction of folding the paper.
4. Using a pencil, mark where you will poke a hole for the thread to bind the papers. I marked a half-inch distance.
5. Clip the papers and cover together, making sure that edges to edges are aligned.
6. Slowly poke a hole using the awl in both sides (paper down to cover then turn it around and poke holes from the cover to inside).
7. Do a basic stitch, running thread from the first hole to the last hole, then going back to the beginning and tie the string. (the picture above shows a black waxed thread but I realized the thread is too big for needle’s eye so I ended up using an embroidery thread). You can also use a stapler to bind the center. but I prefer stitching it.
8. Fold the paper individually. Use a Xacto knife and metal ruler to clean the edges.
9. Put some binder clip around it and put you mini jotter under heavy objects to flatten it.
And that’s it you have your own DIY stylish jotter which is also perfect as a travel journal or inserts to your journal.
If you want to start journaling, I listed my 10 Art Journal Tools for Beginner.