I’ve recently started bullet journalling to keep myself organised. It’s working very well so far and some time soon I may blog about the system I’m using. But today’s post is about the new journal cover that I made.
I’ve been using a home-made midori style traveller’s notebook, with several booklets and a diary inside it, for a couple of years now. I love the traveller’s notebook cover dearly, but for my bullet journalling I wanted to use A6 size booklets rather than the little Fieldnotes books I already had. So I decided to make a new leather cover that would fit the bigger booklets.
I should really show lots of in-progress photos, but I forgot to take them, so instead here’s a picture of the finished journal.
I used untanned leather for the cover itself. I’ve treated it with neatsfoot oil and a beeswax polish, but otherwise it’s as it came. I’m hoping that it’ll develop a natural darker brown patina over time
You can’t see them, but inside it has three elastics, to carry my three booklets. I’ve also added some of my own lampwork beads as decoration. This lentil-shaped bead is for the outer band.
And I’ve made some charm/book marker thingies with some more of my beads.
I love this new journal setup and the A6 booklets are working out really well. They’re just a bit wider than the Field Notes booklets, which makes it much easier to fit my weekly page layouts etc. onto one two-page spread.
If you want to try making your own journal cover, there’s a great video tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCYAnmQnn6w