Dear Diary…

As you may have noticed, we have recently been experimenting with marbled paper projects after figuring out a wonderful and simple technique for creating your own marble paper. When brainstorming what projects we could make using our marbled paper, our designer Jessica came up with this easy tutorial for crafting your own DIY marble journal. The tutorial includes a great technique for doing a simple book binding, which you can also use for other personal projects. By making your own marbled journal cover, you can experiment with color palettes that are true to your individual style. Or, if you like our blue and green color palette, you can simply print the PDF version of the design at the bottom of the post! 

Tools

  • Scissors
  • X-acto Knife or Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat
  • 2 Binder Clips
  • Embroidery Needles
  • Awl
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Beeswax (optional)
  • Corner Punch (optional)

Materials

  • Marbled Paper (either handmade or printed)
  • Printer Paper (10 sheets)
  • Embroidery Floss

Steps

  1. Gather the tools and materials above.
  2. Cut all paper down to 8″ x 10″ with an x-acto or rotary cutter.
  3. Stack the pages in a precise stack and clip the edges with binder clips to hold them the paper in place. The book cover will be at the bottom of the stack facing down.
  4. Using a pencil, draw an 8″ line that bisects the stack of paper and then mark at 1″ intervals.
  5. Use an awl to poke holes through the stack along this line. We made 7 holes spaced an inch apart.
  6. Run embroidery floss along beeswax and thread your needle. The beeswax makes it easier to sew through the paper. 
  7. Push your needle through the center hole, leaving a 3″ tail. 
  8. Pull your needle up through hole 3 and down through hole 2.
  9. Pull your needle up through hole 1 and down through hole 2.
  10. Pull your needle up through hole 3 and down through hole 4.
  11. Pull your needle up through hole 5 and down through hole 6.
  12. Pull your needle up through hole 7 and down through hole 6. 
  13. Pull your needle up through hole 5 and down through hole 4. Then pull it back up through hole 4, being careful not to pull the thread out. 
  14. Knot the two thread ends together and trim. This knot will be hidden inside the notebook. 
  15. Fold the journal in half, pressing firmly along the spine (a bone folder can be helpful for this). Pressing the journal under a pile of books overnight is also helpful. 
  16. With the journal closed, use x-acto to trim the edges in order to have a clean edge. 
  17. Round the corners with a punch if desired.
  18. Add lettering and tassel. 

For a visual guide to binding your DIY marble journal, follow our photo tutorial below!

Tips 

If you are printing the PDF version of the marbled journal cover, we recommend printing onto white cardstock. Other than this, the project is pretty straightforward! After finishing binding our marble notebook, we had our friend Paige from HeyHalle come in to do some custom calligraphy on the cover (this is included in the PDF printable!). Once you add your title to the cover, whatever it may be, you also have the option of sprucing it up with a cute little tassel. Follow our large embroidery floss tassel tutorial here or stay tuned for a mini tassel tutorial (the ones in our journal photos) coming up. 

What Next?

Follow along as we share more marbled paper projects, or let us know if you have any suggestions for projects that you would like to see next! Find our other handmade journal tutorial for a different binding technique that you can use to make this DIY marble journal. Browse our stationery section for more paper good inspiration, or head over to our membership page to join our crafting community. We love seeing your project photos, so please share them with us on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia. Cheers! ~ Lia & Team 

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