Die-cut journals

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 24 Aug, 2016

These on-trend personalised alphabet journals make great presents and are quick and easy to create. Simply pick and choose colours from the Papermania Capsule Colossal Cardstock pack and combine with Xcut Adhesive Metal Effect Sheets and filigree alphabet dies…What could be simpler?!

1. Trim a piece of coloured cardstock to fit the cover of a Bare Basics journal. Use a paper trimmer to make all of the edges straight for a professional finish. Curve the corners with an Xcut 10mm Corner Punch to match the book. Fold in half and ensure that it fits the cover perfectly. 

2. Open the cardstock out and place a filigree alphabet die in the centre of the right-hand side, so the letter is the right way round. Make sure you do this on on the side of the cardstock that will be seen when it's attached to the journal. Hold the die in place with a strip of craft tape and run it through the Xcut Xpress machine. Discard the die-cut filigree letter, as all you need is the silhouette in the coloured cardstock.

3. Take a sheet of kraft cardstock and die cut the same letter through the Xpress Machine. Use a pokey tool to remove any fiddly die-cut sections, so you are left with a detailed filigree letter. Place to one side, along with the coloured cover.

4. Trim a square of Xcut Metal Effect Sheet so that it’s just bigger than the letter die. Peel off the sticky backing and adhere this to the front of the journal. Place the die-cut cover over the top to ensure that it’s positioned in the right place and you can’t see any kraft through the silhouette.

5. Run strips of double-sided tape around the edges of the inside of your coloured cover. Adhere a few more pieces around the die-cut letter in the centre. Stick the cover to the journal, ensuring that it is stuck firmly in place. 

6. Depending on your preference, attach a few small sections of double-sided tape to the kraft letter, or use very thin blobs of Anita’s Tacky Glue. Make sure that you have covered all areas so that the whole letter sticks to the journal. Carefully place it in the middle of the letter silhouette and leave to dry. 

Project and how-to instructions by Lorna Slessor. Project originally published in the May issue (70) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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