This journal is one of the easiest to get started with, especially if you have the bookbinding stapler I mentioned in Tools and Materials. (If you don't, you can substitute it with other tools. I'll explain later in the post) It will also give you a peek into simple bookbinding. I call it the Rough and Dirty Journal because here we are not so concerned about making it look nice and polished yet so it's going to look a little rough around the edges. However, it's one of the easiest to do if you want to just get started.
Tutorial 1: The Rough and Dirty Journal
You will need:
(If not, needle and thread or tape)
Adhesive ( I like to use the adhesive tape shown in blue but you can use a glue of your choice )
Junk paper (Ensure you have an even number of pages)
1 brochure (For the cover)
Arrange the junk paper together so that the written sides face each other.
Step 2: Use your adhesive to stick both sides together. You should end up with a slightly thicker sheet of paper that is blank on both sides.
Step 4: Fold everything in half to get a centre fold. Here, you can roughly see what your journal will look like.
Step 5: This is where the beauty of the bookbinding stapler comes in. Open the pages again and flip out the stapler. Then align it where the centre fold is before stapling.
This is a close up of the centrefold. You can see that after that is done, the pages have been stapled very nicely, like a magazine.
Repeat with one more staple on the other side and you are done! Very easy, isn't it?