Boxed Steampunk Journal

I made this boxed journal for a swap. I had decided to make a journal based on a pin from my partner’s Pinterest and used my Sizzix Big Shot to emboss the papers used to cover the front and back covers. The paper is a back sort of shimmery black paper that I inked with copper to highlight the textures.

While looking for cool end papers I found this fun old-timey advertisement print that mentioned “costumes and millinery” which was perfect for my partner! I stamped some cool steampunk-y images on there with some Distress Ink (walnut, I think). The front page has some old stamps I got in a little bag of such at an antique mall a couple years ago.

Then I went through the same pad that the endpapers came from to find paper for the pages that I inserted randomly front and back facing so the white pages wouldn’t all be one direction. Here are a few of the “spreads.”

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The whole thing is bound using my Bind-it-all. I love that thing!

Before I started this, as I was looking though my abundant stash, I came upon this cool old-fashioned laboratory paper which I thought was perfect for my partner - who made this super cool diorama of Dr Morrison Hedwith’s basement lab. And I had been itching to make this nifty box svg file with my Cricut Explore. Eureka! The box determined the size of the journal.

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There’s also panel on the lid flap that looks like old Victorian ceiling tile. This green ribbon matched nicely with the green on the journal’s endpapers and was a good size, so YEY stash! Then I added the little vintage-style key for a little pizzazz.

I tried to leave plenty of room for the book to expand with glued-in bits or photos or whatever my partner would want to do, but also include lots of papers that would be easily written one directly, too. Secrets, of course.

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Oh my gosh, I love it!! As you say, perfect for me! Thank you so much! :heart:

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I love this SO hard! It is wonderful.

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So glad you like it, @Bunny1kenobi!

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This whole project is so epic! Love it.

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@Bunny1kenobi is one lucky partner. Holy cow. This is beautiful. I love the notebook. It is perfect for her. The box is the icing on the cake. Such beautiful work.

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You really think of everything! The “secret” key is very clever!

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Thanks so much, everyone!

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Love your paper choices!

Smart. This is the kind of thing I probably wouldn’t have thought of until too late.

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Thank you!!!

This is exactly the kind of thing that makes most projects I do take 3x as long as other people! I worry and think and consider and reconsider and sleep on it!

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Wow, that is a wonderful notebook!
I love it. Especially the embossed and metal toned outside cover.

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I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: craft wizard. Wi-zerrrrrrrd.

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Thanks, everyone!

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Gorgeous! Love all the colors and the little details. :heartpulse:

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I love this! Been considering buying a bind-it-all.

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Thanks y’all!

I love mine. I don’t use it all the time, but when I do I’m always tickled! I have another project coming up in the next little bit. :grin:

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