Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and I’m back today with another project featuring Sir Vagabond. For my last project, I used the original Sir Vagabond papers from Stamperia to create a folio. Today, we will be working with the Sir Vagabond in Japan collection to create inserts for a journal. However, these inserts could also be tucked inside pockets of a mini album. With the Japanese inspired images, these papers are ideal for a travel journal. The color palate consists of vintage red, purple, and blue hues. Images of Vagabond, old maps, and waves give the collection an “Old World” vibe.
Our journal inserts will feature papers from the Sir Vagabond in Japan Collectables pack and the Background papers. However, I will use a metallic gold and Kraft cardstock to create the base of my inserts. In this post, I will also use the Large Tag die from Graphic 45 to make one of the inserts. If you don’t own this die set, you can use a corner rounder or scissors instead. A file folder die or an envelope punch board will help create one insert for your journal. However, you can use scissors just as easily. Finally, you will need a few brads or eyelets and twine for two inserts.
Journal Inserts 1 & 2: Booklet and Pocket
To make the first two inserts, cut two pieces of cardstock to the size to 3 1/2” x 12”. Next, score at 2” and 7 1/2”, round the top corners, and fold to make two trifolds.
Then, cut two pieces of Vagabond paper to 1 3/4” x 3 1/4” and round the bottom two corners of each piece. Cut two circles from the Collectables paper. Next, place an eyelet or a brad through the center of each circle and 1/2” from the top edge of the decorative paper. Glue one piece to the top of the inserts.
Using one of the inserts, cut a piece of Vagabond paper to 3 1/4” x 4 1/4”. Then, cut another circle from the Collectables paper. Pierce a hole through the center, insert a brad, and place the circle 1 3/4” from the bottom of the paper. Next, tie twine to the brad underneath the circle closure and glue to the bottom of the insert. Cut pieces of plain paper to 3 1/4” x 10 1/2”, scoring at 5 1/4” to make a journal booklet. Pierce two holes in the papers and through the 7 1/2” score line and stitch the papers into the insert. Finally, add a fussy cut piece to the back side. The booklet is ready for your journal.
Start by rounding the bottom two corners and fold on the score lines of the second insert. Then, cut a piece of Vagabond paper to 3 1/4” x 4 1/4”. Next, cut a circle from the Collectables paper. Pierce a hole through the center, insert a brad, and place the circle 1 3/4” from the bottom of the paper. Tie twine to the brad underneath the circle and glue to the bottom of the insert. Cut a piece of the Vagabond paper to 1 1/2” x 3 1/4”. Glue inside the insert under the 2” score line. Then, add glue to each side of the bottom flap and fold up to form the pocket. Finally, cut a piece of Vagabond paper to 1 3/4” x 3 1/4”, round the top corners, and glue to the inside top flap. This pocket can be removable or glued onto a journal page.
Journal Insert 3: Gatefold Pocket
First, cut two pieces of cardstock using the Graphic 45 large die. Then, turn the die around and use on the bottom edge of the die cut. Each piece should be approximately 8 1/2” long. Next, score both pieces at 2 3/8” from each end and fold inward on each score line to create a gatefold.
Next, cut 1/4” past the score line on one of the inserts to create a long and short piece. Cut a piece of Vagabond paper to 3 1/2” x 3 3/4” and glue to the center of the gatefold piece. Then, glue the 1/4” tab of the short piece to the bottom edge of the gatefold piece. Add glue to the sides and flip up to create a pocket.
Next, cut two pieces of Vagabond paper to 2 1/4” x 3 3/4”. Then, use the top of the tag die to cut the shape to fit and glue to the outside of each flap. Next, cut a piece of cardstock to 2” x 4 3/4” and score at 1/2” and 4 1/4”. Fold on the score lines and glue the 1/2” flaps to the back side of the gatefold piece.
Using the remaining section of the second gatefold, cut a piece of Vagabond paper for the top using the steps above and glue to the top section. Add 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” decorative papers to the front and back square sections to create a journaling tag. Next, slide this entire piece down the back of the gatefold and into the band on the backside. Then, attach a 20” piece of twine to the back of the piece to tie the entire insert closed. When adding to your journal, only add glue to the 2” band on the backside of the insert.
Journal Insert 4: File Folder
If you have a file folder die, such as the one from Graphic 45, you can use it here. However, I will use my envelope punch board to create my file folder. First, cut a piece of cardstock to 5” x 6 3/4” and score at 3 1/4” on the 6 3/4” side. Measuring 1 3/4” from one edge and use the punch board to create a notch, or use scissors. Then, create a second notch close to the edge of the piece. Use scissors or a knife to cut from the bottom of the notch to the edges of the piece and use a corner rounder on all corners.
Now, to decorate the folder, cut a piece of Vagabond paper to 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”. Use the punch board to cut the tab using the steps above. Round the top corners and glue the piece to the back of the folder. Next, cut a strip of paper to 5” and glue toward the bottom front of the folder. Finally add a fussy cut piece over the border to create a focal point. You may choose to add decorative paper to the inside of your folder, too.
I hope that you have enjoyed making these four inserts for your own journal. In my next post, I will show you how to use Stamperia rice papers to make a journal cover. And as a bonus, I will share two more fun inserts for your journal. Don’t forget to head over to the FotoBella online store to pick up all of the Sir Vagabond supplies today.
Until next time, happy crafting!
~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team Member