Tuesday, January 31, 2012

vintage planner/journal tutorial

Because of interest in my French Lesson
Book Planner, made from an old book,
I'm going to show you here
how I made it.
I have even made a few improvements
upon my original method.
Here's what you will need:
  • vintage book
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • drill + bit or hole punch or awl
  • edited 2/1/12--1/4" eyelet kit
  • hammer
  • 1" {or larger} book rings
  • acid free rubber cement
  • spray glue
  • decorative papers
  • paper cutter
  • hole punch
1.  Find an interesting old book, something
you love, and don't worry if it's a bit
that just adds character...

2.  Very Carefully cut the bound pages
away from the cover.  I've found
that a small pair of pointy scissors works well...

3.  On each cover make marks where you would like
the holes for the book rings.
The distance will all depend upon what you
are putting inside...store-bought planner pages?
...or something you will be punching yourself? 
Just make sure that cover holes
and page holes will all match up--very important...

4. The holes could be punched with an awl,
or a paper punch, but I've found out that
a drill works great.
I matched the bit to the eyelet opening
and drilled the holes using a drill press;
an ordinary drill should work as well...

5.  If you would like to use some decorative
paper on the inside covers, now is the time.
I used spray glue to adhere some scrapbooking

6.  To reinforce the holes, which I've found is a good idea
{though not absolutely necessary},
insert eyelets following the package

Just a couple more steps...see you tomorrow
for Part II,



  1. I can't wait to try this! Quick question -are eyelets and grommets the same thing?

    1. Yes, they seem to be the same--I found Dritz eyelets at Joann Fabrics and Michaels in the sewing notions section.

  2. Anonymous4:41 PM

    And for us "we will cut ourselves" folks, maybe you could sell some of these beauties in your shop. I will certainly buy;-)

    blessings, jilly

    1. I will have a few planners & journals available soon ~Deb

  3. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Oh, thank you for this, Deb.
    These are very clear instructions and I'm looking forward to Part 2.
    I really loved your planner and I can't wait to make one for myself.

  5. Can't wait for the rest of the instructions- I want to try this!

  6. Thank you for posting this! I just loved your planner! Can't wait to see Part 2!

  7. Anonymous9:30 AM

    I'm definitely doing this! This will make great gifts for close family and friends!

  8. Such a neat idea....all these fun ideas are running through my brain now...like taking a vintage cookbook and putting all your own recipes in it...endless possibilities!

  9. Anonymous12:05 PM

    YaY!!!!! thank you so much for posting this!!!!!!
    Cheers to you :)

    I love that cookbook idea also :)

  10. I cannot wait to make one of these! GREAT idea on the cookbook!! Cant wait for part two! Thank you for sharing!

  11. I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the tutorial. And I'll be knitting from your waffle washcloth soon!

  12. I can't wait to get started. We live in a rural area and there isn't a fabric store. I will go to my next best friend, the hardware store for the grommets. Now I know what everyone will be receiving for gifts this year!

  13. Calico Hen, I've made lots of the waffle dishcloths...easy and so pretty! I can't wait to make the journal, too. I'm going to make one for my gardening, with pocket pages for seed packet labels for the planting months, and pockets for tree and shrub tags with receipts attached for easy returning to Home Depot or Lowes if they don't make it through the year. Oh, the possibilities are endless!!!!

  14. Anonymous12:07 AM

    Thank you! Thank you! This is just what I needed!

  15. Garden Gal, I love your garden journal idea!

  16. Anonymous12:04 PM

    I'm so pleased to hear you'll have some in your shop, I'm not a do it yourselfer! Would you ship to the United Kingdom? Do say yes!

    1. Janet, I would be happy to--I've just posted the books today on the blog...Deb

  17. My daughter and I started this project today. We had fun scouring second hand book stores for pretty covers a few weeks ago.. The glue (part 2) is drying. now to have fun with the inside pages. The book I am making is called "Modern Home Laundrywork", so I need to turn it into some sort of home organizer. I was so excited about getting started that I haven't a proper plan for the inside pages yet.

  18. Where would I find a continuation to this project please?


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