DIY Traveler's Bullet Journal

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hi everyone I hope you're having a wonderful day doing everything that you love and feeling good ever since I started using my malika soft cover journal this past January I've been wanting to create a simple cover for it I don't take my journal out with me often but even the daily use of it is breaking down the corners plus eventually I like to create a cover that will hold all the notebooks I'll be using this year for the end of the year 2018 flip through this will be my first full year full of journaling and I can't wait to share the entire experience with you I was very inspired by the simplicity of the Midori travelers notebook so I created my own version of it changed up the shape of the cover a little bit and added my artwork to the lining there are amazing tutorials already for the classic Midori cover but I want to show you how you can customize it and make it your own before we start I'm so excited to announce my very first giveaway this year for all the love and support you've given me as a thank you there will be more information throughout the video so stay tuned to learn more about how you can enter improve your chances of winning and I'll go through the bundle with you and show you what you can win I'll have the full supply list for this cover and giveaway details down in the description so be sure to check those out before you enter or if you want to make this cover to start this project measure the height width and depth or thickness of your journal mine is eight and a quarter inches in height five and 5/8 inches in width and a quarter inches deep and then measure how much of an overlap you want with the flap mine will be about three and a quarter inches now for a little math and determine the size of the piece you'll need to cut add the width and depth together and then multiply the total by two and then add the flap measurement to that total which then equals 15 inches for me now add about one inch allowance all the way around and then you have your overall rectangle measurement cut that out from your cover material I'm using the same vinyl from both my maricon case and travel journal kits I made before which is just a slightly off white leather that I got from my local fabric store and then double check the size with your journal to see how it fits for my lining instead of using fabric I wanted to create a custom painting for it and then print it out on paper to give it more structure you can use your original artwork doodle on existing wrapping paper newspaper or basically anything you want to use that will bond with the heating bond since I love the beautiful patterns of agates I really wanted to create something along those lines with watercolor I have this idea of a peaceful landscape of a blush tone sky merging with the dark navy blues of the mountains and then when I'm done with the painting I'm going back in to add a little shine with my metallic gold and silver watercolors to give it more dimension since I couldn't get my darts any darker I'm going to take a photo of it and then import it into Photoshop and add in the contrast tweak my colors a bit and turn it into what I envisioned I love how this turned out it's textural subtle but has a strong contrast and it's going to be perfect for the inside of my cover next I'm going to take my pleather and cut out a piece of the heat and bond which is an iron-on adhesive about an eighth of an inch smaller all around and then place the rough side down on the backside of the pleather iron on low heat for about eight seconds per area I do go into detail a little more about this process in my micron case tutorial so I'll link that below for you once they are bonded peel off the backing paper and then repeat the same ironing process for the lining check the sizing again and then trim off as much as you need to create clean straight edges I'm taking off about an eighth of an inch from the top left and bottom and then I figured out the crease of the flat by placing my journal on the cover move it over about an inch and then draw the angle by creating a point at the center to find the center spine place the journal in the cover where you want it and then crease the line now mark a half inch from the top and bottom and then an inch from that and then Mark the very center of the cover using an awl or something else to punch holes large enough for your elastic I'm using white elastic cording I found at the jewelry aisle at the craft store but any durable elastic cording you choose could work just make sure it's the thicker ones versus the thinner ones and you want something sturdy enough to hold the weight of the journals feed it through the holes by following along with me leaving a loop through the center for the closure add in your journal and tie it in tightly and then adjust it if you need to and now you're done there are so many variations you can do with this method so take your time and add in little details that make this journal cover yours I may go back and change my elastic to another color or add rope instead of the elastic but for now this works perfectly it is super easy to change out the journal if I need to and I also love that he use a flap as a bookmark which makes it even more functional let me know if you have any Journal related or supplies related issues that I may be able to find solutions for I really do enjoy making all of these different cases as solutions for my issues and I'm curious what supplies you want me to make next okay now for the giveaway bundle you will receive this or an upgraded version of this traveler's journal cover with a softcover journal included a set of six micron fine liners and a few items from my own shop blush in May which I'm trying to grow this year you'll receive these super cute sticker sets and two additional future sticker sets I will be adding soon so a total of four packs and your choice of an 8 by 10 print signed and dated by yours truly all packed with love and care for you to enjoy to enter you must be subscribed to my channel or be following me on Instagram and then once you click the link below or the one on my Instagram profile you'll be directed to the contest page where I'll need your name and a valid email address where I can contact you if you're chosen this then takes you to more actions you can do to earn more chances to win each one will be marked off once you complete it and you'll be able to see your entries on the top left of the box contest is open internationally and until Friday March 9th good luck everyone and thank you so so much for helping me reach my mall stones here on youtube and on Instagram and cheers to many more plus I've been having wonderful connections with you through my posts comments and tags so keep them coming I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll next time by


ChristineMyLinh · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

The winner is Rose L. ♡ Thank you to everyone who participated, it was such an honor to be able to host a giveaway as successful as this one. No worries, more giveaways coming soon!! Hugs! ❤️

fleur satine · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

You're a real artist ❤❤

Maya Kara · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm


Sunshine Cagabcabon · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

What kind if cover did you ise??

Denny the Budgie · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

My journal's name is Sora! ❤️

Jade Beth J · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

This is adorable and I like what you did with the painted inside!

Maribel · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Es precioso….. congratulation to the winner……

Fla Ponte · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

You sound just like Selena Gómez 😳

Gyatso bhutia · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

U sound like salena…;)

Thafahus am · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm


madhatterscrafts 123 · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Thank you

Arctic Wolf Beauty · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

In a Traveler's notebook, you can usually put more than one notebook. I love the idea of a DIY, but how do you add more than one notebook? For instance, say you wanted two notebooks, one for you're planning of the week/month/day/etc and then another notebook for journaling your thoughts and inspiration and such.

Diana Melendez · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

The cover is out of this world! Best video I have seen yet!

G J DINESH Kumar · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

The background music is my favorite!! 😍😍😘

Khushnuma Siddique · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm


Deeba Khan · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

I like Your all vediose

Lindsey Zenor · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

I found your channel looking for some TN cover tutorials to use for my junk journals, & I love what you made here! Your artwork is incredible! Thanks for sharing!

K-pop Love · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

I don't see the link to the Micron Case Tutorial in the description….

Analogue Kate · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Loving your tutorials and videos Christine! This cover is beautiful, and what a great way to be industrious, and creative. I am always looking for the best covers for my notebooks as well. Two quick questions about this one… 1) when you printed your final version of the inside of the cover, was it on extra large paper (A3)? Did you print it at home, and was it on card stock? 2) have you ever worked with genuine leather? Thanks again for all your inspiration and creativity!

xDaughterOfTheMoonx · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

I love JFlas version of havana. Got me into the video – good choice:)

Jou Xiong · May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Why is it that when i heat-n-bond paper and the faux leather together, the paper get so stiff and won’t fold nicely? 😥😥😥

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