In June of 2015 I filmed a video demoing how to transform heavyweight Manila file folders into compact journals. They’re sturdy little books and I really enjoyed the ones I created during the filming process. About the only thing I was less than thrilled with was how spray inks reacted on the file folders. Paint was mostly ok, but the inks didn’t behave in a way I liked. So for that one I went with adding paper to the pages rather than spraying or inking them.
Fast forward to about a month ago when I was looking for something else and happened upon that every same journal. As I looked through the pages and remembered how much fun I had creating it, it occurred to me that I would like to make another, but not from file folders.
I’ve spent a lot of time lately laser cutting a lot of our products from watercolor paper and I realized that I could cut file folders from that same sheet goods. At 140#, it’s sturdy and easy to work with. Bets of all? Ink sprays work beautifully on the paper.
And just like that, I had the idea for a new version of the journal and a new video explaining the process. This one looks very different than the original and I think the change to watercolor paper was a really good decision.
Supplies For This Video:
Dylusions Dyary – Dy-Cuts are perfect on the journal pages. Washi Strips are fabulous too.
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