This school year my students and I are going in really deep with the interactive journals. Last year it was an absolute blast! Many people have asked me when I plan to release my Interactive Reading Journal product. I am adding finishing touches to it. In the meanwhile, I plan to give out free interactive journaling tips and freebies.
This fake leather journal is soooo easy to make. I plan to have one for each student that I work with.
Step 1: Get a paper grocery bag. We are going to use it inside out so don't worry about the label.
Step 2: Cut a 12 x 7 piece from the paper bag. It does not have to be exact. Fold 8-10 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 inch pieces of copy paper in half. Place it over the cut piece of paper bag.
Step 3: Gently tear the edges of the paper to give it an aged look.
Step 4: Draw a nice doodle design on the paper with a permanent marker.
Step 5: Ball up the paper. This will help it achieve an aged and worn look.
Step 6: You can either wet the paper and sprinkle ground coffee on the paper or you can keep it dry and rub the paper with a brown crayon. I used the crayon technique.
Step 7: I then wet the paper and placed it onto a cookie tray for five minutes at 300 degrees. I stayed in the kitchen just in case the paper dried even quicker. The melted crayon helps give the journal an aged look.
Step 8: The paper was stapled. Then one side of it was taped onto the paper bag with double-sided tape.
Step 9: A piece of jute rope was wrapped around the outside of the journal.