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Welcome to your book of sacred keepings Journal Making Course.
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We will be creating the cover for our essence of S.H.E.::book of sacred keeping’s in Moon Modular #2 (February)
but you are going to want to have a journal on hand for our Moon Modular 1 when we begin January 25 so if you desire to get a head start on creating go ahead and get yourself started on this now. 
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Having more than one journal is a GOOD thing! 
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The video below teaches you how to deconstruct a composition book and make it in to a nice journal to then creatively decorate to suit your own taste. 

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I personally like to make several at one time.
It is FUN!
Then when I am ready for a new one I have the base already done…
OR I can make and joyfully gift one to another.

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

– Composition Book  (Office Store, Dollar store, Target, Walmart etc)
– Razor Blade or Exacto Knife (Hardware Store)
– Decoupage Medium like Mod Podge (Craft Store) – I Prefer Matte
(Pain ol’ White Glue Slightly Watered down also works fine)
– Paper Hole Puncher
– 2 or 3 Binder Rings (office store or office supply section. try dollar store too!)
– Scrapbook Paper for the Covers (Craft Store)
– Pretty pictures from a magazine are perfect as well
– Use either white cardstock and then paint over it to give it a finished look
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– use pretty scrap book paper that makes you happy to see.
no rules :: just play
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OPTIONAL GOODIES:

Tab markers like small post it notes
Misc papers cut to size for inside journal
(I like lots of good heavy weight white paper for my doodling and random creativity)
NOTE: The paper that comes in the composition books are lined & super thin so thicker blank papers are nice
Manila Folders cut down make wonder section seperators
Envelopes are fun to keep little found objects or what-nots in
Paints to pretty it up
Water based varnish to seal your cover artwork and give it a nice sheen.
Yarn, Strings, Ripped Fabric pieces to dangle from your Binder Rings
 
Example of my essence of S.H.E. journal cover I made using this EASY journal making process.
You will make yours in February! 
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This is your Keeper or Sacred Dreams, Thoughts and Soul Work. 
So my 1st thought it to have fun with this.
Connect to it, the fun of the creating it.  
Be as creative or as simple as you like.
I personally like mine pretty.
Turn on some fun music and make a few while you are at it. 
 
 
 
 
 
::JOURNAL COVER::
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*Cut out paper from spine
*Cut journal cover in half
Now it is time to decoupage on the paper. 
Use either plain white or pretty scrap book paper. 
*Decoupage paper on 1 side of cover 1, set aside to dry thoroughly
*Decoupage paper on 1 side of cover 2, set aside to dry thoroughly
:::HINT::: 
Air bubbles will occur in the drying process. 
To eliminate as many as possible I like to use an old credit card to gently push out as many bubbles and excess glue as possible. 
Remember that bubbles and imperfections are part of the organic beauty of your creative projects.
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Once the 1st sides are thoroughly dry 
*Trim paper around journal for a nice finished edge
*Decoupage paper on 2nd side of cover 1, set aside to dry thoroughly
*Decoupage paper on 2nd side of cover 2, set aside to dry thoroughly
:::REMEMBER:::
The Covers may curve and bend. 
NO WORRIES!!!
This is natural. You can reshape them to be flat.
*Trim paper around journal for a nice finished edge
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IF you used pretty scrapbook paper for your cover be sure to create a protected finish and decoupage over the paper. I prefer using matte decoupage:
*Decoupage over paper on 1 side of cover 1, set aside to dry thoroughly
*Decoupage over paper on 1 side of cover 2, set aside to dry thoroughly
Be sure to decoupage the outside edges. 
This gives extra security and support to ensure your paper does not lift. 
*Decoupage over paper on 2nd side of cover 1, set aside to dry thoroughly
*Decoupage over paper on 2nd side of cover 2, set aside to dry thoroughly
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IF you used white paper for your cover  be sure to create a protected finish and paint over the paper. :
*Paint paper on 1 side of cover 1, set aside to dry thoroughly
*Paint paper on 1 side of cover 2, set aside to dry thoroughly
I like to use black paint but use whatever color you like. 
Be sure to paint the outside edges. 
This gives extra security and support to ensure your paper does not lift. 
*Paint paper on 2nd side of cover 1, set aside to dry thoroughly
*Paint paper on 2nd side of cover 2, set aside to dry thoroughly
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Decorate your cover how ever you feel inspired to do.
If you do any kind of artwork on your cover I HIGHLY recommend that add a layer or two or three of decoupage  AND even a coat or two of water based varnish to keep it pristine and protected..
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::JOURNAL PAPER::
Cut paper in half from composition book
No need to worry if they are all the exact perfect size. 
They will fit fine inside your journal cover.
Trim random papers to size.
White Printer paper (I prefer 32 lb printer paper)
Cardstock
Scrap Book papers
Manila Folders
Manila envelopes
Watercolor paper
etc. 
Create sections, for example::
Tribe Notes and Soul School Assignments
Gratitudes
Random Thoughts
Rip Out Fire Burning Thoughts 
(we will talk about this in Mystic Sister)
Other Random Classes
Creative Time, doodling and such
Find a calender you can print and add.
 
 
:::PUT IT TOGETHER::
Line up small stacks
Punch holes
Add Binder Rings

Add ribbons, yarns, fabrics as inspired.

Enjoy!!! 

Love Lauri 

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