Here is the life cycle of our Take Cover journals:
First, we cut the covers off of an old book. Don’t worry—it is painless and we promise they don’t feel a thing. We save the book “guts” for use in other projects. They become pages in the Scrap Journals, covers for the Scrap Journals, are shredded for packing material and show up in various and sundry other unexpected places.
We trim the covers on a seriously heavy-duty cutter for a clean, crisp edge.
We make the text blocks (inside pages) from a creamy white 70# text weight paper (what this means to you is that it is a nice, thick sheet.)
We line the inside covers with beautiful endpapers. Or sometimes we leave the library card, pencil marks and doodles of the person the book once belonged to.
Finally, we ring-bind the journal together. This is a nice and versatile binding: if you want to add special mementos (or tear out a page you wrote in a fit of embarrassing self-pity) you can. Who will know but you?