Refillable Leather Journal DIY


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I love notebooks so much--you can never have too many! This is my newest and most favorite book, because it uses regular paper and is refillable. Fill your leather journal with sketch paper, watercolor paper, kraft paper or just cheap copy paper.

Refillable Leather Journal DIY


I love notebooks so much--you can never have too many! This is my newest and most favorite book, because it uses regular paper and is refillable. Fill your leather journal with sketch paper, watercolor paper, kraft paper or just cheap copy paper.

I love notebooks so much--you can never have too many! This is my newest and most favorite book, because it uses regular paper and is refillable. Fill your leather journal with sketch paper, watercolor paper, kraft paper or just cheap copy paper.

Make a chic leather journal with refillable paper out of Cricut Leather and a few hand tools...as well as elastic cord. Let's get creating!

How to make a refillable leather journal

The secret here is the elastic, it's perfect for holding the paper in place and keeping the book together. I made a journal in rose gold, gold and copper. 

How to make a refillable leather journal

Which one is your favorite? I love the copper with the red elastic!


These stunning journals would make a great handmade gift too. Perfect for Father's day, Mother's day or any day of the week!


Supplies Needed for Refillable Leather Journal:

Cricut Metallic Leather (9x12" and 3x1.5")
Pencil
Eastic Cord (1/8") cut to 26" and 7" pieces
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Hobby Knife
Lighter

Supplies needed to make a refillable leather journal

Here's the full video tutorial with pictures to follow:



Step 1:

Begin by cutting the leather to 9X12" with the ruler and rotary cutter. Then turn it to the rough side and mark the center line on both of the long sides. Mark 1/2" on either side of the center line.


How to make a refillable leather journal

Step 2:

Use the Crop-a-Dile to cut holes on the lines drawn 1/2" from the center. Punch 4 holes and set them with eyelets using the Crop-a-Dile.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Step 3:

Now use the 26 inch piece of elastic and tie a knot on the end of it. Thread it from the inside through the top right eyelet.

How to make a refillable leather journal with elastic

Then thread the elastic through the top left eyelet.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Thread the elastic through the lower left eyelet. 

How to make a refillable leather journal with Cricut metallic leather

Then bring the elastic up through the bottom right eyelet.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Then thread the elastic through the top right hole and back through the top left hole.

How to make a refillable leather journal with elastic cord and Cricut leather.

Then tie the elastic to the knotted elastic end in a surgeons knot...or a square knot with one extra loop pass through it.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Then pull the elastic down the center to the right hole and thread it through and back up through the left bottom eyelet.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Repeat the process by tying off the center elastic to the remaining tail end of the elastic in the same surgeons knot as previously.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Then straighten up the elastic so it looks nice on the binding edge.

How to make a refillable leather journal

And straighten out the 3 strands of elastic running down the center.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Step 4:

Now make the refillable paper packets by folding 6-10 sheets of paper in half and then cut the edge of them at the 5 inch mark. I am using laser printer paper at a weight of 28 lb...but you can fill it with watercolor paper, kraft paper, black paper or colored papers!

How to make a refillable leather journal

Then slip the elastic around the paper packets and run the elastic right down the fold of the papers.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Step 5:

Now measure the center of the spine and use the hobby knife to cut a little X in the leather.

How to make a refillable leather journal

The X needs to fit 2 pieces of elastic tightly, so don't cut the x too big. Start small and make it bigger if needed.

How to make a refillable leather journal

Push the 7 inch piece of elastic through the hole and through the eyelets on the small piece of leather.

How to make a refillable leather journal with an elastic wrap

Pull both elastic ends through the center and tie them off in a overhand knot. 

How to make a refillable leather journal

Now that elastic will wrap around the book and keep the pages in order and the book closed. 

How to make a refillable leather journal with Cricut Metallic rose gold leather.

That's it!
Isn't it beautiful!?

How to make a refillable leather journal by doodlecraft

This super chic journal/notebook is perfect for traveling and great for handmade gifts. Add personalization with iron-on vinyl if you want.

How to make a refillable leather journal made of rose gold Cricut metallic leather.

I love that this notebook is refillable. Just add or take out papers as needed. The book is firm enough for writing on while on the go and great to have some paper on hand!

How to make a refillable leather journal with folded paper

Isn't this just fabulous!? 

How to make a refillable leather journal

I've done over 2500 posts on my blog. I do crafts and DIY's every day...but this project is my favorite right now. I love them! I want to make one for every human I know!

Make a refillable leather journal with Cricut metallic leather, elastic cord and metal eyelets. Great for handmade gifts, travelers and artists.

Fill with musings, poetry, artwork and more!

Make a refillable leather journal with Cricut metallic leather, elastic cord and metal eyelets. Great for handmade gifts, travelers and artists.

Which metallic shade do you like best? 

Make a refillable leather journal with Cricut metallic leather, elastic cord and metal eyelets.

They look great in a basket on the coffee table too!

Gold, Copper and Rose gold leather journals with paper refills made using Cricut leather and Crop-a-Dile

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Make a refillable leather journal with Cricut metallic leather, elastic cord and metal eyelets. Great for handmade gifts, travelers and artists.










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