Mini Wrap Journal

by KellyJean Gettelfinger

Make a custom mini journal with simple supplies.


  • Cardstock: 1 piece cut to 4 1/2” x 6”, 1 piece cut to 1/2" x 6”, several pieces measuring 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” (optional for journal pages)
  • Decorative paper: 2 pieces measuring 5 1/2” x 6”, several pieces measuring 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” (also notebook paper, or typing paper optional for journal pages)
  • Baker’s Twine measuring at least 42”
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    Score both sheets of decorative paper (measuring 5 1/2” x 6”) at 4 1/2” and 4 3/4” on the short (5 1/2") side.

  2. Step 2

    Fold one sheet of decorative paper at the 4 1/2” score line. Adhere the cardstock measuring 4 1/2” x 6” to the small scored section of the decorative paper.

  3. NOTE:
    Be sure to exclude the 1/4” scored section from the adhesive and cardstock.

  4. Step 3

    Repeat Step 2 with the second piece of scored decorative paper.

  5. Position the cardstock in between each piece of decorative paper as shown.

  6. Step 4

    Wrap baker’s twine three times around the cardstock close to the project folds.

  7. Tie the twine to secure.

  8. Step 5

    Fold each of the remaining scored lines on the decorative paper pieces.

  9. Adhere the cardstock measuring 1/2” x 6” over BOTH scored areas. This will create a spine for the journal.

  10. Step 6

    Fold in half several pieces of cardstock, decorative paper, notebook paper, or typing paper measuring 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”.

  11. Slip the folded pieces under the twine one either side of the center piece of cardstock. Add and remove folded pieces as desired.

  12. Step 7

    Decorate the front of the journal as desired.

  13. Be creative with a band for closure, if desired.

  14. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mini Wrap Journal. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love this! Thanks for sharing it. I see several of these in our future.
Patricia Crossett  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 4:29 AM
Thank you sooo much I've been waiting for a tutorial like this for a while now!! Yay and thanks. I will make one really soon!-deb.
Deborah  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 6:45 AM
Super cute idea and I like the fact you can add to it if need me. Thanks for sharing.
Tammy  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 7:54 AM
Well done video. Looking forward to creating a few of these for my niece and book club.
Mary Anne Perlmutter  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 8:16 AM
WHAT AN ADORABLE project. SO pretty--SO easy--can't wait! THANK YOU KellyJean
Prissequito  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 9:11 AM
that is just so clever, and so easy! I love that you can do whatever you want as far as the pages go..this is such an easy project...thanks for sharing. Great video too..easy to follow and understand!!
Kina Muscato  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 10:46 AM
Cute project. thanks for sharing.
Janet Streeter  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 11:18 AM
Kelly this was so much fun and I can't believe how easy you made it!
muscrat  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 11:54 AM
Awesome project, and a very instructive, easy-to-follow tutorial! I hope to be able to modify this design to hold special Christmas cards I've received. I've been almost tearing my hair out trying to figure out how to save them! So I--and my hair--thank you! smile
Andrea La Vigne  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 6:03 PM
What an adorable project! I love this idea, I can see many mini-wrap journal's in my future! Thanks so much for sharing.
Susan Kalantarian  |  Wed Feb 8, 2017 at 7:02 PM
Great idea. Now I see a home for all those Gelli prints that I don't know what to do with! Thank you!
Jean Chaney  |  Thu Feb 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM
Wow, this is brilliant and so easy too! 💟 Love it,thanks!
Sweet RN  |  Thu Feb 9, 2017 at 2:09 PM
This is a great idea!!! Super cute too!
Nancy Williams  |  Fri Feb 10, 2017 at 4:20 AM
What a clever idea! Endless possibilities! Thanks for sharing! Love this!
Fran Gumprecht  |  Fri Feb 10, 2017 at 6:39 AM
This is stinking cute! Seriously saving this idea!
Sharon Suske  |  Sat Feb 11, 2017 at 10:14 AM
Dear Kelly,

I'm sorry to be such a dolt, but I am "spatially impaired" - I made-up that term, but it sure describes me! - and cannot figure out what side of the patterned paper to score: the tall side (6") or the short side (5 1/2").

Given this "impairment," I can't even figure it out from all the clues you provide in both the written and video tutorial, which I'm sure are great for 99.9% of the people who use them.

Please spare the life of the next piece of cardstock and help this girl out!

Thank you in advance -

Kelly  |  Tue Feb 21, 2017 at 11:40 PM
Hi Kelly - the scoring is done along the short side - I'll make a note of it above. Thanks! That makes the cover 4-1/2" x 6", and gives a 1/4" border around the pages.
Dina  |  Thu Feb 23, 2017 at 5:31 AM
very nice. Thanks for sharing.
Theresa Goodletson  |  Wed Mar 8, 2017 at 10:26 AM
SUPER CUTE! I'm making one today!
Kathy Bohannon  |  Wed Mar 8, 2017 at 11:37 AM

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