Over the years I have made several coptic journals for myself and also for gifts for the purpose of journaling scripture studies. To purchase one click here. To see the video on how I make them click here. This post is to show some of the journal covers that I have made to give you an idea of how you can cover your own. A tip that I have learned is that paper even sealed with Mod Podge just doesn't last as long and eventually rips or rubs off and so I have had to redo some covers because of this. So here they are in no particular order:
This was the first scripture journal cover that I made about 6 years ago maybe. I use this for my 1 Nephi Book of Mormon Chapter studies.
This journal is my favorite because of whats inside it. 5 years of hard personal testimony building work. I have a video about its contents you can watch if you want to take a peek. Its where I discovered my love for documenting my studies in a creative artistic way that hopefully makes it appealing to read and look through. The cover was made using a Tim Holtz white crackle paint and then inking the edges. I used 2 different rub-ons for the smaller letters and then thicker stickers for the Knock. The door knocker I bought off Etsy. The metallic corners were bought at Hobby Lobby, I can't remember the brand.
My second journal I have had to redo it 4 times! The first time because I used a fabric 3 dimensional butterfly element on it that fell apart and fell off. The next two covers on it were paper that as mentioned above also ripped and peeled off. So I just recently redid the journal for hopefully the last time. I tried to pull off the two layers of paper but it wouldn't come off all the way so I finally gave up, painted over the layered papers with white gesso and then painted over it with watercolors. It created a really textured top which I really love. I think the most durable way to decorate a cover is with paint and metal embellishments. So here it is:
This is labeled "Topics" because since my 1st journal deals with chronological Chapter study, this journal captures my more in depth studies on specific gospel topics and principles.
This journal I painted the front and back to make a combined layout. The boat is made out of a scripture page taken from the Book of Mormon of the verse from the cover so many of the words are things like wave, whale, vessel, sea, etc. It is sewn together and ready to ship if you want it. It is up in the shop.
This cover is ready to be sewn into a journal! It is up for sale on the store.
This journal I am still working on. It will be my second journal dedicated to chapter studying since my first one is full. This patina kit turned out awesome! However it was really chalky to the touch and left residue on your fingers so I sealed it with Mod Podge. That darkened it a little bit and also brought out the subtle lime green hues more. I still love it though. I want to put another quote on the front and one to go with the door handle. I am thinking Rev. 3:20- "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock..."
If you like it as is than you can purchase it in the store. Give me 3-5 days to sew it into a journal before I ship it.
This next journal cover I painted using this tutorial.
It was easier than I thought it would be. Its hard to tell but the background is gold metallic paint, not yellow. It is an option of one you can purchase in the store.
This is my new journal cover for my studies of 2 Nephi. I thought "line upon line" was so fitting as it comes from this verse in 2 Nephi 28:30- "For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more..." You can also purchase this journal in the store.
These two journals are ones that I made for my nieces for Christmas back in 2013. The picture quality is awful and blurry but you can still get ideas from them. You can also see from these how the binding only uses 6 holes, 3 at the top and 3 at the bottom, instead of one hole every inch all the way down like my other journals.
And finally just yesterday another cute niece of mine came over and I helped her make her first coptic scripture journal.
She painted it with a copper acrylic paint and used Thicker Stickers.
I hope this gave you some ideas. Send me pictures of YOUR scripture journal cover!!!