Here I am again, guys! Personalizing my life!
Like the notebooks we covered a few months ago, today I am going to show you how I designed both a cover for my tablet and a pocket.
For years now I have kept a journal with me while reading the bible so that I could take notes on things that meant something to me, specific scriptures, and so that I could write my thoughts on the passage. Sometimes what I write isn't worth the paper it's written on, but other times, when I can tell God is speaking to me, I cherish those moments and record what He teaches me in my journal.
Always Keep a Tablet...
I don't write much, since I also keep a journal for more general thoughts, but it's very useful to me because writing helps me contemplate what I am reading, meditate on it, and form what I am feeling into words. I remember more when I write about it, and besides, I am a writer. I write about everything!
I was first inspired to do this by Jim Elliot after beginning his Journals of Jim Elliot. The way he looked at scripture and took it apart, examining it and his own life, was so inspiring. I wanted a closer relationship with God, like what Jim had.
That was probably 15 years ago, and I am now on book 10 of my bible journals. I don't write everyday, but I can tell when my spiritual life is getting dry by the lack of recent entries.
I have used average Mead or Top Flight notebooks for my bible journaling because they get the job done and they are good sizes for me to carry around with my bible.
Recently, however, some of these brands have changed their style so that the dividing insert no longer features a pocket to hold loose paper or specific pages of devotionals I want to keep.
So I decided to make my own.
In the process of thinking on this, I remembered what my sister and I did with our notebooks. I asked myself, why stick with primary colors ever again? I'll design my own!
Let me take you through the process!
Designing My Tablet Cover and Pocket
I learned a few lessons from my first attempts and used a glue stick instead of Mod Podge. This worked sooo much better, believe me!
Here are my paper choices. Whatever the design, I knew that I wanted it to be cardstock for extra strength. I had a couple of earthy, vintage options (themes I absolutely love!), and then of course, nautical. I just love my book of nautical scrapbook pages!
So it's no surprise which I went with. I couldn't help it! The ship design just fit perfectly on the slender tablet!
This project takes very few materials, really:
1 sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock paper
Tablet with a divider
Ruler (not pictured)
I placed the cardstock under the front page of my tablet, upside down to ensure I cut out the ship. Then I held it steady and traced the outside of the tablet, onto the cardstock.
I cut out the rectangle and measured it against my tablet to check for inconsistencies.
Once I was satisfied, I glued a single, heavy strip on the tablet next to the metal spiral and carefully applied my page. Everything fit perfectly!!
While it dried, and before I glued the rest of the page, and began working on the inside pocket.
I drew out a template on white cardstock that measured 5 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Then I drew about an extra 1/2 inch more down and out. This extra 1/2 inch strip I intended to fold in to create a pocket.
I cut out the template, traced it along the back of the leftover scrapbook paper, and then cut out the tracing. Using a ruler, I folded the three ends in smoothly and glued it to the divider.
Now I had a perfect little gold speckled pocket for keeping those loose pieces of paper in!
I went back to the front and glued the paper more thoroughly across. Let me say, guys, this is way better than what I went through with the mod podge, in many ways! The glue stick dried faster, held more securely, and wasn't a mess all over the pages. Definitely a better option.
My tablet is not so generic now, and that makes me twice as happy to use it! I plan to do this with all my future bible journals.
I considered giving it a washi tape border, but after all, the ship and the gold sparkles are hard to beat, so I dropped the idea.
One thing I like to mention, last time I used raised stickers to decorate the front of my notebook. It didn't take long afterward for the pieces to start pulling up. I took the mod podge back out and swabbed a thick layer of it over the sticker. It worked well for a while, but now it is coming up again.
This is why I decided to forego the 3D elements this time around. I stack my books and tablets too often to keep them from getting scratched off or bent up.
So what do you think? Have you designed your own tablets before? Have you considered it? In my opinion, give it a try! It is super easy and so fun!
Thanks for the read! Come back Tuesday for the last edition to my series, The Designing Process, where I have been taking apart the crocheting designing process and revealing just how simple it really it. Coming up: Going Professional!