Art Journal flip through and how-to expand the spine

After popular demand, today I am sharing a flip through on two of my finished art journals. Most of the projects in the video are already published on my YouTube channel in a step by step process but it is always nice to see them all together in one place!

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I like to decorate the covers of my art journals after I finish working on them, so I can keep them nice and clean. If I decorated them at the beginning they would end up a total mess! As I explain in the video in more detail, I like to keep the covers as simple as possible, without too many embellishments and things sticking out. The reason is simply because they travel with me when I teach workshops and they would make my life difficult when packing.

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All I do to the covers is cover them with neutral colored fabric, add a few Prima flowers and a metal tag. Oh! and some stenciling ! Also I like them to look alike, they do compliment each other this way when I display them on my craft room.

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In the video I am also sharing my way of cutting the spine and replacing it with a wider one, so my journal that is thick and bulky can finally breath!

Go ahead and watch the video below for a flip through, the how-to on the spine extension and a step by step tutorial on how I decorate them.

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

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Thank you all for joining me today!

 

37 Comments

  1. Mona Lundeborg said:

    As I said over at Youtube. I LOVE looking through your art journals and you gave me a great tip how to expand my moleskine journal! It is getting really bulky now as I am close to finish my forst ever art journal!

    I sure wish my first journal would look as fantastic as yours but I am FAR from being as talented as you!! LOL

    Have a nice weekend! 🙂

    August 14, 2015
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  2. Kathy W said:

    Thank you so much for the into on expanding a book. Since you inspired me to try art journaling for myself, I’m quickly approaching the “too full” book myself. I love your pages and all your videos. You’re an excellent teacher. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

    August 14, 2015
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  3. Janet said:

    Thank you! I have several journals that need to be redone and never knew how to do it or where to begin! You make it seem so simple! I truly enjoy your work. Thanks for sharing with us!

    August 14, 2015
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  4. This is a genius idea Vicky! Thank you for sharing !
    I enjoyed your flip through very much!
    Wonderful art!!!
    oxo
    Susi

    August 14, 2015
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  5. Andrea-rose said:

    This was so inspiring! I am in awe of your work. I wish I lived closer so that I could attend one of your workshops. Thank you for teaching and inspiring me.

    August 14, 2015
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  6. Barb said:

    So, so inspiring! Each and every page is a masterpiece, Vicky! LOVE your work! ♥♥♥

    August 14, 2015
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  7. Julie said:

    I’m just starting a journal using your videos for inspiration.
    I bought a spiral style –hope it holds up.

    August 14, 2015
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  8. Holly Denghel said:

    Thank you so much!! I was wondering what I should do with my book. The bulging drives me nuts, but it never occurred to me to just rebind it.

    August 15, 2015
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  9. Pam said:

    I LOVE all of your art journals. Very fun video!

    August 15, 2015
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  10. Michelle Vinski said:

    Vicki, I just love all your work! Thanks so much for the perfect website that is full of fun and beautiful artwork. You are so talented and I am so happy you share your talent with others. Please visit Pittsburgh, PA some day!!!

    August 15, 2015
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  11. Stephanie T said:

    What a wonderful way to begin my weekend. Vicky, thank you for sharing your art journal pages in one video–it was very enjoyable. And thank you for sharing your method of expanding the spines of your journals.

    August 15, 2015
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  12. Loved seeing all the layouts in these journals. Everything you do is so beautiful and creative. Thanks for showing us how to expand the spine of the books. So helpful and inspirational!

    August 15, 2015
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  13. JOAN SMITH said:

    OMG Vicky You have no idea how your trip down Vicky’s Art Journal Memory Lane so made my day….gosh I loved watching you create them WOW girl you sure did a great job presenting them again too…..and love how you made your expanded spine how super clever and creative of you and how generous that you shared the how to in your awesome tutorial

    Hope hope you are having a spectacular Saturday.

    YOU ROCK!!

    August 15, 2015
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  14. Vidalia said:

    I have watched many of your art journal pages being created on
    You Tube. I love them all bu t especially the stacked books and the tea cups!
    Some day soon (as I am 62 and can’t wait too long) I am going to try to create some art journal pages. Wish me luck…
    I love your work !
    Vidalia

    August 15, 2015
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  15. Leona said:

    Oh wow, thank you so much for sharing this!

    August 15, 2015
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  16. mu42800 said:

    merci pour cette superbe video
    bizz
    Mu

    August 15, 2015
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  17. une super idée ! bravo c’est un magnifique journal créatif merci pour toutes vos créations 🙂

    August 15, 2015
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  18. BunnyD said:

    Great idea for expanding the journal! I looked at the moleskine journals and thought there must be another set as the ones I saw were too thin.

    August 15, 2015
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  19. Leslie Frederick said:

    Thank you soooo much for this video. I am almost finished with my first art journal and it is terrible danger of exploding. 🙂 now I know what to do to keep it contained! You are always a wonderful inspiration.

    August 15, 2015
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  20. Shari Arbogast said:

    Your journals are so gorgeous. Thank you for showing all the pages. I love seeing them, and watching you design them. I keep saying I want to start one, but I haven’t yet. I’m not sure I could do it justice after seeing yours. I realize it isn’t about how it looks, but I would LOVE to be able to be that creative, and make things that beautiful.. hehe You are a true inspiration. Thanks so much for all you do, and taking the time to make all those videos.

    August 16, 2015
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  21. Roxanna W said:

    Loved looking through your art journals, beautiful!!!! You are so talented and it’s always so fun to watch you. Thank You!!!!

    August 16, 2015
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  22. You make it look so easy! Thanks for a fabulous video!

    Carmen

    August 16, 2015
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  23. Marcie Lovett said:

    So much fun to get a review of past projects and to see the process for “growing” your journals. Thanks for sharing, Vicky!

    August 16, 2015
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  24. Kallia said:

    Vicky, you just gave me the most useful piece of information!I was struggling to find in the internet a solution on how i can repair my bulky art journal and the only way that really worked for me was to cut the pages and add some rings.It was actually my idea in the end.If iknew about the book repair tape.. my life would be easier!
    Thanks again for your inspiring tip!

    August 16, 2015
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  25. Linda Vich said:

    Such fun to see all your pages! Thank you for showing how to enlarge the spine—very helpful!

    August 17, 2015
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  26. Sheilla Bailey said:

    Hi Vicky. I love your art work. You are so talented. I have been making cards for a long time and have recently decided to start art journaling. What a delight to have discovered you just at the right time. You are truly an inspiration. I love how you use stamps, stencils and hand drawing along with mixed media. Your directions are clear and very helpful. I’m sure your information on altering a journal book will be helpful to me. I would love to be able to take a class from you in person one day. Happy creating and thanks for sharing your talents on You Tube. I enjoy seeing your four legged furry helper too.

    August 17, 2015
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    • Vicky said:

      Thank you so much Sheilla for your sweet comment!

      August 28, 2015
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  27. carol said:

    You have inspired me to start my own journal – you are fantastic thanks very much for sharing.

    August 18, 2015
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  28. Carine said:

    Je viens tout juste de découvrir ce blog et JE L’ADORE !!!!! J’ai regarder toutes tes vidéos de art journal durant le week-end et ça ma donner l’envie de me lancer dans cet art que je connaissais très peu. Tes vidéos sont vraiment géniale, clair et inspirante. Très facile de comprendre même si on ne parle pas anglais (ou très peu). J’ai déjà hâte à la prochaine vidéo.

    Merci de partager 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    August 18, 2015
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  29. Ginny said:

    Love looking through your art journals . I get so much inspiration from seeing your work.
    The idea of redoing the cover is just what I needed to do mine thank you for sharing.

    August 18, 2015
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  30. shyni said:

    I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS TUTORIAL FOOOOORRRREEEEEVVVVEEER<3 i LOVE YOU. I need to send you fan mail lol thank you so much Vicky!

    August 20, 2015
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  31. Janet Van Rossen said:

    Very informative. I need to do this myself! I have enjoyed watching your videos on the various pages and have learned such a lot. Thank you.x

    August 20, 2015
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  32. Rebecca Butterfield said:

    Thank you so much for showing us how to expand a journal & for sharing
    your artwork. You are such an inspiration . Thank you also for listing the supplies.
    You make the world a brighter place. 🙂

    August 23, 2015
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  33. Melfina said:

    Dear Vicky, hi! Your art journals are so beautiful! I’ve been watching every one of your art journal videos and it was great to see them all again in a flip through! Thank you for sharing your technique on how to expand the spine and most of all thank you for always being a source of great inspiration! I’m always looking forward for your videos, wish you to have a great end of summer! xoxoxo

    August 24, 2015
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  34. Sara Jansen said:

    This was great – I appreciated seeing your journals, but I really appreciated seeing someone just cut open a Moleskin….. My Documented Life book from last year is crazy stretched and this would be a great help. Thanks so much for showing this!!!!

    August 25, 2015
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  35. Fran Podlesney said:

    Vicki
    I have enjoyed your YouTube videos and was so glad to see you share how to expand the spine of an art journal. I have an altered book that I need to expand and have been scared to try it. Your instructions are clear and easy to understand. Thank you again for all of your inspiration.

    July 26, 2016
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