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The last two week’s have been jam packed with bookbinding know-how, and if you’ve followed along, you are a pro by now.We only have two bookbinding posts left and today’s features a little eye-candy and a mini-tutorial.

If you watched “How to Create a Text Block” and “How to Create a Hard Journal Cover” you know the technique of assembling your handmade journals. For me – the hardest part of creating  journal is deciding what I will use to cover the bookboard. I usually spend about 25 minutes waffling about which patterned paper will look the best…it’s really pretty comical. And let’s not forget all the other options beyond patterned paper! There’s wrapping paper, fabric…and in the case of today’s mini tutorial: handmade gelato ombre paper.

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love Blog

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love BlogEver since I got my package of gelatos, I’ve been addicted to the beautiful ombre effect you can create with them. I’ve created ombre stationery with them and today I’m creating on a bigger scale by using 11×17 Natural White Cardstock from Paper Presentation. This particular cardstock is thick and has a bit of texture to it, both of which work well for blending the colors together with a baby wipe.

Once you’ve created your ombre paper, just use it as you would patterned paper to cover your journal. Easy enough! Now for some ombre eye candy…

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love Blog

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love Blog

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love Blog


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How to Make a Text Block | How to Make a Hardcover | How to Make a Composition Style Notebook | How to Make Your Own Bookcloth | How to Make Elastic Closures & Headbands | Perfect Binding

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80 thoughts on “DIY Ombre Journals

  1. Beautiful, Amber – I have just done some cards, similar to the ones you did in “Damask Live” – really enjoyed working with gelatos – they are wonderful! Thank you 🙂

  2. Your blog is SUPER CUTE! I literally feel like making 50 of these crafts at once, you’re so awesome at explaining at great specifics on products.

  3. Instead of using the special colors, are we able to use oil pastels instead on a certain piece of material on the notebook and then put another material on top of it so it doesn’t smear?

    1. Hmmm – great question, but I’m not sure that oils would work since it might be tough to find another material that will adhere well over top to avoid smearing. The gelatos are great because once they are dry, they stay put.

  4. Hi!! I’m sorry, but my english is not the best :(, I didnt understand too much this tutorial, Do I have to use Gelato? Gelato gelato that one that we eat?? thanksxx

  5. Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me
    of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  6. Ok so this is probably the weirdest question on this stream, but can it work for guys? Because I loveeeee this idea.. but I want to do it for a presentation at school and have to get the guys interested too.

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