Chibi Maruko Chan Journal & Notepad

I made a chibi maruko chan journal and notepad as gifts 😀 I used coptic stitch bookbinding for making the journal. Here’s steps I took to make the coptic stitch bookbinding journal.

journal and notepad chibi maruko chan xiaotuneko
journal and notepad chibi maruko chan


Making the Inside Pages / Signatures

I took 20 sheets of blank paper and print out the lines on the paper so the paper has lines. Here’s a template with grey lines that you can use:

PDF: Grey lines

Once it’s printed, I fold each page in half and put 10 sheets on top of another, so there would be 4 signatures total.

journal materials chibi maruko chan xiaotuneko
Journal making materials – chipboad, inside pages (signatures), front/back cover

Making the Front / Back Cover

I measure out the size of the signature and took 2 pieces of 8.5×11″ chipboard and cut it just slightly bigger than the signatures.

Then I took the chibi maruko chan and the fruits illustration and printed them into 8.5×11″ sticker sheets. You can also just print it on regular paper and use glue to stick it to the chipboard.

I covered the chipboard with the front cover sticker paper, and doing the same for the back cover. On the inside of the covers, the center still shows the chipboard so I took a thicker piece of white paper and cut it big enough to cover out the chipboard part.

front inside coptic stitich binding chibi maruko chan
coptic stitich binding cover inside

Putting It Together – Coptic Stitch Binding

I used coptic stitch binding to make the journal. Here’s a great video tutorial on how to coptic stitch a book: DIY Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial by Sea Lemon.

back inside coptic stitich binding chibi maruko chan
Coptic stitich binding backcover
back cover fruits coptic binding xiaotuneko
Back cover fruits coptic stitch binding
front cover coptic stitich binding chibi maruko chan
Coptic stitich binding chibi maruko chan

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