These solid white journal covers are similar to our other Custom Keeper travelers notebook style covers with a couple of minor differences. The plain white vinyl is not from a billboard, it is scrap vinyl that a vendor sent to us by mistake. Instead of pouting over lemons we made lemonade that we call Paintables!
All Custom Keepers are paintable but sometimes they might require a coat of gesso to cover the dark background. Paintables make the gesso step optional for you since they already have a solid white surface.
Paintables are slightly thinner than our usual Custom Keepers so you might want to tie the strings loosely to keep the covers from pulling at the spine. Of course you can always collage or decoupage the covers to help them hold their shape better. They are still heat resistant, water resistant, tear resistant, reversible, and easy to clean!
This listing is for 1 journal cover only, no pages or inserts. The cover measures 5-1/4" wide x 6-1/2" tall and features an elastic closure attached to the spine. The 4 interior elastics will hold bound inserts as well as 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sheets of paper folded in half.
Your journal cover will arrive with all the elastics in place. Your closure elastic is tied off and ready to be used or can easily be removed by grabbing the knot and pulling it through the hole. The interior elastics are in place but they have not been tied off. This is so you can remove them to decorate your cover if you wish. Your order includes instructions and a diagram for how to restring and tie off your elastics when you're ready to fill your Custom Keeper.
Your Custom Keeper can be decorated with acrylic paints, paint pens, permanent inks, and any other media that is suitable for plastics or vinyl. I've found that a few seconds with a heat gun will help to "set" your artwork into the vinyl. You can also cover your Custom Keeper with your own papers or collage materials. PVA, Mod Podge or gel medium will work great, again a little heat exposure helps. To add bulky items directly to your Custom Keeper, E-6000 does the trick if you let it cure overnight. And the answer to the gesso question is yes! You certainly can gesso your Custom Keeper before you customize it.
The Custom Keeper can be used as a finished journal or as a way to store loose leaf pages for use in other projects. It has form AND function all rolled into one! It can be a traveler's notebook, a Flowish journal, a bullet journal, a junk journal, a trash journal, a fauxbonichi, an art journal, a planner, and more!
Every care has been taken to make sure your Custom Keeper is clean and free from major flaws, but minor flaws are part of the charm of using upcycled and repurposed materials. Custom Keepers are not manufactured by a machine. Each one is hand made so there may be up to 1/8" variance in measurements. This will not affect the capacity, look or function of your Custom Keeper.