The Journal Cover DIY Anyone Can Make (Really!)

Hello, resin fans! Today we are going to finish up the journal cover DIY project. You can see how I made the base of the covers when I showed how to cut resin papers with a die cutter. That explains making resin paper to die-cut, making the book cover, and adding elastics to secure the signatures or booklets. In this article, we are finishing the journal cover.

Resin Supplies:

Super clear resin
Cups, Gloves, Stir sticks
Resin Obsession Pigment for color
Angel wings silicone mold
Prima Marketing Metallic Wax by Finnabair

resin journal cover


resin pigment mixed with resin

Step 1:  Make resin angel wings

Usually, when I make resin paper, I have leftover resin. In the case of my wrap journal, I used multiple colored resins. Making resin charms to decorate the cover is a great way to use up the excess.


Tip: You can even make items to use for later. Don’t feel like you have to use them for the same project.

resin in wing mold

Pour resin into a mold. Carefully and slowly pour the resin into a mold section sticking to the edges. Use a stir stick to guide the resin. It was surprising to see that the colors, when poured, stayed in one area of the mold, allowing me to add colors next to each other.

adding resin to a mold

This was especially true of the opaque colors. This is because the resin becomes thicker when colored and retains some shape.

resin in wing mold

The translucent colors stayed more fluid and blended into each other, only mixing a bit (the bigger two-color wings). Let the resin cure overnight.

resin wings

Step 2:  Demold

The wings easily pop out from the silicone mold. The best part is they will match perfectly to my DIY journal cover.

resin wings and Metallique wax

Step 3:  Add metallic sheen

This will help hide any bubbles or flaws in my journal cover. Using Finnabair’s Metallique Wax by Prima is a great way to add a metallic look to paper, flowers, or change the colors of metal pieces. The question is, does it work on resin? It can be challenging to color resin. The resist won’t want to stay in place if the resin has a slick surface.

brushing Metallique onto resin wimgs

I ended up only using the rich copper color. First, put a small amount on your craft mat or parchment paper. Then, with a stencil brush or stiff paintbrush, pick up a bit of the wax and brush color on lightly using a circular motion. It is always easy to add more if you want.

resin wings on journal cover

The idea is to only hit the high points on the wings to help bring out the pattern. The wax went on easily, and it seems permanent after setting for 24 hours. I added the wings to my DIY journal cover using Glossy Accents glue. I am pleasantly surprised at how well the glue is holding. Unfortunately, glue does not always hold on to resin.

Tip: If the wings fall off, re-adhere using resin.

wraparound resin journal cover

Step 4: Add the closure

I attached the front cover magnet with resin on the inside of the cover. For the back cover, I used the glue that comes on the magnet.

reesin paper cut into wing shape

Step 5:  Finish the inside

As the resin paper is translucent, I can see the wings from the inside of my DIY journal cover. It is tricky as anything you put on the inside flap will appear on the cover.

First, use another resin wing as a template, outline on scrapbook paper.

Second, cut the wing inside the line so it’s smaller than the resin piece. Again, I wanted the outline to show.

Third, add an outline and some words. Adhere using Glossy Accents.

resin wraparound journal cover

I kept it simple for the other wing and covered the magnet with a round sticker. It is smaller than the wing, so it doesn’t show through. It’s also thin enough that the magnet still works well.

flair button added to resin journal cover

For the back cover, I added a flair button. It has a flat back and is easy to adhere with glossy accents.

resin journal cover

My journal cover DIY is complete! Now I have to figure out what I want to use it for — list making, mini scrapbooks, art cards, and mini art journals. The ideas are endless.

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Originally written By Karen Bearse

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2022 Resin Obsession, LLC

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