First step take a trip to the thrift store, or garage sale and find a book.
Then decide on a theme. I did an ABC journal about me.
Next step is to divide the pages in your book to a desired number of pages. I needed 26 since I'm doing an ABC journal.
Use a glue stick to glue the in between pages together. This gives substance to each page so you can add paint and elements. I like this blue colored stick so I can see where I put the glue. I've tried other glues for this project but this one is less messy and doesn't warp the pages. Make sure your cover every inch of each of the pages.
Use a credit card or a plastic piece like this to remove the air bubbles. Press and rub each of the pages together as you glue. If there are wrinkles don't worry this adds to the distressed look.
Next step is to add the paint and elements. At first the paint will make the pages buckle but as it dries the page goes back to normal.
Creativity is all that is need next.
I use acrylic paints, scrapbook papers, stamps and found ephemera. I doodled and added my own art or found objects.
Last step is to paint and decorate the front and back covers.