Hello everyone!

Today I have a small journal to share.  I’ve made a beaded band with the Jewel Loom to dress up the front cover.  Perfect for a gift!

Believe Journal

I often add a personal note  or a stamped verse to personalize it.  I found this journal at Oriental Trading.  It’s plain white with a fabric cover and very inexpensive.

Here’s how to dress it up!

Attach WildFire thread to Jewel Loom with 8 warp threads.  Weave seed beads so that there is 1 between edge warp threads, then 2 between next warp threads, 1 bead, 2 beads and 1 bead at opposite edge – 10 beads in first row.   Three sections have 2 beads between warp threads.  Repeat for row 2.  On Row 3 use copper bugle bead in place of 2 seed beads – 7 beads.  Continue this pattern until desired length of band.


Weave threads at end of beads.  Apply Super Glue to weaving.   Wrap Scor-Tape around threads.

glue end

Cut threads to remove band from Jewel Loom.  Use WildFIre thread to attach “believe” charm and seed beads.


Spray Journal cover with Seven Seas and Lime Twist mists. Stamp scroll pattern with blue ink over cover.  Allow to dry or dry with heat gun

cover ink

Fasten one end of bead band to inside cover with Scor-Tape.  Dot glue on cover along position for bead band and fasten other end of band to inside cover.  Add more glue over thread ends

bead ends

Cut paper to fit inside book cover.  Mist with Lime Twist.  Apply Xyron adhesive to back.  Fasten inside front and back covers.  Stamp verse on first page.   Glue folded ribbon in spine for book mark


That’s it!

I hope I’ve inspired you to try the Jewel Loom and bead weaving! It’s really quite simple!

Happy creating!

Judy Hayes

  • Supplies:
  • Jewel Loom™
  • Beadalon® WildFIre™ .15mm Black
  • Blue Moon Seed Beads – Blue Green
  • Copper Bugle Beads
  • “Believe” metal charm
  • Tattered Angels Mist – Seven Seas Chalkboard, Lime Twist
  • Scroll/swirl stamp
  • Tsukineko Memento Luxe – Nautical Blue
  • Plain White Journal
  • Light Green paper
    Xyron Permanent Adhesive
  • Beacon Adhesive – Quick Grip Adhesive
  • Super Glue
  • Scor-Tape -
  • Narrow Navy ribbon


About JudyHayes

I love to create unique things from all kinds of media. I'm especially fond of paper crafting and working with craft metals. I'm currently in my 3rd year on the Spellbinders Design Team.

2 Responses to “Believe Journal with Bead Band”

  1. Nancy April 5, 2014 11:35 AM #

    That is such a great idea! Thanks!

  2. Margaret Bennion April 9, 2014 4:50 AM #

    Hi there

    I have, for several days, been trying to purchase the Jewel Loom; both sources here in South Africa do not carry it although registered in your International Retailers list. I am most anxious to make this purchase as, an 80year old ‘Nanna’ who has taught my 9year old granddaughter to knit, crochet, sew and cook, we’re both raring to go on a new creative skill and we’ve settled on beading. If you can help me find a retailer I would be extremely grateful.

    Kind regards


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