How to Make an Accordion Art Journal – Part 2 – Creating the Strap Closure

This tutorial is the second part of the How to Make an Accordion Art Journal Tutorial.

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In this video, I am teaching you how to create the elastic strap closure for your Accordion Art Journal, but it obviously applies to any kind of art journal you create or even buy.

Supplies used:

  • 20mm-wide knitted elastic
  • felt, patterned cotton, denim (I’m using an old pair of my son’s jeans)
  • embroidery floss, needle, thread
  • scissors
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls in Baby Blue and Key Lime
  • Dovecraft Glitter Glue in Crystal

In order to use this kind of strap closure with an art journal, you need to ensure that your paper is sturdy enough to hold the pressure of the elastic, otherwise your paper will get damaged.

This kind of closure is easy to make, very flexible, adaptable and removable, which offers great advantages as far as the choice of embellishments you have at your disposal.
Indeed, if you create a closure for an art journal, if this closure is not removable, you need to make sure that the embellishment you are using is not too big as it will create a bulk underneath your pages while working on your projects.
The fact that you can remove the elastic strap enables you to have the freedom to add bulky embellishments to your strap without worrying about any hindrance of any kind while creating your projects. Also its removable nature offers the choice of replacing the strap with another one should you want a change.

Here are some close-up photos of the strap closure created in this video:



After the video, I added some lines to the leaves using Liquid Pearls in Key Lime, and some Crystal glitter glue dots on the pink petals and the middle of the flower to add some sparkle.

I also created a mini accordion art journal and a mini strap closure for it, using some 12mm-wide braided elastic and the same supplies as above.


I used one sheet of A4 watercolour paper and followed the tutorial in Part 1 to create my journal. I then created my elastic strap closure cutting circles as opposed to petals, layering them using Tacky Glue then stitching them to the elastic strap. I then cut out my petal and glued it underneath my circle flower (it would have been easier to stitch all together, but to start with, I only wanted the circle flower, then I felt it was a bit bare and needed a little something extra – the green petal).
I decorated the embellishment in the same way as for the one created for the tutorial, and used a Wink of Stella Brush from Zig in Dark Pink to colour in roughly the elastic band.


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