Iron on Transfers for inkjet printers are the simplest of transfer methods I have tried.
They are easy to buy, reasonably cheap, always work and the reproduction is excellent. The image can be transferred to any fabric, paper and even polymerclay.
The basic printing procedure is the same for all materials. They come in a pack of 15-20 A4 sheets.
To make use of the whole sheet you will plan all your images in a image software programme, resizing and cropping the pics how you want. You can keep them close together. Type will need to be reversed, I usually compose the whole page then flip it horizontally so images come out as the original. Print using the photo quality setting, and the printable side up.
Applying the image to fabric
Cut out your transfer and apply to an ironed piece of fabric, cover with baking parchment (non stick paper) or thin cotton, using a the iron on hottest setting with no steam. (All packets come with complete instructions.) Appling even firm pressure is important for the transfer to fuse into the fabric. Cool a bit then peel off backing paper. For the journal cover I tea/coffee stained some fine white cotton to give an older faded look. Coloured fabric can be used and will affect the appearance of the picture as the whites are transparent. Different types of fabric will give interesting results, ie satin will give you an iamge that is smooth and shiny. Practise and experiment before you start a project.
Applying the image to clay
Roll your clay through the pasta machine or roll out to 1/8 inch. Place on wax paper if you have it, this will allow you to remove the clay to a baking surface. Lay the cut transfer on top of clay, image face down, and trim clay. Lightly burnish the transfer onto clay to create a good bond and eliminate air bubbles. Flip over on to baking surface --this can be a piece of glass or a tile. I find it best to have the clay on top as air bubbles rise, also I place glass sheet or a tile on top of the clay to keep it flat. Bake for 15 mins following manufactures recommended heat setting. The paper will come away easily when cooled slightly.
If you plan to incorporate this piece within say a frame, its best not to refire it, so you will make your frame with the image in place. Dust the bottom with corn flour to prevent sticking and easy removal. Create your frame then remove the transferred clay piece without distorting the frame if possible. When the frame has been fired you can then glue and insert your image back again. A coating of Diamond Glaze will give a shiny finish to the image transfer, but is not essential
Applying the image to paper /canvas
I have tried the transfer onto canvas paper. Because of the texture, the image tended to break up slightly, although this might be what you want. Transferring on to paper that has been stamped, painted, or type book pages and patterns, can give a different layered look