Sew and Finish Making A Handmade Journal

Following my previous posts about my bookbinding tools/materials, preparing my journal cover and folding paper for your journal - this week I would like to finish things up! It's time to stitch up my handmade journal and put it to use. The first thing to decide is how I will sew everything together. That will determine how I should ...

Folding Paper for Your Journal

Following my previous posts about my bookbinding tools/materials and preparing my journal cover, this week I want to share some information regarding choosing and preparing the paper that will go in your handmade journals. It's it certainly a personal choice, regarding what type of paper or papers you choose to include in your journal. After ...

Journal Cover Inspired By Beautiful Leather

To follow my previous post about bookbinding cover materials, this week I would like to share the beginnings of my process in creating a brand new journal. I'm very often inspired by the leather that is available here in Tuscany, Italy. When I come across a beautiful material, I naturally want to make it a ...

Bookbinding Cover Materials

I've blogged about my bookbinding tools and materials, but thought it would be helpful to start a series of posts that goes through my thought process of creating a brand new handmade journal from scratch. Inspiration can certainly come from many different sources. Sometimes an embellishment might seem really cool to add to a journal ...

My Bookbinding Tools and Materials

Over time I have learned what my favorite tools and materials are for this lovely art called bookbinding. I thought it would be nice to go through what I normally use when binding books and journal. Nothing really fancy here...I think we might all have these items in one form or another. I'm definitely a ...

Let’s Make A Weekly Planner

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! Although perhaps many of you are traveling or still on vacation - lucky! The holidays are falling on weekends this year, sort of reducing the amount of vacation time my husband gets...so it's pretty much a normal week in our household. I suppose it's a good thing, as I ...

Chain or Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial

Here's another method of binding your book with an open spine...a chain stitch or also called coptic stitch binding. This is a great method for when you have book covers that are individual boards instead of completely wrapped around the entire journal. You are basically binding all the signatures and covers together with a connected ...

Longstitch Bookbinding Tutorial for a Leather Journal

The most common type of sewn bookbinding that I often default to, falls into the category of longstitch binding. It's really a general categorization for many different methods of sewn binding. People have invented their own patterns and techniques and have probably called it something else as well. Suffice to say, it's a general way ...