Doodle A Day Challenge for 2016

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This year I'm taking on the challenge to create a doodle a day and post it online for accountability. At first, it might seem a bit silly because if you create for a living, you probably already create every day (or almost every day). You don't really need to be challenged, right? But I've learned that I ...

From Fauxdori to Handbound Journal

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Awhile back I jumped on the midori traveler's sketchbook bandwagon and started making my own fauxdori covers. It's pretty easy to accumulate way more covers than you can use at once. So why not retire some of them by transforming a fauxdori into a bona fide sewn and handbound journal? I still love the idea of being able to refill ...

Make Your Own Midori (Fauxdori) Traveler’s Notebook

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I've been looking into paper planners recently and kept seeing the mention of Midori journals and notebook inserts. Although it's been around for a long time, I never actually understood what it was. The Midori Traveler's Notebook is basically a leather cover with elastic bands inside that enable you to slip in and out saddle stitched inserts. This ...

Handmade Leather Planner Journal Memory Keeper Book

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Is that a long enough title for you? Well, it's warranted because the point is to consolidate and make one thing serve multiple purposes. When we have limited time, we have to optimize, right? Planners seem to be the trendy hot thing these days and there are many beautiful ones out in the market. I decided ...

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 ...