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 ...

Bookbinding Round-Up

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Looking for easy bookbinding tutorials? A bit of artsy crafty motivation? For inspiration and instruction combined, here's a round-up of the most popular bookbinding posts I have shared on the blog. I'm happy to be able to help you learn and get a bit creative with whatever materials you may have at home. Enjoy! Chain or Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial Sew and Finish Making ...

Leather Craft Tutorial Round Up

Hope you had a lovely holiday with family and friends! I've been trying to clean up my space and found myself tempted to dive into a bit of crafty fun. Nothing like getting your hands into materials to spark inspiration. I noticed that my collection of leather has been building up, so I thought it was ...

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 ...