Well, almost back anyway. Clare and I had a bit of a session making Travelers Notebook inserts but sadly Clare had a paper cutter crisis and ended up binning it for something else. She promises to get back to it next week so I’ll hold her to that.
I turned it into a tutorial for Clare to follow next week and anyone else who wants to know how to hand sew a binding. This is the finished booklet. I think uit looks quite smart. I used a piece of Canvas Corp paper called Bikes And Baskets for my cover.
To make my notebook you’ll need a piece of scrapbook paper for the cover and I used 14 sheets of A4 watercolour paper at 125gsm. I find this perfectly adequate for what I want to do with my journal, any thicker and it’s hard to fold. You’ll also need a knife and ruler, pencil, cotton thread and a needle.
Fold all of your papers in half and place them all inside one another.
It’s easier if you make a stitching template before you make your holes, you can use this again and again. I used a 7 hole stitching method (you always want to have an odd number of stitching holes). Find the middle of the page then make three marks either side of the centre hole at 3cm, 6cm and 9cm.
This is my stitching chart if you can follow it. So basically starting with the centre hole stitch from inside to out leaving a small tail of thread on the inside. then it’s back up through hole number 2 and out through 3 etc until you’re back in at number 6 where you jump over the middle hole and go out through 7. Continue going in and out until you’re back in the centre hole again.
If that’s a bit confusing here are the picture steps.
When you’ve finished sewing, trim the sides and round the corners and you’re done.
I’ll be back again on Friday from the Studio.
Have a good week
This past year my art Journals have been left on the shelf while I concentrated on other things. I didn’t know how much I missed it until I got involved with a journal project with Canvas Corp called The Traveling Art Journal. Over the course of a year, a group of us are sending out our journals to friends all over the world where they’ll be worked in before being sent on their journey and finally arriving back home to the owners. Along the way it’ll make a fantastic monthly project on the Canvas Corp web site for anyone who wants to follow our progress.
For my journal I chose to make a Travelers Notebook style binding with two simple hand sewn books inside. The pages are watercolour paper so should stand up to most mediums and as the paper was very white and stark, I tea dyed every page to give it a bit more character.
I used, texture paste, inks and stamping to create a background and collaged some papers and images on top. At the time of creating the page, the weather was anything but Springlike so I added the title to reflect how I was feeling while I was working.
These are the tea dyed pages before putting them together in the journal. I loved how they came out, it made them look so old.
If you want to see how everyone else created their journals and pages then go to the Canvas Corp web site here and follow along monthly to see how it’s going.
Have a good weekend
Who documents December in a special journal? This random pile is a few of my journals from past years including an altered book, fabric, faux dori and a mini file folder for Instagram photos, I’ve tried them all.
This year I’ve decided to go once again with an altered book but this time I’ve taken the pages out and used only the cover.
I thought I’d go with an elastic style binding to hold the pages in which will enable me to reuse the cover next year.
I used watercolour paper for the inside pages as I can paint, glue and do almost anything I feel like to them without them falling apart and just as a bit of an experiment I decided to tea dye the paper for a bit of a vintage feel.
Oh boy I had no idea that it would make me so happy once the pages were dry. To be honest, I really should have done it before I sewed the pages together as it was a bit of an afterthought but I was so happy with the colour, the staining and even how the pages curled and buckled once they’d dried. I was positively squealing with delight.
I’ve three books or signatures of five papers each sewn together on the sewing machine and these fit through the elastics in the cover.
The cover has been decorated with firstly some Collage tissue paper from Canvas Corp along with some lace, tags, stickers and a few sequins.
I am more than happy with it and can’t wait to dive in.
I’d love to know if you’re going to document December in any way? Let me know.
Have a good weekend.
Even though I really didn’t want to let my Summer journal go I know it’s time and I have to be realistic and welcome the season in.
Decorating my Autumn planner was just the start I was looking for to get me in the mood.
My Autumn planner cover is a piece of grey felt which gives me an instant warm and cozy feel. The journal inside is a simple Moleskine but covered with perfect Canvas Corp papers
Continue reading My Autumn Planner Set up