Author Archives: Ali Manning

5 Ways to Use a Handmade Journal

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During our monthly Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios, I often hear these comments about my books: It’s too nice Read More →

10 Tips for Creating Handmade Books on a Budget

Handmade Books on a Budget

If you’re new to making handmade books, please don’t spend a fortune on new tools and equipment. Here are my Read More →

Summer Sketchbook Series

Coptic Stitch Book

I’m having so fun much teaching a Sketchbook Series this summer. I don’t normally teach classes during the summer month Read More →

Handmade Books with French Doors

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I recently created a couple of books with a French Doors structure. This is a book with two spines and Read More →

Mini Notebooks With Scraps

Mini_Pamphlet_Notebook

I had fun using up scraps of paper and thread to make these mini notebooks. The covers are handmade kraft Read More →

Rustic Nature Journal

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Recently I dyed a stack of print making paper using tea and made some marks with rust and leaves. I Read More →

50 Book Project Continues

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Well, it’s taken me a bit longer to finish my 50 Book Project than I planned but I keep plugging Read More →

3 Pocket Notebook

3 pocket notebook

This is one of a dozen 4″ x 6″ notebooks that I made to sell during the holiday season.  It’s Read More →

4 Hole Stab Bound Book with Acrylic Paint Cover

Stab Bound Book with Acrylic Paint

I was experimenting with acrylic paint in December using 70lb drawing paper as the substrate. Normally I would use thicker Read More →

Recycled Fabric Journal

Fabric Book

Happy New Year! January isn’t over yet, so I think I can still wish you a happy new year, right? Read More →