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Vintage Page Designs – Handmade Books & Journals

Hi! I’m Ali Manning

Years ago I learned about handmade books, and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I love creating new designs, learning about different techniques and expanding my collection of paper. But what I love most about bookmaking is the community.

Through Vintage Page Designs and the Handmade Book Club, I’ve met thousands of other passionate bookmakers, mixed media artists and crafters. We all share a love of book arts and crafting just for the joy of it.

I believe that bookbinding and book arts are for everyone, regardless of skill level or equipment. All you need is a little creativity and, of course, paper!

What Is the Handmade Book Club?

The Handmade Book Club grew out of my love to teaching and community. Having spent more than 10 years teaching in person classes, I decided to reach a wider audience in 2019 and founded the online Handmade Book Club.

The Handmade Book Club is a community of bookmakers from around the world. Each month I teach a new book binding project to the club members. In addition to making books, we love learning about ways to fill our handmade journals. That’s why we have guest artists and speakers join us every month!

Whether you’re an experienced bookmaker or a complete novice, the Handmade Book Club is a community for you. You can try out a free book project here.
Vintage Page Designs – Handmade Books & Journals

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  • It's the last day of the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge! This week, challenge-takers of all skill levels from around the world came together to create hundreds of coptic journals. It has been a week of inspiration, creativity, and kindness. I can't wait to see the finished journals as they're submitted over the weekend! Now that the challenge is over, it's nearly time to open up the Handmade Book Club for new members (and members get the new challenges for free 😉). Stay tuned for the big announcement!
  • The final books I have to share from the Design Team are by @inspiredailey! I love the vibrant colors Ruth uses, as well as the addition of pockets and elastic closures. Ruth "made all three with vintage paper napkins and Gregg Shorthand vintage papers. Designed papers for wrappers, pockets, tabs on two, and the Asian print in blue I used Joss paper and embellished the book cover with some of the silvered joss." Thank you so much to each of the Design Team members for sharing your books with us over the past couple of weeks—you've inspired us all! The challenge has started, but it's not too late to join in on the fun. Jump in for just $10 (link in bio)
  • The #copticchallenge begins today! Over the next 5 days, I'll teach you how to make your own version of this handmade journal. We've already gotten started, but you can still sign up through this week to lock in the $10 price. Click the link in my bio for all the details. I hope to see you there! 😊
  • The holidays are here, so why not make a holiday-themed book like @alicejones57 for the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge? There's truly no limit to the ways you can customize your book! Alice "used copy paper on all three books, but two were colored paper. I used paper napkins for two covers and a gelli print for the third. I added buttons and sparkles to the cover of the Christmas book. Inside it I added page tabs, an expandable pocket, and a Christmas tree made from the triangles left over from making the cover." Are you getting excited for the challenge? It's just a few days away, but you can still sign up! Join the challenge by clicking the link in my bio.
  • It's Thanksgiving, and this year we have so much to be thankful for! ✨ The Handmade Book Club is 2,000 members strong! ✨ We had our first in-person retreat in Fairhope, Alabama. ✨ We've grown our little Vintage Page Designs team by two. ✨ We had two incredible 5-Day Challenges with one yet to come. ✨ We were constantly surrounded by creativity, kindness, and community. Your support over the past few years has made all of this possible. Thank YOU for everything! - The VPD Team
It's the last day of the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge! This week, challenge-takers of all skill levels from around the world came together to create hundreds of coptic journals. It has been a week of inspiration, creativity, and kindness. I can't wait to see the finished journals as they're submitted over the weekend! Now that the challenge is over, it's nearly time to open up the Handmade Book Club for new members (and members get the new challenges for free 😉). Stay tuned for the big announcement!
It's the last day of the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge! This week, challenge-takers of all skill levels from around the world came together to create hundreds of coptic journals. It has been a week of inspiration, creativity, and kindness. I can't wait to see the finished journals as they're submitted over the weekend! Now that the challenge is over, it's nearly time to open up the Handmade Book Club for new members (and members get the new challenges for free 😉). Stay tuned for the big announcement!
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The final books I have to share from the Design Team are by @inspiredailey! I love the vibrant colors Ruth uses, as well as the addition of pockets and elastic closures. Ruth "made all three with vintage paper napkins and Gregg Shorthand vintage papers. Designed papers for wrappers, pockets, tabs on two, and the Asian print in blue I used Joss paper and embellished the book cover with some of the silvered joss." Thank you so much to each of the Design Team members for sharing your books with us over the past couple of weeks—you've inspired us all! The challenge has started, but it's not too late to join in on the fun. Jump in for just $10 (link in bio)
The final books I have to share from the Design Team are by @inspiredailey! I love the vibrant colors Ruth uses, as well as the addition of pockets and elastic closures. Ruth "made all three with vintage paper napkins and Gregg Shorthand vintage papers. Designed papers for wrappers, pockets, tabs on two, and the Asian print in blue I used Joss paper and embellished the book cover with some of the silvered joss." Thank you so much to each of the Design Team members for sharing your books with us over the past couple of weeks—you've inspired us all! The challenge has started, but it's not too late to join in on the fun. Jump in for just $10 (link in bio)
The final books I have to share from the Design Team are by @inspiredailey! I love the vibrant colors Ruth uses, as well as the addition of pockets and elastic closures. Ruth "made all three with vintage paper napkins and Gregg Shorthand vintage papers. Designed papers for wrappers, pockets, tabs on two, and the Asian print in blue I used Joss paper and embellished the book cover with some of the silvered joss." Thank you so much to each of the Design Team members for sharing your books with us over the past couple of weeks—you've inspired us all! The challenge has started, but it's not too late to join in on the fun. Jump in for just $10 (link in bio)
The final books I have to share from the Design Team are by @inspiredailey! I love the vibrant colors Ruth uses, as well as the addition of pockets and elastic closures. Ruth "made all three with vintage paper napkins and Gregg Shorthand vintage papers. Designed papers for wrappers, pockets, tabs on two, and the Asian print in blue I used Joss paper and embellished the book cover with some of the silvered joss." Thank you so much to each of the Design Team members for sharing your books with us over the past couple of weeks—you've inspired us all! The challenge has started, but it's not too late to join in on the fun. Jump in for just $10 (link in bio)
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The #copticchallenge begins today! Over the next 5 days, I'll teach you how to make your own version of this handmade journal. We've already gotten started, but you can still sign up through this week to lock in the $10 price. Click the link in my bio for all the details. I hope to see you there! 😊
The #copticchallenge begins today! Over the next 5 days, I'll teach you how to make your own version of this handmade journal. We've already gotten started, but you can still sign up through this week to lock in the $10 price. Click the link in my bio for all the details. I hope to see you there! 😊
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The holidays are here, so why not make a holiday-themed book like @alicejones57 for the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge? There's truly no limit to the ways you can customize your book! Alice "used copy paper on all three books, but two were colored paper. I used paper napkins for two covers and a gelli print for the third. I added buttons and sparkles to the cover of the Christmas book. Inside it I added page tabs, an expandable pocket, and a Christmas tree made from the triangles left over from making the cover." Are you getting excited for the challenge? It's just a few days away, but you can still sign up! Join the challenge by clicking the link in my bio.
The holidays are here, so why not make a holiday-themed book like @alicejones57 for the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge? There's truly no limit to the ways you can customize your book! Alice "used copy paper on all three books, but two were colored paper. I used paper napkins for two covers and a gelli print for the third. I added buttons and sparkles to the cover of the Christmas book. Inside it I added page tabs, an expandable pocket, and a Christmas tree made from the triangles left over from making the cover." Are you getting excited for the challenge? It's just a few days away, but you can still sign up! Join the challenge by clicking the link in my bio.
The holidays are here, so why not make a holiday-themed book like @alicejones57 for the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge? There's truly no limit to the ways you can customize your book! Alice "used copy paper on all three books, but two were colored paper. I used paper napkins for two covers and a gelli print for the third. I added buttons and sparkles to the cover of the Christmas book. Inside it I added page tabs, an expandable pocket, and a Christmas tree made from the triangles left over from making the cover." Are you getting excited for the challenge? It's just a few days away, but you can still sign up! Join the challenge by clicking the link in my bio.
The holidays are here, so why not make a holiday-themed book like @alicejones57 for the Coptic Journal 5-Day Challenge? There's truly no limit to the ways you can customize your book! Alice "used copy paper on all three books, but two were colored paper. I used paper napkins for two covers and a gelli print for the third. I added buttons and sparkles to the cover of the Christmas book. Inside it I added page tabs, an expandable pocket, and a Christmas tree made from the triangles left over from making the cover." Are you getting excited for the challenge? It's just a few days away, but you can still sign up! Join the challenge by clicking the link in my bio.
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It's Thanksgiving, and this year we have so much to be thankful for! ✨ The Handmade Book Club is 2,000 members strong! ✨ We had our first in-person retreat in Fairhope, Alabama. ✨ We've grown our little Vintage Page Designs team by two. ✨ We had two incredible 5-Day Challenges with one yet to come. ✨ We were constantly surrounded by creativity, kindness, and community. Your support over the past few years has made all of this possible. Thank YOU for everything! - The VPD Team
It's Thanksgiving, and this year we have so much to be thankful for! ✨ The Handmade Book Club is 2,000 members strong! ✨ We had our first in-person retreat in Fairhope, Alabama. ✨ We've grown our little Vintage Page Designs team by two. ✨ We had two incredible 5-Day Challenges with one yet to come. ✨ We were constantly surrounded by creativity, kindness, and community. Your support over the past few years has made all of this possible. Thank YOU for everything! - The VPD Team
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