In the Handmade Book Club, we have a live mixed media class (or a longer retreat) every month at no extra charge to members! In April 2022, our mixed media class was led by artist and teacher Emma Freeman, who showed us how to create her Fabric Meditation Journals. One of the best parts of […]
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During each Handmade Book Club 5-Day Challenge, hundreds of crafters make beautiful, unique journals. Many of these journals have a special story, such as this one by Carol Tardiff! In this post, Carol explains the inspiration and process behind her version of the Long Stitch Journal 5-Day Challenge. The Story of Carol’s Journals Every fall […]
Are you a painter, quilter, or mixed media artist looking to add another skill to your crafting toolbelt? Are you a bookbinder who’s ready to jump into your next project? Are you someone who loves not only crafting but also community? If your answer is yes, then we have exciting news for you! Ali’s next […]
In a recent Facebook Live, Ali chatted with artist Lindsay Ostrom. Lindsay is an old-school lettering and doodling artist, author, and designer of products such as fabric, rubber stamps, stickers, washi tape, and papers. She loves to dabble in watercolor, bookmaking, and all kinds of crafts! Creativity Throughout Lindsay’s Life Lindsay grew up with creative […]
If you’re looking for a simple book structure that requires minimal materials (and time!), this envelope book tutorial might be the perfect fit. It can hold gift cards, notes, or any small bits of art. Step 1: Gather Supplies This is a simple project that requires just a few common tools and supplies: 9″ x […]
In a recent Facebook Live, Ali spoke with Lisa Merkin, a book artist and founding member of the Handmade Book Club. They spoke about how she got started with artist books, where she finds inspiration, and her process for making artist books. Lisa’s Book Arts Journey Artist books are a relatively new endeavor in Lisa’s […]
Anyone can make their own book or journal, but it can be daunting as a beginner. What materials do you need? Is it necessary to go out and buy a bunch of tools? Where do you even begin? That’s why Ali created the 5-Day Challenge. Every year, the Handmade Book Club runs three 5-Day Challenges.
One of the best ways to use up scraps of material is to make a 3-hole pamphlet stitch journal! The pamphlet stitch is a simple stitch that can be dressed up by the materials you’re using. In this tutorial, Ali shows you how to make this fun book with bits and pieces that were lying around her studio.