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.
If you’ve decided to use Kraft-tex to make the cover for your next book, there is no shortage of ways to bring your Kraft-tex to life. From simpler methods like stitching to more complex strategies like dye sublimation, there’s something for all skill levels to try.
From the very beginning, Vintage Page Designs (and eventually the Handmade Book Club) has been about community. Ali started her blog to share her knowledge with other bookmakers just like her. From there, it evolved into a large group of people passionate about book arts.
Art journaling has surged in popularity recently, but Rachelle has been art journaling for years. For her, art journaling is a connection between art and words. She guides her students through an art experience first before diving into the writing experience, but the priority is to help students overcome the barrier of the white page in front of them.
In a recent Facebook Live, Ali had the pleasure of speaking with Tiffany Sharpe about her journey as an artist, her discovery of collage fodder and a fun watercolor technique. About Tiffany Sharpe Tiffany is a science teacher turned artist, but her career change wasn’t a surprise! She’s been crafty since she was a child […]
What an awesome Q&A session today. The recording is below and some of the links that we mentioned. Make sure you’re on our newsletter list so that you don’t miss another coffee and questions session. Perhaps you’ll burning book or business question will be answered next time 🙂 Links mentioned during the live video: 5 […]
Picking your favorite tools is like picking your favorite children. But Mikki asked me this question recently when we were creating my new studio space so that I could put them closest to me on the work bench. It feels like my essential tool list is ever changing, so for today these are the ones […]
I have always been reluctant to do image transfers onto fabric because of the long drying time. However, recently, I experimented with using my heat gun and got some really good results. Here are the steps I follow: Print a high contrast image using a laser or ink jet printer Cut out image and move […]
Thanks to everyone who participated in the April poetry challenge – there were so many amazing entries that it was hard to pick just a few. But as space is limited, here are some highlights for your enjoyment: Rececca’s book is called Paper I: a children’s poem by Carl Sandberg made with paste papers, Washi […]