Each month in our free Facebook group and the Handmade Book Club, we have a theme or supply challenge. In December, the challenge was BLACK & WHITE. Here is a small selection of the amazing books that you created. The January challenge is Transparent: include transparent or translucent elements in your book – think vellum, […]
I used to make a lot of these notebooks for our annual Holiday Open Studios because they make great teacher/bus driver gifts and stocking stuffers. Linked below are the printable directions for the notebook plus a tutorial for book cloth, if you would like to make your own. Download Printable Directions The Tools & Supplies […]
If you enjoyed the blog post with tips about using Kraft-tex in your handmade books last week, then I think you’ll like this week’s project: Bow Stitch Book. The video was originally posted on my Facebook page but you can also watch it on YouTube (below). Click here for the printable directions for this book.
Kraft-tex is one of my favorite materials to use as handmade book covers. It is a paper fabric that is strong, flexible and a great alternative to leather. Kraft-tex Basics Kraft-tex is available in sheets, rolls and bolts from Amazon or directly from the manufacturer, C&T Publishing. It comes in two formats – a smooth, […]
If you are you looking for a quick and easy handmade gift this holiday season, consider making this leather journal. You can use up scraps from another project or recycle a piece of clothing. And don’t forget there are alternatives to leather, such as Kraft-tex or cork fabric, which would work great for this binding […]
I had the great pleasure of hosting a presentation by book artist DJ Gaskin on her recent series of unique artists’ books constructed around vintage kitchen utensils. DJ very kindly created a handout for this presentation: Considerations for Making Books from Found Objects. DJ Gaskin is an artist working in mixed-media and acrylic painting, collage, […]
Are you struggling to get started creating handmade books? Are you unsure about what tools and supplies you need and what your first project should be? If you answered yes to these questions, then the 5-Day Journal Challenge is perfect for you. Over 5 days we will create a cute hand sewn journal together. I’ll […]
Several weeks ago I created a fun one page folded book – you can find the instructions here. As we finish up the month of mini books, I decided to bind a stack of these single sheet books into a chunky little mini book. I created each book/signature from a 7″ x 12″ eco print […]