Red Leather Artist Journal with Handmade Paper

Red leather artist journalI created several leather artist journals this weekend using some leather that I purchased from  Pergamena last December. I paired it with some of my white and botanical handmade paper and make a four signature journal.

Red leather artist journal
I punched the holes in the red leather with a Japanese hole punch and a 1/8″ bit, and used a waxed black linen thread to sew the signatures to the spine. The pattern is a Z design from Keith Smith’s Volume II Non-Adhesive Binding: 1,2 & 3 Section Sewings.
Red leather artist journalHere’s a close up of the lovely handmade paper inside that I loosely tore to form 8 page signatures.
Red leather artist journal
I sewed a strap to the back of the journal that slots into the front cover as a closure.

Red leather artist journal

I’ll post the others later this week.

3 Thoughts on “Red Leather Artist Journal with Handmade Paper

  1. Loved it! Question…how did you attach the strap firmly to the back cover?

    • Ali Manning on April 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm said:

      Hi Glo,
      I sewed it onto the back cover with a couple of stitches on the end. You could also put a little pva glue as well as the stitching if you were worried about security.

      Hope that helps – don’t hesitate to ask any other questions you have!


  2. Cheryl Mesler on June 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm said:

    WHat weight leather is this?

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