A handmade book or journal is a wonderfully personal item that can be used for your own journaling, as a photo album or given as a gift. This article outlines the materials you’ll need to make the notebook, provide step-by-step instructions for the sewn-in bookbinding technique, and show how to make the hard cover.
Here is what you’ll need to get started:
- Card Stock, Thin Cardboard, Old Record Album Cover
- Xacto Knife
- Bone Folder
- Cutting Board
- Embroidery Needle or other thick sized needle
- Embroidery or Bookbinding Thread
- Large Paper Clips
- Paper (8.5×11, or 8.5×14)
These video segments demonstrate how to make a journal using the sewn in bookbinding technique. Andrea’s segments on making a handmade journal make the bookmaking process easy to understand. In Megan’s video series of making a handmade book, you’ll find techniques that will make the end product look professionally made. Printable instructions are listed below the video clips.
Making A Hardcover Journal With Andrea
In this series from the UK, Andrea has thoroughly documented the many steps in making a handmade journal. This video how-to guide will give you many ideas, as well as practical tips in making a journal that has an extremely professional appearance, as well as a beautiful work that is sure to become a treasured piece for friends and family.
Topic: Making Your Own Hardcover Journal
Topic: Making Your Own Hardcover Journal – Part Two
Topic: Making Your Own Hardcover Journal – Part Two b
Subject: This step-by-step guide shows exactly how to create the pages for your journal, and has many practical tips from Andrea that you will find helpful as you create your own book.
Topic: Making Your Own Hardcover Journal – Part Three
Summary: In this segment, Andrea demonstrates how to make the hard cover of your journal.
Topic: Making Your Own Hardcover Journal – Part Four
Summary: The final steps in creating your journal, including how to create end papers.
Bookmakikng With Megan
Topic: Bookmaking Basics
Topic: Making A Hardcover Book – Part One
Making A Hardcover Book – Part Two
This is a great video showing all of the steps in making a handmade book or journal.