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« on: February 04, 2009 01:08:40 PM »

This is the first time I enter something in a challenge.

My resolution: to actually get something done this year (I'm a born procrastinator). And to get better at coptic binding.

I started with one journal to hold my ToDo-list. But using only one journal proved inadequate so I made some more. Now there are ten Grin. Each holds a different category (well, the sketchbook doesn't hold ToDo-lists, but it's part of my resolution anyway).

The categories:

1. Work (covers: envelopes)
2. Ideas (covers: envelopes)
3. Crafts (covers: envelopes)
4. Housework (covers: house insurance advertisements and a Bugs Life sticker)
5. Things I want to do that are good for me but I never get around to (This is the shiny golden one!)
6. Errands (covers: bank advertisement)
7. Christmas (covers: Christmas gift box)
8. Etsy (covers: cardboard coloring picture)
9. Garden plot (covers: envelope and a garden magazine sticker)
10. Sketchbook (covers: printer paper package)

The notebook pages are made from scrap paper and used envelopes. Click the thumbnails to see the covers (save the Etsy notebook), an example of the pages and some close-ups:

In the Etsy notebook I wanted to see if I could embroider a picture on the spine. I like the result but the technique needs some work.

My notebook ToDo-lists work. As long as I keep them in sight and don't bury them under a pile of paper on my desk... And I'm getting better at coptic binding. This was one of the first I made:

This is the last:
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009 01:40:56 PM »

book making looks like fun, and I think I like the first try etter then the last, and the Etsy book binding looks great!

« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009 02:04:27 PM »

Those look great! I'm just getting in binding myself and I never thought to try to do designs on the spines. The embroidered pictures look awesome!

« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009 05:34:14 PM »

wonderfully done! I wish I had the time to learn book binding.
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009 10:23:16 PM »

Thank you for your comments Smiley

srslasher: coptic binding is very quick and easy to learn. Youtube has some great tutorials.

My six year old godson saw the notebooks and now wants me to teach him how to make one Smiley Soon all the little people around me will be converted to craftsterhood.
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009 11:54:29 PM »

Love this idea!

Coptic is by far my favorite form of binding. And really is a cinch to learn, though perfecting it takes time.  Grin

« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2009 06:40:49 AM »

really cool! love this!

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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2009 11:09:12 AM »

I am loving these,
next stop, youtube to look for tutes!  Wink
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009 12:03:53 AM »

Thank you Smiley

If anyone wants to try to embroider a book spine here's what I did:

1. Pressed all the pages under a book so I could get a surface I could draw on. (There's probably a better technique for this)
2. Drew flowers on the spine (tried to make them look like the flowers in the cover).
3. Poked holes in every signature trying to follow the drawing.
4. Did the binding trying to follow the drawing.

Things I would do differently:

Make a copy of the drawing on paper so it would be easier to decipher where to poke holes and where to sew. Drawing on the spine looks fine until you take the signatures apart and try to decipher what the markings mean. That's why the flowers are somewhat wonky:

If you're patient and used just a single paper in a signature you might be able to do more complicated patterns. I want to try blackwork next Smiley
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2009 08:31:05 PM »

Wow, I love these! I have made a few journals for myself, but have wanted for years to learn some actual binding techniques. Thanks for the inspiration!

« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2009 09:07:34 AM »

Whaaa I want to try that too
I love list making so this come in very handy Wink

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009 08:42:07 AM »

That is such a good idea! I love it!!!
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2009 01:10:09 AM »

Thank you Smiley

castleinthesky: My first coptic bound notebook was made of a beer package and some printer paper. I got the idea of the technique with it and then made some prettier ones. Now I'd love to get my hands on some beautiful glittery scrapbooking paper. (DH wants to point out that he thinks the beer package notebook is the prettiest I've made Roll Eyes)

Riechan: I love list making too. I used to write them on scraps of paper that I immediately lost. The notebooks are a lot better place for them.
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2009 08:10:15 AM »

Learning how to do binding and making my own journals/books are on my list to do. Thanks for the easy directions....

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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2009 02:36:51 PM »

Riechan: I love list making too. I used to write them on scraps of paper that I immediately lost. The notebooks are a lot better place for them.

Hahaha same as me Cheesy
Although now I have a large board where I can right stuff on.
I am a beginner in bookbinding, this seems easier than making a whole hardcover book.
I'll have to this for me ! (I am making books for other people but never made one for myself Cheesy)

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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2009 02:33:27 PM »

Your journals are great! I'm definitely going to try this...
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2009 07:38:11 PM »

did anyone ever hear of making memory books out of paper lunch bags?

Love your books.
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2009 08:50:35 AM »

Riechan: It's easier to make notebooks like this than to make hardcover books. I'd like to try to make a proper hardcover book though. Then I'd like to make my own illustrated book of fairy tales. And yesterday I got the idea of binding my own copy of Pride and Prejudice. Might be too thick and not so readable if I used the Jane Austen font for it Cheesy So I'm going to use a normal font and maybe use some fancy font on the chapter titles. My notebook of crafty things to do is filling rather rapidly...

mollybgood: paper lunch bags aren't much in use in Finland but the idea sounds interesting. Did you mean like this? Sugar or flour bags might make an interesting notebook.. It'd just take me years to collect enough to make one.
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2009 07:18:06 PM »

Vampberry - sounds close.  If I get more info on this I'll let you know.
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