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on: January 14, 2017 12:25:10 PM 
Started by Wulf, Message by Wulf
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I've been trying to do a collage or art journal page every day, and practically this only works for me if they're quite small. Last year I tried a larger book with a week's spaces divided over each double-page spread, but it was time-consuming to lay out each week, and the book was just a bit too bulky to carry around. (Especially with the over-stuffed pouch of journalling supplies I find I need to carry.) So this year I decided to try something new - a very small journal that provides one page per day.

The pages are 5 in. tall by 3⅜ in. wide, and it's a bit over an inch thick with the covers. This gives me enough pages for 6 months.

I covered the boards with fine navy blue ticking, and stitched on a bird skeleton patch that I'd picked up at some Goth craft fair, to mark the front.

The pages are Canson's Mix Media paper, sewn in signatures. This time I remembered to include a bookmark ribbon, too. I'm afraid I've probably bound the signatures too snugly together, even though I was trying to be a bit sloppy - by the time I've filled it up with collage, it will be bursting apart at the binding. Sad

For the front and back endsheets I was able to use some marble paper rescued from an old book (an advantage of such a small size) and I included an envelope at the back for collecting scraps, as I always like to do. This one is made out of a page from an old atlas.

It's only a couple of weeks into the year, but so far I find the page size good to work on. Last year's journal was sized so that each day's space was ATC-sized, and I actually found that too small. A lot of material I wanted to collage was just a bit too big to fit into that space. These slightly larger pages work better. The only problem I've found with the small book is that I keep losing it in the bottom of my bag. But once the weather improves and I'm not carrying mittens and a toque, I'll be able to keep it in my jacket pocket.

on: January 17, 2017 09:07:13 AM 
Started by Wulf, Message by erdbeerblau
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Erdbeerblau I would find it helpful to see pictures if you have time to show what you mean. I'm trying to imagine what that looks like but I haven't got a lot of experience book binding so I'm a bit confused...

Alright I don't have a book to show you right now, but I tried to make a quick sketch. (blue is the spacer, green the regular paper)

Basically you can insert as many spacer layers as you need, I guess it needs a bit of experimenting to see what works best. I have made a few books using a spacer around every other signature, and what works fine too.

I hope this makes it a bit more clear? Smiley

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