Companion Class: Make Your Own Hardcover for a Journal

Samantha Lane, Artist

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6 Videos (38m)
    • Welcome

    • Materials

    • Prepare the Board

    • Attach the Outside Cover

    • Attach the Inside Cover

    • Gallery and Project


About This Class

In my first Skillshare class, Create Your Own Journal: Repurpose a Vintage Book, I showed you how to re-purpose the cover of a vintage book to house your own custom made journal.

In this companion class I show you how to make your own professional looking hardcover from scratch, using book board and your choice of cover paper. 

Once your hardcover is complete, review the lessons in 'Create Your Own Journal' to finish binding your new hardcover journal.

7 of 8 students recommendSee All

Lovely class & neat project ideas. I've been wanting to learn this binding method. Can't wait to get started!
Marcy Coate

Crafter & Digital Designer

Great tip on covering the corners with PVA when using paper! I've only ever made books using fabric so this will be helpful. Can't wait to see your sewn binding class. I'll post a project hopefully by weeks end :)
Ally Perrigoue

Creative Naturalist

Easy to follow. Lots of useful tips.





Samantha Lane


My journey with bookbinding began here in New Zealand in 2012 when I visited an exhibition of books made by local bookbinders. Their creations took my breath away. I was inspired by the attention to detail and the beautiful materials. I immediately realised how special a handmade journal or sketchbook could be.

When the opportunity to learn bookbinding arose I jumped at the chance. I was so happy I had found a new form of expression. I especially enjoy selecting materials and papers, ...

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