Create Your Own Journal: Repurpose a Vintage Book

Samantha Lane, Artist

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18 Videos (58m)
    • Introduction

      1:02
    • Choose a Vintage Book

      1:44
    • Equipment You Will Need

      2:32
    • Remove the Original Pages

      1:53
    • Reinforce the Spine

      2:30
    • Reuse Inside Cover Illustrations (Option 1)

      1:51
    • Attach Your Own Inside Cover (Option 2)

      4:44
    • Make A Page Template

      2:30
    • Find the Grain of Your Paper

      0:43
    • Cut or Tear Your Pages, Fold & Press

      3:47
    • Make a Hole Punch Template

      3:28
    • Hole Punch the Spine

      3:02
    • Hole Punch the Sections

      3:39
    • Prepare Your Thread

      1:40
    • Bind Your Book: Part 1

      7:04
    • Bind Your Book: Part 2 (Repeat)

      5:31
    • Added Tutorial: Alternative Stitching Pattern

      10:12
    • Congratulations!

      0:28

About This Class

Learn how easy it is to repurpose vintage books for making your own unique journals. We begin by deconstructing a found book. Then I cover important tips and tricks for creating new journal pages using your preferred paper so your journal is filled with your favourite textures and colors. Finally, you'll learn a simple long-stitch method to bind your pages into their cover. With these skills you will be able to create journals, travel diaries, scrapbooks, wedding albums, sketchbooks and more.

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I came to Skillshare for watercolor botanical painting but had to watch this very interesting and well produced teaching video, from start to finish! I think this is a really great hobby, and look forward to trying it out myself, some time in the future.
I love the details she adds in! I also love this technique!
Very clear step by step instructions.
Holly Miller

Learning something new every day!

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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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