From Vintage Book to Handmade Journal - A Cheat's Guide to Bookbinding

Nina Vangerow, Artist, Book Lover, Stationery Addict

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10 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools & Materials

    • 3. Choosing a Book

    • 4. Removing the Book Pages

    • 5. Cutting new Pages

    • 6. Adding the new Pages

    • 7. Adding new Pages Alternative

    • 8. Adding some Washi Tape

    • 9. Journal Flip Through

    • 10. Class Project

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About This Class


In this class I'm going to show you how you can turn a vintage book (or in fact any hardcover book) into a hand made journal, without having to actually rebind it! If you've admired all those beautiful hand bound journals and junk journals on Pinterest and Instagram, but aren't quite ready yet, to bind your own from scratch. Or maybe, you don't want to invest the necessary time to bind a whole journal and are looking for a simpler and quicker way to create a handmade journal, then this class is for you.


In this Cheat's Guide to Book Binding, you are going to learn how to replace the existing or most of the existing pages of a vintage book with pages and papers that you have chosen. The whole process is really simple and will allow you to create a handmade journal in an afternoon or two.


In this class you are going to find out, which books are suitable for this project, how to remove the existing pages, cut new pages and quickly assemble to new book.

As a bonus, I'll be creating a separate video, in which I'm going to show you additional extras you could add to the book, eg tuck spots, pockets, envelopes and ideas on how to add pictures and photographs.

This class is suitable for beginners to book binding, as I will be guiding you through the process step by step. However, even if you  have been binding your own notebooks and books or are a seasoned paper crafter, taking this class will give you another take on book binding and allow you to quickly create a beautiful present for a friend or family member or yourself!

A downloadable PDF will give you a list of all the tools and materials you might need for this class.