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11 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Hello and Welcome

    • Why The Basics Matter

    • Supplies

    • Folding Paper

    • Book 1: Accordion

    • Book 2: Fold and Tear

    • Book 3: Pamphlet Stitch

    • Project 1: Landscapes or Timelines

    • Project 2: A Photo Book

    • Project 3: A Simple Journal

    • Expanding Your Skills


About This Class


Handmade journals are a wonderful way to enhance and enrich your creative practice. Whether you make a journal for writing or one for art, you’ll find that the process is so simple you’ll want to make these books over and over again.

In this course I share three simple book structures that all bookbinders should know in order to have a solid foundation on which to build. This class is a BASIC BEGINNER course that uses simple folding, gluing, and sewing techniques to create prototype books that can be used to practice and gain confidence in bookbinding.

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Very clear and easy to follow instructions. I enjoyed making the books and look forward to making more and filling them. Kiala is an excellent instructor.
Kiala has a nice voice - easy to listen to her - very articulate and she teaches you how to try this project without spending much money at all! Great Class!
Wonderful tutorial on learning how to make 3 different types of books. The mystery of so many magical books I have enjoyed has been solved with Kiala's easy breakdown of bookbinding!!! Thank you!





Kiala Givehand

Bookbinder • Storyteller • Mixed Media Artist


Hi! I'm Kiala Givehand, a book binder, mixed media art journaler, and happiness catalyst. I lead online classes, teach in-person workshops and retreats, and invent creative products to help inspire the most reluctant muse to come out and play.

Through my love for paper, fountain pens, art, and handmade books, I've been able to cultivate an artistic life that includes Book Art, poetry, lots of silly doodling and tons of creative exploration and discovery. 

I've always seen books as a vessel for sharing our journey and documenting our lives. And while many believe that Book Art is a complex skill that only a select few can master, I am on a mission to demystify handmade books and make it accessible to anyone who wants to share their ideas, images, and stories. 

Stories connect us while also highlighting what is unique about us. I've always been a storyteller, relying on words to convey feeling, energy, and information. So learning to make handmade journals changed how I connect and communicate with others by giving me a way to help people feel more creatively empowered and encouraging them to share their stories. This is why I teach!

My art always begins or ends with words. By adding color and imagery I am able to visually share how I see the world. I believe art can look multi-layered and complex while being extremely simple and approachable. I use paper, mark making, and wordplay to create tangible versions of my life in hopes of inspiring you to do the same. Join me for a spectacular adventure into the world of handmade books, visual storytelling, and creative play. 

Check out my Book-in-a-Day series on YouTube and follow my online shenanigans at my website, blog, Facebook, or Instagram