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11 Videos (1h 17m)
    • Trailer and Welcome

      1:20
    • Supplies

      4:10
    • Tools

      8:17
    • Adding Color

      7:42
    • Folding Your Pages

      6:26
    • Connecting The Pages

      5:39
    • Creating the Journal

      5:22
    • Make The Cover

      12:29
    • Swatching

      8:13
    • Using Grids

      7:15
    • Final Touches

      9:38

About This Class

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Welcome to the class!

Handmade journals are a great way to combine written journaling with a creative practice. Creating handmade books can seem difficult, but once you start, it will be hard to stop. In this class I walk you through creating the journal, making a cover, and fill the journal with ideas and images. I share my creative method for journaling and give you a few tips and suggestions along the way. I talk about some of the basic supplies you need for your bookbinding toolkit. I also demonstrate how to:

  • Fold pages to create your journal
  • Tear pages for a deckled look
  • Score pages to get a crisp fold
  • Make a cover that can be used on a variety of journal shapes and sizes
  • Easily start your art journaling practice 
  • Make spreads for the month, week, and day
  • Setup and complete easy, fun, and visually appealing pages throughout the month

By the end of the class you will have at least one handmade art journal prepped and ready for your creative journaling. You'll understand the basics of a folded journal and have an idea of what's possible with a few minutes a day for your art journaling. I share a brief introduction to handmade journals so that anyone can take the class and leave with a successfully completed project.

58 of 62 students recommendSee All

excellent class – my first experimental journal turned out well, I can't wait to fill it.
Sonya DIYart

Writer, doodler, DIY art school student

great class... cant wait to try it
Tania Dalberto

Learning to get creativity

Kiala gives clear instructions on how to assemble a simple journal, as well as the fun ways to use it. I really enjoyed her class! I will be taking more from her.
Trena Brannon

I like to talk about possibilities!

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Kiala Givehand

Bookbinder • Storyteller • Mixed Media Artist

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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 o...

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