My first hand-bound journals used a simple Japanese folio binding stitch I learned from my husband, Frank. We wanted something that didn't obscure the paper being used for covers and end papers. The technique left a knot and loose ends in the middle of the spine that I incorporated into the ornamentation--tying on a good-luck coin or semi-precious stone bead. I made these 100-page journals for a number of years, but have sinced branched out into a number of other styles, particularly favoring an open-spine Coptic stitch binding that allows the journal to lie completely flat when in use.
My Journals are very versatile, perfect for your poetry, prose, wit or wisdom. Use them as travel
diaries, sketchbooks, notebooks, wedding guest books or gift records, or just to rekindle your
romance with the hand-written word.
My journals use heavy-weight handmade paper for the cover with coordinated color end binding, enclosing nine signatures--144 pages--of commercial recycled paper. They are Coptic-stitched, with a print from Frank's watercolor sketchbooks adorning the cover.
Metal Cover (4.25 x 5.5)......$ 18.
Nicknamed "Full Metal Dust Jackets," these upcycled/recycled journals feature aluminum can covers, and sometimes re-used one-sided office paper, cleverly folded to allow blank-side only access.
Recycled Cover (4.25 x 5.5)......$ 15.
A lot of advertising and point-of-sale materials feature quite striking art; I've been repurposing micro-brew beer cartons on pocket journal covers. Brightly color paper and coptic bindings complete the ensemble.
Photo Cover (4.25 x 5.5)......$ 15.
These handsome little books have covers wrapped in photo calendar pages and coptic-stitch bindings in complementing colors.
Handmade Paper Cover (4.25 x 5.5)......$ 15.
The pocket-sized version of my large journal, with hand-made paper covers and 80 pages of commercial recycled paper.
I've recently begun a new style of journal, long-stitch bound with soft tapestry fabric covers.
Large (8.5 x 5.5, 96 pages)......$ 20.
Small (5.5 x 5.5, 96 pages)......$ 16.
My Journals are very versatile, perfect for your poetry, prose, wit or wisdom. Use them as travel diaries, sketchbooks, notebooks, wedding guest books or gift records, or just to rekindle your romance with the hand-written word.