Handmade Journal

While Koenscherzo turned out very nice, I have to say, this handmade journal is my finest bookbinding project to date.

This book was created as a gift, inspired by the following Facebook challenge/invitation:

Pay it forward 2011.  I promise to send (or deliver) something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment.  They must in turn post this and send something they made to the first 5 people who comment on their status.  The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.  You don't get to specify what I send you.  :)

The cover is made of a beautiful brocade fabric with brilliant silver and blue metallic threads; the spine is of a plush suede.

The enpapers are a light blue floral print.



The journal is 200 pages.  There is a verse of scripture at the bottom of each page.  The interior pages were printed on a nice cream-colored paper.


All sections were stitched together by hand, and the binding was finished with headbands.

I also made a matching bookmarker.

I really stepped up my game on this project.  I got some new tools: a good sturdy wood clamp, a planar for trimming the uneven pages, hide glue for the cover, and a hot pot to keep the glue at the right temperature.  I'm quite pleased with the results.  Hopefully the recipient will be, too!

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Beautiful work
Posted by Susan on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Your books are lovely, well done. x
Posted by Cowrol on Saturday, October 29, 2011
It's quite beautiful, you did a fine job.
Posted by Thomas on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Then they asked Him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the One He has sent."

— John 6:28-29