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!