Saturday, May 18, 2013

My First Handmade Journal

I found this link on Pinterest a loooooong time ago. I cut the paper and arranged the pages and then it sat, and sat and sat...



This week I finally got around to finishing the journal! Here is the link I used to learn how to do the Coptic Stitch. 









I"ll warn you that I had to watch the video three or four times while stitching my book and even had to start over twice. I think some still photos along with the video would have helped me. I also should have paid closer attention to his placement of the holes before I punched mine. The top and bottom ones should have been closer to the edges instead of an inch away. My book would be a bit sturdier but it will be fine for my intended purpose. My stitching is a little loose too but really not bad for my first try! It's 6x6 and I'm happy with the black covers and the colorful pages!

I'm going to use if for a new feature on my blog: 52 Weeks of Lists. One day each week (It will probably be the same day each week but I'm not committing to a day right now.) I'll post a new page in this art journal with a list. I have a list of lists that I found somewhere on the net a while ago. Good thing I printed it out because I can not find it again now. I did however find that Moorea Seal started the same project in January. You can find her lists HERE. I will probably mix in some of her lists with and delete some of the ones I have...

Linking back to Art Journal Every Day and Artists In Blogland.

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment if you have a chance, I'd love to hear from you!!
Enjoy your weekend!
Dawn

4 comments:

Chel said...

Oh, it's *beautiful*. So beautiful! I couldn't resist something like that. I can't believe that was your first time binding a book, it looks SO good!

luluvision said...

Isn't it super fun?! Once I got the hang of it, I was making a bunch of coptic stitch books. I did a smack on my forehead when I saw the rainbow colored one! DOH! I don't know why I didn't think to do that! Thanks for sharing your project and the link!

Denise said...

I love the rainbow coloryness of these and you've convinced me to make one of my own. (I've been considering it but it always just seems easier to use an already made book/journal lol)

Ronda Palazzari said...

love the rainbow colors. Enjoy creating in the new book!