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Pre-Made Journals for Sale

When I discovered bookmaking, the act of physically making a book and curating its content was a whole new way of thinking for me, and challenged me to rethink not only what a book was, but also what to include for content and how to create something compelling and concise. Every aspect of creating the book must be deliberate. What kind of paper will you use for the text block?  Will you cover the book in paper, cloth, or both, and what kinds? Will the book be a traditional or non-traditional form? The possibilities are endless!

The books below vary in size, and each one would make great little sketch books, photo books, or even just a conversation piece.  Each one is $20 and can be made with different papers for covers.

Accordion Books

Accordion books are great for telling stories.  You can tell a story from beginning to end on one side, or have it wrap around and continue on the back side.

Top book: 6.25"w x 4.25"h; 6 pages.

Right book: 4.25"w x 6.25"h; 12 pages.

Drum Leaf Binding

This little pocket book has an elegant feel to it and would make a great journal for a trip.  With black book cloth for the spine and a rich red and gold paper for the cover, this book will be sure to keep your precious memories safe for a long time.

5.25"w x 4.75"h; 22 pages.

Simple Case Binding

From its camel colored book cloth to its fibrous end sheets, the design for this book was particularly nature-inspired.  It was also the largest book I had made up to that point.  Given its size, it would make for a nice little sketch book for any plein-air artists out there.

9.25"w x 6.75"h; 16 pages.

Japanese Side-Stitch

This fun, funky, retro little book was a whole series of fortunate accidents.  I had been wanting to find a way to use up the last of the paper I had used for my first accordion book, and this one fit the bill.  When making a book, you must differentiate the front from the back, and I deliberated how to do that on this book.  I grabbed a mat board square and found I had just enough paper left to wrap it.  I initially thought I would place it as a diamond in the center of the cover, but at the last minute, on a whim, decided to see where it might fit within the pattern of the cover.  It just so happened to to fit perfectly along the bottom side, creating a convenient tab to lift open the book with.  I found the orange paper and immediately wanted to use it for end sheets.  It perfectly clashed with the outer paper in a deliberate way and fit with the overall scheme.  The book is bound with wax-coated thread in the Japanese side-stitch binding, which makes for a pretty sturdy, secure binding.

7.5"w x 5.25"h;  56 pages.

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