Journal Your Way: Designing & Using Handmade Books

Journal Your Way: Designing & Using Handmade Books

by Gwen Diehn


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Journal Your Way: Designing & Using Handmade Books by Gwen Diehn

Custom tailor a journal that's just right for you! With step-by-step illustrations and instructions for more than sixteen formats and 10 cover styles, Gwen Diehn celebrates the art of making and using a personalized journal. Inspiring images showcase a rich variety of working journals, fascinating sidebars introduce longtime journal keepers, and nine lucky recipients of customized, handcrafted journals from the author share their own pages. Two additional insert booklets, Bookbinding Essentials and Choose Your Own Bookbinding Adventure, explain basic techniques and guide you on your journaling adventure. Whether you're an artist in need of a sketchbook or a vacationer searching for the perfect place to write notes and store snapshots, you'll find it right here!
Previously published in hardcover as Live & Learn: Real Life Journals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454704119
Publisher: Lark Crafts
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gwen Diehn has exhibited her artwork internationally and worked in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. She has taught college art as well as workshops for many years and is the author of several other Lark books, including The Decorated Page, The Decorated Journal, and The Complete Decorated Journal. Her Live & Learn: Real Life Journals (Lark) was listed as one of the top ten crafts books of 2010 by Booklist. Gwen lives in Swanannoa, NC.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 Design Inventory 11

Chapter 2 Personal Journals 14

Travel Journal for Brigid Burns 16

Practice Journal for Rebecca Blass-Casey 20

Project Book for Jane Hale McSpadden 24

New Learning Notebook for Fran Loges 27

Relationship Journal for Micah and Rob Pulleyn 31

Group Journal for Mary Daugkerty 35

Group Project Notebook/or Chris Kobler 39

Emblem Book/or Ann Turkle 42

Chapter 3 The Basics 46

Bookbinding Tools 47

Bookbinding Materials 49

Page-Building Materials 60

Page-Building Techniques 62

Chapter 4 16 Bookbinding instructions 72

Pamphlet 73

Album 75

Ledger 77

Spiral Binding 79

Multiple Pamphlet 81

Flat-Style Australian Reversed Piano Hinge 84

Round-Style Australian Reversed Piano Hinge 87

Longstitch 90

Concertina 92

Longstitch with Concertina 95

Coptic 98

Coptic with Concertina 102

Three-Hole Coptic 104

Sewn on Tapes 107

Sewn on Tapes with Concertina 112

Accordion Sewn on Tapes 117

Chapter 5 10 Cover Instructions 122

Australian Reversed Piano Hinge Self Cover 123

Album Cover 125

Ledger Cover 127

Flexible Cover Dos-à-Dos 129

Longstitch Cover 131

Flexible Glued-In Cover 133

Flexible Laced-In Cover 136

Flexible Sewn-In Cover 139

Coptic Covers 142

Full-Case Hardback Cover 147

Chapter 6 Journals Past + Present 150

Not Your Average Memory Book 151

Real Life Sketchbooks 153

Daniel Smiley's Practice 155

From Ships' Logs to Crop Books 157

Mark Combs & Otto Probst: Capturing Life's Moments 159

Dana Fox Jenkins: The Journal as Crucible 163

Annie Cicale: Beyond Rules & Forms 165

Heather Allen-Swarttouw: Filtering Experience 167

Sandy Webster: Documentation 169

Gallery 171

Acknowledgments 178

About the Author 179

Contributors Index 179

Index 180

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