Book Binding

Machinists Journal and Winners

To begin with….the randomly drawn winners of the fabric bundles are:
1. Papict 2. Zoeashton 3. Planetmallows 4. Becky Knutson
Congratulations and enjoy!  And since I was a bit late on the drawing, I’ll throw in an ATC made by me and a few more little bits and bobs.
Please email your address to craenelson (at) cox(dot)net.  Packages will be mailed Tuesday Sept. 2.

Machinists Art Journal:
I finished it up this morning.  The size is: 6.75 inches tall x 4.75 inches wide x 3.5 inches thick (tightly closed).
It consists of 250 pages including 14 envelopes, 14 pocket pages, watercolor paper, mixed media paper and patterned paper.

Now…off to find another thick and chunky hardcover book to turn into a journal as the Machinists Journal has been snatched up by my sister, Andrea.
Peace, friends….xoxo.

Machinists Art Journal - Junquemail Contessa (Handmade - Book Binding)

Machinists Art Journal – Junquemail Contessa (Handmade – Book Binding)

Machinists Art Journal - Junquemail Contessa (Handmade - Book Binding)

Machinists Art Journal – Junquemail Contessa (Handmade – Book Binding)

Work In Progress: Machinists Journal

I spent the morning putting together the signatures for a new journal I am making.

Art Journal Signatures - Junquemail Contessa

Art Journal Signatures – Junquemail Contessa

My sister had this book and I was initially drawn to it because of the “steampunk-like” illustrations…but when it came apart last week, the cover begged to be made into a journal.

Besides some minor repairs, I’m going to leave the cover as-is.  Maybe add a grommet to each side to run a strap through.

WIP: Machinists Journal - Junquemail Contessa

WIP: Machinists Journal – Junquemail Contessa

Time to begin the repairing, the stitching, the gluing.  I’ll add a few pockets and envelopes.  Geez, it feels great to be creating again…but I really need to start doing some journaling in all of these books I am making.

Have a great weekend, friends…thank you for your visit. peace, xoxo.

Handmade Art Journals

Handmade art journals complete with pockets, tags, journal cards and envelope inserts.  Made using scrap paper, sari ribbon and fabric pieces, wool, dictionary pages and ephemera. (Avital Gertner’s Bookmaking Tutorial)

Art Journal with flower ribbon wrap:

Over 500 pages (front and back) including: 28 handmade envelopes, 5 mini notepads, 6 pockets with journal cards tucked in.  Size:  4 ½ inches wide, 5 inches high, 3 inches thick (tightly closed).

Art Journal with gray/white ribbon wrap:

Over 200 pages (front and back) including: 22 handmade envelopes, 5 mini notepads, 10 pockets with journal cards tucked in.  Size:  3.25 inches wide, 4.25 inches high, 4 inches thick (tightly closed).

Thanks for visiting…xoxo.

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa - Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

Handmade Art Journals: Junquemail Contessa – Upcycled Materials (Bookbinding)

New Handmade Journal: Little Bit

I really wanted to  change things up a little bit.  The CAJJ is the perfect size for me, but I also wanted something on a smaller scale.  I stumbled upon Avital Gertner’s tutorial on how to make a journal from a soap bar box.  Fortunately, I figured out how to modify the instructions to use a slightly bigger box that held Mentadent toothpaste refills.

This is going to be the beginning of a wonderful relationship.  Meet my new journal…….Little Bit.  Little Bit’s pages are approximately 3.25 inches wide x 4.25 high with the binding measuring in at 3.75 inches.  She just got made last night so I’m not yet done filling her with all of the pages and pockets she will be embracing within her covers.

Everyday