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Friday, April 24, 2009

Book Binding

Tim Baker Ammonite Books

If you know me, then you know I am nuts for boxes and containers. Hence the obsession with 3D paper projects. However, very few outside my family know about my love, adoration and downright reverence for books and writing instruments. Years ago, the manager of Carl's Sew Creative (Dallas) found out and gave me a very special pen. Phil has my undying loyalty to this very day!

One of the things I love about Letterboxing is that you usually find handmade log books along with the hand carved stamps. Talk about heaven! I also get to make them and that's the BOMB!

Today, I'm sharing a couple of book making tutorials with you.

The first one is by Paige Evans and was published in the "Mini Albums 2008 Idea Book". Simply Handmade posted a link to get a free digital copy of this book on their blog. I don't know how long it will be posted, so go check it out when you get time. The article starts on page 108 (just type it in the page number field at the top). This is one of the most detailed articles on "real" book binding that I've seen. There's a link at the end to Paige's site so you can see more examples of her books. Lovely.

The second tutorial is posted on Flickr by Kate E. Did. This is a Coptic tutorial that does a great job of showing you how to create some exceptional books, journals or scrapbooks. Yum!

Till next time,


  1. Here's a really easy 5 stitch (Japanese stab) binding tutorial too.
    My 6yo and I can crank out about 20 of these during a 2 hour movie/book session. I use a 1/8" punch instead of an awl for cleaner holes.

  2. Thanks Nitrocat! I am glad you piped up. I know you make amazing books! I found another tutorial that I like a lot for binding too:


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