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Been thinking about posting pics of my books for like, a year, two? Finally got around to it! I managed to squeeze *counts* ahem... 57 (!!!) books into nine pictures, so let me know if you want close-ups of some of them, lol! Some of the pics are sideways, sorry about that... I had to use my phone so the quality is terrible.
I will post pics of some pages (images only) later :)

How they live... in a box in a closet! This city is terrible for bookbinding - it's so moist that when my boyfriend left a chess book in the rain, it never dried! Hence the Morra Gambit is now known as the Wet Book Gambit.

Overview of all the self-made blank ones I have. I dislike the small ones, the paint-splotchy one I haven't bound yet, some of them have paper I have since begun to dislike. I only use thick drawing paper now, with the idea of getting to the point where I'm constantly painting and drawing, plus I *hate* the feel of normal printer paper. The black velvet one in the bottom row was the one that started all of this, years ago. I was just sitting around and suddenly decided to bind a book, and made the technique up as I went along! My earlier books are pretty bad in comparison with my latest - lucky you can't see the terrible bits :P

Some more journals! Top row: bought ones, all blank. The Indian ones are incensed, so I keep them in two plastic bags. Rows 2 and 3: used journals, three of which I made. The Mucha one has lovely illustrations by - you guessed it - Alfonso Mucha, and the cheap Chinese one started to drive me crazy with the same picture of same birds on every fucking fold, so I violently stabbed the book with a pen until it broke. Hence it's in two :P Well, I was a bit depressed back then, that may have contributed to the violent end of this book... it was a good way to get out some frustration, actually! The first two are a Van Gogh Paperblanks, and a beautiful handmade leather book that someone was going to throw away! I'm actually vegan so this is the only leather book I'll ever have - it's kinda creepy to have an item made out of someone's skin, but handwork on it is beautiful.
The tiny Paperblanks was my last book, finished yesterday.

Spines of blanks. Mostly I use longstich. Lazy.

My favourite blank ones. In one of them I made a box to carry along watercolour buttons, for instance. I'll be using that while travelling. The light blue flowery one on the top row I will start using next. The black and orange is made out of rough jeans + very shiny orange fabric; the contrast isn't at all visible here. These are both no-glue & soft cover. The thickest of all is the blue one with the pocket - about 200 pages, with semi-soft covers. I sewed the fabric right on the cardboad with a sewing machine. No glue in that one either!

The black and white I freehanded, the other images I cut out and glued. The stretchy ribbon is for all of them - it's a circle, not attached! Lazy + frugal :P

I think I will add glitter or something to this one - it's supposed to look magical! Self-painted covers.

One example of my endpapers - a marbling experiment with potato flour + water with acrylic colours.

Self-painted & drawn fabric again. I actually ripped tens of pages out 'cause it became too thick, and now I'm still yet to fix it. Meh.


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Jan. 6th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)

* edited comment because I got so excited I made a spelling mistake! I love how colourful all of this was! Thank you for sharing!

Edited at 2015-01-06 05:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Hehe, coming from someone in a community of writers that is precious :D
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
I actually made two of my previous (not very nice looking) journals when I was in high school. This might inspire me to take another crack at it!
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, take another crack at it! Bookbinding is a rewarding activity on its on, and you always get to journal in books that are made exactly to your taste. :)
Jan. 6th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
What an amazing collection!
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^__^
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Jan. 11th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I quite like them myself :)
Jan. 7th, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
GORGEOUS journals!
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jan. 7th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)

Do you sell them ever? Have we ever had that conversation? I feel like we might have had that conversation.

Can you please make a tutorial on how to do this or (most likely this section option would be preferable to you) link to me a couple of different tutorials that you find explain the process best? If I want to buy the exact same kind of paper you use today what would I search for? But printer paper works fine as long as I actually like the paper I'm using?

Ahhh I'm sorry for so many questions and so much fangirling but your journals are utterly beautiful. I've always been interested in handmade journals but I've never been able to afford one, maybe I can make one of my own now that I'm sitting here drooling with envy over yours.
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)

We haven't had that conversation, it must've been someone else. :) I don't sell them - yet! I have been thinking about it though. Some day, some day...

What the process is depends largely on what kind of book you want to make - there's many different types of books and bindings, but if those brown notebooks are your favourites, maybe you want to learn to make those first? It doesn't get any simpler than those - they're much, much faster and easier to make than e.g. your regular hardcover book. I could even make a tutorial for this.
Of course if you want something more involved, I can also find a tutorial on something else. :)

You would search for 160g/m2 Accademia Artist Paperback by Fabriano, though I'm probably not going to buy more of this paper because I realised it's not from sustainable sources. Printer paper works fine, though then you should ideally use waxed cotton or linen thread so the paper doesn't tear so easily. I'm saved from that by using thick paper, and I use all sorts of yarns and threads for binding :)

No no, don't be sorry, questions and fangirling are totally okay :P and yes, you can certainly make your own!
Jan. 11th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
I decided to make a quick search for a tutorial for similar notebooks to those I made, here's what I found:
very similar to what I made - I used thin cardboard from food packaging or just glued the first & last page on the paper bag to make it a little bit sturdier.
Here's another simple one:
and here's one where you don't have to sew anything! http://www.designlovefest.com/2012/04/make-it-10-2/

But let me know if this isn't interesting and you want to make something else.
Jan. 13th, 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
I can't thank you enough. You've been so helpful. You definitely inspired a weekend project for me. Thank you thank you thank you both for answering my question and sharing your lovely books with the community. We're all drooling, omg.
Jan. 13th, 2015 10:21 am (UTC)
It's no problem! How great that I inspired you! :) You should post pics of your weekend project when it's finished. Maybe it's the beginning of always making your own books! And thank you for the compliments! I would have posted pics earlier if I'd realized people would enjoy them this much :)
Jan. 7th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Also I should add that my favorites are the brown ones with the black and white images glued on. Very nice!
Jan. 7th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
These are all SO beautiful!
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 9th, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
I can't think of any adjectives that haven't been used in the previous comments, so I'm just going to say DITTO!

Also, your icon <3
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
I know, it's hard to think of several ways of saying thank you! :P Cheers!

Horrible Histories <3
Jan. 10th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
GUH. Beautiful, OMG.
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
GUH is a very nice compliment! And so is OMG. Thank you! <3
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