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Monday, September 6, 2010

Made It: Book binding

This week I am teaching the girls in my church group how to bind books. I am so excited!! It's going to be so much fun! :)

Anyway, while searching for the links and books I used to teach myself, I decided to share all the journals I made for their birthdays this year! It was so much fun! I really love it! :)

These journals all turned out to be about 7" by 5" and the spine is 1" thick, or around there.
Before I started I asked them what their favorite scriptures were and also added some good quotes and spaced them throughout the pages. As they use the journal they will also have different scriptures placed throughout to help build them up! :) I also placed the following quote on the inside cover. I love it!

"The good biographer will... weed out the irrelevant and seek the strong, novel and interesting..."
"What could you do better for your children and your children's children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved?
"Some of what you may write may be humdrum dates and places, but there will also be rich passages that will be quoted by your posterity."
(President Kimball, "Angels May Quote From It", New Era, Oct. 1975)

"Those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives"
("President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals", New Era, Dec. 1980, p.27)

I made each journal according to their favorite color. It was a lot of fun embellishing them with ribbon and buttons, or whatever else. I'm not a scrapbooker, so nothing fancy. But I think they were pretty excited about them. :) (Some of them I definitely wanted to keep for myself! haha.)

If you want the Word document I used for the signatures let me know. I'd love to share. :)

Here are the links I found for the instructions.

Bookbinding 101 (http://www.diyplanner.com/node/442) Super simple and basic instructions! and really easy to follow!
Bookbinding 102 (http://www.diyplanner.com/node/456) The next step, great instructions still, how to make one with multiple signatures.

I did make a few changes, mostly because of how I decorated them and the supplies I had. I used two pieces of cardstock, folded in half, and glued at the spine. I glued the scrapbook paper only to the spine as well. I liked that a lot better than glueing it to the entire cardstock. Make sure to do all the embellishments before you glue the cover together so you don't have to sew buttons through to both sides.

On one of them I used fabric to cover it instead of paper. I sewed it on with my sewing machine! I think this would be a lot of fun if I had a quilters foot and didn't have to fight my machine to sew designs on it. :}

Here's another one I did with fabric

and the first one I made, I gave it to my mom! :)

If you have any questions on how I made these specifically, please ask! :)

And don't forget to visit all the linky parties (lists on my side bar) all week to see what others have made! :)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Those all look great!! I love all of the fun colors!

  2. Thanks for the note on my blog! I've taken a look around and yours looks great! Love those pouches on the right hand side! :)

  3. This blog http://www.quiltingbeeblocks.com/
    has a message board/forum to join different online quilting bees. It's so fun! It's our first one and we're loving it.

    Thanks for linking up, see you next week :)

  4. Your journals all turned out fantastic!! I'm going to be putting this on my 'To Do List' for sure! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

  5. I would love to see the inside of these journals.

  6. Very cute and a lot of work to make so many.

  7. Making minibooks for scrapbooking is one of my favorite things to do and I always love learning a new technique for binding. Fun stuff and very cute end results, I'm like you I almost always end up wanting to keep some for myself! Would love you to join me at A Crafty Soiree, every Thursday.

  8. These are beautiful-- love the fabric one. Thanks so much for sharing your project at A Crafty Soiree!

  9. That's a lot of journals...and they're all so lovely! Great job.

  10. very nice! I bet the girls at your church enjoyed learning about it. So fun! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  11. Gorgeous! Will have to add this to my must try list! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

  12. Wow! What a lot of work! Love how they turned out. Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again next week :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions


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