A dozen years ago I attended a class taught by Paulus Berensohn at Penland School of Crafts about making and keeping handmade journals. I’ve been making them ever since. During my time at Penland I picked up the classic bookbinding references Non-Adhesive Binding and its companion 1-2-&3-Section Sewings by Keith Smith, and they’ve been a huge source of inspiration ever since. As is the case with many artists and crafters, I often make far more journals than I would ever keep—so I give ‘em away all the time. Over my summer vacation I made journals for each of my Craft Your Life teammates, and still I had more! This is where you come in. I have six extra journals to give away to you: check out the video to see what they look like.
Making a blank journal is half the process. Filling the pages up with art, dreams, doodles, recipes, lyrics and poems is the real journey. Here at Lark Crafts we have wonderful books to accompany your artistic pursuits through the blank pages ahead. If you are interested in recycling the troves of paper that come through the mail and shopping cart, check out Eco Books by Terry Taylor for repurposing ideas. Live & Learn: Real Life Journals by Gwen Diehn combines inventive book binding projects with plenty of examples of how to compose images and words into a truly personal journal. Painted Paper by Alisa Golden and Hand Lettering by Marci Donley & DeAnn Singh provide a wealth of visual inspiration for content too.
I’m pleased to be giving away six of the journals I’ve made, in the hope recipients will enjoy them—and in the hope that some of you will be inspired to take up this craft yourself. To be entered for a chance to win one of the six journals we’re giving away, leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m EST on Monday, September 20. One winner for each book will be selected at random on Monday, September 27, and announced on Wednesday, September 29. Click here for the official rules.