Thursday, March 29, 2012

Creativity Queue Challenge - Day Three

Today is Day Three of the Creativity Queue Challenge from Daisy Yellow.

(If you want to catch up start here for an introduction to what's going on, here for my Day One and Day Two)

Here's the project I chose to get back to today. I wanted to bind these pages of watercolor paper into an art journal. 

 The first step was to get covers ready. I chose to use a non-traditional material with the corrugated cardboard. 

I wanted to cut a window in the front so you see the first page of decorated paper. 

Cover now cut, out comes the sewing cradle to help me make the sewing stations. 

Each page of watercolor paper in going to be an individual signature. 

Punching holes in the front and back covers for this spineless binding

I decided to add some tapes to the cover for strength and decoration. It's still a work in progress so who knows exactly how it will look in the end. 

Everything is prepped and now it's ready to sew together. 

The book builds from the back cover which I got attached to one signature. 

Ding, ding, ding. Ah, now it's time to go pick the young 'un up from school so here we leave it for now. But perhaps tonight or tomorrow I will get the remaining signatures sewn. Stay tuned. 

And in the meantime, get on over to Daisy Yellow to check out Day Three


  1. What kind of binding are you doing and why only one sheet for each signature. I am VERY new to binding (I mean REALLY new) so don't make anything too technical. I am just fascinated with the process and just put together some VERY SIMPLE duct-tape journals. I clearly am going to have to learn more. Can't wait to see the next bit.

    1. This book is a Coptic binding. It's one of my favorites. It will have just the front and back covers and no spine, no glue. Usually a group of pages make up a signature but this watercolor paper is so thick it's durable enough to not tear as I sew it. I'll be sharing photos soon.

  2. OMG you've got to tell me about that sewing cradle. I've done some binding and punching those holes is a pain in the neck. did you make it? did you buy it? how does it work? I'm all jazzed up.
    and your book looks beautiful!
    and thanks for the linky love!

    1. Yes, it's made from book board or I have one made from mat board. It comes apart into 3 piece to store/travel flat. I am feeling a blog post coming on soon.

  3. Ok See...I'm lost... and loving it!! I will have to google all this and figure out what/how your doing it and what all those interesting words are...This is really exciting to watch the step by step process!! SO hopefully by the time you post the rest with pictures I'll know exactly what your doin!! Thank you so much for sharing.


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