Art from the Heart

Upcycle. Hand Bound Journal or Photo Book

October 2, 2017

“To upcycle: the art of re-using something discarded to create a product of higher value” 

So we are going to use a discarded book (please don’t tear apart a classic) and make it new! Go to the video at the end of the tool and supply list to begin. The tools and supplies needed for this project:


ruler, pencil, paper cutter and X-Acto knife

white glue, cheap sponge brush, damp rag

Heavy duty paper punch or paper drill (or awl)

Eyelet setting setting tool


Hardbound book cover with inside pages removed (see first video)

One-sided, scrapbook weight paper,  OR

Hand dyed paper,  4 sheets 8.5 x 11″

Wax thread

Eyelets (4)

Decorative string or fibers

For the Journal:

Double sided card stock paper, 3 sheets to go with outside cover

Printer paper, 12-18 sheets

For the Photo book:

Double sided card stock paper, 15-18 sheets to go with outside cover.

Video 1: Disassembling the hardbound book


Please join me next week, October 8, for the second installment of how to make a hand bound journal or photo book!




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  • Reply Judith October 2, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Hi Nancy, Thanks for the video. I’ll be following along. I think I want to make books for my granddaughters.

    • Reply Nancy October 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Judy! So nice to hear from you! Let me know if something doesn’t make sense or I need to add more instruction. This is the first time I’ve done videos and it’s a little nerve racking! I’m interested in hearing about what type of book you end up making for your granddaughters!

      • Reply Judith October 3, 2017 at 7:12 am

        Your video was great. I have watched lots of how to videos and I liked how you got “right to the point”!

        • Reply Nancy October 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm

          Oh good! I’ve been watching a few, wanted to keep it short and tried to go under 5 minutes. I think I’ll get more relaxed with time. Thanks for the support Judy!

    • Reply Nancy October 3, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Would you want to submit a photo of the finished project some time so I can post it on my blog?

  • Reply Cathy October 3, 2017 at 8:12 am

    You do a great job of explaining on your video…thank you! I want to make some of these for my daughters and daughter-in-law. It seems like it would be a fun project to do with a small group of friends on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

    • Reply Nancy October 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you! I did this over and over again until I got to the point of “it is what it is.” I hope I can relax more with time. Let’s do this together! Maybe Tyece would invite us to use her craft room! Miss you ; )

      • Reply Cathy October 5, 2017 at 8:20 am

        I would love to do this together! I have a few crafting supplies that might be fun to incorporate into this fun journal. I miss you too!

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