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:

Tools:

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

Supplies:

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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8 Comments

  • 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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