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Journal complete!  Well, actually making the journal.  Not filling it out.  I actually haven’t started on that yet.

Anyway, you surely remember from last week that I joined another swap, this time for art journals.  I had mentioned that I was going to actually make my own journal as it was something I had never done before.  And tada!  I have!  The journal is fully assembled!

My first foray into Coptic binding wasn’t bad.  It’s actually super easy.  But since it was my first time, I’m not going to write a tutorial about it.  That would be silly.  I’d probably teach you all kinds of bad habits.  The tutorials I referenced to bind my journal were this one, which is nice since it’s a video, and also this one, which is nice for some of the details that weren’t very clear in the video.

Here are some pictures:

This is the rig I used to punch all the holes in my signatures. I used my old signals textbook to hold everything, a template for hole placement, and a giant push pin

Here’s the completed binding.

Things I learned doing this project:

  • I really don’t like the tacky feeling the Mod Podge left on my covers.  It’s pretty sticky and just doesn’t feel very good.  Next time, I’ll probably just use the self-laminating stuff I use to finish off my postcards.  It’ll be just as protective and faster, since I won’t have to wait for stuff to dry.
  • You have to pull the stitches relatively tight, BUT you have to make sure you aren’t ripping your signatures as you’re tightening your stitch.  I ruined one of my signatures that way.  Granted, my signatures were only one sheet and I was my second one in, but still.  Need to be careful.
  • That being said, if you are binding lightweight paper or have very few sheets per signature, you probably don’t want to turn your needle before pulling the following string/twine/floss/thread/whatever all the way through as it increases the chances that you’ll tear the middle of the signature.
  • You don’t need a curved needle to do this.  In fact, I didn’t even use a tapestry needle.  I was going to but then I took a look at my signatures and my covers and I decided I didn’t want to put such a large hole into them.  I used a beefier sewing needle that had an eye large enough for embroidery floss (I have a lot of it).

I am starting on a new swap project.  This time, it’s an art journal.  I have never created one before but have been rather curious about it.  I’m pretty bad at completing projects for myself so when this swap came about regarding art journal for novices, I thought it would be a good time to try.  I’ll be making the journal myself, as I’ve developed an interest in coptic binding, and figured this would be a good time to actually try it.  Huzzah, two birds and one stone!  So, I’ll periodically post my progress on how things are going.  At least for actually making the journal.  Whether or not I decide to post the content of the journal…I haven’t decided.

Anyway, here are some photos of the covers and signatures in various stages of preparation.

Aren’t the covers cool?  I found some very interesting paper in my scrapbook paper collection.  What you see are the outside faces of the cover.  They’re drying right now.  I had Mod Podged the paper over some perfectly sized cardboard the USPS so kindly sent to me with my stamp order.  We’ll see how well that works.  By the way, did I mention this is the first time I’m trying out Mod Podge?  I had also been interested in trying this out and figured this would be a good time.  Three birds with one stone?  Wow…I’m so efficient.  The inside are tourist maps of Dallas and Fort Worth.  I am from neither Dallas nor Fort Worth, but is the last place I visited, so it was on top of my tourist map collection to be recycled into something more interesting.  Not that I don’t find maps interesting.  But I don’t have any use for tourist maps after I’ve come back from touristing that area.

And you also see what will become the signatures of the journal.  Are they not interesting as well?  I won’t be doing stuff on the patterned side, just the blank inside portion, in case you’re wondering.  Most of the patterns chosen for the signatures were chosen really because…I didn’t think I’d use them otherwise.  Heh.  But really, flowers?  Sparkly flowers??  And Halloweeny stuff?  BlechBut! I did also include some patterns I really like, like those coffee beans you see there and those gummy bears.  Oh, and that popcorn in the back.

Oh…and don’t mind the Ottlite.  It’s my portable craft light and doubles as a bookend, apparently.