Handmade Journal



I'm excited to show you some of the things I made for a recent Craftster swap. I tried this tutorial for hand-bound journals about a year ago, but then I forgot about it... Just rediscovered it for this swap, and it's so much fun!



I embroidered my partners initial on the cover fabric to personalize the journal. I used nice white paper for the signatures and a sparkly blue scrapbook paper for the end papers.

Since my partner likes to sew, I stamped some of the pages with a handmade button stamp.



I'm excited to try binding journals again, and I'm thinking about making a couple more journals as Christmas gifts. I think it would be fun to personalize them with different colors, applique and embroidery. I recently started planning out my hand made Christmas gifts, hoping to get some more done in advance and not have the usual last-minute scramble. Do you have any fun gift ideas?

9 comments:

  1. Wow! Your journal looks amazing and so professional! I thought you had bought it at first :)
    xo

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  2. Hi Karin. What a beautiful journal. Can't wait to see what else you make for Christmas gifts.
    Have a Sweet Sunday...Tracy :)

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  3. your journal looks wonderful! i think i might try out the tutorial
    x

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  4. Love your journal - the monogram is fantastic and the button stamps are sweet! Gillian

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  5. Thanks for your link and you did a wonderful job. I am currently working on ( and by working on I mean, thinking about how I will do it) my own journal. So this is just enough of a push to get me moving on it.
    Super!

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  6. Jättefint! Jag skulle också vilja prova på att binda egna böcker, men det har inte blivit av än. Men det kommer, det är jag rätt säker på!

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  7. this is a lovely journal--very thoughtfully made!
    :)

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  8. I love the colors you chose. They go very well together. I'm sure your swap partner loved it... I know I would.

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  9. That fabric is so pretty! Nice work! (Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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