That crafty girl Doan Thuc has been making little plain-paper books for herself and her friends,for some time now. A while back, I nagged her to post some step-by-step pictures of the book-making process, so I could try it too… which she kindly did!
Now she’s found a terrific tutorial that explains how to make your own journal books, bound with photo print covers, and taken the skill a step further. A series of books that she has just created use pages from gorgeous catalogues for the covers — a wonderful way to keep those especially inspiring images close at hand, without saving a ragged stack of clippings!
Why not use a print of a treasured family photo to cover your handmade book? It’s a very special gift idea. I like the idea of giving a handmade journal to a grandparent, with the wish that they’ll write down their memories… or to a young child, to record their hopes and dreams, to look back over in years to come.
The tutorial that helped Doan Thuc to learn how to make her own photo-covered books, From Prints Into Journals, is created by Judy Lee formerly of five and a half, a Brooklyn, New York, bookmaking and design studio that closed its doors when a baby arrived and took over all the space and time previously devoted to the making of tasty handmade journals.