Handmade Books

Here at Cloth Paper Scissors, we love handmade books! See how expert mixed-media artists come up with altered book ideas and learn bookmaking techniques with these inspiring articles.

Studio Saturdays: Create Along Travel Journal, Part 3

Hi, and welcome back to our three-part Studio Saturdays Create Along series! We’re making a travel art journal by Dea Fischer’s book featured in the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. In this third and final post we’ll create the book pages, punch holes in the pages and the cover for the binding, and…

Studio Saturdays: Create Along Travel Journal, Part 2

Welcome back to our first Cloth Paper Scissors Create Along! So glad you’ve joined me for Part Two of our three-part series, in which we’re making a travel journal inspired by Dea Fischer’s project in the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. This post covers how to make and decorate the cover, which is made…

Studio Saturdays: Create Along Travel Journal, Part 1

Welcome to our first Studio Saturday Create Along! I’m so happy you joined me for this series of three posts dedicated to making a fold-up travel journal. Follow along the step-by-step instructions and techniques for the next few weeks, and at the end you’ll have a unique handmade journal that you can start working in right…

Technique Tuesdays: Tips for Folded Books and Paper Art

Today we’re kicking off a regular series called Technique Tuesdays, where we’ll give you useful and fun tips for all types of mixed-media art. This first installment focuses on making accordion books and folded paper art projects. These types of books and projects are some of my favorites–so many variations exist for making art journals and sketchbooks, and for…

Studio Saturdays: Make your own travel journal

I love every facet of mixed media, but there is a special place in my heart for handmade books. When I discovered bookbinding and book art years ago I felt like a part of my brain suddenly lit up, and it has stayed illuminated ever since. Books represent endless possibilities and opportunities; they can be…

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Binding template

Make a bound leather journal with the help of Erica ***. See the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Cloth Paper Scissors web extras, bonus patterns, tips, techniques, and more—all absolutely FREE—please register or sign in here. ***