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.

Get 11 Bookbinding Projects in One Download!

Have you been bitten by the bookbinding bug yet? Bookbinding projects are so fun and gratifying, and they’ll keep you enthralled. In my role as Chief Enabler at Cloth Paper Scissors, I can’t wait to tell you about our brand new eBook, Making Books Cover to Cover. This downloadable resource has 11 projects specially curated…

Free June Downloads and a Mini Book Tutorial

Welcome to another installment of our free monthly downloads. We have something truly spectacular for you for June: a mini book! Included in the download is a cover and three inside pages, and all can easily be printed with designs on both sides to create your own special book. Most of the designs are from…

Achieve Your Bookbinding Goals with this Kit!

Every few weeks or so I get an itch to make a handmade book, and this time my efforts are being fueled by something really special: our new Bookbinding Collection that you can’t get anywhere else. Book lovers, take note: This exclusive set includes videos, a Lineco Bookbinding Tool Kit, and a downloadable eBook, Making Books…

Bookbinding Tutorial: The Romantic Art Journal

In the last Studio Saturday project we made an abstract floral art journal spread inspired by Laly Mille’s article “A Secret Rose Garden” in the March/April 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I promised I’d show you how to make the book I was working in, and here it is! This romantic art journal…

Making Handmade Books with Meaning

I always thought it was ironic that, as a writer and editor, I had trouble filling the handmade books I created. Finished books would sit idly on a shelf, with no purpose to their lives. I think that’s why I immediately fell in love with Rachel Hazell’s handmade books—they’re beautiful and interesting to look at,…

Tutorial: Recycled Envelope Journal

Studio Saturday is on a short break. Please enjoy this blog post, portions of which were previously published on our sister site, ArtistsNetwork! ~ Jeannine As mixed-media artists, we don’t take a cookie cutter approach to creating art—we always make it our own. In that spirit, I was inspired by Seth Apter’s Inspiration Journal featured…

Get Hooked on Handmade Books

Growing up in India, I remember my father making simple three-hole pamphlet-bound books for us to practice vocabulary exercises. Back then I did not know anything about handmade books beyond that simple utilitarian object. It was after I came to the U.S. a few years later that I was exposed to the amazing world of…

Tutorial: Make an Awesome Bingo Planner

A new year calls for a new planner, and this tutorial from Erin Zamrzla will show you how to create your own — mixed-media style, of course! Originally featured in our winter 2015 edition of Pages magazine, the cover of this custom weekly planner is made from vintage bingo card designs. The unique exposed binding is…

Make a Fabric Collage Book

There’s something about winter that makes me so eager to create fabric collages. Must be the cold weather and long nights that compel me to rummage through my fabric scraps and get into the rhythmic calm of hand stitching. For a recent project I decided to create a fabric collage with something practical in mind—a…

How to Make a Handmade Book Cover

Looking for a great gift to make this holiday season? Try Mandy Russell’s felted Bubble Book. This book cover is easy to create and fun to give. Here’s Mandy’s tutorial, as featured in our November/December 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine! Bubble Books by Mandy Russell I am enamored with these little felted books; they are one…