Beginner | 27 min
Taught by Faith Hale
Create a gorgeous leather-bound traveler’s journal to take on all of your adventures. Perfect for drawing, sketching or writing, this easily customizable notebook is simple to construct and sturdy enough to take on travels. Bookbinder, Faith Hale, demonstrates how to create pamphlet-stitch booklets to insert in your notebook, and how to work with thick leather to create a durable cover. You’ll also learn how to add an elastic closure and give the leather cover a professional finish without the investment of leatherworking tools. Best of all, when you fill up your journal pages, you can easily add new booklets to your leather cover and keep on journaling.
 
Learn how to:
  • Sew a five-hole pamphlet stitch booklet
  • Make a leather journal cover
  • Add an elastic closure
  • Insert new booklets
 
 
What you’ll get:
  • Instruction on how to make a leather bound travel journal with bookbinder, Faith Hale.
  • 4 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list for easy shopping
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Faith Hale
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
 
Chapters
Traveler's Journal
01:07
01:57
13:21
10:46
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
Finished Size:
5” wide x 8 ¾” tall
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  • Heavyweight leather at least 9” x 10” (Faith uses a 2-3 oz-weight Vegetan leather)
  • Paper at least 9” x 10” for template
  • Fine and rough grit sandpaper
  • Small paintbrush and water
  • Bone folder
  • Small leather punch and poly hammer
  • Awl
  • Pencil
  • 8 ½” wide x 8 ¼” tall text-weight paper (20 sheets will make 2 booklets)
  • 8 ¾”  wide x 8 ¼” tall cardstock paper (2 sheets for 2 booklets)
  • Binding needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Pin tool
  • Binding thread or waxed linen thread
  • Beeswax
  • 2 yards of 1/8” elastic cord
  • Utility knife with fresh blade
  • Scissors
  • Quilting ruler or metal ruler
  • Small scrap of canvas
  • Cutting mat
  • Needle-nose pliers (optional)
  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    June Lookbook // 2017
    June Lookbook Promo // 2017
    CBTV
    Get a sneak peek of our all-new releases alongside a few of our all-time favorite classes: 5 Strand Braid Crafts - Coming June 7 * Art Journaling: Mixed Media on Paper - Coming June 14 * Needlepoint Sampler - Coming June 21 * Traveler’s Journal - Coming June 28 * Color Image Transfers on Wood * Accordion Photo Album * Canning the Best Blueberry Jam * Kids Blouse * Veggie Stamp Picnic Blanket Birds of a Feather Maxi Skirt Hand-Built Ceramics 

     
    Five-Strand Braid Crafts
    Anne Weil
    Harken back to your summer camp days and learn how to master the five-stranded braid. Anne Weil shares the standard technique for working this fancy braid and then shows how it can be applied to bracelets, belts, and straps. You’ll learn how to create the grownup version of a friendship bracelet by attaching your braid to a leather band and finishing it off with jewelry hardware. You’ll also learn how to use twine to create a belt, and how to use leather cording to create a seven-strand wristlet key fob. Once you get the hang of this simple braiding technique, you will be able to braid just about any type of fiber, be it yarn, rope or floss.
    Art Journaling: Mixed Media on Paper
    Mou Saha
    Join designer, coloring book author, and our Daily Drawing Challenge contest winner, Mou Saha, in an artistic exploration of mixed media materials on single art journal pages. Learn how to create rich, layered backgrounds using dyes, draw everyday objects in a simplified form, and add stamped letters to document your day or record an observation. Once you’ve created a focal point, you’ll learn how to finish your pages with doodled details and dimensional elements. Whether you're new to art journaling or a seasoned mixed media artist, you’ll enjoy this playful and experimental way of approaching art. 
    Needlepoint Sampler
    Anna Maria Horner
    Anna Maria Horner ushers in a new era of modern needlepoint in this foundational course. Anna gets you started with the basic stitches, then shows how to fill in your sampler with decorative geometric and floral stitches. You’ll learn how to customize your layout, adapting stitches to fill space and introducing new colors along the way. In the end, you'll have the skills to create and compose any needlepoint project.
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    Coming June 28
    DIY Traveler's Journal
    Faith Hale
    Create a gorgeous leather-bound traveler’s journal to take on all of your adventures. Perfect for drawing, sketching or writing, this easily customizable notebook is simple to construct and sturdy enough to take on travels. Bookbinder, Faith Hale, demonstrates how to create pamphlet-stitch booklets to insert in your notebook, and how to work with thick leather to create a durable cover. You’ll also learn how to add an elastic closure and give the leather cover a professional finish without the investment of leatherworking tools. Best of all, when you fill up your journal pages, you can easily add new booklets to your leather cover and keep on journaling.
     
    Color Image Transfers on Wood
    Courtney Cerruti
    Turn those small, intimate moments from life into a permanent treasure by transferring them onto wood. Working with photos printed out on laser copies, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to create the transfers, offering a few different finishing techniques to customize your miniature works of art. The wood adds luminosity and brings out the beautiful, muted colors in your photograph. Learn more about laser copies here.
     
    Accordion Photo Album
    Jody Alexander
    Get pictures off of your phone or computer and turn them into a beautiful handmade album. Jody shows you how to create an accordion album that is as unique as your photo collection and can be customized with different ways to attach photos and text. This entry-level bookmaking project turns photos into a work of art that can be displayed, given as a gift, or tucked away for posterity.

     
    Canning the Best Blueberry Jam
    Karen Solomon
    In this class, our resident jamming expert, Karen Solomon, shares a simple recipe for a classic favorite: blueberry jam. Karen demonstrates exactly how to make this stove-top recipe, and she also walks you through the basics for properly canning the jars, ensuring a long shelf-life. If you would like to veer away from the classic, Karen provides lots of ideas for add-in flavors, like fruity liqueurs, fresh herbs, citrus zest and extracts.
    Kids Blouse: Mousie Blousie
    Heather Ross
    This eensy blouse is loaded with charming details, including the front tab and the back button placket. The clean lines of the design mean this blouse will work with any fabric – including lively prints. Heather designed this for her daughter, and the love shows – with a facing that adds a finished touch and shows off a corresponding print, and the pops of color throughout.
     
    Veggie Stamp Picnic Blanket
    Christine Schmidt
    The secret to this hand-stamped picnic blanket is humble root vegetables that have been turned into stamps. In this workshop, Christine Schmidt talks about selecting vegetables, carving them, and applying them to turn a simple length of canvas into a cheerful picnic blanket. To learn how to create your own stamp pad, watch Christine's class DIY Stamp Pad on Creativebug.
    Birds of a Feather Maxi Skirt
    Anna Maria Horner
    When you follow this skirt tutorial with Anna Maria, not only will you finish with a stunner of a bias cut maxi skirt that will take you into fall and beyond – but you will also learn a bundle of techniques. Anna Maria shows you how to draft and sew a maxi skirt based on your own body measurements, as well as how to strip piece fabric to make the feathers, and then needle-turn applique them around the hem.
    Hand-Built Ceramics
    Linda Fahey
    Learn how to create beautiful ceramic vessels at home without a potter's wheel. California ceramicist and designer Linda Fahey shows you every step of setting up a studio at home, and then demonstrates three methods for hand-building pottery. Along the way, she covers creating and attaching handles and even provides an introduction to glazing and firing. This three-part course covers all of the essential information you need to know to play with clay in your home studio.