I made a book!

My pile of bound paper have been growing at the Bookbinding class, but nothing was evolving to a book. Until now, when I’ve made my first real book, my first masterpiece, a blank note book with drawing papers and a gray cover!

My pile of book projects and papers bound

I know you will think I made this since I’m posting it like I did, but I can hardly believe it myself. I made a book! It’s unbelievable to me, almost. If I couldn’t clearly remember the glue and the measuring of the cover I wouldn’t believe I made this book. My first, and hopefully there will be more!

I made this book
I made it without the spine piece, without cutting the pages at the edges and with a lot of small mistakes and the cover is all crooked edges. But in the end it looks like a book, and it feels like a book. And it is my book! Mine!

Bookshelf decoration
Bookshelf decoration

I’ve loved books since I was a kid, and though I have never set out to collect books my bookshelf is weighed down with lovely novels, coffee table books, children’s books and books to be read in the future. I enjoy books with beautiful design and tempting covers, interesting names and content that keeps you reading for hours without noting the time passing!

And I’ve written about my big passion for notebooks before, about a new one and a bunch of old ones. Imagine being able to make books with the papers that you want to use, in colors and forms you need? It makes me feel like Goddess almighty of note books!

This is the beginning of a great craftsmanship for me.

23 Responses

  1. congratulations, hanna! i wish there was a bookbinding class i could take here where i live.

    your book looks great! i’m sure before long you’ll be selling some of your creations in your store. ;-)

  2. I totally get yourr excitement. There is just something about a blank notebook that is brimming with possibility. Your book is lovely. And now you can make many many more…

  3. Hey Hannah, Your bookshelf is also weighed down with a giant fuzzy kitty! Thanks for the inspiration, Melissa

  4. Welcome to the world of bookbinding! I’m like you – blank-journal-obsessed – and when I took a bookbinding class about three years ago, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities. I’m now a book-making crazy lady! Congratulations on your first book – it looks awesome!

  5. Hi! What a beautiful blog you have, Hanna! I’m amazed at the number of things your dip into. Your book is splendid! What will you do with it once you’re finished–journal or scrapbook, mabye? Bookbinding, now that’s something I’ve always wanted to try too. You give us much inspiration–thank you! Happy Days! :o)

  6. Hi Hanna! How impressive that you actually made a book! I like to journal also (although I’ve never tried an art journal…I’m starting to get inspired to try). I’m so picky about the paper in journals and can rarely find the kind I like. I like the kind that’s kind of rough, not slick. I can’t imagine knowing how to make a whole book — you must feel sorta goddess-like!

  7. I love handmade books — I love making them, holding them, writing in them. And yours is simply beautiful. Nice work!

  8. Sigh. I do a lot of different crafts but I gotta tell ya, bookmaking is one of the most satisfying ones (followed very closely by collage). I just love taking paper, cardboard, glue and maybe some twine and creating a book. A real book. And it’s one of those crafts that even though I now know how to do it, it doesn’t make it any less magical. I just swoon everytime I make a crisp, clean edge. I’m sure boxmaking won’t be too far in the future for you. Another joy to create. Have fun with this new found love Hanna!!!

  9. I am so happy for you! It looks great. The feeling of accomplishment is beyond words isn’t it? As an art teacher I get to see kids get to this point everyday…….when they do something that had no idea they were capable of:) WOW……Keep up the good work!!! Linda

  10. Wow! I wish I new how to make books. Now you know you’ll never be without one again!

  11. Great Book!
    There are some tutorials online, but take your time looking. Some are better than others.

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