Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Jim Rohn

Trying something new to me, called diamond x stitch binding. It is a bookbinding stitching method. I thought it would be more difficult than it was, so I put it of for a while, but when I finally decided to try it I found it easy to do, though of course rather fiddly with the whole book in your hand at once. You assemble the book cover first, then sew the signatures directly into the spine, without making a book block before adding the cover.

Hand made Art Journal

This was a new way of book binding for me, but one I enjoyed and will use again. The book turned out lovely, even for a first try; sturdy, beautiful and fun to work in. A Diamond of an Art Journal!

My Diamond Stitched Art Journal

I haven’t finished the Kawaii Art Journal yet, but in it I put mostly sewn and collaged pages already, so I needed a new Art Journal for painting and drawing, i.e. with more blank pages. I like the mix of papers to be 1 part mixed papers and 3 parts white watercolor papers, so that is what I put into this new one.

iHanna's Art Journal

The green and pink cover is a piece of wallpaper from one of those discarded wallpaper books you can get at the paint store if you’re lucky. I have a whole bag of wallpaper pieces from a friend who didn’t need them all. I ♥ friends like that.

This pink and green wallpaper is perfect for a iHanna journal, don’t you think?

The Diamond x Stitch Spine on new Art Journal by @ihanna #bookbinding

For the spine I used the small left over bit from my 2011 art journal, which is a favorite. I love the colors and patterns of this plastic cover! I thrifted a small piece of this once, and now I don’t have any more left, and doubt I will ever find one as pretty, so I’m glad I at least have two journal spines featuring it on the shelf…

iHanna's Art Journal

I learned the Diamond x Stitch from Mary-Ann Moss’ class Ticket to Venice, where you get to travel with her, make a travel journal using this bookbinding method and fill a whole travel journal. You also get a huge travel craving and longing to see Vencie, as a sad bonus (I haven’t been yet!) You can also search the internet for a tutorial, maybe this blurry youtube tutorial will give you an idea on how it’s done.

What method of bookbinding is your favorite, or do you prefer to buy your journals?