First journal of the Summer: embossing, full leather, coptic stitching

I completed my first journal since moving into the new home. I’ve already put it up for sale on Etsy, and hopefully it will sell quickly. I really like it, it’s a coptic stitch binding that lets the book lay flat – a huge bonus for people who really hover over the page and don’t want to hold up the opposite cover the whole time. The covers are full green suede, which is a first for me. Suede – leather, for that matter – seems to be as easy to work with as paper, when it comes to gluing it down. But it’s stretchy, in a tough way, and that’s where embossing becomes fun. This is the first book I’ve embossed, and I figured it would be easy enough but I just wanted to start light, so I made a big tree shape in the cover. It’s marvelous. I’ll probably do more of this in the future.

Finally, I finished off the journal with a simple bookmark of linen tape with two small Czech glass leaf beads and one large tumbled leaf pendant sewn onto the end. All in all, it’s a good start for a Summer bookmaking season.

See how it lies flat? That's nice. Check out the bookmark!
You can see here the inside cover paper and the place where the bookmark attaches.
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4 thoughts on “First journal of the Summer: embossing, full leather, coptic stitching”

  1. Thank you, Michael! You know, every once in a while I get in a journaling craze, but for some darned reason the thing that really sparks my creativity is making them, which is weird because they’re still empty!

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