Make Your Own Simple Handbound Journal: November 21

Raid Your Office Supplies! Make Your Own Simple Handbound Journal
Time: Saturday November 21, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Where: Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street, (at Lincoln) Alameda, CA 94501
Fee: $45 members, $60 non-members. Plus $10 materials fee
(pay materials fee at workshop)
Click here to sign up via PayPal at the Frank Bette site.

Meet Leah Virsik on Wednesday, October 28th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Leah will have samples of her journals/books and answer questions about her workshop.

In this class for beginners, you’ll create your own 2-section “pamphlet stitch” journal from commonly available office supplies including file folders, envelopes and paper clips. You’ll sew the sections, attach eyelets to the spine and secure your book with an elastic band. You’ll then add elements to the cover and inside to make it your own. Take home your own unique handbound journal and a one-section mini-postcard book.

What to Bring: ruler, scissors, glue stick, pencil, a cutting mat and a bone folder. Also, bring a 4″ x 6″ piece of cardstock (or postcard) for a cover for a mini-book. Optional: Bring any elements you’d like to include in your book to personalize it. Some examples are: canceled stamps, rubber stamps, stickers, paper clips, ribbon, old receipts, shopping list, scraps of paper and handwritten notes. Limit these things to 5 1/2″ high. White inside pages and some ephemera will be provided.

About the instructor: Leah Virsik enjoys making books and painting. She has a passion for paper and bookbinding and daydreams about art when she’s not actually making it. She creates books out of new and repurposed materials and works with paper, fabric, plastic, metal, acrylic and collage. Learn more about her and her work by visiting

2 Replies to “Make Your Own Simple Handbound Journal: November 21”

  1. I wish I lived closer – I would love to take your class!! The girls have made several of the mini-books you showed them how to make – good fun!

    1. Ahh, thanks so much Carol! I would love to have you in my class! 🙂 I’m so glad the girls have enjoyed the books. That book was taught to me by a woman in my yoga class who taught it to her students. It’s such a neat little book to share.

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