Make Your Own Simple Handbound Journal Workshop: April 18

Raid Your Office Supplies! Make Your Own Simple Handbound Journal
Time: Sunday, April 18, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (we’ll take a short break for lunch, bring a bag lunch if desired)
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.

In this class for beginners, you’ll create your own 3-section “pamphlet stitch” journal from commonly available office supplies including file folders, envelopes and accounting papers. You’ll sew the sections, attach eyelets to the spine and secure your book with an elastic band or a button and string. 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″ postcard (or a piece of cardstock) for a mini-book cover. Optional: If you have them, bring a Japanese hole punch and a bookbinder’s awl. Bring any elements you’d like to include in your book to personalize it. Some examples are: rubber stamps, stickers, paper clips, ribbon, scraps of paper and decorative paper. I’ll have punches available for punching tabs, tags, circles and squares. White inside pages, various lined papers and envelopes 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 Workshop: April 18”

  1. Hi Leah, I would LOVE to come to Alameda and take a journal class from you. However, I can’t come on Sundays as I have other obligations that day. Do you ever teach on Saturdays, or during the week? Please let me know if you do! LOVE your journals!

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