Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables)

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration! I was going to name this ‘marble and peony and doodles bookbinding personalized journals (and free peony printables)’ but that was wayy too long.

I’ve got to confess something before I begin- lately, I’ve been in a DIY rut. It’s like I have so many ideas- and yet I can’t seem to get any done. I’ve got half finished projects all over the house, and oh em gee, it’s so not fun when that happens. But I’ve found that the only solution to it- is to somehow just focus on one thing and get back to work. 

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

I’ve been using this simple bookbinding trick for a long time- and I really enjoy it, so I thought I’d share it with you. I’m a stationery hoarder and there’s something so cool about making your own book. Today, I’m showing you this bookbinding tutorial- which I used to make a notebook as well as a sketchbook. Okay, let’s get on with it!

You need:Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration! | marble paper (I’m so excited to use this! I found it in a craft store and
love it! However, if you don’t have marble paper right now, feel free to use another other rigid / colourful paper for the book cover)

| needle and thread

| peony printable (click on this link and drag to your screen/ save it)

| pencil and eraser

OPTIONAL: beads (pictured), acrylic metallic paint (not pictured)

| For the notebook- A4 sheets

|For the drawing book- I used loose A3 drawing paper (130 gsm)

Steps:

First, fold all the sheets in half  – separately. 

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Second, cut out your marble paper (or cover page paper) to the proper size by tracing one of the sheets.

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Fold the cover sheet in half and align it along with the other folded sheets.

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Make five dots evenly spaced with the pencil on the crease on the cover page.

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Use the needle to pierce the holes before actually stitching just to get a neater finish. Place an eraser under the point and poke the needle.Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Okay, so now the book is prepped up and ready for the actual bookbinding.

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Okay, if this was a bit confusing, I drew this little guide to help.

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

{Follow the steps 1-8 as listed}

To make the drawing book, it’s the same process, just use drawing sheets and cut out your cover page by tracing the drawing sheet. Mine was A3, so even folded in half, it’s a decent space to draw and doodle and paint.

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Now comes the fun bit! Add the peonies by cutting them out and sticking them on wherever you like. I liked the look of peonies and marble- hence I personalized it that way. If you like the minimal look, leave it at that- or, if you’re like me, then in art, my motto is pretty much: minimals are out: less is less and more is more.

So, in accordance to that, I painted some brush strokes and a triangle edge with gold and copper acrylic paint and doodled with pen here and there.

Here’s my sketchbook!

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

As you can see, I can never resist drawing/painting/doodling in a brand new book! That blank page just calls to me – so before this, I painted and drew stuff 🙂

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration! I made the notebook a little simpler, because when it comes to art, I really like to fill the page, but when I write stuff down, I usually like to keep it simple and use doodle -free books with more white space. Oh, the contrast of it all.Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables) - a bookbinding tutorial to make both a notebook as well as a sketchbook for finding inspiration!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I certainly enjoyed making these! -Aaria