Wednesday, 21 March 2012

My Creative Space

There's another journal in progress in the space right now.

I went to a re-enactors market last week to see a leather supplier who had a stand there. There were some incredible pieces of leather on sale for very reasonable prices. However, for the most part the pieces on sale were huge! I wasn't sure I wanted king-size bed sized pieces of leather! That's a lot of journal covers!! Anyhow, I did manage to find some 'small' pieces. Here are some journal covers cut out from the leather I bought.

The tan coloured grained leather on the right is the one I'm working with right now. It is also the thickest of the three. The middle one is softer and slightly thinner and don't you just love the colour of that suede over on the left?

I'm using 140gsm cartridge paper - cut into A5 sheets and folded in half to form the groups of pages. This one has 10 groupings (signatures) of pages and each grouping has 20 sides of paper to write or draw on. This journal will have a total of 200 pages. I had a few bits of the vintage posters leftover from my last journal project. I used them in this one too.

I am hoping to put a nice little clasp on this journal. The leather is thick enough to support a metal clasp. I've sewn in seven of the sigantures so far. Three more to sew in before I put the clasp in.

As usual, I'm linking up to this week's Our Creative Spaces. Why not pop over there to see what other peeps are up to all around the world?

Have a creative day, friends.


  1. A re-enactors market! How cool. I will have to keep that in mind...we have some colonial renacting type things around here, I wonder where they get their supplies? I'll have to ask next time we're at a fair.

    Lovely work.

  2. I am well impressed with your book binding! And great score with the leather! I am in love with that world map poster too. Can't wait to see it completed with the clasp!

  3. Wow, these look like they'll be amazing. I never thought to make up journals myself but I would love to learn so that I can choose my own paper for my sketchbooks.


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