3 Great Ideas From Pinterest!

My newest obsession/addiction.

Hey all! I’m sorry about the break in posts. My husband and I recently had to move close to 3000 miles, from Salt Lake City to North Carolina! I’ve had a million things to worry about, between packin and unpacking, cleaning, and find a job. Finally, though, the dust has settled some and I’m ready to get back into the saddle-stitching! (Did you see what I did there? Eh? Eeeeeh?)

I haven’t had time to bang out any new projects since I’ve moved in. In fact, my bookmaking stuff is still strewn all over or stuffed into corners, all in a most unorganized manner. BUT I do have something that I’m pretty excited about and wanted to discuss!

I have found a new love in the form of the website Pinterest, to which I was introduced by my great friend Tess. Essentially, it’s a form of bookmarking, but it is more visual and social. As you’re browsing your fave blogs (like THIS ONE wink) or looking for ideas, you simply “pin” the page, using an image from it. You can use “boards” to categorize different pins, and your pins will be shared with those who follow you.

You need an invite, which I’d be happy to send, so leave me a comment requesting one, or you can request one at their home page. It’s a great website and SO FUN. Warning, though: it is slightly addictive. Also,  it can be a lot like looking at a bunch of beautiful stuff that I will never own/wear/make/see/taste. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

One of the first things I did when I opened my account was to make a board for things related to book arts. I’ve been able to get a ton of inspiration and ideas, and even better—they are all neatly saved where I can find them! Here are some of my favorite ideas.

1. Greeting Card Catalog

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A great and clever way to save cards and sentimental notes, without sticking them in a box somewhere they’ll never get read or looked at again. Simply punch holes in the long edge of the cards (you can even leave them in the envelopes), and run a book ring through them (or yarn, ribbon, whatever works).

2. 52 Things I love About You

This is simple enough to make. Punch holes through the corner of a set of playing cards. Prepare slips of paper, complete with visuals, of what you love about that person. Modge podge them to each card and bind them together with yarn, twin, ribbon, book ring, or so on.

I know this is pretty popular idea, but I like that this version keeps the look of the cards. This set make a great anniversary, Birthday, Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift. And you can make it for anyone in your life: spouse, bf/gf, daughter/son, friend, sister/brother, etc. The possibilities are endless.

3. 365 Day Calendar Journal

I’m big believer in recording your life, and this is an easy way to do it. You make cards (or I suppose you could number the pages in a book) and assign each a date, and store them in a box. Each day, write down something you did. Then, in a year, do the same all over. Insert photos and other momentos in between cards. After the first year, it would be so fun and rewarding to look back on the last year and be reminded of a simple, good memory from that day!


So that’s it. I’d love to hear what you’re using Pinterest for, or what great things you’ve found in your pinning. Also, reply with your Pinterest username and I’ll, like, totally follow you ! ! ! Love you all, thanks for everything (patience, support, etc.) and, of course: Happy Bookmaking!

Modified Journal

Re-covered Journal

A friend gave me this journal, and I loved the text block—lined on one side, blank on the other, perfect for a mix of writing and sketching. But the cover was textured paper that I wasn’t crazy about it at all. So, of course, I pulled off the cover and made a new one. I think it turned out pretty cute.

Modified Journal

Journal, re-covered text block with a leather latch.

I covered the spine in fabric and used some paper glued over book board to make the hinge covers. I attached the block to the covers by gluing in some endpapers. I cut a strip of leather to make the latch.

No-Sew Books: Folded-Over Accordion

This is one of the simplest books to make, and requires little more than some folding and cutting. It’s so easy, in fact, that you may have made them as a project in elementary school. I can remember some coloring-book version that I put together as a five-or-six-year-old.

You can start off with any size of paper and fold into pretty much whatever fractions you’d like. For simplicity’s sake, however, I’ll explain eighths. Also, I’ll be using scrap paper, because I’m eco-friendly (cheap?) and recycle and stuff.

Basically, fold your paper in half, and then in half again. This will make fourths. Then fold it in half once more for eighths. Yay, we can calculate exponential numbers!

I prefer to make each fold on its own, as that means that each fold will be more precise and your chances of ending up wonkified are decreased.

Making a folded accordion book by hand.

Folding with uber accuracy!

1) After I make the first fold in half (lengthwise), I will unfold it.

2) Then I will fold each side in on itself to meet in the middle crease I just made, and crease those folds as well.

3) Then I unfold it and fold it half the other direction (widthwise).

After you have your paper in eighths, you’ll want to lay it flat. Now comes the hard part, ok? So pay extra attention and be super careful.

Alright, now you cut up the middle crease, lengthwise, three quarters of the way. So, essentially, it will look like the general shape of a pair of pants. See below.

Making an accordion book by hand.

Make and fold your paper pants.

I know. Very difficult.

Then you just fold it over, alternating which direction you fold in, and leaving the middle part folded over, annnnd voila! You have yourself a no-sew accordion book.

Make an accordion book by hand.

The final product. Fancy, huh?

To make an accordion with a paper you’ve folded more, just follow the same instructions. But, cut down one crease, then move down to the next crease and start on the other side and cut in (see below).

I don’t make many accordions, but they are a lot of fun for some types of projects, especially those that benefit from a run-on sort of feeling. The nice thing about these is that you can unfold them and see all the pages at once.

An excellent project might be a timeline of a vacation or international trip. They make super cute gift photo albums—just make some strategically-placed notches in your pages and slip the corners of the photo in. I’ve also seen them used as catalogues, for collections of stamps or leaves. As I mentioned, they also make great projects for kids—they’ll love it.

Happy bookmaking!