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Hand Made Journal. Season of Gifts. Get Messy Art Journal.








Do you make things but deep down think ‘this is not going to work’ ‘I won’t make it the way they do’ ‘this is going to fall apart’? I sometimes do and I did when I embarked on this book.  I was feeling the pressure from the lovely paper I had chosen which I didn’t even want to chop up!

I picked up the book called ‘Make your own Ideabook’  by Arne and Carlos from the library and they make bookmaking look so easy.  This is a book with many signatures (books within the book) all sewn together which is something I wanted to have a go at.

I have made simple books before which I have hand sewn, but Arne and Carlos use a sewing machine to fasten the pages in each signature.  I was convinced that I would end up perforating the pages and they would pull apart like toilet paper once I had sewn them.

Never fear, all went well with the sewing, in fact I also did some random stitching on some pages before I stitched each signature which was great fun!

But I was still a little worried that once I used hand stitching to sew the signatures together along the spine it would not hold.

I know, I need to look on the bright side!!

Well, you should have seen the beaming smile I wore when I finished my sewing and the book looks great and holds together, just like the ones in Arne and Carlos’s book.  Now I just need to persuade myself to journal in my new book which I just like to to look at right now.  I need to grab some paints and make a few marks I think!

In the Get Messy Art Journaling community, we are in the Season of Gifts and I bought the paper for my journal using money which my Aunt and Uncle gave me for my birthday.  A gift to start the season.  I have been art journaling on a regular basis for a year now and it is purely because of the Get Messy community, so thanks to everyone who is a part of Get Messy, what a gift.

Happy Friday x


  1. Oh I love this in so many ways. I have trying to work out how to join signatures together – instead I’ve been making fat as signatures – mainly because I’m lazy. Cant wait to see what you fill it with.

    • I made the signatures and sewed them together along the spines. I used a sewing machine on each signature then hand sewed them all together. I am inspired by Torrie to make some mini journals!

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