sneak peek: journals

Happy Halloween!

The final count down to the Book Bound Bindery Open House is on! If you have not received the email invite and want to, email me (sarah at sarahnielsen dot com) and I’ll send it your way.

Every day this week I’ll be showing you some of the books I’ve made that will be available on Friday. If you have not yet penciled in “get excited” on Friday, please do so now.

Reasons you should get excited:

1. My parents are coming! And my sister!
2. I have not yet torn off the purple grape vine wallpaper in the kitchen, so you will feel like it’s 1992 again.
3. Freshly bound journals.

A word about journals.

You may wonder why I do this — this whole bookmaking thing. Who makes books, anyway?

Well.

I really believe that everyone has a story to tell. Maybe it’s your everyday story. Maybe it’s your make-believe story. Maybe it’s your someday story. Maybe it’s your I’m-on-the-coolest-vacation-ever story.

But I do that on my blog, you say. Ok. But books are better. My kids spend hours a day looking at books. They love to see photos of our family and their cousins. They don’t spend hours reading blogs. Just sayin’.

The journals I make are filled with acid free paper, sewn together with love, and cased in (most of the time) vintage fabric. I like them to be one of a kind because I hope to inspire other people (YOU) to write your story.

My sister has written on my blog before about journaling: where to start and writing in your journal. You should read those.

Bottom line: Do I think you need to write in one of my journals to have a good story? No. Am I rich and famous because I hand-make books? No.

I do this because I love the process and because I love the look on the face of someone who has found the journal perfect for them.

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3 comments to sneak peek: journals

  • JANIS

    I TOO LOVE TO MAKE BOOKS HAVE NOT DONE IT IN SOOOO LONG. YOU GAVE ME THE INSPIRATION TO BIND SOON. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TECH. THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO SHARE.. I LIVE IN LA=SALLE, ONTARIO, CANADA. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I WILL VISIT YOUR SITE AGAIN.
    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK,
    JANIS

  • Julie McCombie

    Do you make your own journals??

  • sarah

    You bet! A few are listed in my shop (http://bookboundbindery.com) and I visit a few art shows in Texas each year. I can send you more info if you are interested.

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