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I received a freebie ticket to a Paper Source workshop (Thanks, Craftcation!) so I took a bookbinding class. There were only two of us in class ~ semi-private class for the win! We were quick to finish too, so our instructor shared some bonus fun things we could add to our notebooks.

Paper Source provided all of the materials and tools, plus a handy “book sewing” guide. I chose different papers for my front and back covers, and copper sparkle cord to bind my project.

The most time consuming part was punching the sheets of paper for the notebook. Someone create a five-hole punch with 1/8 inch holes, please!

We used binder clips to hold the stack of paper together while we added bookbinding tape to the corners.

Then we glued on the front and back fancy papers using a liquid glue. Next time, I’ll try using glue stick – maybe it’ll dry faster.

Then, bookbinding! Using the sewing needles made the process easy.

We finished our projects in under an hour, so our instructor taught us some bonus additions – ribbon bookmarks and envelope pockets. I added scallops because I’m extra.

I want to make more! I have some ideas for future projects — like adding bookbinding tape to the whole spine and using a thicker paper for the front and back covers. Plus, finessing the inside of the front and back covers to hide the flaps and the bookmark.

Regardless, I’m super pleased with my notebook! I bought a few fancy papers after class so I can practice some more.

Thanks to our instructor Conie of Paper Source for sharing her love of journals and paper with us!

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