Last year Powell's posted on their Facebook page about a new book called re-bound. It suggests ways to make handmade books from recycled materials like hot water bottles. Immediately I started thinking about all of the possibilities I could use: plastic bags, Starbucks gift cards, old photographs and more.
I almost clicked "purchase" but decided to wait when I saw the Hawaii Library System had a copy. This was a good move because I forgot one important point:
I can't sew.
When the book arrived it felt like a piece of art. It was fun to hold in my hands and the pictures showed so many ideas. But then came the directions and patterns and the need for a sewing machine (which I don't have). After much debate I realized this was too advanced for me.
Rather than admit total failure I sent a comment to Iliana from bookgirl's nightstand. She makes books too and told me to start slower and perhaps take a class.
To satisfy my need for a handmade book, I ordered a beautiful Parisian themed beaded journal. It's made by Iliana and sold on her Etsy store. For thirteen dollars I save myself a lot of grief.
Do any of you have craft books on your shelf that were never used? Please tell me I'm not the only one.