Book Edges with Jenn

July 01, 2024

Book Edges with Jenn

Hi crafty friends! Today I have a different kind of project to share with you-- handbound notebooks! The new Book Edges dies offer some cool decorative edges, or, as seen in today's projects, different ways to bind together notebooks! I made a video tutorial showing my process and you can watch it HERE on my YouTube channel

For the first notebook, I used this YouTube tutorial to sew my notebook edge using a Japanese bookbinding technique: Japanese Hemp Leaf Binding Tutorial The pattern of the holes and stitched details looked like this style of binding so I decided to use it on the first notebook. The pages were cut to 6"x5.5" from copy paper and the cover was 65lb cardstock.

The second notebook is a more traditional spiral notebook using wire. 

In this notebook, I also included a page of DIY stickers featuring images from Write With Me cut with my Brother Scan n Cut. The rest of the pages were cut out of mixed media paper (6"x5") and the cover was 110lb kraft cardstock.


These notebooks were pretty easy to assemble (the sewn one took a bit more fiddling but eventually it came together). It is really fun to make custom notebooks that are perfect for gifting or for yourself! I hope you have fun creating your own set of notebooks using these Mama Elephant products!


Supplies used (and notes):

Book Edges

Write With Me

Deliver Fall Fun

Bella Letters

Little Agenda Airplanes

Mixed Media paper

Waxed Linen thread -- this thread was a little on the thicker side so if you see yourself doing more bookbinding, I would advise getting waxed thread that is a little thinner. But this still worked and was just a few dollars. 

18 gauge wire -- this particular brand of wire has lots of fun colors but the wire itself is pretty soft, so if you want sturdier, thicker wire (like 16 gauge) you can try buying a different gauge or brand. But keep in mind that if it is too thick, it might not be as easy to coil by hand.

Sticker paper -- For my Scan n Cut, I used a 1.5 blade setting and -1 pressure for this brand of sticker paper. Be sure to do a test cut to figure out settings for your own machine.

Large eye blunt yarn needle

Thank you for stopping by! Happy crafting! ~Jenn

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