Upcoming Retreats

Portland, OR 2023 - April 11 - April 19, 2023

Portland, OR 2023 FALL - Oct 8-15, 2023

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Upcycled Books: Let's Not Say - "junk journal"!

Kat Kirby
9:00 - 4:30
Tue April 18

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$ 185  

Let’s create new journals from old books! (Or even new books).
Using a hard-covered book, you will learn how to successfully deconstruct it by
removing the text block. We will then reinforce the spine and create signatures (groups of papers to form the pages).The signatures are not just any old papers; they will include papers you will create using paints, stencils, stamps, and more! Once that’s finished, then it’s time to decide how you want to organize your pages, and we will talk about the various options.
Using a variety of bookbinding tools, I will show you how to stitch in the signatures, and create the inside covers. Choose a book whose cover you like, as we will not be covering
the covers, but rather leaving them as they are, or decorating them. Once the books are created, I will share my 14 favorite ways to embellish the pages, including pockets, tip-ins, pattern repetition, and more. You will leave this workshop with a true, one-of-a-kind treasure book! 

Materials Fee $25 paid at beginning of class includes:

Papers papers and more papers, such as:
Mixed media paper, Watercolor paper, Copy paper, Lined paper, Grid paper,Vintage sheet music, Book pages, Yearbooks, Maps, Postcards, Paper napkins, Sewing patterns
A Bookbinding kit which contains everything you need for this project, including waxed linen thread, needles, bone folders, clips
Use of rubber stamps, stamp pads, stencils, pens, watercolor paints, brushes, washi tapes 

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

A hard-covered book, ideally about 5” x 8” or thereabouts, with a spine no wider than 1.5”.
Scissors, exacto knife, self-healing mat
Pencil and Ruler
Favorite Paint brushes and tools if you have them
Washi tapes, a few different rolls. (Maybe we can share what we bring with one another)
Container for water
Paper towels
Baby wipes


Click here for a printable page

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