The Weekend Crafter: Making Books And Journals: 20 Great Weekend Projects is a short (80 pages) book that features some unusual book designs and lots of photos showing readers exactly how to make each book.
Some people thrill when they discover a new, intricate binding technique for art books.
While I enjoy those, I’m far more enthusiastic about clever, simple designs that allow me to wildly embellish the books.
The latter is why I recommend this book: The projects are easy enough for beginners, and exciting enough for experts.
Here are just a few of the 20 projects featured in this book:
- Folded Book with Pockets
- Roll-Up Travel Journal
- Mailable Journal
- Jelly Bean Books
- Angel Photo Albums
- Ornament Books
- Coptic-Bound Sketch Journal
- Japanese-Bound Picture Frame Album
… and 12 more, plus many ideas based on these handmade books.
What I love about this book for beginners is this: The photos show how to create each book, step-by-step. These really are projects that you can complete in a few hours, or at least in a weekend.
This book is also great for experts because many of these books can be embellished into awe-inspiring projects. And, the simpler books can be given to friends, sold online inexpensively, or displayed around your home or office, to let others know about your more elaborate handmade books.
All in all, this is a book that may look average on the bookshelf, but — once you look at the projects that it features — you’ll be impressed.
Making Books and Journals is also simple enough to give as a gift for anyone — including a child old enough to use the tools — who’d like to learn to make handmade books. It also offers a wealth of ideas for Scouts or youth group projects.
Read others’ reviews at