Category Archives: home made books

Green Midori

So, I made my first leather Midori.  I love the thick, textured leather.  But I made it passport size, not Field Note size.  I already have one this size I love made of denim, so I am thinking of selling this one…

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Fauxdori Video

Hey guys!  I had a couple of requests for a video with some more views of my Denim Midori.  I threw in some instructions and a flip.  I figured if I was going to make it, I might as well share it here as well. 🙂  (Especially since it had been so long since I’ve MADE a video 😉 )  Sorry, this one is a little rough, but it gets the job done….


Posted by on May 2, 2014 in home made books, video


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Homemade Bluejean Midori

This is my first Midori.  Or faux-dori.  I made it out of denim and a piece of canvas.  It is not that is a vegan, or opposed to leather or anything.  I am just cheap. 😉  At $60- 80 for a real one, I wanted to make sure I liked it, and it would work for me… after all, the pages looked like they were a funny shape (they are talk and thin).  What did I really have to write down?  And did I REALLY need another place to write down dates and appointments? After all, since we shut down the business, and I am more or less a housewife, the appointments are a lot fewer…  Anyhow, I have completely fallen in love.  I use it for doodling, sketching, making lists, journaling, class notes for random classes I am taking, and any thought that runs through my head.  I even have random quotes and song lyrics.

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As I said, it is just some old blue jeans glued to some canvas paper.  The canvas makes it a bit sturdier.  I left the seam for some interest.  The inserts are 2 lined and 1 blank.  All of which are home-made.  I also have a couple dashboards, and a 6-pocket folder as seen on pocket full of vintage.  The metal strip on the front is a Tim Holtz and it says ‘capture life’s moments’.   When I saw it I knew it was perfect for this, and I fell in love.  The beads on the bottom are homemade.  1 big flat one, surrounded by a few smaller paper beads to hold it on.

Have I said how much I love it yet? 😉  So much so that I have a real leather Raydori on the way… I am definite a convert! 😉

PS- those new (to me) Frixion pens are my new absolute favorite!  I almost always have one in my hand, and they are in almost every room in my home… maybe I should buy stock? 😉

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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in home made books


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It’s a new year!

So, one of my New Years resolutions is to get back on the blogging train.  My aim is 3 times a week.  So for the first one of the year I dug up and oldie but a goodie (that for some reason slipped through the cracks…).  This is a folio I made last summer.  (from Shannon Greens design)

folioIf you want to make one for your own, here is the video I followed… HERE …

Please if you do, send me a picture! I would love to see it… 🙂


Posted by on January 8, 2014 in home made books


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Finished Recycled Book

This is my third book I started during Your Stuff… Use it! month.  For this art journal I used some craft paint on news print, and then used that to cover some packaging (I believe it was a pizza box top).  For a while I have been collecting advertisements that come in the mailbox.  They are mostly for carpet cleaning, real estate, dance classes in the area, dry-cleaning, etc.  I kept them because they come in various sizes (from post card to about a 6×12 inch) and they are a nice weight (card-stock-ish).  The draw back, is they are glossy, so might be a pain to work on when the time comes.  I bound these with my current favorite technique.  (Muse said use red and yellow sock yarn with blue and teal covers. Who am I to argue?)  That was about it for this one.  Not too complicated… Kept the cover really plain, for now, but strung some beads off the end.  If you look closely you can see shells, teal and coral glass beads, and some of my paper beads.  They make me happy to touch, and to hear clink together.  =D

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2 out of 3 ain’t bad!

Well, my goal this week was to get 3 books bound, but really, it was closer to 2 and a half.  But I think I can be ok with that… Still a pretty good week for me, and I always enjoy this process 🙂

Here is a picture of the second one I made using my Own Stuff

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I love this one!  I started with a bunch of tissue boxes I had.  So I started cutting them up (for the pages).  Then I realized a had a lot of cardboard of comparable sizes, so those when in the pile too.  I kept cutting, and soon had a pile about and inch and a half tall.  Perfect!  I used an old pizza box lid and cut it in half for the covers.  Then I covered those with mono-printed deli-paper.  I stitched it together with left over sock yarn (yes, I have A LOT of this (maybe 200 balls? I have knit many socks before I discovered paint…).  I was introduced to THIS video months ago, and I love it because it is single sheets (no fold) and lays as flat as a coptic stitch binding.  Added a little more paint, stamped some flowers.  A little more paint, a few embellishments from the embellishment drawer (including a Tim Holtz), she is done and ready to throw some paint at! 🙂

What did you create this week?

PS- next week is alter-something week.  but I have never done it before. any ideas what I should alter? any tips?


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Green Book Done!

Feels good to have complete a project.  My first one for this week of Your Stuff… Use It!  (my stuff?).  Anyhow. This is one of my favorite styles of books to bind.  It’s fast, easy, and I always have the stuff.  And it’s a great on to throw in my purse, to use as a sketchbook, note taker, list maker, ect.  I did go a bit fancy with this one, and added a layer of pattern paper on the front.

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(The colors are NOT this bright in real life, but are they ever? heh)

To make this one, I used a file folder (old or new works fine, but if it’s a gift, I would go with new) pattern paper from Recollections, 20 pieces of printer paper, duck brand duct tape, a couple of green home-made polymer beads (optional and not shown) and some left over green sock yarn).  That is it.  3 holes.  Sew it up. Easy right?

Are you binding anything this week?  Tell me about it! 🙂

Any ideas on what I should/could alter next week?



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