Monday, April 8, 2013


(my journal made from recycled papers, and cardboard)


Monday's can be rough... But I'm here to help.
In celebration of my 15th year selling my handmade stuff... I am going to be featuring things I've seen on blogs, on the internet, in books
...wherever inspiration strikes! On making new items from old goods..hence, MondayUPs (upcycling)...

One of the new sections in my Etsy shop is called CREATE.

My goal for this section... is to list a bunch of handmade journals, notebooks, sketch diaries...
all made from recycled materials.

I have done very little bookbinding in the past... but it is a subject that has always interested me.
A couple years ago; I was guest teaching at a craft show... 
and one of the perks was that I could also sit in on a class.
The one I chose... was on simple bookbinding.
We even got to make a little journal that we could keep.
I've been hooked ever since.

And so today... I would like to feature some links to help you make a journal of your own:

a YouTube Video
links on Pinterest

There are also some great books on Amazon 
(I buy mine used... or you can check out your local library for them)

Making Handmade Books

And then I wanted to just show some cool journals that were 
made from recycled materials... to give you a little taste...