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Live & Learn: Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books (AARP®) Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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book will serve as an invaluable guide to getting started. There is so much information packed into this latest
book by Gwen Diehn that no matter what your experience level with journaling or book making you're sure to
find something to inspire you.
This is not just a how to make a journal book. Using the central premise of designing your book from the inside out the author guides the reader through a series of questions about what the intended use of the book is going to be before it's created. Questions such as what size book, will you use paints, pens or pencils on the pages, do you want it to lay flat, have removable or replaceable pages and others are used to help guide the reader through what Gwen calls the "design inventory". This inventory is then translated into an appropriate book design for the binding and cover using the "choose your own bookbinding adventure booklet" found in a pocket on the inside front cover of the book. Once that decision is made you'll turn to chapter 4 of the book where you'll find illustrated directions on a variety of book binding styles such as pamphlets, spiral, piano hinge, longstitch, concertina, coptic and others. Chapter 5 of the book covers a range of book cover instructions such as flexible, hardcover, glued in cover, laced in covers and others.
For those not familiar with the basic tools and skills needed for book binding the pull out bookbinding essentials foldout that comes in an envelope in the back cover of the book will be a handy tool to keep on their work table.Read more ›
A unique marriage of the art of handcrafted books and the art of journaling, Real Life Journals offers a step-by-step program that will give you what Diehn calls a "design inventory" for the journal you want. It will help you decide what kind of journal fits your style, create a design and choose the materials for your book, and craft the journal.
To illustrate the process, Diehn invited nine people to choose the kind of journal they wanted and work with her design inventory. Using their responses, she created a journal for each of them (one was a father-daughter pair, another a grandmother wanting to journal for her family). She documented all nine journals--and the journaling experience each embraced, each one different and each unique to the journal-keeper's intentions and dreams. You'll be inspired by these experiences to make your own inventory, design your own book, and begin your own journal.
Throughout, Real Life Journals is richly illustrated, with careful descriptions of each part of the process, from bookbinding techniques, materials, and tools, to ideas for creating covers. I'm no bookmaker, but reading the instructions and studying the illustrations, I'm confident that I could attempt even the more complicated of the bindery processes Diehn describes. The text and illustrations are supplemented by a mini-book tucked inside the front cover that helps you "choose your own bookbinding adventure" and a foldout chart illustrating binding essentials inside the back cover.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I like how it takes you through the decision making process for what type of journals are needed for different tasks. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Gardner
I enjoyed this book. It truly a live and learn book with 2 inserts that are most helpful. I received this book in the recorded time and in the condition state.Published 23 months ago by g davis
I haven't tried things yet, I'm still reading. The photos of the projects are very good and help a lot.Published on June 6, 2013 by MHB 4 books
Item received was missing part of the book and it was an important section ....... would like that part of book shipped to me if they have it or ship one that isn't missing it.... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Karen Rothstein
and like to make and design my own journals. I am
always on the lookout for new ideas and methods. Read more
Many of us don't think about the kind of journal or sketchbook we want to use and just grab a commercially made one off a shelf. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Zoe
This isn't simply a book on bookmaking and bookbinding. What makes Live & Learn: Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books (AARP) unique is how author Gwen Diehn guides... Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by liberal sprinkles
Wow! Wow! And wow again! This book has me stunned over the amount of information and inspiration it gives. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Carin Winkelman
I've been collecting books about making books for about 6 months now. Mostly I look at them and then wonder how I could make a "good looking" book and what I would use it for. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Susan Anderson