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Customer Review

on May 24, 2005
i write this as an experienced amateur book maker and keeper of a "creative" journal.

i think the author bit off more than she could chew. the book purports to tell you both how to keep a journal and how to make one of your own. the initial part about how to keep a journal is thin and insubstantial and focuses almost exclusively on writing [not a bad thing, but there are other ways to journal].

the two major sections of the book focus on basic book making and descriptions of collaborative projects between book artists and journal keepers. the book making instructions are incomplete and confusing, even for experience book makers. the diagrams are very confusing and poorly labled. the collaborative projects include some great books, but the idea that you can replicate these projects from the scant instructions provided is laughable. i wish there had been more photos of these books.

the text reads like an undergraduate term paper with too many exclamation points. the only redeeming features are the pictures of the collaborative projects. there are better books out there if you want to learn to keep or need inspiration for keeping a creative journal, or if you want to learn book making. this book does neither.
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