Summer Journals

On Tuesday the girls and I visited my friend's bookbinding studio to make summer journals. She is an amazing book artist and has become quite an inspiration to the girls. I really like giving my girls the chance to work with artists and crafters in their studios.

We created big, bound journals that took just about all day to make. Here is Lou binding her book. It was a difficult project for her, but she did a great job and needed very little help.

Here they are doing the last part--decorating the cover. We used marbelized paper that Hels had made last year.

Here's my journal. You can see the binding where we used beautiful waxed thread and beads to make a pattern. My intention is to use our journals this summer as we explore wild flowers, the birds in our yard and other bits of nature.

My mother gave Hels this lovely wild flower book, written in 1893. I love book designs from around the turn-of-the century, and this cover is one of the loveliest I have seen. Each flower entry includes a detailed line-drawing and description along with quotes from poetry, indian lore, or other anecdotes.

In this entry she says that the Meadow Lily's blossoms look a bit like "fairy-caps" which "would make dainty head gear for any of the dim inhabitants of the wonder-land." I love it!

I VOW I will get the kids out drawing in these journals this summer. They've already begun. Lou has fallen in love with birds and has begun to explore just a bit.

denise  – (June 13, 2008 at 9:23 AM)  

That looks awesome. I love bookbinding - it will be fun to do projects like this as my boys get older. And what a wonderful resource to have close to home!

Dawn  – (June 13, 2008 at 11:04 AM)  

That little red studio is so cute. It looks like a wonderful place to spend the day and your books turned out beautifully. Have fun writing in them this summer.

Anonymous –   – (June 13, 2008 at 11:44 AM)  

What craftsmanship! And that is just the kind of field guide I like, with both art and science.

Lisa Anne  – (June 13, 2008 at 12:58 PM)  

Very, very beautiful. I love that you all made a day to spend with this woman to learn this skill. The journals turned out so nice. I love that book that your mother gave Hels. We need to get out in community more to meet all the wonderful crafts people around. Very inspiring!

Jessica  – (June 13, 2008 at 7:01 PM)  

What an awesome way to enjoy your summer-filling journals with writing and drawing. I wish I had a book-binder friend who lived near by!

Tara  – (June 14, 2008 at 7:34 AM)  

I fiddled with handbound books a bit in college and loved it. The beaded spine on yours is beautiful. And what a treasure the wildflower book is. This seems like a very worthy activity to vow to complete. I hope you'll share some of what makes it inside the journals as well.

Angela  – (June 16, 2008 at 9:32 AM)  

What a treat, and what gorgeous journals! I agree, a lovely way to spend a day...

Tanya  – (June 17, 2008 at 7:40 AM)  

Those journals are lovely! The marbling is beautiufl - what fun and a special keepsake for the girls. My grandfather took a journalmaking class at the Smithsonian way back when and gave me the journal he made. I treasure it and love the marbled paper covers.

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