I used to not be very crafty. Before the invention of Powerpoint, the words “and you’re project should include a visual aid” would send me into a cold sweat. I was not a child that could draw. I was not a kid that could construct things. In fact, it wasn’t until I was in LA and I forced myself to learn how to knit so I would have something to do in an ex-boyfriend’s car before I learned any sort of craftiness.
Also, I’ve kept a journal since my junior year of high school because I wanted to be like the coolest girl I had ever met, Mandy. And even though I don’t journal as often anymore, I have a propensity to pick up empty, well-bound books.
And in these Pinterest days, I love a craft that will combine the two.
Enter Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures by Erin Zamrzla offers the beginning bookmaker all the knowledge they need to start constructing their books. Whether it’s a journal, ticket scrapbook, book necklace for intimate thoughts, or a child’s project, she has got you covered.
Now, I taught myself how to knit out of books and off of Youtube videos, and I know how frustrating it can be when certain things are treated as the most obvious thing in the world so they’re glossed over and then you miss it and then you feel like a giant fool because “it’s just that easy” was not very easy at all, it wasn’t! Or something like that. Anywho, this book avoids that feeling. Not only is it beautifully photographed so you always know what the final product is going to look like, but the instructions are detailed enough that you never feel lost. In fact, most instructions are accompanied with diagrams, so you can learn both through words and visuals. Zamrzla isn’t leaving a lot to chance, and I appreciate it.
Another section that I found particularly helpful were the appendices at the end. These detail the different tools and papers that are available for the budding bookbinder, and she keeps it simple but thorough. I feel like with that in hand, I wouldn’t be so lost the first time I stepped into a craft store to acquire supplies.
Although not all the books are things that I would personally need or want, there’s enough variety in both product and construction techniques in this book that you feel like its worth the length.
With a warm and engaging style, this well-designed, well-written guide can help you open the doors to creating your very own library of homemade books.
JMF Rating: 7.5/10
‘Til next time,
Note: This book was received from NetGalley in return for an honest review.