That’s it. I’m hooked. Completely and totally hooked on the time-consuming-and-wouldn’t-it-just-be-cheaper-to-buy-another-Moleskine hobby of bookbinding. Those of you who read yesterday’s post will know that I decided to make a book using custom printed pages. The result is fabulous! I will toot my own horn and say the craftsmanship is pretty fine indeed. Now that the bug has taken a chomp out of me, I thought I’d attempt a different kind of bindery. Today’s little project was to come near to replicating the Moleskine Cahier. I have plenty of the pocket Cahiers around and don’t mind paying for them, but this was a quest. I printed more little custom pages, folded, and hole punched them with a fat needle. I cut a cover, some thread, and started stitching. It is LOVELY! I’m squealin’ pleased!
To further customise the handmade books, I used some full-sheet sticker paper (my packrattery comes in SO handy) to print a few of my photos. Shazam! I have adorned my books! The little Moleskine-inspired one is 48 pages and specifically for character development notes. The photo I chose for its cover is of an interesting moment on the London Underground- seemed perfectly inspiring for a character notebook. You’ll find the cover photo for the first book in my flickr pictures as well.
This stuff isn’t hard but unless I can speed up my time and also start printing with archival quality inks and paper, my hobby books aren’t going to be the tools for the long haul. At the very least, they have been a delightful challenge and I have enjoyed making them immensely. Next I want to try making a Japanese saddle-stitched book…
Neil? Can we go to HobbyCraft soon? I’ll make you a book… 😉