I need to have some way of recording ideas and experimenting, before I start a project etc. I also need somewhere to write notes, ideas and make drawings/sketches/diagrams for my bookbinding projects.
So... as I am going on a Bookbinding Course next Friday (yay!), I thought I really should have a Bookbinding Journal/Notebook. I looked at some books today, while I was in WHSmiths, finding a photo-display book (which they didn't have in 6x4 or 7x5, only A4, so I had to buy a slip-in photo album instead, but it's very nice ... more about this later). Anyway, I looked at various notebooks and stuff, then thought that really I should be making my own. After all, am I, or am I not, a Book Binder?
So I did a quick re-purposing job on a set of plain book signatures that I salvaged from an old sketch book some time ago. They were already stitched together and had glue all along the spine, which did limit the way I could bind them, but I have produced something I am pleased with:-
A 12" x 8.5" Bookbinding Journal/Notebook
This has hard covers, made of stiff boards, with some great marbled paper that I have had a long time (there's a little mini-book, with a Japanese binding, in my Etsy shop, that has covers made from this paper).
I really like this paper and it just seemed the best thing to use. The little label on the cover was just made from a trimmed-off piece of the marbled cover paper, stencilled on the back, with the edges inked in gold.