Ban.do Notebook Spreads

I haven’t shared any shots of my notebook spreads recently, and I am just so in love with this Bando notebook that I couldn’t let that continue! As it always seems to go, the thrill of whatever planner challenge I was participating in earlier this month has dissipated; I’m once again struggling to find a way to use my kikki.K without shoving myself into a box that doesn’t suit me. Last week, I set my kikki.K aside for perhaps the last time. Despite how I enjoyed that white birch notebook, the deep connection just wasn’t there. So I transferred all of my addresses, to-dos and even drew a spontaneous calendar into my Bando. The pages are sturdy, thick and hold up to inks and paints well. Dare I say that this could even serve as an art journal?

Handmade Hardcover Notebook Mark II

Using the same methods as last time, I made another hardcover notebook–this time entirely from scratch. The cover consists of three pieces of cardboard covered in fabric. For the text block, I used a combination of scrapbooking papers, heavyweight and regular weight drawing papers and envelopes.

Hardcover Book Binding

I bound my first hardcover book yesterday! 😀 This first design turned out better than I’d hoped.

New Purpose for my Gold kikki.K

Despite my love for my gold kikki.K, I’m simply too much of a spontaneous hermit to get much use out of planner, hence my silence and lack of planner-related posts for the past weeks. I’d been dedicating significant brainpower to figuring out how I could still use this gorgeous, amazing binder without actually printing out planner inserts and trying to keep track of my life that way. So I decided to turn the kikki.K into a ring-bound art journal. I loved the single-ring art journal I had earlier this year, and it seemed natural to upgrade, so to speak. In order to protect the hardware, leather and fabric of this beautiful planner, I take each page out when I work in it, unless it’s a simple sketch or paint-less preliminary design. 🙂

This system of having an art journal and an “everything journal”—wherein I keep daily rants, ephemera from life, notes, to-dos, plans, lists, dreams, ideas, fiction, literally everything—seems to be working very well for me. And of course, I have tons of sketchbooks as well. 😛 In addition to these, I also have a large plain Moleskine with a soft cover in which I paste all my beautiful received mail.

Handmade Watercolor Book

This is the last one, I swear! My third attempt at making a little watercolor booklet from loose leaf papers came out better than the last two. Since I was using four strands of thread, I alternated blue and pink. I just love the cover and thread colors, so I thought I’d share one last set of handmade notebook photos. 😀

binding detail cover inside pagesThe best thing? It lies perfectly flat. If you’re curious how I bound the thing, here is the tutorial I used by the lovely SeaLemon.