Since I got involved with Documented Life Project I found new passion for books -HAND BOUND books to be exact.
The beauty of creating OOAK covers...The meditative signature sewing...The dilemma of choosing between tens of options and techniques you want your book to be bound at...The fascinating world of handmade book headbands ...My God, what a peaceful trade and I have the pleasure to practise it daily :)
And between my swimsuits design,pattern drafting and sewing, , binding books became my serenity escape
The first bookbinding technique I mastered at was coptic stitch.
Quite a simple yet with a very pretty results technique which features an "exposed spine" of visible signatures
The great thing about this binding method is the fact that the book can be opened up completely flat ,making it a perfect option for photo albums, scrapbooking ,journaling ,easy sketching etc
I made several books in this binding technique and my absolute favorite book would be the personalized sketchbook with a portrait of the customer and her sweet puppy shown on the spine and looks almost like a 3D pic
I started the book by sketching a portrait of my lovely client
and then bound it using the coptic stitch into this soft cover artist sketchbook
The beauty of this Artist book is not only the coolest spine ,but the fact that you can see the whole picture throughout the book
I think this book will make a perfect personal present for that someone special in your life,might it be your loved one, dear friend or even YOU yourself!
You can order a customizable book like this with a photo of your choosing from my new +Etsy shop