Yesterday we celebrated the 21st birthday of one of my best friends from college. I’ve been trying to handmake as many gifts as possible since I’m a bit low on funds at the moment (thanks, grad school application fees!), so even though i found out about the celebration late-ish, I still made an effort to put something nice together. This notebook set was put together using materials I had around my dorm room — pages from a half-filled sketchbook that a delegate abandoned at this year’s SMUNC conference, embroidery thread for binding, and a blue tissue box from my “things to be recycled into crafts one day stash.” I’ve been saving pretty cardboard boxes to make notebook sets since last year, when I first got the idea and made a few sets for Christmas presents, but I’ve been so busy since then that I just haven’t gotten around to doing any until now. This time I used an improved binding technique (last year’s books were saddle-stitched and then the binding was taped over — this was problematic because it meant the notebooks didn’t stay closed too well). This time I actually went and learned a more complicated technique from this tutorial. It’s kind of a fun technique (though an awl would’ve been very helpful; I wish I hadn’t left all my jewelry supplies at home but I am trying to reduce the number of things I will have to transport home in June so I left all non-necessities behind after break). I was very proud of the results.
Anyway, here go the pictures…
The full set (the recipient’s name appears curving along the border of the circle with the colored-pencil-and-ink flower, but I’ve blurred it out for privacy purposes)
Close-ups of the art on the circular emblems that appear on each piece (LH: notebook; RH: bookmark)
This shot shows the binding a bit better:
Wrapped up into a set.
Gift-wrapped (I was so proud of myself; I even made the gift tag match!)