And of course, they come in a bright, colorful box, which, of course, had to become a book. This hand-made blank book/journal is approx. 8" square, its covers cut from the front and back of the box, with a bit of the sides at the spine. To make the cardboard both more attractive and sturdier, I glued recycled red paper on the inside. The glue has caused the cardboard to warp a bit--you can see the bow in the second picture--but the book is now under weights, and after a day or so, it should be nice and flat. I also used the same red paper for decorative end papers.
The pages are regular bond paper, folded into 6 signatures of 6 sheets each, giving 72 leaves (144 pages counting both sides).The longstitch binding is done with whitewaxed linen t hread in an "x" pattern.