A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Book 182 - A Navy Leather Mini Journal - Fat Journal

Time for one of my standby leather journals. I had this lovely piece of dark blue leather, but it was quite small. So... a mini-journal. The book measures 3"x3 1'2" x 1" at the spine. This little book has great depth and feels substantial for all its small size. The hand-torn pages are 70 lb. cream Neenah velvet finish paper. It's one I love the feel of and it has a nice weight. Eight signatures, six sheets each, 96 pages (192 both sides).

The exposed binding is the longstitch done with waxed linen thread in a dark plum/brown. I crossed the threads on pairs of signatures for added interest.

Really a sweet little mini-journal.


  1. Love this one too!! I picked up some leather from a scrap bin to make a journal. Before I jumped into the leather, I did my first long stitch on an Annies Peace Pasta box. It actually turned out ok, but I need to judge my number of signatures better cuz it feels like it's not "full" enough (of paper). Do you stack your signatures tight together? Do you have a suggestion to help decide the correct number to use? Thanks for all your inspiration...I'm really having a lot of fun trying different techniques!

  2. Cheryl - The number of signatures and the number of sheets in each sig can vary with the thickness of paper and the look I'm going for. I usually start with 36 sheets, 6 sigs of 6 each. Once the pages are folded, I just go by "feel." If I want a "fat" journal like this one, I add pages. It's not an exact science. I make my holes as close together as possible for the size to keep the pages tight, but you will always end up with a small gap between the holes. That's one reason I'm liking the slotted spine longstich more and more. It eliminates that gap. Good luck with the leather.

  3. Donna thank you so much for the quick response. I don't think I've put my holes close enough together.....going by "feel" is a great way for me to start thinking about this. Think I will play around some more before I attack the leather....again, thank you....it really did help!

  4. Love the blue leather and that this little journal is so nice and fat! I, personally, love your leather journals just as much as the recycled paper ones. :)

  5. That blue leather is sumptuous.