I also like to write in journals but lately have been struggling to find journals with ink-friendly paper. Every time the disappointment of putting the tip of your nib on the page and seeing the ink spread and feather. I purchased a few books recently in my search for a new journal and none of them contained paper suitable for ink.
So… I decided to make my own, with paper I do like!
This is a simple binding technique called "coptic binding"
Here you can see my four signatures sewn together.
What I like about this binding method
is that the book lays flat when you open it.
Makes for much easier writing.
I made covers for my book (which is size A6)
by covering some cardboard with decorative paper
(some of you may recognise this design)
Here is my book all sewn together, with the covers.
It's not perfectly lined up but it's not too bad for a first effort.
The holes in my cover are too big because I didn't have a hole punch with smaller holes so I will equip myself for the next book. I didn't make too many pages for it because it's nice not to have to wait years to fill a great big book and instead be able to change and start a fresh one after a shorter period of time. The beauty of this is you can choose everything about it: the size, the number of pages, the type of paper, the covers - great!
The colour of the decorative paper is more accurate in this photo.
I started writing in my new journal.
Now I never need run out of journals with suitable paper… I can just make myself another when I've filled this one.