The video below showcases the fifth handmade book I've made for friends and family.
Reasons I enjoy doing this:
Fun to pull poems together
Practice of my watercolor skills (Each painting I did was done only once, mistakes or no. No redos.)
Results in a unique and personalized gift for someone I love
Steps I took to make the book:
Assemble poems, print them out
Think of images to paint for some or all
Decide on the order of poems (quotes, prose, memories) in book
Cut pages to size I wanted so that they had sufficient margins
Handwrite and paint the insides
Make the cover from the hard board at the back of a drawing pad
Find needles, ruler, waxed thread/floss and follow this SeaLemon youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04vt8YfT7XM
Stitch according to the youtube video
Voila! You have a great gift and a chance to practice your skills in one tiny project. What I love about single stitch book binding is that the pages in this book - no matter HOW thick the art paper is - will lay flat so you can leave it open to a favorite set of pages.