Creative Journals & Art Books

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Book-Binding

Wooden Handle Awl

An awl makes it easy to punch holes in signatures and book covers. I like this wooden handle awl – it’s very comfortable to use.

Wooden Handle Awl

Silent Setter Eyelet Tool Set

Ideal for sewing, scrapbooking and arts and crafts.

Silent Setter Eyelet Tool Set

Stanley Knife

A stanley knife is perfect for trimming and cutting the pages of printable journals.

Stanley Knife

Sanding Block

A stanley knife is perfect for trimming and cutting the pages of printable journals.

Sanding Block

6.5×12.5 Quilting Ruler

A clear quilting ruler with non-slip pads underneath is useful for cutting and trimming printable journals and other papers.

6.5x24.5 Quilting Ruler

Corner Cutter Punch

A rounded corner cutting punch that actually works well! Three sizes in one punch.

Corner Cutter Punch

Paper

Chipboard Sheets
12″ x 12″

This chipboard is perfect for journal and book covers. Can be sewn through using a sewing machine.

67lb Copy Paper Vellum Bristol

A medium-weight cardstock that is perfect for journal pages that need more support than what copy paper offers, but not quite as rigid as 100lb cardstock.

67 lb Copy Paper

Cardstock

110lb Cardstock is perfect for making journal pages that can be used for collage and for stitching.

Cardstock

24lb Copy Paper

24lb copy paper is slightly thicker than standard copy paper which makes it ideal for using in writing journals or for tea-staining.

24lb Copy Paper

Canson Mixed Media Paper

This mixed media paper pad is economical, and perfect for sketching, drawing, light washes of ink and watercolor, collage, journaling, and more.

Canson Mixed Media Paper

Canson Sketchbook Paper

This mixed media paper pad is economical, and perfect for with pencil, charcoal, pen and pastel. This type of paper can be hand painted provided you pre-treat the pages with gesso.

Canson Mixed Media Paper

Khadi Paper

Khadi paper is another of my favorite papers for making pages for journals. Khadi paper is handmade using cotton rag so it’s thick with a beautiful texture, and is perfect for hand sewing.

Khadi Paper

Rice Paper

This paper has two sides, one smooth and one textured. It can be used for collage and mixed-media journal pages.

Rice Paper

Speedball Printmaking Paper

This paper is made from a mix of mulberry and bamboo fiber. It’s very thin but very strong and is perfect for use in mixed media collage where you can paint and sew on it without the paper shredding.

Speedball Printmaking Paper

Paper Distresser

This tool is used for distressing the edges of paper and cardstock to create an authentic aged paper look. Can also be used as a thread cutter.

Paper Distresser

Paints & Dyes

Tulip Dyes

Tulip Tie Dyes are not just for tie-dyeing – you can do any type of dyeing with them. Plus they’re easy to use if you’ve never hand-dyed before.

Tulip Dyes

Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

For professional hand-dyeing results, sign up for the Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Online Workshop where I show you how to hand-dye beautiful and unique fabrics, fibers and threads.

Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint Set

My favorite paints for painting pages.

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint Set

Acrylic Craft Paint

Inexpensive acrylic craft paint that is perfect for painting on paper.

Craft Paint

Gesso

Prepares surfaces for painting using acrylic paint.

Gesso

Paint Brushes

A good range of paint brush sizes are needed for painting background papers and overpainting photos.

Paint Brushes

Foam Brushes

Foam paint brushes are inexpensive and perfect for painting.

Foam Brushes

Water Brush Pen

A water brush pen is ideal for watercolor painting when traveling, or for quick watercolor sketches.

Water Brush Pen

Water Brush Pen Set

This set of water brush pens includes 3 point tip brush pens and 3 flat tip brush pens (small, medium, large).

Water Brush Pen Set

Palette Paper

Convenient and disposable paint-mixing surface.

Palette Paper

Texture Combs

Texture combs are used for making texture marks when using paint or gel mediums.

Texture Combs

Glue

Elmers Craftbond Extra Strength Glue Sticks

This glue is extra strength and perfect for gluing paper and lightweight fabric.

Elmers Craftbond Extra Strength Glue

Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

This glue is awesome – it glues just about anything.

Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue

Scor-Tape

When you want stuff to REALLY stick. This is the strongest and stickiest tape I have ever used.

Scor-Tape

Sewing

Brother Sewing & Quilting Machine CS6000i

This is a good starter sewing machine with many automatic features, and many more advanced features that you can ‘grow with’ over time.

Brother Sewing & Quilting Machine CS6000i

Hand Embroidery Thread

Hand embroidery thread can be used for sewing signatures in handmade journals and books.

Hand Embroidery Thread

Hand Embroidery Needles

For use with hand embroidery thread.

Hand Embroidery Needles

Thread Wax

This wax is perfect for waxing your own thread which makes it stronger and easier to work with when bookbinding.

Thread Wax

Pellon 72F Peltex Fusible Stabilizer

Pelltex heavy-weight stabilizer comes in three different types – sew-in (Pellon 70F), one-sided fusible (Pellon 71F), and two-sided fusible (Pellon 72F). The two-sided fusible (72F) is the most rigid and is my favorite type of heavyweight stabilizer. It’s perfect for making book and journal covers.

Peltex Stabilizer

Sulky Tear-away Stabilizer

This is standard tearaway stabilizer. I use it to stabilize my sewing for lots of different applications, but particularly when sewing decorative machine stitches because it helps to support the stitching and they turn out beautiful every time.

Water Soluble Stabilizer

Grade 50 Cheesecloth

Grade 50 is my favorite type of cheesecloth. It has a slightly open weave which makes it more manageable to work with than the standard cheesecloth you find in craft stores or the supermarket which is much more open weave than grade 50. Cheesecloth is used to add texture and for layering, and it can be easily painted, dyed or stained.

Grade 50 Cheesecloth

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