Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Paradise Window Journal

It's that time again! Welcome to my stop on Club Scrap's Paradise Blog Hop.

I've created a 5x7" journal with papers from the Paradise Collection. The 1x3" window in the binding exposes the brightly colored inside pages. The pages are stitched onto the wrapped book board covers with black waxed linen thread.

Here are a few tips for creating one of your own.

(2) 5x7" Book Board Covers
(2) 1.25 x 2" Book Board Spines
(2) 5 x 9" Outside Covers
(1) 3.5 x 9" Outside Spine Wrap
(1) 11.25 x 6.75" Inside Cover Wraps
(12) 9.5 x 6.75" Inside Pages
(12) 20" Pieces Waxed Linen Thread

Tools Needed:
Bookbinding Glue & Foam brush
Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Grid Ruler & Craft Knife
Cutting Mat
Piercing Awl & Stitching Cradle
Needle for Waxed Linen

Assembly Tips:

Align the top and bottom edges of the spine boards with the covers to create a window in the spine. Adhere the outside cover wraps, and cut an "x" into the window with a craft knife.

Adhere the flaps to the inside cover and burnish with a bone folder. Disguise any remaining exposed book board with a black marker.

Temporarily place the inside spine cover in place, trace the location of the window onto the spine cover, and cut an opening slightly larger than the marked area.

Adhere the inside cover.

Fold the inside pages in half and pierce stitching holes 2" from the top and bottom edges of each crease. Thread the needle with waxed linen and follow these steps to stitch a page:

1. Enter the bottom pierced hole from the inside of the page, leaving a 6" tail.
2. Exit the page and go through the window in the spine.
3. Bring the thread around the bottom of the window and bottom edge of the page, and exit the same stitching hole.
4. Enter the top stitching hole from the outside of the book cover to the inside of the page.
5. Bring the thread around the top of the book cover, through the window and back into the top stitching hole.

6. Remove all slack in the thread.

7. Tie a knot and trim excess thread tails.

Repeat stitching process for a total of twelve signatures.

Thanks for taking the time to view a little paradise here on my craft table. Next on this marvelous hop is the talented Deb at Deb Duz Scrappin'.



  1. This is so wonderful Kay. I love how the bright pages peak out. I will have to give this a try.

  2. Oh Man! Sheer genius. I absolutely love this unique project and of course, only you Kay could have dreamed it up. Thank you.

  3. What a clever binding technique Kay! Love how this all comes together. :)

  4. OMG, Kay! I HAVE to do this. I love the window in the binding.

  5. OMG the binding on this is super with all those amazing coloring colors showing through!

  6. Beautiful book Kay! This kit really knocks it out of the park with the colors. Thanks so much for sharing the idea. Have a great day!

  7. What a sweet book you have created!!! Love the binding on it too! super neat!

  8. Love this binding, I might have to try it, you always make such cleaver books.

  9. Kay, you are such a wonderful "bookmaker". I love all your ideas and this is such a colorful book with that fun window.

  10. The peek of color on the binding is pretty fabulous! Your work is always top notch.

  11. What an adorable buttonhole binding, Kay! Love it! (I've been wanting to try this, and the pamphlet stitching is such an easy way to do it!)

  12. I like the side of the book almost as much as I like the pages!

  13. super sympa avec ces couleurs, merci pour le partage du tuto


  14. WOW! This is fantastic! I love it! Such a great the peek a boo spine!!

  15. I love how you can see the colors thrubtge spine! Gorgeous!

  16. Beautiful! So colorful! I love seeing the pages through the opening.

  17. This is SPEcTACULAR!!! I love it all. Bookmarked and once I get the nerve I will be doing thisQ

  18. This is beautiful, Kay! Maybe it should be a retreat workshop! :)