Journals

I finished the new batch of leather bound journals I was working on.

The new (bigger) magnets did the trick, while still being small enough that I think they don’t upset the look of the journals, and I made a couple without magnets and used leather straps to hold them closed.

Magnet book
Magnet book
Leather strap book
Leather strap book

New journals

I’m experimenting with some new leather bound journals.

I sewed up the text blocks ages ago and didn’t know what to do with them after that, but we recently got a new couch and somebody suggest I use the leather from the old couch for book binding, so I decided to experiment with these ones.

Leather bound journals
Leather bound journals

After cutting all the leather off the couch, I glued it onto the text blocks. My technique could use some improvement, but I’m pretty happy with the final result. The four in the picture here all have a leather strap to wrap around and tie them closed.

There was one more that I tried using some rare earth magnets for a closing mechanism. I think it was a moderate success, but I need to come up with a better way of aligning the magnets, and use slightly larger magnets too. I’d bought some 10mm * 1mm magnets and they were just not quite strong enough.