Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures: A Review


Author: Erin Zamrzla
Genre: non-fiction, crafts, hobbies, paper craft
First Published: 2013
Pages: 206 (advance ebook version)

Miraculously, book making is one craft I haven’t yet tried my hand at. I never go anywhere without a notebook in my bag in case I am struck by a creative idea when I am out and about. I would love to be able to make my own notebooks to carry around with me and they would be even more inspiring if they were handmade. 

Each notebook has a full page photo to demonstrate what the finished item will look like, followed by several of pages of simple step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams, which an absolute beginner can easily follow. The range of notebook styles is also really varied so it is really easy to find a notebook that you want to make – I love the necklace notebook and the photo notebook! The styles could also be adapted easily to create a unique and personalised look.

The last third of the book is completely dedicated to demonstrating the book binding techniques that are used in the book, once again illustrated with clear and helpful diagrams. It makes it ideal for beginners and those crafters who have more experience book binding. The projects also use tools and resources that are easy to get hold of and most of which are likely to be lurking within any crafter’s stash.

I really love the way the instructions are set out in this book because they are really simple and aren’t daunting for someone who hasn’t attempted the craft before. I am really drawn to some of the notebooks in the book but a few of them are very specialised to certain interests such as camping and star-gazing but it wouldn’t be possibly to adapt these to any other interest so, while there are lots of lovely notebooks, my only downside is that there aren’t enough designs that can be easily adapted to suit other interests. Nevertheless, I would definitely invest in this book because of the way it demonstrates the various bookbinding techniques that would come in useful for any notebook that you wanted to make.

Rating: 8/10

I received this book as a free Advanced E-Reader Copy from NetGalley.  This book will be available to buy on 9th July in the US and the UK.


4 thoughts on “Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures: A Review

  1. crochetcricket says:

    Making a handmade book is definitely on my list of things I want to try. As much as I love books having one that I’d made myself would be really special. Thanks for sharing!

  2. cross(stitch)yourheart says:

    Sounds like a fantastic crafty skill to have. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this book when it comes out, might make for a fun summer craft to try out.

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