The DIY Journal Binding for your Analogue Lifestyle (Part 1)


Photos and journal writing share a common purpose for most people – they were created to preserve the memories in their own special way; pictures and words. But sometimes pictures are not enough to explain things, nor are just words. So, how about combining these two great creative concepts together?

You can quite easily pick up a neat and beautiful journal from the nearest bookstore without having a hard time, but it is just natural for a Lomographer to appreciate the DIY stuff more, being the big analogue lovers that we are. Besides, to have a journal which contains not only paragraphs but also photographs, well it’s pure common sense that those 'artsy' feelings will make it more wonderful. So, why don’t we make the journal ourselves with our own hands?

Credits: nicolesullivan, sunarashine & moustachelovers

Tools You'll Need

These are the materials and tools you’ll need to get started:

  • Paper (for sure, you’re making a journal)
  • Cover for your notebook (you can use anything you possibly want, you might want to try fancy paper, leather, plastic wrap, fabric etc, just be creative!)
  • Thread/yarn to tie your journal (use any kind of strong thread, I recommend using the synthetic leather thread/cotton yarn/acrylic yarn)
  • Needle (any needle that will fit your thread, I usually use my tapestry needle)
  • Awl/Nails to make holes on the spine of the notebook (if you’re using nails, choose the small ones)
  • Cutter knife and the cutting mat
  • Paperclip
  • Scissors (not really necessary though, you can use your cutter knife)
  • Pencil

The Tutorial

In this video below, I’ll show you how to make the easiest, yet most interesting DIY journal using the simple bookbinding method. Trust me, it takes very little time and money to make, and it's definitely worth a try!

With your crafty-mind, you can turn this simple notebook into something more valuable by getting creative with the techniques and also the materials. In the next part of The DIY Journal for your Analogue Lifestyle series, I will share some of my ideas to make this simple-notebook not so simple anymore! So, anyone keen to give this journal a shot? Stay tuned for more DIY Journal for your Analogue Lifestyle!

Credits: vicuna, adi_totp & tracyvmoore

This tutorial was written by lmeilani.

written by lmeilani on 2013-11-14 #gear #tutorials #videos #tutorial #journal #notebook #tipster #diary #simple #write #handicraft #analogue-lifestyle #book-binding #diy-writing #indonesia-magazine


  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    aaah keren! bikinin bop! buat gua!

  2. locaceres
    locaceres ·

    So simply and easy

  3. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    Gotta love some saddle stitch binding :D

  4. bebopbebop
    bebopbebop ·

    @adi_totp coba tanya yang buat, she's friendly though!

  5. muhamad_haiz_shamsudin
    muhamad_haiz_shamsudin ·

    Cool DIY indeed.

  6. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    @bebopbebop gw juga mau dong bop kl dibikinin. :P

  7. jakemasa
    jakemasa ·

    Great DIY
    I've already made a couple

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