How to use & enjoy handbound books
Yes, you can fill a beautiful book! Make your mark. Preserve what matters most.
The fear of the blank page. That's something I hear often as book lovers contemplate handmade journals. But there's good reason to make that first mark. Begin to write and draw and collage in a meaningful book and you'll be rewarded with a lasting keepsake that has a staying power that digital just doesn't have.
I'm passionate about using handmade books just as much as binding them. And I want to inspire you to do the same. Take a look at what follows below — some of my favorite examples of books put to use.
And I want to see how you use handmade books, in everyday life and for those momentous life occasions. There are two ways to share: 1) email firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures of your book and a little story of how you put it to use, or 2) post a photo of your book in action on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #myusedbook and the tag @linenlaidfelt so I'll spot it.
- Wedding, engagement, or honeymoon
- Vacation photos and postcards
- Instagram photos
- Notes and doodles from museum visits
- Paper ephemera
- Visual lists and pattern collecting
- Diagram seed and bulb plantings
- Track flower bloom times
- Save informational garden center tags
- Month-by-month life notes
- Save hospital bracelets and ultrasounds
- Handprints and footprints
Wedding Guest Books
- Meaningful guest messages & memories
- Favorite photos of the bride and groom
- Wedding showers & engagement parties
- Save trip itineraries and musings
- Ticket stubs and transit passes
- Make your own scavenger hunt