The Bookmaker Collective - Ali Manning - Little LIbrary of Art Journals

Little Library of Art Journals



In the first Bookbinders Collective class, we will focus on book construction and create 4 blank mini art journals with decorative bookbinding stitches. 

On Friday night (4pm-6pm PST / 7pm-9pm EST) we’ll prepare our signatures and book covers so that we can hit the ground running on Saturday (8am-3pm PST/11am-6pm EST) and sew our four journals. A variety of closure types will be demonstrated and in the last hour of the class, we’ll focus on fun techniques for decorating your journals. 

The covers of our little books will be made from an amazing material called Kraft-tex that is as strong as leather but cuts and sews like fabric. Inside each journal, there will be 18 mixed media paper pages and decorative signature wrappers.  Once your journals are complete, use your favorite art supplies like acrylics, watercolors or inks to decorate both the outside and outside of your little library. 


This is a good beginner class - if you can sew on a button, you can make these books. Full written instructions and printable sewing templates will be provided. If you’ve always wanted to learn decorative bookbinding stitches but don’t know where to start, this class is perfect for you. 

If you would like to register as a VIP and gain access to all 6 workshops in this series click here for registration.

Supply List

Please note:  A Work of Heart is a fully stocked Art Supply shop and we have a specially curated kit that contains all the supplies you need for this project  available here.

Specialty Ali Kit
(Kraft Tex Sample Pack, Mixed Media 7x10 Paper Journal, 4 Decorative Papers, Graph Paper, Cardstock, Washi Tape)

Basic Bookbinding Kit
(awl, bone folder, needles, waxed linen cord, metal ruler, t-square, kraft knife, self-healing mat, paper clips)

Here is Ali's complete supply list for this project note the items italicized are not provided in either kit we have available.

  • 4 pieces of 8.5” x 11” Kraft-tex OR Thick canvas or heavy watercolor paper cut to same size
  • 7” x 10 Canson Mixed Media Pad OR 72 pieces of paper measuring 5” high x 7” wide (grained short) - torn or cut
  • Waxed linen thread in one neutral color or various colors, at least 3 yards
  • 12 Gelli prints, decorated or patterned paper signature wrappers cut into 3” x 5” strips. Choose a lightweight paper.  


  • Several sheets of ¼” Graph or grid paper - free printable versions available (
  • Sheet of 8.5 x 11 card stock or old cereal box for stitching practice
  • Embroidery floss for stitching practice
  • Washi or scotch tape


  • Bone folder
  • Thin bookbinding awl
  • 2 bookbinding or embroidery needles
  • Metal ruler
  • Triangle, quilting ruler or t-square
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Scrap of chipboard (back of mixed media pad)
  • Paper clips
  • Punching cradle or thick catalogue
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Heavy books or covered brick for pressing


Optional embellishments:

Seed beads, buttons, ribbon, cord, thin elastic etc

Event Details

Event Date N/A
Event End Date 12-31-2099
Price $147.00
Location Online - Zoom
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Instructor Info

Ali Manning

Ali has been blogging about paper crafts and book arts since the internet dark ages of 2007. Teaching others to express their creativity through handmade books is her greatest joy. She believes that anyone can create a handmade book and it shouldn’t require expensive tools or equipment. Her students appreciate the way she breaks down the most complicated bookbinding projects into manageable and easy steps. Working from her studio in a converted textile mill in Massachusetts, she has taught thousands of students via her blog, Vintage Page Designs, in person and with her latest online adventure, The Handmade Book Club. Her work has been featured in Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Paper Crafts Magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors.