DIY Bookbinding: Mini Folded Sketchbook or Photo Book

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to make a pretty concertina booklet that makes a perfect gift!


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

4.9 (29)

1 hour Class size 1 to 20 (public dates), 1 to 40

label $150 (or 4 payments of $37.50 Afterpay)
How it works
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We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide.
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the interactive class.

Discover DIY bookbinding with these fun things to do at home. Learn how to make a hard-cover sketchbook with your own fully designed and printed book cloth and a perfectly folded concertina booklet inside!

This fully led, step-by-step, fast-paced workshop shows you exactly how to make these amazing and unique gift ideas from the comfort of your living room.

What you'll learn:

  • Carve a pattern
  • Block printing skills
  • Print onto book cloth
  • Make a hardback book cover with your book cloth
  • Fold your concertina book and insert it into your cover

Whew! All done in just an hour. Can we do it? Yes, we can! This little booklet is great for a portable sketchbook or photos and notes.

Make a little booklet during class and with enough materials for two booklets included in our kit, you'll be able to keep making more on your own.

The closing date for booking for those requiring materials delivery in the Sydney Metro areas is four days before class commences.

This workshop booking is for one person only. Additional participants must book in individually, regardless of household arrangement or age.

Refunds:
No refunds for online workshops once commenced or when materials have been posted out. A Zoom link will be sent out to you a few days before. We'll start gathering students 10 minutes before the workshop. Lateness will not be accommodated.

Workshop written and delivered by Isabelle McGowan © 2022 Isabelle McGowan. All rights reserved.


Add-ons available for this class
  • Bone Folder ($12)
  • Scalpel and blades ($20)
  • Board Cutter ($12)
  • Lino cutting tools ($20)
  • Ink pads ($15)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
This is a technical workshop, suitable for everyone. The workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected.
 
What you'll get in your craft kit
Materials in your bookbinding box are enough to make two booklets(one in class and one for practice after):
Watercolour paper
Book Board
Book cloth
Archival ink pad
Small piece of block printing block
 
What you'll need
Tools you will need:
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • A paper cutting knife (straight-blade)
  • Cutting mat
  • Magazines for waste paper
  • PVA
  • Lino cutting tools
Suitable for

This Box and Live class is great for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

Florence-trained Bookbinder now based in Sydney with over 10 years teaching experience

4.9 (29)

Make Books!

Isabelle McGowan is a Florence-trained Bookbinder working through her Bindery, the Owl & Lion. She specialises in Historical Repair and Restoration of Books, Fine Bindings and Traditional Gold Finishing.

Isabelle completed her Fine Arts Degree (Drawing and Painting, Printmaking) at the Edinburgh College of Art, in Scotland. She went on to train as a Bookbinder in Florence, Italy.

The original Owl and Lion Bindery was situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland.

In late 2017, Isabelle and the Owl and Lion Bindery relocated to Sydney, Australia.
Visit the Owl and Lion Bindery - we are a vibrant bindery based in the heart of Sydney.
We run the largest programme of bookbinding classes in Australia. If you want to learn to make books that folds, flaps and flips, or traditional books from scratch, we are the place to be!

This year we have programmed a series of exciting online workshops, with all things relating to the craft of bookbinding. Whether you want to expand on your crafting skills or start your bookbinding journey, we have something for you.

The Owl & Lion is now based in Sydney, Australia.
WE ARE LOCATED AT:
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

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