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Make Your Own Idea Book
Create Handmade Art Journals and Bound Keepsakes to Store Inspiration and Memories
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison

Search Press
18 May 2016/ ISBN 9781782214120
How-To Books/Papercraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


For years now I have made themed books filled with pictures which I use for inspiration in my designing work - I call them source books. I use children’?s scrapbooks, but why not take things a step further and make the actual books yourself as well? Or store more in them than just cutouts? Arne and Carlos latest book is about all that and more.

As with their knitting and crochet books, this one is sumptuously illustrated with the pair’s idea books. The book starts with how to make your own, talking about different sizes for various purposes (such as taking on vacation) and goes on with instructions on how to make them. This is not a book on bookbinding with all the tools required; instead it is a much simpler method involving recycling, lots of paper and the sort of tools you probably already have. There are ideas for covers, various ways of making the books up depending on what you have (sewing machine, for example) in lots of easy stages complete with large photographs. The pair has picked up some special tools in second hand stores, like a book press, but you can manage without this - I use a stack of heavy books. The making methods fill the first half of the book and I like the many options in the stages and materials; the second half is about what goes into the idea books. There are plenty of large images of pages from the pair’s books and suggestions for decorations, themes and inclusions. As well as having idea books on favorite themes like children’s drawings and Christmas, you can make them about a house you are doing up, an upcoming wedding, family tree, gardening yearbook and more. Use things like bubblewrap to make backgrounds, make your own stencils or use lace scraps, it is all about having fun and making something that is useful and inspiring; I know I get a lot of use out of mine. At the back is a fold-out sheet with some frames and a family tree chart to copy and use. This is the only book I have ever seen on this theme and a great way of getting anybody into making their own idea book.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016