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As I travel on this journey of self-discovery, I am collecting pieces of information and useful things to help me on my way. As I love to look back at my own tools, I also want to share them with you. I will link to as many of these as possible, so that you too may share in their wisdom and awesome-ness. I’ve listed these in the order I find them, not in order of usefulness. They are all fantastic!


Basic Bookbinding; A.W. Lewis
*An excellent technical guide for bookbinding. More like a textbook than guide, but tells you the deep, basic skills for bookbinding professionally.

Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials; Jeannine Stein
*A lot of really creative ideas for bookbinding. Not just fun projects, but excellent inspiration for creating your own designs.

The Penland Book of Handmade Books: Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques; Penland Center
*Such incredibly beautiful books. Stretches the imagination on what the definition of “book” really is.

The Bookbinding Handbook: Simple Techniques and Step-by-Step Projects; Sue Doggett
*This book has many of the basic techniques of bookbinding in accessible projects, with clear hand-sketched images and a nice gallery of inspiring creations.


Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos & Altered Books; Linda Woods & Karen Dinino
*This book by sisters is full of inspiring techniques and projects for embellishing and personalizing your art journals.

Journal Revolution: Rise Up and Create! Art Journals, Personal Manifestos, and Other Artistic Insurrections; Linda Woods & Karen Dinino
*The second book by this pair of sisters expands on the first, including directions on making “fauxlaroids” for your pages.

True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling; L.K. Ludwig
*With images and snapshots from many art journals (including the work of Liz Lamoreaux and Kelly Rae Roberts), filled with prompts and quotable quotes, this book is DEFINITELY work perusing.


Graphic Design for Non-Designers; Tony Seddon & Jane Waterhouse
* An introduction to basic design elements, with some opinions on tools, styles, and panache.

DIY: Design It Yourself; ed. Ellen Lupton
* An incredible treasure-trove of information regarding marketing, design, and really cool project ideas. Definitely one to read and take notes on the coolness it contains.

The Creative License; by Danny Gregory
* Not just a book about creating, but a book about getting past the stereotypes of “creative” and unlocking your own unique creative artist.


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