Here's where I'm at so far with the new visual journal. Usually I order a ream of large Fabriano sheets of paper. This time I ordered a 15 page, 14 by 20 watercolor block. I needed pages that were 14 by 8 to fit inside the ledger covers, so the block was the perfect size.
Step 1 I removed the old text block from vintage ledger leaving the original intact. You already saw this HERE.
Step 2 I made 4 signatures with 3 folios each. 48 pages total front & back. Each page is the exact same size as the original pages inside the ledger. I've come to the conclusion that one reason I wrestle so much with the sewing of my books is because I put too many folios in each signature. I usually have 3 signatures with at least 6 folios in each.
3 folios in each signature
Step 3 I rounded the corners of my pages with a corner punch. I've never done this before and decided to try it.
Tomorrow I'll show you the rest. I would have gotten more accomplished today except that I came home from a long day with my 25 little punks and did this instead:
Leaving the bed unmade makes falling back into it ultra convenient. I've only just climbed out long enough to write this post and make myself look more productive than I really am. The signatures were folded and corners were rounded yesterday evening in front of the television while I watched the new series Flash Forward. This was an enormously rewarding activity! I am an unabashed lover of television and I will not repent.
My blunt little bookbinding needles arrived today! Along with this crimson waxed linen. Yum.
If I weren't heading straight back to my book, cat, and mismatched bed linens, I would sew the signatures tonight. But I am reminded of one of my most inspirational quotes: Why do today what you can put off for tomorrow?