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A sweet gray and yellow baby book

>> Monday, September 24, 2012

Handmade book with Japanese stab binding and floral print

If you've been looking around lately (hint, hint, on Pinterest) you're probably familiar with "grellow." That's the chic gray and yellow combination that's as popular in home decor as in fashion. This book takes that scheme and glams it up with silver accents in one of my favorite handmade papers.

Floral print paper handmade book

This baby book was made for a little girl named Zoe, and in my opinion, she has one of the prettiest baby books around.  The paper used for the covers was made in India from natural plant materials, and was printed with a yellow floral pattern.  Depending on the way the light hits the book, the silver outline around the flowers shimmers.  The hinged spine edge of the book is covered with a grey linen bookcloth that I made myself, and the book is sewn together with a sunshine yellow ribbon using the Japanese stab binding. 

Custom handmade baby book

I designed the pages of the book to coordinate with the yellow and gray color scheme, and handmade photo corners are attached to each photo spot so pictures can easily be added to the book.  There are pages for Zoe's parents to record all of the important details, starting with pregnancy memories and baby showers, and spanning through the delivery, her baptism, important milestones, and holidays. There are also pages for a family tree, for handprints and footprints, and for Zoe to write a message to the future on her fifth birthday. 

Handmade baby book

Handmade baby book family tree

Japanese stab binding with ribbon


Deanna September 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM  

That is absolutely precious, Katie! How did you make your own bookcloth? I'm in awe! I just got the book Trash to Treasure Papermaking, so I will be delving into handmade papers soon :)

Katie September 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM  

Thank you, Deanna! The bookcloth is made by backing fabric with a thin, acid-free paper (like mulberry paper), which you can do by ironing a layer of Heat-n-Bond (available at fabric or craft stores) between them.

Let me know how your papermaking goes! You can see some pictures of my papermaking experiments here:

Ann Martin September 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM  

What a beautiful keepsake!

Katie September 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM  

Hi Ann. Thanks for reading my blog, and for your kind comment!

Sarah Faue LMT, CD, CPMT, CIMT, CPT October 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM  

Hi I love this little book and I have just started making my own journals and books, how did you make the paper for the inside or did you by it somewhere. I'm always looking for different paper for the inside of the books but never have any luck finding any.

Katie October 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM  

Hi Sarah,

Thank you! I'm so glad to hear that you like this baby book!

If you're referring to the printed pages with prompts that the parents can fill in with memories and photos, I did make them myself. My husband and I wrote the book together, and I designed it. Then I used my wide-format printer to print the designs onto textured white paper from Neenah Paper.

If you're looking for great papers to use for book covers, I'd recommend checking out Paper Mojo and Paper Source.

Hope this helps!

Anonymous January 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM  

How much would this cost to ordernone for our new arrival? :-)

Anonymous January 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM  

Hate my keyboard. .. to order one :-)

Katie January 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM  

Thank you for your interest in my custom handbound baby books!

I make my baby books in two sizes. The large size (which is pictured in this post) is $220; this size is 11" x 9.5". The small size is 8.5" x 6.5" and costs $185.

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