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Handmade Books in the Junk Journal style

This event takes place on the following dates
1/21/2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
1/28/2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2/4/2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

This is a 3-week series of classes held on a Saturday 10am to 12:30pm 1/21, 1/28, 2/4

Create a beautiful handmade journal without the stress of all the traditional bookbinding rules.  Welcome to the rising trend of Junk Journaling.  We will create signatures (groups of pages) from tea dyed paper, cardstock, and vintage ephemera using the three-hole pamphlet stitch.  Next, we will build covers using upcycled materials and beautiful paper or fabric, and finally bind our creations with beads, buttons, and fibers to make a truly one-of-a-kind journal.  

Your book can be personalized through your selection of colors and theme.  Will it be elegant, sentimental, romantic, or adventurous?  You can incorporate your favorite photos, memorabilia, and vintage finds.  Handmade book construction can be easy and fun while using the papers, stickers, lace, ribbon, buttons, and beads left from other projects.  Let’s get to gluing and stitching something wonderful. 

Location:  Makers Mill Mixed Media space: second floor accessible via stairs and elevator

Class Size:  Minimum 4 and maximum 10      Age Group:  18+

Registration Fee for the 3 classes:  Non-members $120 and members $108
Non-members will be sent a Liability Waiver to sign ahead of the class date.

Materials Fee:  $25 payable to the instructor at the first class in cash or check made payable to Cindy Durkee. This includes: participant's own bottle of Fabri-tac adhesive, book board, choice of handmade cover paper or fabric, reinforcement binding fabric, cardstock, tea dyed papers, ephemera, lace, ribbons, trims, beads, buttons, stickers, binding threads and needle.  A selection of colors and themes will be provided. The instructor will also provide a range of adhesives for various materials and demonstrate the best use of each type.   Participants may choose to bring their own memorabilia, photos or theme materials to customize their journal.

Instructor:  Cindy Durkee
Cindy has been an avid paper crafter for over 20 years.  She works in her home studio stamping, making handmade books, collaging, painting in watercolors and oils.  She has a BFA in design from Pratt Institute and has continually participated in skill development workshops with mixed media artists.


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