Friday's Class

Instructor: Rachel McGough

Class Description: TBD

Please Bring: TBD

Kit Includes: TBD

Saturday's Class 
Instructor: Michelle Geller

Souvenir Postcard Journal
From the moment I begin planning an adventure, I start thinking about making a souvenir journal. Whether it’s a big vacation, a little weekend getaway or even when friends or family are coming to visit and I’ll get to be a tourist in my own town, I love making a journal that will document the adventure. I often start the journal well before the adventure begins so I can start journaling about the preparation and anticipation of the event. I cherish having these souvenirs of time spent with people I care about and love.

In this class, you will learn you how create a soft-bound journal with collaged and painted covers that are durable and appear well-loved right from the beginning. You will learn how to repurpose postcards to create journal pages by painting and collaging on them using my favorite techniques. 

You will then bind the pages in your journal using a basic binding technique that will allow you to add more pages and insert items picked up along the way. You will also learn how to add envelopes, flips, flaps, tabs, and additional pages to create lots of surface to write on and add pictures in an interactive way.

Also, you will learn fun ways to include your handwriting in your journal and why it's so important.

Class Kit includes the following:
  • Tyvek ( for covers
  • Ten postcards (new and used) for pages
  • Cardboard to make faux postcards
  • Bookbinding thread
  • Bookbinding blunt-tipped needle
  • Pack of assorted papers, ephemera, labels, tags, scraps, etc. for collage
  • Ribbon and eyelets for closure
  • Collage sheet of ephemera
  • Instructions
Students bring the following:
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Bonefolder
  • Metal ruler
  • Xacto knife (with fresh blade)
  • Cutting mat (small)
  • One small paint brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Favorite adhesive (my favorite is Uhu Stic – permanent)
  • Favorite journaling pen (my favorite is Staedler Lumocolor permanent “S” tip in black)
Optional items to personalize your journal and reflect your style:
  • Themed postcards – new or old, used or unused, to incorporate in your journal if you have an upcoming trip or theme in mind
  • Additional postcards – new or old, used or unused, to add more pages
  • Acrylic paints (any brand) in your favorite colors
  • Favorite decorative washi, paper and fabric tape
  • Assorted papers, ephemera, labels, tags, etc. for collage
  • Favorite markers (my favorites are Copic and Prismacolor)
  • Alphabet and number stamps; ink pad (black or favorite color)
  • Letter and number stickers (such as Thickers)
  • Embellishments such as ribbons, twine, fabric scraps
  • Other ideas: word flashcards, vocabulary cards, personal pictures
Teacher will bring to share:
  • Bookbinding thread in assorted colors
  • Acrylic paint in assorted colors
  • Gesso
  • Yes! glue
  • Matte varnish
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Gluesticks
  • Decorative washi and paper tape
  • Inkpads in assorted colors
  • Crop-o-dile
  • Corner chomper
  • Stapler
  • Paper trimmer
  • Foam brushes
  • Scrap paper
  • Sandpaper