Mastering The Basics of Handmade Journals

Handmade journals are a wonderful way to enhance and enrich your creative practice. Whether you make a journal for writing or one for art, you’ll find that the process is so simple you’ll want to make these books over and over again.

In this course I share three simple book structures that all bookbinders should know in order to have a solid foundation on which to build. This class is a BASIC BEGINNER course that uses simple folding, gluing, and sewing techniques to create prototype books that can be used to practice and gain confidence in bookbinding.

NOTE: This course was originally hosted on the Skillshare Platform. If you've taken the class there, THANK YOU. This course has a few new elements not found on the Skillshare course.

In this class I walk you through how to create three handmade journals, give you t would thrill me to no end if you also created a sample book of each structure. I give you suggestions

BOOK 1: The Basic Accordion Structure


BOOK 2: Fold & Tear One Page Book


BOOK 3: A Simple Sewn Structure


Your Instructor

Kiala Givehand, M.F.A., Ed.S.
Kiala Givehand, M.F.A., Ed.S.

Hello Beautiful Creative You!
I'm happy you're here.

I'm Kiala Givehand, a multi-passionate intuitive & intentional creative. I walk through the world as a LifeAlchemist™ for creative, heart-centered, soul-filled women who want to change the world by shining their light more fully and more brightly. I call myself a LifeAlchemist™ because I help women bring together all the parts of themselves to create a life they love. As an Alchemist, I support women through creative and spiritual awakenings and guide them towards empowerment.

As an artist, I make (and sometimes sell) handmade journals using a mix of mediums. I host workshops, retreats and online classes where I get to teach the things that nourish my soul -- bookbinding, journaling, creative writing, and self-discovery though transformational tools and content.

For almost 20 years, I taught English, Language Arts, and Creative Writing at every educational level, while simultaneously traveling the U.S. delivering workshops and presentations to educators. While I no longer travel to work with teachers, I now enjoy working one-on-one and in small groups with students, teachers, artists, writers, and creative entrepreneurs. I do this work because I love helping women find the thing that fills them with joy and watching them pursue it without regrets or apologies.

I've done a lot of things in my short 45+ years on this planet, but I'm most proud of raising my nephew Treavor, and listening to my inner wisdom by doing the things that make me come alive. Constructing handmade books and art journals is one of those things that allows me to feel A L I V E!!! And I'd love to have you join me on this journey. Reading tarot & oracle cards, pulling astrological charts, and delving into the esoteric and ancient guidance systems is another way I help women have spiritual and creative awakenings. I'm eager to do the same for you.

I cherish every single day and treat life as one amazing adventure. I play with paint and watercolor, fold paper into books, write poetry, short fiction, & creative non-fiction, and guide women through sacred remembering of who they truly are. But always, every single day, I journal and do something that I feel is creative. Oh!! And did I mention that I'm the proud owner of a fabulous collection of fountain pens? (I know. Geek alert!)

Join me and let's create something beautiful, TODAY!!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course across any and all devices you own until the course is retired or revamped. Should the course be taken offline, you will be notified in ample time to download the things that are available to download.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Should you find that you are unhappy with the course, please contact Kiala. Keep in mind that due to the nature of the course you will have full access to the entire course when you enroll. Because of that, we do not offer refunds. Please purchase mindfully,

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