I have been itching to make a journal with old book pages. Ideally I had wanted to use a book that was whole and keep the spine intact, but I didn't have any books I wanted to use that I had not already ripped the cover off. (the journal is shown above with my "journaling basket" that I keep downstairs to journal when I do not feel like going to my studio. I might do a post on the contents of the basket in the future!
I still had lots of pages from the book that had the covers I wanted to use (they are the same pages included in this antique paper packet). I decided to sew the pages together. I broke up a signature from the original book to keep the pages complete, so they were not just torn out as a single page, but taken out 2 across as one sheet. I then sewed two pages together to make them thicker and sturdier. I made 3 signatures of 6 pages and then stitched them into the cover, creating the journal.
Here is a side view of the pages:
I added a pocket to the back to stash bits I want to be sure to use in the journal:
Here is the inside cover and first page (you may have already gotten a peek at this on instagram - as well as seeing me type on old labels with my 1923 typewriter) - the silhouette on the right is a greeting card from Paper Boat Studios that I found at a local shop.
I will be sharing more of this journal with you soon! I really am enjoying working on the old pages.