I love making my own journals, and I wanted the gorgeous Art Pops™ cards and colorful yarn to be the stars. I chose to bind this book with Coptic stitching, which I am familiar with, and I love the effect it gives to the spine.
When I was thinking coptic stitches, I felt the perfect marriage would be black paper, the cards and bright embroidery thread stitching. Add in the cheerful coordinating yarns, and you get lots of eye-candy for those dreary days we all have! :)
I knew that I am not a perfectionist when it comes to binding, as I'm not that great at it, so I knew I would tie in the messy feel with messy stitching and torn edges all around.
And who doesn't like a little bit of interactive pages as well? So, each of the five signatures in this handmade journal also has two pockets for the lovely Art Pops™ cards I made into tags.
For more detailed instructions of the Coptic stitching, check out Gisele Grenier's video HERE.