My niece, the bookbinder

This weekend my niece and nephew came over for a visit. I was thrilled when my nearly 10 year-old niece asked me if we could make a book.

I had an extra kit from when I taught my leather journal workshop at the Vermont Art Teachers Association conference, so I decided to give it a whirl with the kiddo.

It didn’t take long for her to get the hang of the binding pattern and soon she didn’t need much of my help at all.

Leather journal

The best part of the process was that she immediately started writing in the journal. It was so satisfying to see someone just jump right in.

I noticed that she started writing on the second page of her journal, leaving the first one blank. I asked her why she did that and she said that could use the first page for writing the title of her book.

I told her that I use a related response when people tell me that my books are too pretty to write in. I tell them to start on the second page and then the first page can stay blank as long as they like – then the book will always look new. If they choose, they can use the first page for a title or to write the dates of use.

I love that my niece could come to that understanding on her own. She’s a genius!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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