• Image of Debby-dori Planner/ Journal Altered Book
  • Image of Debby-dori Planner/ Journal Altered Book
  • Image of Debby-dori Planner/ Journal Altered Book

For years I’ve wished for a journal/planner that could hold all the different notebooks and information for my daily life in one place – after searching and searching and not finding just the right thing, I decided to create my own from a vintage book. Using the elastic binding system of the hugely popular Midori Traveler’s Notebook, I created a book that is exactly what I’ve always wanted. From there my mind started whirling with the possibilities for using this idea to make books for anything and everything! I took a small book and made a notebook for my purse; I plan to take a large book about France and make a scrapbook for my Paris photos and memorabilia and stories; I want to make a book filled with a variety of papers for sketching, watercolor, and mixed media… the possibilities are endless once you learn the techniques to make this book.

For this workshop, you will need to provide your own book – it can either be a book with a cover that you love or not – you can always paint and decorate over a less appealing cover. Your hardcover book will need to have a cloth spine like the books in the photo of my samples that is in fairly good condition, attached to the front and back cover – the inside pages will all be removed, so they do not need to be in good condition. For the supplies you will receive in your class kit, your book needs to be at least 5” x 8.25” (my Being a Friend book in the workshop photo is 6” x 9”) so that we can use a Moleskine large Cahier notebook in it. The binding should be at least ½” wide. When you make more of these books (and you won’t be able to stop yourself!) you can use ANY size book that you want!) Old readers, novels, and children’s books are perfect for this. I have found my books at Goodwill, but ebay and thrift shops are great places to look also.

Your workshop kit will contain papers to make pages and pockets and a “dashboard” along with fun accessories and the all the supplies to bind your “Debby-dori.”

Student supply list: The following items will be needed for this workshop: 12” paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, scoring tool, craft knife, liquid “tacky” style white glue, strong tape adhesive about ¼” width, Crop a Dile punch, the book you will use to make your journal - don't worry if you can't find the exact book that you want - use any book and learn the techniques and when you find just the right thing, you will know how to make it.

Optional supplies: Japanese screw punch, a variety of 12x12” scrapbook papers that match the style that you like in case you don’t want to use the papers I provide, a white Uniball Signo pen, sketchbook, watercolor, or other papers that you might want to include in your book – they will need to be at least about 8.25 x10”, if you want them to match the size of the Moleskine large notebook, Moleskine softcover large notebooks or planner, Midori Traveler’s Notebook accessories like the #004 card/note holder, #006 large sticker, #007 card holder, #008 clear zipper pocket, #015 black pen holder, #016 brown pen holder, the traveler’s notebook repair kit, if you want your book to have the little Midori clasp on the outside of the book. Many of the optional supplies are available on Amazon.com, at Baum-kuchen.net, and at the Goulet Pen Company online. Whim Do Doodle in St. Petersburg, Florida, carries Moleskine notebooks and accessories and will ship.
Written instructions are included. After purchase, a link to a private blog will be provided with step by step photos to follow.

If you purchase multiple kits, you will be refunded for any amount over the actual shipping cost.