For Challenge Six we were asked to make something inspired by the city where we live (or have lived). In 2008, I made this travel journal for a ten day trip to Tokyo. I made that journal from scratch but I wanted to use some materials that I already had and wanted to simplify the process for those people who might not have access to a binding machine.
I have these blank, non-adorned, journals in my stash. So I decided to make a NYC travel journal. I covered the front and back boards with a reproduction subway map made by Cavallini & Co. The front board highlights the area of the Bronx where I live. The back board highlights the map legend and title.
|Front Cover--da Bronx.|
|Who doesn't love a good plaid?|
Once the front and back boards with covered on both sides. I had to cut out the holes where the paper covered the already drilled holes. With a binding machine, you would simply punch the covered boards. By using a pre-existing book, you have to punch the holes by hand.
After cutting the holes, you simply reassemble the books by putting the covers in place and then hand tightening the spiral binding so that the tines meet their corresponding bars.
I haven't quite decided what to do with this book but I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I have one more book like this to cover.