i finished this phase of the amsterdam sketchbook. i got excited and couldn't wait to try out this variation of a stitch i teach in FTB. looking at it now gives me a few other ideas about how to change it up slightly for my next handbound book. which will be SOON.
i have a new travel handbag i've taken on my last couple of trips. it's very roomy with a comfortable loooong cross body strap. my sketchbook will fit easily inside. quite honestly though, i'm going to be doing lots of sketching from photos that i transfer to my laptop.
it italy, outdoor sketching was easy because the village we were in was small, the weather was glorious, and there were plenty of stoops to sit on and cafe tables outside to park my tuchus. i would like to settle in a brown cafe for a long stretch though and write & draw & drink & eat & smile & sigh. maybe places like these:
photo courtesy of tour smart destinations via google images
now i'm going to start splashing some paint around inside my new travel journal. maybe glue some paper down. i do love the look of a sketch on a vintage ledger page. add some bits of wallpaper here and there. gussy it up.
the spine is lots of stitched together bits of paper - SEWN style. reinforced with a couple of layers of bookcloth tape on the inside.
if you still have your password for the FTB class, you can go see the new post where i point out the variations to the original stitch.