Collage Booklet tutorial


This is the booklet i created that was inspired by the collage i made the other day – for a tutorial on how to make the collage go here.  Wouldn’t this skinny booklet be great for lists – dream lists, gratitude lists or even just to sketch out your ideas before you lose them? I wanted to try out my new sewing machine Mr. G gave me for Christmas – this is the first project i did with it!



With a zigzag stitch sew collage onto a scrap piece of paper


Place your collage onto a piece of cardstock which has been painted – i used an 8 1/2 x 11 piece which i scrap painted.


Sew your collage onto cardstock – i used a straight stitch this time.


Create a signature – i folded several sheets (5) lengthwise for my signature


Create a template for the position of your holes – i made the template the length of the signature. I poked three holes – you can measure them or simply do what i did – eyeball it! Yay!


Place signature inside collage book cover and put template on top. To make it easier to poke the holes place the booklet ontop of a telephone book


With an awl or pushpin using your template as a guide poke holes through the entire book.  Having the book cradled in the gutter of the telephone book makes this part a breeze!


Cut a piece of embroidery floss 3 times the length of your spine. Using an embroidery needle poke through the middle hole making sure to leave about a 6 inch tail on the outside.


Pull the thread on the inside and then go back through the top hole (hole number 1) and out to the front


Poke needle through hole number 3 – (sorry – i didn’t show this part) Here I am showing you that i’ve still got the tail in tact. Now you’re on the inside of the booklet – poke your needle through hole number 2 (middle hole) and go back to the outside where your first tail is patiently waiting for his friend.


Tie the two little tail friends into a knot! They are tying the knot Smile


The little tails – patiently waiting for embellishments


Hooray…………embellishments at last!  String beads, buttons and broken jewellery parts and knot the ends.


At this point look at your booklet and see what it’s calling for – this one wanted a couple more things added – like the stapled bliss word and the glittery flower added.

Now your booklet is ready for you to pour out your inspiration!  Have fun!

Here is a little youtube video for those of you who like a moving visual view Smile

Collage booklet video

13 Comments on Collage Booklet tutorial

  1. Kirsten
    February 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm (9 years ago)

    It’s beautiul & thank you for the tutorial.

    • admin
      February 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm (9 years ago)

      You’re welcome again 🙂

      Love, violette

  2. Kirsten
    February 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm (9 years ago)


    • admin
      February 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm (9 years ago)

      thank you Kirsten!

      Love, violette

  3. Holly
    February 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm (9 years ago)

    Violette, your tutorial could not have been better timed for me! While, I am not working on this project in particular, over the weekend I decided to use some watercolor paper to make my own art journal (I am rather new to art journaling). I cut and folded the papers yesterday and was thinking today that I was going to need to go on a hunt for an awl and waxed linen thread.

    Then I read your post. Thanks to an interest in knitting I already had tapestry needles. I also had embroidery floss and a push pin. Brilliant! I just bound my first art journal. Thank you for your practical and economical suggestions for binding 🙂


    • admin
      February 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Holly,
      Don’t you just love the timing thing? I love it when stuff like this happens. I’m happy you had all of the supplies on hand… makes creating so much easier and immediate!

      Have fun!
      Love, violette

  4. Jessica W.
    February 8, 2011 at 1:44 am (9 years ago)

    What fun Violette! Thank you for the tutorial and cute video too! I’ve been wanting to sew on paper stuff for my art journal daily recycled journal I’m trying to get made. This is a nice little kick in my pants. J. <3

    • admin
      February 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm (9 years ago)

      You’re welcome Jessica! Let me know if you do create some fun pages okay?

      Love, violette

  5. storybeader
    February 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the idea of collaging by stitching. One day, I’ll get a sewing machine!! The journal came out great – graph paper is nice to have around! {:-Deb

    • admin
      February 10, 2011 at 2:11 am (9 years ago)

      Storybeader – you can stitch by hand? I know it’s more work but it would still look good. You could always buy a secondhand machine on Craigslist?

      Love, Violette

  6. ambal
    March 31, 2011 at 12:29 am (9 years ago)

    Hi Violette,
    Thank you for the tutorial and video – very inspiring and a beautiful and useful idea for jotting down notes, journal and paint ideas, quotes, etc. wherever I might be!
    I also like reading your blog because it is so upbeat and encouraging. Thanks! Ambal

    • admin
      April 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm (9 years ago)

      You’re welcome Ambal for the tutorial! I think it would be a great little booklet for jotting down notes and quotes. I love the idea of having a place for favourite quotes to land.
      I’m glad you find my blog upbeat and encouraging……..i’m not always shiny happy but i do see the value in everything that happens to us!

      Love, Violette


1Pingbacks & Trackbacks on Collage Booklet tutorial

  1. […] easily find some waxed linen thread. A short time later, I cam across a blog post from Violette, Collage Booklet Tutorial, which offered some alternatives to an awl (pushpin) and waxed linen thread (embroidery thread). I […]

Leave a Reply