Scrappy Journal

5-Day Challenge


Grab your stash of fabric and paper scraps and join us for the Scrappy Journal Challenge!


March 11th - 15th



What is the Scrappy Journal

5-Day Challenge?

During the 5-Day Scrappy Journal Challenge, I will guide you step-by-step through
the process of making this hand-stitched soft cover journal. 

Monday through Thursday, you'll receive a pre-recorded video plus twice-daily live Q&A sessions.

On Friday, we'll gather for a live community making session.

Join for just $15!

You don't have to be a bookbinding pro to take part.

Crafters of all types—mixed media artists, painters, quilters, art journalers—are all welcome to join the challenge! The pre-recorded video instructions are easy to follow, and you'll have lots of support from me and the community during the challenge.

When you purchase the challenge, here's what you get:

How It Works

  1. Before signing up, you can view the supply list below!
  2. When you sign up for the challenge, you immediately get access to a welcome video and additional resources.
  3. While you wait for the challenge to begin on March 11th, you can gather your supplies and join the 5-Day Challenge Facebook group.
  4. Monday through Thursday, you get access to that day's prerecorded instructional video. You can also join the two optional daily Zoom calls at 10AM and 4 PM EST to ask questions and participate in gift card giveaways!
  5. On Friday, we will gather for a community making session from 11am - 2pm EST.
  6. Once you finish your books, you can submit photographs to be included in our 5-Day Challenge wrap-up movie.
  7. On the Sunday after the challenge (March 17th), you can participate in the 5-Day Challenge wrap-up party to share your work and celebrate completing the challenge!

If you have any questions, check out the FAQ at the bottom of the page.


Tool & Supply List

Here's everything you'll need for the Scrappy Journal 5-Day Challenge.
More details will be available after sign-up.


  • 48 sheets of photocopier paper (8.5” x 11”)*
  • Cover material (9.25” x 9.25”)*
  • Cover options:
    • 140lb/300gsm watercolor paper
    • Kraft-tex
    • Leather
    • Gessoed canvas
  • Scraps of fabric, paper and ribbon
  • Embellishments, such as buttons (optional)
  • 1-3 colors of waxed linen thread, embroidery floss or size 3 or 5 pearl cotton
  • Beeswax if using embroidery floss or pearl cotton
  • Glue to attach fabric and paper to your cover
  • Glue options:
    • PVA
    • Modge podge
    • Matte medium
    • Fabri-Tac
    • Soft gel medium
    • Tacky glue
    • Elmer's

*Metric: 48 sheets of A4 photocopier paper | Cover material (25cm x 25cm)


  • Sharp craft knife & scissors
  • Ruler & pencil
  • Bone folder**
  • Glue brush
  • Awl**
  • Punching cradle**
  • Sewing needle
  • Scrap paper for gluing
  • Scrap of cardboard to protect work surface
  • Sewing machine or hand stitching supplies (optional)

** Watch this video for DIY awl, punching cradle and bone folder options

Challenge Days Sneak Peek

On each day of the challenge, you'll get a new video that teaches you how to make the next part of your book. Below is a sneak peek of what we'll be doing each day!

Day 1:  Make the Signatures

Day 2: Create the Cover

Day 3: Prep for Sewing

Day 4: Sew the Book

Day 5: Create Together



Meet Ali

Years ago I learned about handmade books, and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I love creating new designs, learning about different techniques and expanding my collection of paper. But what I love most about bookmaking is the community.

Through Vintage Page Designs and the Handmade Book Club, I’ve met thousands of other passionate bookmakers, mixed media artists and crafters. We all share a love of book arts just for the joy of it.

I believe that bookbinding and book arts are for everyone, regardless of skill level or equipment. All you need is a little creativity and, of course, paper!

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