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emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

Emerson Lane | Create a Coptic Notebook

Hello everyone and happiest 2019!

This is my first official post of the new year and I am beyond excited to share what I created because it is something completely NEW to me!

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp



















Say hello to my first EVER Coptic Notebook!

I have always adored notebooks.  The coils, the pages, the covers…I just always find myself tempted to buy a fresh new notebook to play in.  A few years ago I came across coptic notebooks and fell in love instantly.  However, never did I think in a million years that I could actually make one!

Well let this be a lesson for all…never say never!  Cause you just never know what might happen…am I right?


emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

This album truly represents a collaborative effort on all fronts.

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

To create and compile the actual album I used the beyond GORGEOUS Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane paper collection to create my covers and signatures.  The patterns and colours are so beyond beautiful and I love that I can have all of my favourite patterns celebrated in one place.  These notebooks are such a fabulous way to showcase paper collections…and now that I have made one I would love to make one in every Heidi Swapp paper collection just so I could flip through them over and over again!

Then…to prepare my album to be coptic bound I used the brand new book binding tool from We R Memory Keepers.

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

This amazing super easy to use tool is specially designed to allow you to professionally prepare a notebook for saddle stitching, coptic stitching and japanese bound style books.  This tool enables you to punch your covers seamlessly

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

as well as your insert pages a.k.a signatures

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

so that it makes the stitching part an actual breeze!

No need for extra leg work creating templates and measuring…just use this handy tool to guide you along your way.

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

Watch below how easy it really is to prepare handmade books for your desired binding!

Now…for the actual binding.

I am still completely new to the system and technique so I did not think I was in the position to start giving instructions on a ‘how to coptic stitch’ just yet 😉 so instead I am going to leave you with the following links and resources I personally used to learn how to compile my covers and signatures together.  Like I said before this album is truly a full on collaborative effort!

To get the ‘how to’ coptic stitch breakdown I highly recommend the following sites:

YouTube Book Binding Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Aly Dosdall We R Memory Keepers 2019 Coptic Bound Planner Post

YouTube DIY Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial

Paige Evans Coptic Book Binding Class

I am already in the midst of prepping my materials for my next book!

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

I hope you are inspired to follow along and try creating your own coptic stitch notebook for yourself.  Honestly if I can manage to do it, anyone can!  It took a few tries and was a bit of a learning curve but the feeling of not only finishing a project but learning something completely new was SO creatively refreshing.  It sparked something in me that I just cannot fully put into words.

emerson lane coptic notebook I @lindsaybateman for @heidiswapp

So with that being said, thank you so much for taking the time to check out my latest post and project.

I just adore sharing my ideas (and projects) with you 😉 .

Supplies: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Paper Collection; We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide