Learn to make your own journals, sketchbooks and photo albums

Make Ten Books


• Single Sheet Book
• Chapbook
• Japanese Stab Bound Book
• Flower Fold Book
• Accordion with Pockets and Sewn Signatures
• Hinged Ledger Book
• Double Needle Coptic Stitch
• Softcover Leather Longstitch
• Hardcover Longstitch
• Tapes Bound Book (a traditional hardcover book)

You will also get to explore our collection of sample books to understand how to hybrid two or more styles of books to create even more styles of books with the knowledge you gain in this class.


Warning: This class might make a paper snob out of you!

Use papers from Italy, France, Nepal, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and India.

Not all papers are created equal. You'll learn all about paper from around the world in this class and you'll get to use them to create your books. You will understand how to make a book out of a variety materials and get a thorough knowledge of how to choose materials that are archival, strong and will last longer than a lifetime. Your books will be unique because you get to choose which materials to use. We will teach you to make your books beautiful and strong. 


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Designed for Beginners

But all skill levels are welcome. If you can sew a button to a shirt, you can make a book! 

This class has been designed to teach you the basics of bookbinding (and then some). It's been taught many places over several years to a variety of ages and skill levels.


Most beginning bookbinding classes don't use leather. Leather is a tricky one with books. Not all leathers are good for bookbinding. You will learn which leathers to avoid and how to recognize and use good leathers on your books.

You will use two types of leather in this class. Advanced students have taken this course just to learn more about working with leather. 


You will learn to use simple hand tools to create beautiful books.

Although some tools will be provided in the class for you to use, please bring the following tools with you to class:

• Pencil

• Metal Ruler

• Scissors

• Hobby Knife or X-acto type knife

The teacher

Karleigh has taught workshops throughout Utah including at the Bountiful Davis Art Center and Central Utah Art Center. She's also taught community classes at Snow College. Karleigh also travels to teach and has taught in Los Angeles, California, and Forest Grove, Oregon at the Focus on Book Arts Conference. 

Class will be held in Orem, UT


This is an 8 week course (spanning nine weeks, as there will be no classes held on October 18th and 19th)

There are three time slots to choose from:

  • Wednesdays  2pm–4pm  September 20th – November 15th
  • Wednesdays  7pm–9pm  September 20th – November 15th
  • Thursdays     2pm–4pm  September 21st – November 16th

Cost covers: 

  • class fee

  • all materials for your books

  • a small tool kit  (note: additional tools to bring with you are listed above)

Classes will be held at an artist's studio in Orem, UT. Address will be sent with a welcome email the first week in September. 

Classes must have a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 15. These classes are suggested for ages 10+ but if your child can sew a button with no help (measuring thread, positioning the button, threading the needle, sewing securely, knotting the thread and cutting off excess with scissors) then they can handle making a book and are welcome to sign up!

Bookbinding Course - Orem, UT
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