John-Paul Flintoff

Why make your own books

Why make your own books?

Last week, I met a friend to brainstorm a revolutionary, ground-breaking invention that would make Gutenberg look like a chump.

My friend’s paymaster, a large publisher, wants to invent an ebook, but…

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How hard can it be?

I made a book in just five minutes, at a coffee shop, using only the materials in front of me…

Why hand-made matters

A few years ago, I made a decision: I would never again buy anything “cheap” if I could help it. In other words, I would buy less than I had bought in the past, but it would all be good quality.

Home decorated plate, "Eye love you", by Nancy

The i…

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What materials do you need?

You can be creative using very special materials, or you can use just about anything.

The hand-made books in these pictures contain pages made out of, among other things, brown paper bags that once hel…

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What kind of books to make

Sew Your Own: the pop-up book

As a keen book maker, I have become increasingly interested in how physical books are different from ebooks, and one of the best examples of that is the pop-up.

Handmade Sew Your Own fully open

Exponents of origami will share my enthu…

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Handmade handouts

As a slight change from the most boring possible option – distributing a printed, double-sided sheet of A4, after doing a public event – I recently decided to provide the same content as a one-off, mi…

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What to do with used scraps of paper?

Every so often, when I’ve collected a great heap of loose sketches, notes To-Do lists and used Diary pages, I use my Filofax holepunch and stitch them all together to dignify them with the status of a…

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How to print a book (while you're still writing it)

When I’m writing a book, I hate to read it on loose sheets of paper. I want to read it as a book.

For that reason, I often use to print my books on demand while I’m writing them. Sew Your Own

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What do people think?

Some of my books on Pinterest
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Satisfied customers (eventually)

Handmade Jane's picture of Kathryn at Selfridges After my recent book-making demonstrations at Selfridges (in connection with The Idler Academy), I got some feedback that gave me pause for thought.

Kavita Kapoor attended the class with Jesse Chan-N…

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Library of dreams

When How To Change The World first came out I asked people at public events (and elsewhere) to write down one dream on a tiny piece of paper.

I created lots of little handmade books to hold all these p…

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Is it a book if the spine is on the inside?