Art of Journalling – online workshop with kit


Art of Journalling – online workshop & kit

Make a functional and fabulous refillable journal with room for 4 booklets, complete with pocket and envelope inserts to hold your treasures/receipts (because everything is better with pockets), and get some gentle guidance on how to craft a journalling practice that works for you!

Designed for avid note takers, list makers, daily sketchers, stationary lovers and those of us who like to have a notebook to hand at all times – this collaborative workshop, created in partnership with Edinburgh-based Artist and Writer Julie Galante, invites you to make a journal that you can use and reuse for years to come!

>The refillable journal you’ll make in this workshop is A5 in size (portrait orientation) with a hard front and back cover, attached with a leather spine using split pins to give a durable and eye-catching studded effect. A pocket and envelope insert and pen/pencil holder are located within the journal and elastic is threaded through the leather spine to create room for 4 individually stitched booklets. The journal is finished with an elastic fastening, for easy access when inspiration strikes!

Once you have made your refillable journal we invite you to get stuck in and start using it straight away! We know that the white page can sometimes be daunting and the term ‘journalling’ can be a bit off-putting for some, but you’re in safe hands with Julie, via a series of videos and resources she will share:

  • Guidance on how to get going with your new journal – some writing exercises designed to tap into our creativity and promote wellbeing.

  • Ideas on how to approach a journalling practice and the benefits that regular writing can bring.

  • Methods such as free writing, gratitude journaling, mind mapping.

There is something quite special about writing into a book you have made – our hope is that your refillable journal will become a safe and joyful place for you to put pen/pencil to paper, somewhere you can calm your mind, capture your thoughts and let your creativity flow!

> An optional materials kit accompanies this workshop, which contains everything you need, including the tools to make more booklets – so you need never buy another notebook again! Plus an all important teabag and biscuits to fuel your crafting!

> Or you can provide your own tools/materials using the comprehensive Kit List PDF provided upon purchase, which includes measurements and links to recommended suppliers – see the materials list below for an overview of what you need and click here to purchase access to Art of Journalling without a kit.

What participants are saying about the Art of Journalling –

What a lovely combination this course provided. Making the journal was a pleasure and I’m proud of the finished work. Cass’s instruction videos are excellent, really clear and easy to follow. The Zoom session with Julie and Cass was really enjoyable and gave me lots of ideas about how I could use the journal. A superb idea for a course. It would make a great Christmas or birthday gift for someone who likes to make things. – Karen

Best course I’ve done online during these weird Covid times. Loved the combination of making something really lovely and the writing exercises which helped free up my locked down writing mind! Also really well constructed video tutorials. Well done Cass and Julie! – Lynne

Materials/tools included in the kit…

  • Grey board
  • Selection of decorative paper
  • Split pins
  • Book film
  • Leather book spine
  • Elastic
  • Paper for 4 booklets
  • UHU glue
  • Thread
  • Tea and biscuits

*Please note: the elastic and split pins provided in each kit are brassy gold in colour but the colour of leather and decorative papers provided may differ from those featured in the photographs. Each kit is unique, containing a piece of remnant leather for the spine of your journal and 3 complimentary decorative papers that you can choose from to wrap the covers – there is also the option to incorporate your own decorative papers.

Need the tools too? My bookbinding toolkit contains a set of great quality tools that you can use for this bookbinding project and beyond:

  • Cotton drawstring toolbag
  • Awl
  • Cork punch board
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Bonefolder
  • Bulldog clips x2
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

In addition to what is listed above, you will need to provide your own:

  • Scissors or craft knife/stanley-knife/rotary cutter (whatever you prefer to work with) for cutting paper
  • Cutting mat or chopping board
  • There is also the option to incorporate paper, materials, bits & bobs from your own collection


I am currently only posting kits to the UK, USA and Canada. Kits will be dispatched from Bookbinding with Cass HQ (in Edinburgh) via the Royal Mail on Thursdays and a tracking number will be provided. If you need your kit sooner please get in touch –
*Please note: I am currently away on annual leave, all orders received after 28 February will be posted out on my return on Thursday 14 March 2024.*
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