2019 Coptic Bound Planner [Free Printable!]

Hello, and Happy Friday friends! Next week we head into 2019 and I’m so excited to start the new year! I’m looking forward to some awesome opportunities and setting some goals. Getting organized, planning and setting goals works a lot better for me if I have them written down so I can keep myself accountable and on task. Each year I make a printable calendar to help me do that, so today I’m sharing a FREE PRINTABLE planner that you can use for 2019. The cool thing about this printable calendar is that you can start it any time and you can use it for any year. It’s also pretty versatile, so you can make one for each month, or you can create one for the entire year. Take a look!

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create my planner I used my FREE PRINTABLE 2019 PLANNER which you can download below, some papers and embellishments from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection, some stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection, and some We R Journal Studio tools.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by printing the planner pages. There are 7 pages for each month–a To Do page, a monthly spread, and weekly spreads. I printed them double sided so that you can flip them over at the short end of the paper since they’re horizontally oriented. (Tip: the last page is single sided.) I used high quality printer paper that’s designed for double sided printing. You can download the FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER below:

We R Memory Keepers Printable Planner

Then I trimmed the pages (they each have a trimming guide) and folded them in half. I ordered them so that page 1 is on top and page 7 (the single page) is on the bottom, repeating this order for each month’s pages. Then I trimmed a patterned paper divider for each month from the New Day collection. Trim the dividers to 6 1/2 inches wide and 5 5/8 inches tall to match the printed pages.

Since I used a Coptic binding for my planner I grouped each month together with the divider and all of the printed pages. When creating a coptic bound book, these small groupings of pages are called “signatures”. For this book you’ll have twelve signatures, one for each month. Since this book is so thick, I saddle stitched each signature with the Book Binding Guide before binding them all together to provide more stability. Here’s how to saddle stitch the signatures using the Book Binding Guide (instructions come with the tool):

step out 1

  1. Place all the folded pages in your signature face up on the left side of the tool. There’s a groove in the base of the tool which makes is easy to accurately place your pages.
  2. Place the piercing guide on top of your papers with the groove side facing down. Turn the screws to secure the guide, making sure the holes with the rings around them are centered along the fold of the pages.
  3. Use the piercing tools to pierce every other hole (the ones with the rings). Make sure the tool pierces through all the pages.
  4. Repeat these steps for all twelve signatures.
  5. Use the straight needle and the wax thread to saddle stitch each signature (instructions included in the manual). Thread the needle with a single strand of thread.
  6. Thread the needle through the hole at one end of the pages, going from the inside to the outside of the signature (inside pages to outer cover), leaving 3-4 inches at the end to tie a knot once you finish stitching.
  7. Go up through the next hole, down through the next hole, up through the next, etc. until you reach the end.
  8. Then stitch back to the other end using the opposite motion (stitch up through the down holes and down through the up holes). Repeat this all the way to the other end so that you have continuous stitches on the inside and outside of your signature. Tie the two ends in a square knot and trim the excess.
  9. Saddle stitch all twelve of your signatures together, and then your ready to make your covers!

step out 2

To create the covers:

  1. I trimmed two pieces of book board to 3 1/2 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches long.
  2. I covered them with patterned paper from the New Day collection and then pierced holes in both cover. The holes for the covers must match the holes for the signatures.
  3. When piercing covers, place them on the left side of the Book Binding Guide and flip the piercing guide over so that the flat side is facing down.
  4. Use the center column of holes and align the ringed holes to they’re centered like the holes for the signatures were (see above photo for details). Then tighten the screws to hold the piercing guide in place.
  5. Pierce through every other hole (all the ringed ones) with the piercing tool. Repeat these steps for the other cover.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Now it’s time to bind together the covers and the twelve signatures! You can find instructions in your Book Binding manual, more details and photos in THIS POST by Eva Pizarro, and you can also watch this helpful video tutorial.

  1. Use the curved needle and wax thread. Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Start by stitching together the bottom cover and the last signature (December pages) following the instructions in the booklet.
  2. Add the November signature using the instructions, and then continue adding all the signatures in reverse order through February. If you’d like you can add sequins to the coptic stitches to embellish your book.
  3. Finish off the book with the January signature and the top cover. Tie the loose end in a square knot and trim the excess. I added a pom pom tassel from the New Day collection, attaching it to the binding stitches on the outside of the planner.
  4. Tip: I used multiple strands of thread (about four) since it’s easier to stitch smaller lengths of thread. Just be sure to finish a length at the end of a signature, and start a new length at the beginning of a signature.
  5. Once you’ve finished binding your planner, you can decorate the inside pages! I like to use flat embellishments (stickers, rub ons, washi tape, ephemera, stencils) so I don’t add too much bulk to the book.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Since this planner can be used for any year and can start at any time, you’ll need to add the dates. You can write them, stamp them, or use stickers from the Journal Studio. I used my colored pencils.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate your front cover with stickers, washi tape, rub ons or ephemera. I used the Dear Lizzy New Day and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collections.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This would be a fun weekend craft project to get ready for the new year next week. Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun and crafty weekend friends.

Supplies:

Book Binding Guide
Magnetic Alphabet Stencils
Magnetic Symbol Stencils
Journal Guide
Washi Tape
Washi Tape Keychain
6×6 Book Board
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Craft Knife
Supreme Ruler
Dear Lizzy New Day CollectionDear Lizzy New Day Collection
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Sticker Book

2018 Year in Review Scrapbook Page

Hello everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro on the blog today sharing a layout using some tools from our Journal Studio line.

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

The Journal Studio line is perfect for planning but you can also use most of the tools for scrapbooking layouts, mini albums and more! For this layout I used my Magnetic Alpha Stencils to create the month names and my Book Binding Guide to create a frame for my layout.

The Book Binding Guide comes with a Booklet with several Japanese bindings, I used one of those guides to punch holes on the border of my layout. Because the 12 x 12 sheet is longer than the tool I simply unscrew the top of the tool and slide the page to have full coverage.

Book Binding Guide by We R Memory Keepers

 

To create my month titles I used my  Alpha Stencils. They are magnetic so you don’t have to worry about the guides moving! And there are Icons Stencils also! You should check them out!

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

You can use any pencil you like, I used my son’s markers to make the titles.

We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Stencils

To create my journaling guides I used my Mini Magnetic Mat, I love this little tool and it is my go to tool when I need perfectly straight lines!

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I stitched my Japanese binding border with colored threads and I really like the texture it gives to my page.

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I completed my layout without using any supplies! Just a few tools, markers and thread.

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

2018 was  great a year for my family and I am counting on 2019 being a better one! I am glad I can keep all our highlight moments in just one page. How was your year? Are you making a year in review layout?

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Eva

 

Supplies

Book Binding Guide
Mini Magnetic Mat

Magnetic Alpha Stencils

 

 

Christmas Coptic Book

Hello everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro on the blog today bringing you a Christmas Coptic Book made with the Book Binding Guide.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

The Bookbinding Guide has everything you need to create Coptic, Japanese and Saddle bindings and create stunning Mini Books in minutes! I have been wanting to create a Coptic Book and I thought it would be fun to create one for Christmas and leave everything ready for the busiest days of the year.

To create the Christmas Coptic Book wrap chipboard covers with your favorite patterned papers, I am using the lovely Merry Days collection by Crate Paper that has wonderful vintage feeling.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Cut several pages and group them 3 at a time. Once you fold them in half you will notice that the edges are not even. Use your Mini Magnetic Mat and your Craft Knife to cut the excess.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Open the Book Binding Guide and place the pages on the left side of the tool. The tool has a natural inclination so you can place the pages in the middle and the holes will be perfectly aligned with the creasing line.  Use the needle to punch holes, I like to mark the holes I am using so I don’t get confused.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Untwist the circles on the left side and put them on the right side of the tool. You will also need to flip the hole guide to use it on the covers because on other side the hole guide is completely flat.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Use a coptic binding to keep everything together. You can search video tutorial but it is really easy and all you have to do is repeat the same steps over and over. To start, thread your curved needle with waxed thread. Make a little knot and go from the inside to the outside of the first group of papers.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Tie the back cover by passing the needle from the outside to the inside of the cover and making a knot with the curved needle.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Go inside the paper group from the same hole and exit trough the next hole.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Repeat the same steps until the cover is completely attached to the first group of papers. Now, instead of going inside the papers from the same exit hole, add another group of papers and go inside the second group.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

The steps are absolutely the same here, the only difference will be that you’ll need to loop around the previous paper outer stitch before making that final move into the interior. This will help to hold everything together.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

On this step you can ad beads, little embellishments, chipboard shapes, sequins, etc. just make sure you tighten your thread after adding every embellishment.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Once you have attached the front cover make a knot inside the last group of papers and cut the thread.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Embellish your mini book with chipboard shapes, stickers and die cuts. Make sure you don’t add too many 3d embellishments otherwise you won’t be able to close the book!

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Another tip I have is that you don’t add too many embellishments to the binding because the stitching looks very nice!

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

These books are really cute and I think they are perfect for this busy holiday season! Lots of pages to record the best month of the year! Now with the Book Binding Guide you can have everything you need to create them an easily align everything without the hassle of measuring and marking every page.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Have a great day

Eva

 

Supplies

Book Binding Guide
Mini Magnetic Mat
Craft Knife
Merry Days Collection by Crate Paper

 

 

October New Releases: Part 2

Hello friends! Today is our favorite kind of day because we get to share some exciting new releases with you. We’re extra excited about this new collection because it spans across several of our sister brands at American Crafts, and is a fabulous way to plan, organize, preserve memories, and document moments. Introducing the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage!

We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio Tools and Storage

Write it, plan it, and make it happen with the Journal Studio by We R Memory Keepers! With a wide variety of tools and punches, Journal Studio has something for everyone.

Journal Studio Tools and Storage by We R Memory Keepers

Chic, felt pouches organize stamps, pens, and embellishments, perfect for on-the-go journaling.

Journal Studio Tools and Storage by We R Memory Keepers

Unique tools and punches like the Reflection Tracer, Journal Guide, and Mini Trimmer customize your pages and make journaling easier than ever. So whatever the plan, the dream, or the goal, get there with Journal Studio.

Pocket Punch Board

The Pocket Punch Board creates picture-perfect pockets for your journals and planners. Punch out pockets with your favorite patterned papers and customize with washi tape, glitter, and markers. This Punch Board creates over 100 pocket sizes in flap or notch styles.

Pocket Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Pocket Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Book Binding Guide

The Book Binding Guide has everything you need to make custom journals and planners possible. Create Saddle, Japanese, and Coptic bound books in no time. This package includes one Book Binding Guide.

Book Binding Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Book Binding Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Mini Paper Trimmer

The Mini Paper Trimmer is the perfect tool for making quick, small cuts. It’s perfect for on-the-go crafting and journaling, and is just the right size for backpacks, craft bags, and purses. This package includes one Mini Paper Trimmer.

Mini Paper Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

Reflection Tracer

The Reflection Tracer is a must-have tool for tracing images straight from your phone! Special materials reflect images from your phone onto your journal for easing tracing and perfect lines. And it all comes in a chic, grey felt case for on-the-go journaling.

Reflection Tracer by We R Memory Keepers

Reflection Tracer by We R Memory Keepers

Interchangeable Stamps

This self-inking stamp is just the thing to take your planner goals above and beyond. It’s interchangeable stamps are perfect for marking important dates, trips, and goals, and small enough for on-the-go journaling. Handy tweezers included.

Interchangeable Stamps by We R Memory Keepers

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils

Get straight lines and custom phrases with these magnetic alphabet stencils! Choose letters to make lists, words, and keys, place them in the stencil holder, and trace away! Included are 26 letter stencils, one stencil holder, and one grey felt carrying case.

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Magnetic Symbol Stencils

Get straight lines and custom embellishments with these magnetic symbol stencils! Choose icons to make lists, words, and keys, place them in the stencil holder, and trace away! Included are 26 icon stencils, one stencil holder, and one grey felt carrying case.

Magnetic Symbol Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Felt Travel Workspace

Journal anywhere and everywhere with this travel-sized workspace! Simply unfold the felt workspace and start creating. It features a photo pocket, removeable workspace, journal holders, a removable clipboard, tool holders, and a tool pocket.

Felt Travel Workspace by We R Memory KeepersFelt Travel Workspace by We R Memory Keepers

Felt Snap Pocket

Chic, felt pockets are the perfect place to store all your favorite pens, pencils, scissors, markers and more.

Felt Snap Pocket by We R Memory Keepers

Felt Zip Pocket

Chic, felt pockets are the perfect place to store all your favorite pens, pencils, scissors, markers and more.

Felt Zip Pocket by We R Memory Keepers

Washi Tape Keychain

This Washi Tape Keychain is a must-have on-the-go organizer for any journal keeper. Store your favorite washi tape on the spool and small embellishments in the pocket! Clip it to any journal for easy travel.

Washi Tape Keychain by We R Memory KeepersWashi Tape Keychain by We R Memory Keepers

Embellishment Organizer

Organize and store your favorite small embellishments for planner, journals, and more with this embellishment organizer! Keep stickers, scraps, sequins, and more in this convenient carrier.

Embellishment Organizer

The All-In-One Journal Guide was released in August, and is also part of this exciting Journal Studio collection.

Journal Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Whew! That’s a lot of awesome new releases! These new releases will start shipping to retailers at the end of October, so watch for them in stores and online near the end of November, or early December.