Nik the booksmith review a guide to making journals

Nik the booksmith review a guide to making journals


hello and G’day today’s video is Nik
The Booksmith review a guide to making journals, my name is Donna… question, is
Nik the real deal? I think you’ll agree with me that she is. this is the book
that I am going to review well the course that I use to make this book and
before we dive in I’d like to let you know that I’m only showing you the
finished book I’m not going to show you the actual course how I made the book
now this is because of copyright I do have permission from Nik to show
you snippets I’m just going to show you actually the
front page of the teachable course I’m not going to show you inside the course
you have to be a student to be able to see that so now I’ve got that out of the
road let’s get started the junk journal I’ve made is this one the “adventures in
booksmithing” now there’s a difference between
watching someone’s video online for free and you know paid the paid videos you
get what you’re paid for not everyone gives everything away for
free all the good stuff you need to pay for sure you can get some of the info
for free online but you won’t get the info that you will get from someone like
Nik The Booksmith now you just won’t if you’ve got to the
stage where you want to take the next step like I did and I can tell you I’ve
got a bookbinding background I’m also a traditional leather crafter I started
when I was 19 so that’s like over 40 years ago even though I’ve got these two
skills they’re miles apart from how we put together a junk journal today and
using today’s methods or if you like using Nik The Booksmiths methods. do
you want to make one with the fabric cover, or with the curved spine? because I
think you can. that’s the great thing about this course once you follow next
tutorial and have made your junk journal the way she shows you how she makes them
you can do whatever you want it’s like a dress maker
you have your basic dress pattern and from there you just add the frills Nik
teaches you how to do this she shows you how to put the signatures together and
how to sew them into the binding I followed her step-by-step instructions
on how to make this I even use the same color paint as she did in the tutorial
just so that I could do this review as I saw it so you can see exactly what the
finished journal looks like and like I said this is the adventures in book
smithing that’s this exact journal my next journal won’t be an exact copy of
her course I’ll make it in my own style
Nik is a genius at taking the standard way of bookbinding and altering it to be
the junk journal way of book binding. Yep, there’s a difference if you’ve
got book binding experience you’ll find this advanced class easier than most but
if you’re a beginner and you want to learn how to make junk journals that’s
what this course is all about now I’ve done a couple of Nik’s teachable
courses and this being an honest review you the beginner could learn how to make
the junk journals following her video tutorials because the pause button is
your friend if you have an iPad or a smartphone what I would do is have it on
your craft table use it to follow along this will make it easier for you to do
so you just pause it play it pause it play it and do that little section you
literally watch over her shoulder as she walks you through the step-by-step
process now the pro’s and cons of this course. the pros… doing the course in
teachable is structured. 2/ you know where it is always you never lose it in
your computer you just log on to the teachable classroom and boom right there
it’s there where you left off 3/ you get templates 4/ you get downloads with
the course like a materials list etc 5/ there are little surprises from
Nik their bonuses always a happy dance when we get bonuses 6/ you can post a
comment ask questions to Nik under the course videos and that’s right inside
the teachable platform 7/ the videos are listed one by one down the side you
just click and select which step you’re up to and when you finish that step
click complete and continue for example when you finish one part click Next and
there’s a bar that shows you that you might be
say 20% complete and then it’ll update and show that you now 30% complete and
so on until you finish the book 8/ there’s value for money I’ve gone back
to it so many times just to look at one method that I’ve forgotten how to do and
that you know like say you haven’t made a book for a month you keep going back
to it it’ll always be there. right now that’s the pros… the cons to be
honest I can’t fault this course there’s if there was one thing that I would say
is that the cover feels a little stiff to the touch and that’s just me I prefer
a softer finish to the painted cloth color and that’s it that’s all and
that’s just personal preference but I’ll keep using this method all the same so
if you’ve been sitting on the fence wondering should I get this course the
adventures in book smithing I recommend it
I’m Donna and bye for now

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