Rip, stitch, paint and bind your way through this workshop where we will   create a beautiful bound book complete with pockets, pages, tags and  embellishments. Combining a love of office supplies and art supplies,  this art journal/book has twelve sections ready for monthly collections,   a travel journal or organized art explorations. You will learn an easy   new binding  method to create a chunky 9” x 6” book ready for filling in  whatever way inspires you.

As always, you can count on step-by-step video instruction as we paint,  rip, stitch and glue our way through the artful project. Learn how to  make your own fabric paper to use as a custom embellishment. Finally,  join me for a bonus project to further expand the usefulness of this  beautiful journal.

Original Release Date: February 2013

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  • Bronny
    I'm so glad I signed up for this workshop! I loved it! Thank you for making the workshop affordable... and your videos instructions are easy to follow.
  • Dawn
    Oh Roben! After watching the welcome video, this is more awesome than I thought it was going to be. My mind is racing ahead at stuff I can add to it!

Workshop Samples

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Your Instructor


Roben-Marie's mission is claiming happiness for herself and others through her rule-breaking combination of colors.

Artist, blogger, designer, instructor and owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, Roben-Marie is often either geeking out behind her Mac or painting in her Florida home studio. As a woman of faith, she believes that serving others through inspiration, encouragement and instruction is a priority. A desire to learn and an unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie's work can be found in industry publications, art journaling books, her shop and on her blog. 

Her unique blending of color, elements and design makes her pieces unmistakably recognizable. Her style has been translated to canvas, journals, fabric, stamps, artist papers and most notably, mail art and Art Pops™ artist cards and accessories.

With a following that regularly demands the next workshop and product line, Roben-Marie shares her joy of mixed media and inspires the artist inside every heart wondering if they have the courage to claim it.

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  • Patter
    This is an amazing class! You don't want to miss it! ~Patter




Sewing machine and thread in cream/white and black
Glue stick

Fabric Paper:

Muslin - about 13” x 22”
Book pages - about 10
Elmer’s glue
Spray bottle with water
Two cheap chip brushes or other bristle brushes
White acrylic paint
Freezer paper - about  15” x 23”


Twelve - 9 x 12 catalog envelopes
Assorted acrylic paints
Optional: GelliArts Gel Plate and brayer
Paint brushes - a couple will work
Deli paper or freezer paper for monoprinting


Muslin - 20” x 16”
Fabric strips - about 25 strips at about 1” x 17”
Gel medium (or your adhesive of choice)

Duck cloth-
(2) 9 1/2” x 6 1/2”
(1) 9 1/2” x 1”

Fabric (coordinate with the fabric strips stitched to cover fabric) -
(2) 9 1/4 ” x 6 1/4”
(1) 9  1/4” x 1”

Collage Pieces for Book Cover:

Small bits of lace, fabric scraps and duck cloth
Found words (see download for ideas)

A few straight pins


Twelve shipping tags
Small bits of lace, fabric scraps, twine and ribbon
Adhesive magnets*(2-3)


Wax bookbinder thread
Bookbinder needle
Book awl/paper piercer
Four (4) pieces of ribbon - 24” x 1/2” each
Twine - about  1 yard
Small crochet hook - about 1/2” (optional)
Exacto blade and small cutting mat
Pencil or disappearing ink pen (optional)
Cardstock or paper - 9 1/2” x 2”

Bonus Project:

Elastic - 1/2” width cut to about 22” in length
Strip of fabric: about 2 strips - each at about 1 1/2” x 21”
Small bits of lace

Trowel or scraper
Mat board-
(2) 9 1/2” x 6 1/2”
(1) 9 1/2” x 1”