The Perfect Journal

After making the technique samples of loose-leaf journal pages, I knew the perfectionists in the class would want to walk away with a bound journal. After all, the class was Journaling for Perfectionists. I came up with an idea for binding individual pages into a book, but then I was stumped for what to put on the cover.


It came to me, as most good ideas do, while I was out for a walk. Using rubber stamps, I wrote “Perfection” in a badly-spaced rubber-stamp script, cut the paper slightly at an angle and used it on the cover of the book. I find it perfect for a class on perfectionism.

The pages are held together with tape, in this case, a paper tape that allows me to vary the amount of space between pages so the signatures line up.

The next book will use the tape only as positioning piece. I’m going to sew strips of grosgrain ribbon over it to create a more permanent and attractive way of holding the pages together.

The book contains several poems I love, both popular and not well known. In this one, by Lorna Crozier, from her book Inventing the Hawk, I created one page that looked like snow drifting from the sky on one side,

Book2and a page of bright winter colors with tissue paper snow on the other.

Here’s the poem:

The Angel of Numbers

In heaven the season for mathematics
is Winter. Chalk falls from the blackboard,
covers the earth.
The angel who invented arithmetic is trying
to get rid of zeros.
She erases and erases the boards
Then starts again

Poem2Assigning to the numbers already in the air
Their own lost stars to live on,
their own dark infinity
to name.

* * *

Quinn McDonald is creating a course on writing poetry. The research is deeply satisfying.


The rest of the book:







The center spread:













And the inside back cover:


12 thoughts on “The Perfect Journal

    • I used the tips I found in Glenda’s downloadable tips (See last Saturday’s post for the free download) I loaded by teeny spray bottles with ink, used stencils, and spritzed away! Then, because I am obsessed with colored pencils, I went in and worked more color into the edges of the numbers. So the inside covers are a lot softer than the outside cover.

  1. And don’t you just know that I’d want to position the title perfectly off-centre, after cutting it out with the same excess paper top-right and bottom-left. The only way for me to make it completely random is to close my eyes!
    Love the whimsy of maths angels – do check out the Greeting Tree on my blog Quinn, I’m sure you’d stop and take a photo too.

  2. After Quinn’s journaling class…was inspired to write haiku poetry for a book I entered into the Paperworks exhibit at the Tucson Festival of Books. It contained haikus about the sky, and was titled Sky-ku. Thanks for the nudge, Quinn!

  3. Such a gorgeous cover and indeed PERFECT very suitable! I LOVE the poem, I don’t know/read many poems in English but I cherish my book with poems from Dylan Thomas, that I bought in Wales. Reading poems in the original language is very satisfying. Have a great day ‘soul-sister-in-words’

    • Thanks for the kind words. The book contains a poem by Lorna Crozier (the one I put in the blog), and a stanza from a Robert Penn Warren poerm (White Sky). I’m doing research for a class on poetry I want to teach, and I am loving the new discoveries! Lorna has a series on angels that is very well done.

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