For my journals, I use what is called a Coptic stitch. It's a simple chain stitch connecting one signature to the next, but it can be rather boring when it's all there is.
For the latest series of journals, I used an exposed spine method, leaving it rather dull, until I found a new way of utilizing the spine through a bookbinding method called the French link which provides a beautiful accent to the spine.
It's actually an easy stitch to pick up, but the trick is securing the journal. I found keeping anchor points on the spine to be important as it provides security to the bound journal. This is especially true for my larger journals. The smaller ones had less of a need to be secured, but the larger journals needed the extra chain stitch near the center. In the photo above, you can see how the French Link appears slightly altered in that I attempted to add a woven element to the spine. It didn't work out as planned.
Another twist on the Coptic stitch was words. It takes a longer time than standard Coptic stitch or the French link stitch, but proves to be also a fun and interesting design element. It will be interesting to see how these new abilities work in the designing of new journals.
|Coptic Stitch Spine|
|Variation on French Link|
|Write the Spine|