Stab Bound Journal by Kirsten Varga

One of my favorite things about making a large batch of monoprinted papers with my Gelli Arts® printing plate is the sound the paper makes after its all dry. That crinkle-crackle is music to my ears and I just love to fan through the stack of papers over and over! It’s ASMR for makers! 

My project is a result of wanting to make a stack of the crackleiest (!) sounding papers I could! Once that was accomplished I just had to make a book out of them so I could flip through the papers to my heart’s content. I chose tracing paper because of the prime crinkle-crackle potential and it didn’t disappoint. The binding I chose is a 4-hole Stab binding. Watch the video below to see my process!

Supplies used:


  • 12×14 Gelli Arts® Printing plate
  • Brayer
  • Gelli Arts® Printing Tools
  • Eyelash yarn and cotton string
  • Acrylic Paint
  • 11×14 Tracing Paper
  • 11×14 Bristol
  • Ruler/Craft Knife
  • Bone Folder
  • Binder Clips
  • Waxed thread/Needle
  • Hole punch 

Thanks for joining me on this creative journey and I hope this inspires you to create something today!


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10 thoughts on “Stab Bound Journal by Kirsten Varga”

  1. Thank you for demo, love the tracing paper feel and look, and the inclusion of the paper bags.

  2. Very nice!! Thank you for sharing. I make similar books with my gelli prints but much rougher and far from pretty as this. 😊😊

  3. This is one of the coolest projects I’ve seen here! I love how you printed your pages with subtle patterns- very effective on the tracking paper!

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