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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