I've been wanting to write about my friend Lisa's leerbuch project for the longest time. Finally!
Lisa works in an architecture office during the week and loves to spend her weekends treasure hunting at fleamarkets. A couple of years ago she had the idea to combine her need for a sketchbook and her love for fleamarkets finds and used the covers of an old book to make a notebook for herself after teaching herself a bookbinding technique with the help of a youtube video.
Not long after that her bookshelf was filled with more than 100 selfmade sketchbooks. She started selling them and eventually set up her website meinleerbuch.de. There you can browse through the books she has made so far and find out more about the idea behind meinleerbuch (only in German, though...).
Lisa uses the coptic bookbinding technique, binding the pages and covers together tightly with a connected stitch. That way all the pages open up completely flat. The thick high quality paper is taken from sketchpads so the books can be used both as sketchbooks and notebooks.
What I like most about Lisa's books is the fact that their covers have and tell a story, they even tell you what to use them for - as a travel journal or a diary, to collect recipes or to write down poems.
All Berliners will have the chance to see and buy Lisa's books at the Klunkerkranich Christmas Market this weekend (from Thursday until Sunday) - perfect for a last minute present. Those of you who live too far away will have to wait until I have talked her into selling her books online because she does not have on online store yet. But I'm sure that you can send her a message if you find the perfect book for you on her website...