In-Studio Workshop!


The lowly lunch sack becomes a lovely blank journal in this new upcycled book arts class by Bel Mills. Students will learn how the unique structure of a paper bag can be leveraged to create a functional journal with layered pages and handy pockets. Students will end the class with a finished journal that makes a wonderful travel notebook, nature journal, garden journal, art journal, or smashbook. The unique and flexible binding taught in this class can also be used to turn any collection of individual folded pages or folios into a book. Beginner and intermediate students welcome. 


Registration closes May 27, 2021. Your registration includes a $5 materials fee to cover consummable materials provided for class, which includes paper lunch bags, cover board, templates, PVA glue, and assorted papers. With the confirmation email, students will receive a small list of additional supplies that should be gathered/purchased and brought to class.


PLEASE NOTE: Pyramid is dedicated to protect the safety and health of its employees and guests. In-studio class size has been limited to ensure adequate spacing for students and strict cleaning regimens will be implemented for the space and tools, both before and after each class. Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

Upcycled Lunch Sack Journals; Jun 6; 12pm-4:30pm

    • Date & Time: In-Studio, Sunday, June 6, 12pm-4:30pm 
    • Instructor: Bel Mills
      Bel Mills is a collage artist and book designer inspired by second-hand, vintage and commonplace paper. In her Northern Virginia studio, Scrap Paper Circus, she uses old books, magazines, maps, and office supplies—among other materials—to create one-of-a-kind journals and collaged artist books. She believes in reusing old paper not only as a method, but also as a muse. As she tells her students, second-hand paper frees an artist from worrying excessively about waste and allows her to experiment and take risks without agonizing about mistakes or about ruining precious materials. She embraces accidents and rejects persnickety bookbinding dogma except when absolutely necessary; infusing her work (and her classes) with a sense of possibility, whimsy and delight. Students discover handmade books are fun to make and a joy to use. They leave with clever, personalized journals they can fill with their own experiences, rather than precious art objects that will sit on a shelf. You can find more of Bel’s work on Facebook @scrappapercircus, Instagram @scrap_paper_circus and Etsy at ScrapPaperCircus. 
    • Materials: Registration includes a $5 materials fee to cover the consumable supplies provided for class. Students will need to purchase additional materials of their own, including:
      - Large Needle (to thread embroidery floss)
      - Large Button (any design)
      - Embroidery Floss, any color, 12"
      - Patterned Paper - three sheets of 8.5" x 11" or two sheets of 12"x12"
      - (optional) 6" x 6" piece of Leather OR Corrugated Cardstock OR Kraft-tex for spine
      - Full Roll, Double Sided Tape
      - 24" of narrow ribbon, twine, or yarn
      - EITHER 10 pages of 8.5" x 11" cover weight paper (like cardstock, Rives BFK, watercolor paper, etc.) OR 7 pages of 8.5" x 11" heavy paper plus 3 pages of another heavy paper in a contrasting color
      - (optional) Washi Tape

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