Even so, bookbinding isn't exactly easy. She had a really close look at the handmade books we saw in Fife and came up with a plan of her own.
Here she is, compiling various elements of the book in our fab new sewing room.
And, many, many hours later, here's the finished item.
She's planning to use it to record our forthcoming holiday to the Isle of Mull.
The cover is made from the back of an old art pad, covered in lovely fabric.
She bound the pages together with linen thread and was really keen to keep the threads visible in the spine.
The blue ribbon is threaded through the stitches and glued between the cover and the front and back pages.
Putting her origami skills into practice, Kirsty made two tiny envelopes and stitched them into the spine.
Even the clock is stitched in. She's planning to draw hands on this to show when our ferry leaves for Mull.