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October 20, 2009


Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:08 am

Good morning readers…

The weather has finally dipped into cold temperatures here in the southland. Not quite to freezing yet but there was a bit of frost on the grass this morning. I know some of our neighbors to the north got some snow at the beginning of the week. While I think a little snow would be nice, it always makes things crazy out on the roads here. I hope we don’t see any here until January/February.

For the album makers among you…I have found that Framing Supplies Plus no longer has the best price on the 3M adhesive rolls. Back in June the price was $25.84 for an 11″x50′ roll an d when I went to reorder last night the price had jumped to $52.95 per roll. I understand that they were probably not making much profit at all on a roll but to double the price in four months is kind of crazy. I did send them an email asking if the price was correct. We’ll see what they say.

In the mean time, searching the Internet, I found several places that offer reasonable it at prices. Adorama Camera offers an 11″x50′ roll for $39.00. Depending on where you live shipping for 2 rolls is around $10 or so. Hillas offers it at $34.67 per roll but you have to buy 6 at a time. Also, M&M Distributors offers it for $36.95 per roll with no minimum. Don’t know what the shipping would be.

I have done business with Adorama but not the other two companies so I can’t tell you anything about shipping or customer service.

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September 22, 2009

Bookbinders interested in working with photographers…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:35 am

Good morning readers.

It’s definately fall here in the southland. The weather is cool and clear and the morning sky has a beautiful glow to it.

I am frequently asked by photographers if they know of any binders in their area who would be willing to work with them to create custom albums for their clients as they want something unique. I have a few binders that I can reccommend but some photographers would prefer to work with someone closeby that they can meet with in person.

I have decided to revamp my photographers resource page to include a list of binders who are interested in working with photographers in their area to create custom wedding albums, guestbooks, boxes etc. for their clients. The list will be by setup by country/state and will be a free resource for both binders and photographers.

If interested in being listed, please email me for more details.

Also, there are only a few more spaces left for my Flush Mount Album workshop. It’s a great opportunity to learn the process in a hands on workshop setting.

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September 15, 2009

And the lucky winners are…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:46 pm

Since I had so many lovely responses to my post, I decided to giveaway two of my little canvas books. I put all the names on pieces of paper and had my lovely assistant Terri draw for me.

Drumroll please……brrrrrrrrrrrrr… and the winners are…….

Dan (Bookbum) and Buechertiger!

Please email me your snail mail addy and I’ll get them right out to you.


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I was mistaken…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 1:24 pm

about my Grandma’s age. She is not 98, she’s 99 today. Besides her eyesight, she gets around pretty well. I don’t get to see her nearly as much as I should being that she is only a couple of hours away.

Just wanted to remind everyone the little book giveaway. Just post a comment about your favorite fall traditions on my giveaway post for your chance to win. I’ll be picking a winner when I get home from class this evening. (About 9:00 PM eastern US time.) Good luck to everyone!

Also, there are only a couple more spaces available in my upcoming Flush Mount Binding workshop and retreat. You do not need to have any binding experience to participate. We will work from the ground up. You can also bring a non-student guest to stay with you at the retreat. They can hang out and relax, take a walk on the beach or check out some of the local attractions while you are in the workshop.

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September 12, 2009

How do you learn best?

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 2:02 pm

Good afternoon readers.

I’ve been pondering my next foray into the world of bookbinding tutorial writing and am wondering what is the best medium to use for it’s creation. I’m considering some video tutorials instead of ones that can be printed.

So, my question to you dear readers is do you learn better from books or videos? I’m a book person myself. I enjoy watching videos but don’t like having to go put the video in and find a certaing part when I am working on a project. I prefer to have a book or some type of printed instructions to hand when I need them.

Also, what do you think about online classes as opposed to being in a classroom with an instructor? 

Don’t forget to add a comment about fall traditions on my giveaway post for your chance to win a cool little journal. If I get more than 20 posts I’ll giveaway two so your chances will be greater.

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September 7, 2009

Rainy Labor Day…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 6:49 pm

Good afternoon readers…

It’s been a cool and rainy Labor Day holiday here in the southland. Instead of burgers and hot dogs on the grill we’re having chilli and cornbread.

Thought I’d drop in and share with you that I made a delightful discovery the other night at the bookstore. The Book Arts Forum is mentioned as a resource in the new book Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials by Jeannine Stien.  :o)

Don’t forget to add a comment about fall traditions on my giveaway post for your chance to win a cool little journal. 

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September 4, 2009

More fall musings…

Filed under: Announcements, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:20 am

Good morning readers.

I’m getting lots of wonderful comments about fall traditions on my giveaway post. It’s nice to know that people are still coming by even after my long hiatus. Keep’em coming.

Exciting news…I am the featured artist over on the Billie’s Craftroom Blog this month!

A brand new swap has been announced over on the Book Arts Forum. This time it’s girdle books hosted by Buechertiger. Along with the swap information she has posted a number of great links to information and photos of girdle books.

I have also posted a pamphlet book swap for beginners and anyone that finds the girdle books a bit intimidating. This swap will be a quick turnaround swap. Sign up over on the forum by Sept. 15, have books in the mail by Oct. 1.

Speaking of fall..besides spring, it’s the other time of the year when I feel like slowing down and cleaning out things in my life that don’t add to it so it was fitting when I came across this article by Dr. Wayne Dyer titled Sweep It Clean, Inside & Out 12 ways to simplify your life and set your spirit free! posted over on Teesha Moore’s blog.

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September 3, 2009

Musings and a little giveaway…

Filed under: Giveaway, Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:09 am

Good morning readers…

According to Starbucks fall is officially here. They have started offering their pumpkin spice lattes again. Yummmm……

I know it’s not officially fall but the last few days sure have felt like it. I’ve been rummaging through my knitting books and dreaming of cozy handmade sweaters and socks and hot soup and bread.

Since I am feeling in the fall mood, I am going to have a little giveaway. A while back I made some of these little canvas covered books printed with photos I had taken of the fall colors in the mountains of Virginia. I still have a few of them. They are the ones on the right in this photo.

Fall Colors books

To enter my little giveaway all you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me about a favorite fall tradition that you have or what your favorite thing about fall is. On the evening of Sept. 15 (my Grandmas 98th birthday) I’ll put everyone’s name in a hat and have my lovely assistant draw one.

Good luck!

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September 2, 2009

Early fall like weather…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:19 am

Good morning readers…

The weather here is absolutely beautiful. Sunny, cool and breezy. I’m sure it won’t last but I’m enjoying it while I can.

There are still a few spaces left in my upcoming Flush Mount Binding workshop and retreat. You do not need to have any binding experience to participate. We will work from the ground up. You can also bring a non-student guest to stay with you at the retreat. They can hang out and relax, take a walk on the beach or check out some of the local attractions while you are in the workshop.

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September 1, 2009

It’s September…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:45 am

Good morning readers…

It’s actually cool and overcast here in the Southland this morning. My mind has started to wander with thoughts of fall things such as hot soup, handmade sweaters, boots and lots of bookmaking.

Hopefully I will be able to graduate in December and will take the winter off from attending classes to be able to concentrate on my artwork. I’m actually looking forward to hibernating in my studio this winter and getting lots of stuff done.

Of note…

The Convivio Book of Days September edition is up.

If you haven’t been over and checked out the Book Artists and Poets podcast get thee over there asap. I had to go out of town this past weekend and listened to many hours while driving of inspiring interviews with book and paper artists from around the country. Makes you want to run to your studio and start making things.

The Book Arts forum is starting up a new book swap for fall. Beginners are always welcome to participate. Don’t be shy. We all were beginners once.

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