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August 23, 2009

Upcoming Flush Mount Album Workshop…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:09 am

I am planning on offering another flush mount album making workshop in mid to late Oct.

This workshop is for working photographers who are interested in creating their own albums so that they may offer a unique product to their clients, as well as binders looking to add an additional service to their bindery that would benefit photograhers in their area. Flush mount style albums are also a great way for artists to present their work when submitting portfolios to prospective clients.

For more information please see my workshop page.

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August 22, 2009

Finally catching a breath…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:05 am

Good morning dear readers…

I have been mucho busy the past couple of months. I’ve been doing alot of teaching (adult classes and summer camp for kids), finishing up classes for my associate’s degree in fine art, and helping to manage a beach rental house.

Things are winding down a bit now so I’ve been trying to decide in what direction I want to take this blog. When I first started it several years ago there weren’t many bookbinding blogs. Since then a whole new batch has cropped up. A newbie to the world of bookbinding now has tons of information at their fingertips. Which, of course, leaves me wondering what I can offer information wise that hasn’t already been offered. Hmmm…

In the mean time…I have updated my bookbinding tutorial links page with some new links.

Also, The Book Arts Forum has been alive with some great book chatter over the past few months. If you haven’t checked it out or are a member and haven’t been on in a while you should go over and take a look. There are lots of good discussions, organized swaps, tons of eye candy and some really wonderful and helpful members.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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May 26, 2009

More additions to the yard sale page…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 12:22 pm

Hey all,

I have a few more additions to the yard sale page as I’m still in the process of culling out items that I no longer need or use. Now that the holiday weekend has come and gone I will be doing more cleaning and organizing and will also be adding things as I come across them so check back often.

I definitely appreciate all the sales so far.

Have a great day!

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May 17, 2009

Any local binders/artists out there?

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:52 am

I’ve got a box of binders board scraps and a bunch of large sheets of paper that I’d like to find new homes for. The binders board is various small size pieces that would be good for small projects. The paper is some thick decorative papers with inclusions and some large sheets of parchment type paper in different colors.

Email me if interested. If I don’t find any takers by Weds. it’ll go to Freecyle.

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May 14, 2009

Online yard sale…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:16 am

Hey there readers.

I am finished with school for the semester but am cleaning out my studio because I can barely move in it. I’ve got alot of things that I will be divesting myself of over the next few days. Please check my online yard sale page for items that I will be selling.

Also, if you are local, I will have a bunch of large sheets of paper to either sell really cheaply or give away once I clean out my paper files. If you’re interested, shoot me an email and I will notify you once I decide what’s going.

I’m hoping to be back posting regularly next week. Stay tuned.


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March 26, 2009

Hey anybody still out there?

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 4:38 pm

Hey there readers…..

My poor blog has been sadly neglected. Just a few more weeks until the spring semester is over and I am no longer a full time student and I’ll be able to spend time updating the site.

Of course that means I’ll be need to find a way to make some kind of income. I’m hoping that my photography classes at the Contemporary Art Center fill up for the late spring sessions. If you’re in the Hampton Roads area and are looking for a fun way to learn more about your camera and photography check us out.

Just as a follow up…I saw the afforementioned movie and was disappointed in it’s lack of bookbinding content. <sigh>

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January 5, 2009

Lots of good stuff…

Filed under: Fun, Good Things, How To, Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 11:34 am

Good morning dear readers.

Thought I’d try to post some before jumping back into classes with both feet next Monday. I’m scheduled to take five classes this coming semester. Four of them are studio classes and one is a portfolio and resume class. Crazy I know but I’m running out of funds and need to finish up by the end of 2009. I’m sure about mid semester I’ll start pulling my hair out and should be about bald by May.  :o)

And now the good stuff…

I have Peter Goodwin’s new video on box making, Boxes for Books, and plan on reviewing it in the next week or so. The video is one in a series produced by Janette Heffernan. Information for all can be found on their website. You can also find a teaser for the box video as well as other great little bookbinding tidbits on Janette’s YouTube site.

For a small fee, you can watch and/or download a video tutorial for sewing a headband on a book by the Bookbinding Guy. You can also buy and download his whole bookmaking tutorial here.

Billie, of Billie’s Craftroom Blog, has put up a nice video tutorial on how to dye linen thread for bookbinding. 

Roz Stendahl has a great post on her adventures in bookbinding on her blog. Her post are always interesting and very informative. It’s definitely worth spending the time and reading through her other posts. She has a great website too.

This was posted on one of the binding lists, an entertaining site with an interactive book.

I’ve seen this posted on several sites but I thought that I’d post it here too. A nice tutorial on how to make your own flipbook. Something to do in your spare time.

Looking for some unique fabrics for bookbinding? Or perhaps you want to create your own? Check out Spoonflower. You can buy custom printed designs in their Etsy store or design and have them print your own unique fabric. It’s definitely a way to set yourself apart from other binders.

Speaking of fabric…if you like playing with fabric and making books, check out the Journal Making for Fabric Artists online class offered by Two Creative Studios and taught by Sue Bleiweiss.

If you haven’t been over to the Book Arts Forum in a while definitely check it out. Lots of good converstaion and upcoming swaps for the new year.

Ok…that should keep you busy for a while.

Have a great day!

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December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:19 pm

Happy New Year

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December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:51 am

I will be out of town for the next couple of days and just wanted to say to all my dear readers, have a happy and safe holiday!

May all your wishes come true.

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October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 5:50 am

Happy Halloween

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