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May 11, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 1:29 pm

Ok…I’m in pen heaven now. I just got back from a lovely trip to a local pen shop that is just down the road from me. If you are local you need to check out  A Pen Lovers Paradise.  I was so excited to go there and see the “great wall of ink”. I ended up just getting some Noodler’s Walnut ink and a book entitled The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication by Margaret Shepherd. I am planning on getting a cup of tea/coffee and sitting down this afternoon in the midst of napping puppies to read through it.

For you local folks, the shop is located near the Va. Beach Courthouse in the Princess Anne Shops off of North Landing Road. If you are not local you still need to check them out as you can purchase all their pens, inks and supplies off of their site.

In my best Homer Simpson voice…mmmmm fountain pennnnnsss.

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Friday musings and missing pens…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:01 am

Good morning readers.

It’s sunny and warming up here in Va. Beach. I am off to visit a pen shop this morning that I just found out about. I love fountain pens and stationary so it will be a real treat to visit.

Since I am going to visit a pen shop I thought I might get some new ink for my fountain pens. I’m in the process of revamping my studio and couldn’t find my box of pens in any of the usual places. I eventually found them, in their safe keeping place, but it was really frustrating for a little while as I searched everywhere for them. I had visions of them accidently going to Goodwill.

I thought some of you might be interested the nice little tutorial on making a hole punching jig that breaks down for travel in this issue of The Bonefolder, an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist. If you haven’t checked out the magazine you def. should as there is lots of great information in each issue. It’s put out by Peter Verheyen who runs the Book Arts Web.

Just a note on my free tutorials…I will be moving the links from the sidebar to their own page in the next few days. The page is all set up and ready to go if you’d like to have a look. I just need to get a link up for it.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 3, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:31 am

Good morning readers.

A quick shout out to all you folks from Canada who stop by everyday to read my ramblings. Thanks for reading the blog so faithfully.

I found a few sites while out surfing yesterday that I thought you all might find interesting. If you haven’t checked out the bookbinding section over at Wikipedia you should. There’s lots of great information that’s starting to develop.

I found this article (this site has music so turn off your sound if you’re at work :) ) on a wonderfully intricate binding created by bookbinder Paul Tronson. There are some great photos of the book cover he has created for his Archangel Grimoire. There is also an interview with Paul.

Here is an interesting German site that show several examples of book repair. Even if you don’t read German the photos are pretty good at explaning what is going on. You can also translate the pages using Babel fish.

Those sites should keep you busy for a while. If anyone has a site that they think I should mention on the blog during my ramplings just shoot me an email and I’ll check it out.

As always, I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 1, 2007

It’s May Day…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:15 am

Good morning readers.

Does everyone have thier maypole ready? Today is May Day. And of course you know what that also means…it’s the start of my birthday month! Yesterday was a busy day. I left the house early to drop of a friend off at the airport, then I met another friend for lunch and strawberry picking out in the country. That was fun. I haven’t picked strawberries since I was a kid.

Remember the mama duck and babies? Well I spent all morning chasing baby ducks to take down to the wildlife rehabilitator as mama somehow met an untimely end and was finished off by our resident hawk. I was able to wrangle up five of the six little ones. I wish I could of gotten them all but the last one is hiding way too well.  Maybe it will come out later.

Today is the start of my travel journal challenge. The challenge is to create journal with a travel themed cover. Just create a blank journal with the cover done in some type of theme that represents travel then post a photo of your book and a short description of your technique either on the Flickr site or on the forum on the Show and Tell board. The challenge will run through May 31. If you have any questions please feel free to shoot me an email.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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April 25, 2007

Wednesday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:00 am

Good morning readers.

I wanted to remind all the local readers that I will be at the Meet The Artists night at Jerry’s Artarama in Virginia Beach, Virginia this Saturday evening, April 28, from 6-9 pm. There will be wine, cheese, good food, great artistic atmosphere. You’ll get to  meet all the  workshop artists plus they are offering 20% off any one item, even if it’s already on sale (a great way to save a lot on a bigger item) . I hope to see some of you there.

I have a few classes coming up in May.

On Saturday May 5 at Jerry’s Artarama from 11am-2pm I’ll be teaching you how to make a Mini Japanese Style Photo album. Class fee is $55 and some materials are supplied.

On Saturday May 12, 2007 at The Red Thread Studio in Suffolk, Virginia from 10-2:30 pm I’ll be teaching an Altered Photo Books class along with photographer Jill Beninato. The cost of the class is $55.00 and includes materials.

I wanted to mention my Album and Box Making Workshop coming up in August. It’s a great opportunity to learn first hand how to make flushmount albums. You do not need to be a photographer to come and learn the process. As a bookbinder it would give you the ability to offer an additional service to photographers in your area.

Also, I am available for classes and workshops at your location. Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Continuing on with this week’s theme of visual journaling I’d like to mention a few books that are worth looking at.

Books with information and tips on keeping your own visual journals:

How To Make A Journal Of Your Life by Dan Price

Creative License and Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory

The Decorated Page and The Decorated Journal by Gwen Diehn

Books that are visually inspiring: 

Africa: An Artist’s Journal by Kim Donaldson

South Of France by Sara Midda

Stay tuned…more to come tommorrow.

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April 19, 2007

To cut or not to cut…anyone have a bandaid?

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:37 am

Good morning readers.

I apologize for the short posts of late. Things have been a bit crazy around here what with lots of client work (happy bank account) and being thrown off by the senseless tradgedy that happened not too far away from here at Va. Tech.


Lately folks have been asking alot of questions about cutting board and trimming book blocks and signatures.

For trimming board you can either use a straightedge and craft knife or buy some sort of board cutter. Kutrimmer makes a really nice board cutter but they are expensive if you get the size that will cut a full sheet of board. They also have a fairly large footprint so you will need to have the space for one. Most heavy duty paper cutters will cut binders board but I imagine you’ll need to have the blade sharpened fairly regularly. Here is another heavy duty cutter. Again, you’ll need a space for it sit.

If you are making alot of boxes where you’ll need to cut mutiple pieces the same size and you want to have a few strands of hair left on your head, a board cutter would be a worthwhile investment.

A diff. approach is using a blade and one of these cutting guides. This product actually looks kind of interesting. When I get some time I might play around with trying to make something like this.

To get around the need for an extra large board cutter you could always cut the full size sheets in half by hand before cutting them down further or buy them precut in half size sheets.

For cutting the book block after the have been sewn you could use a vertical plough or a traditional lying press and plough.

Here is a modified version of the lying press and plough. You can also use the simple book press (see sidebar for plans to make one) into a plough with a few modifications. Please email me if you’d like instructions on how to do this.

I have used a lying press and plough in the past but these days I prefer a guillotine cutter. I bought one last year off of Ebay from this seller for less than $300 including shipping and am very happy with it. If you will be making alot of books then the purchase is well worth it.

So there you have it. A few suggestions and ideas for cutting paper and board. I’m sure there are other methods but these are the ones that I am familiar with. Please fell free to email me if you have any other ideas, suggestions or thoughts on this.

One more tip…when cutting always have a box of bandaids close to hand. Blood stains are hard to get off of paper. :)

I will be putting this info up as a page so that it will be readily available in the future.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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April 18, 2007

New page added…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 1:16 pm

I’ve had alot of questions about techniques for cutting binders board so I added a page with tips.

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April 12, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:09 am

Good morning readers.

I mentioned before that I have been crazy busy with client work. It seems to be feast or famine around here. I was up until 1:00 am working on photos and I’ll be working today on guest books for weddings that are on the same day.

If you are a photographer or a binder that might be interested in learning how to make flushmount style albums please check out the information on my Album and Box Making Workshop. I am planning to go over alot of information in two days and you will leave with a completed album and matching box as well as the knowledge and ability to create them on your own. 

If you can’t make the workshop but would be interested in an e-workshop please shoot me an email.

If you get a chance, head over to the Book Arts Forum and check out the albums by photographer Tim Larsen he posted on the Show and Tell board. Very nice work and he only started making his own albums recently.

There is also some nice work posted by photographer Laura Beals over on the Flickr Group. She is also new to album making.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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April 10, 2007

Tues. musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 3:40 pm

Good afternoon readers.

I’ve been a bit AWOL the past couple of days as I’ve been crazy busy with work for clients. That’s a good thing as work for other folks always brings in much needed funds.

A couple of things.

I have updated the workshop information page and added a downloadable PDF of the tenative two day schedule.

If you haven’t been over to the Book Arts Forum def. give it a test drive. Feel free to ask questions or post photos of your newest project in the show and tell. We’ve got almost 100 members but it is still pretty quiet over there. Let’s get some discussions going.

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April 6, 2007

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:00 am

Good morning readers.

After a week or so of bright sunny warm in the 70’s weather it is now cold and in the 40’s with rain on the way for the weekend here in Virginia beach. I actually had to turn the heat back on.

Tomm. will def. be a good day here for surfing the Net as it’s supposed to rain all day long. Easter Sunday looks a little more promising weather wise. Good news for folks who go to the sunrise services on the beach. We’ve got lots of family in town so it will be a busy weekend here.

This past week has been a little crazy. We’ve been doing some house painting and rearranging. I’ve been busy with plans for the upcoming summer album making workshop as well as the loooonnnngggg list of client and personal work I need to finish up.

Just wanted to mention, for you readers in the Hampton Roads area, Artist James O’Connor and I will be giving a 4 week Limited Edition class at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. Basically, we walk you through start to finish in creating an illustrated limited edition set of 5 books of a short story or poems you may have written. No prior art or binding skills are needed to take this course.

On Sat. May 12, 2007 photographer Jill Beninato and I are conducting a workshop at The Red Thread Studio in Suffolk, Virginia. The workshop will focus on learning how to alter photos using various techniques such as sanding photos to distress them; application of color- watercolor, acrylic & markers; masking techniques, bleaching, rubber stamping and adding epherma. The altered photos will then be used to create a custom book cover and books will be made using the coptic/exposed sewn method.

Alter Book Photo Book Class 1  Alter Book Photo Book Class 2  Alter Book Photo Book Class 3

I’ve got a few Events coming up as well. Jerry’s Artarama in Virginia Beach, Va. is having a “Meet The Artists” event from 6-9pm on Sat. March 28

On March 15, 2007 the Contemporary Art Center is having a “Family Fun Fest” from 2-4pm. There will be activities for children such as scroll making and calligraphy as well as a chance to view the View Magna Carta & Four Foundations of Freedom and mingle with medieval re-enactors!

That’s it for today. I’ll be back in the morning with the weekly surf report.

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