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December 28, 2009

Write…the preparation phase…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stationary, stuff to buy — jackie @ 9:32 am

Good morning readers.

I spent a little time yesterday reading about writing and writers. Afterward I dug around in my stationery box looking to see what I had left in there and concluded that a trip to the stationary store and the post office for stamps was in order. I also pulled out the pen box and dusted off an old favorite fountain pen, checked my ink supply and also decided that I needed some new colors of ink so I put ink on my stationary store list too.

My list so far…stamps…check…paper…check…ink….check…new fountain pen…double check! My best friend Holly is purchasing me a new pen for a combo graduation/Christmas present and I am really stoked about it. I’ve had my eye on a Namiki Falcon for some time now but could never justify getting another pen. Let’s just say that I have “several” in my clollection.

If you’re interested in getting a fine writing instrument then there is no better choice than a good fountain pen. Here’s some good information about care and selection of fountain pens from the DIY Planner site.

Once I get my supplies I’ll need something to put them in for easy access and storage. Alexandra Stoddard writes in her book Gift of A Letter that you should always carry a pen, a few note cards, envelopes and stamps with you so that you can write while you are waiting in the Dr’s office, on the bus, in a cab or anywhere else that you may be waiting or have a little down time. 

I’m thinking about making a leather wallet to hold my supplies in. There are some interesting examples of leather stationery wallets online.  Most of them are zippered folios. I’m thinking more along the lines of something folded. Perhaps based off of my Chameleons. Once I figure out the design I’ll share it with you in case anyone would like to make one of their own.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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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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May 24, 2008

Saturday morning coffee and musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 8:47 am

Good morning readers.

While I was in the DC area I stayed in the Alexandria area and visited Old Town Alexandria in the evenings. On Saturday evening I was lucky enough to find the Paper Source store still open. For a bookbinder and someone that loves paper it was like walking into heaven. I know I heard the angels singing as I walked in because to the right was a great wall of paper. Decorative papers floor to ceiling for at least 15 feet.

Of course I got some paper while I was there…did you even have to ask? :)

As I was on a budget I could only get about half dozen or so sheets but I got some lovely Italian and Japanese papers. I have been wanting to try the Bookbinding Guy’s technique and Jerry’s only has papers with large designs available so I was thinking that I would have to buy some nice decorative paper with small designs off of the Internet for making the books. It was kismet.

While I was there I got a nice traditional round glue brush. Someone noticed that I used the cheap flat paint brushes and said I needed a bookbinder’s brush. I’m a little nervous about it as it was expensive and my brushes always seem to get ruined after a time. That’s why I use the cheap ones.

I think I mentioned before that if you’ve bought Frankie’s video and are going to try his technique, you’ll want to make yourself a small book press.

Also, Dolphin Papers carries the paper that he uses for the pages (as well as other great bookmaking papers). Ed’s prices are comparable to Blicks and you get better discounts for buying larger quantities.

I’m doing a little spring cleaning and I have tons of leather scraps that I will be bagging up and offering for sale next week. The scraps are varying sizes. Mostly good for small projects. If you might be interested, shoot me an email and I’ll let you know when they are available.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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March 9, 2008

Sunday morning musings…

Filed under: General musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 10:05 am

Good morning readers…

The weather here is crazy. Yesterday it was in the high 60’s and windy and rainy and this morning it’s in the low 30’s and windy and sunny. Which is, of course, not helping me get over this sinus infection at all.

Friday I caught up with my good friend Holly and we chatted over coffee and then took a trip to one of our favorite local stores. Holly bought a few new notebooks and I purchased a bottle of black Noodler’s Ink that came with a special fountain pen. Instead of filling a cartridge, the ink has a dropper and you actually fill the body of the pen with the ink. It’s not an expensive pen by any means but it writes pretty nicely and seems to be leak free. (A problem that occurs with most really inexpensive fountain pens.) If you’re in the Virginia Beach area and love pens and stationary, you definitly need to stop in and check out A Pen Lover’s Paradise. Did I mention that they have a “great wall of ink”? For everyone not in the area, they do offer mailorder. :)

And lest you think I have been a slacker in the book creation department, I am working on a two special projects. One will be finished this afternoon and the other is still in the planning stage. And…if my voice gets better I’ll record an instructional video later on today for posting this evening.

Of note…

I think I’ve mentioned them before but, there’s some great bookbinding videos over on YouTube here. If you haven’t checked them out definitly take a look as they walk you through the process of creating a hardcover book from start to finish. The videos are by Peter Baumgartner and based on his book Make Your Own Books and Boxes.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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January 25, 2008

Come on over and play with us, you know you want to…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Product Review, stuff to buy — jackie @ 10:46 am

Good morning readers.

Last night I had the awesome experience of being able to see Reba & Kelly in concert. What a treat! It was the best concert I have ever been to. If they are coming to your town, get tickets now. You won’t be diappointed.

The Weekly book challenge is under way and there have been some great examples posted over on the Flickr site. Come on over and play with us. Skill level is not important. The idea is to get you to try new things with your binding, possibly learn something along the way and of course, the big one, have fun!

If you’re a beginner and are not sure where to start, try the simple sewn book tutorial or the basic accordion book from my guides page. Both syles are easy to put together and allow for a good deal of creativity when it comes to the covers.

Of note:

Rhonda of the My Handbound Books blog has reposted her Origami Waterlily Book tutorial.

Janette Hefernan has a new DVD out, The Leather Bound Book DVD with Peter Goodwin. If you’re familiar with the Bookbinding With Peter Goodwin series of DVD’s then you’ll know that they are all informative as well as entertaining to watch. This new one is no exception. I’ll have a full review of the DVD this weekend for you.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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December 30, 2007

Sunday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 5:13 pm

Good afternoon readers.

Murphy’s law is in full swing today. Now that Christmas is over I am finding alot of cool ideas for gifts to make. Guess I’ll just have to save them for next year or special occassions such as birthdays, etc.

It’s been pretty quiet here since Christmas. Tommorrow I’ll be cooking snacks and food for a New Year’s Eve dinner.

A couple of things…

In preparation for the New Year and the “cleaning out fest” I am hoping to have this week, here is a nice article on stuff and how we accumulate it.

Through another blog I discovered a site called Cool Tools that reviews nifty little tools that people might find useful. One of the tool reviews on there was for a Mini Booklet Stapler. What book or zine maker doesn’t need one of these?

Mini Booklet Stapler

Need a cover for your full size Moleskine journal? Gfeller Casemakers is now offering a leather cover. Here’s a link to an article about them.

If you like to sew your own journaling accessories, here’s a quick and easy pencil bag tutorial. You could even sew this by hand if you don’t have a machine.

Here’s an interesting technique for decorating those Moleskine Cahiers or even your homemade versions.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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December 19, 2007

Just a few more days…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 10:21 am

Good morning readers.

I am feeling in the holiday spirit this week before Christmas, so I put up a festive banner for you all. I’m almost finished with my gift shopping. One more item to get for my Mom and a few stocking stuffers and that’s it. I feel like such a slacker as I didn’t have the time this year to hand make any of my gifts but hopefully I can be a bit more prepared next year. Because… you know that I plan on being more {{shudder}} organized in 2008. :)

While I was poking around the website of a local chain store looking for holiday gifts I came across a great deal on a Crumpler Messenger bag. For that person in your life who is a bagaholic…check out the Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Website.

They have two diff. bags on sale for about 30 bucks each. Which is a really great price considering they usually go for three times more. The bag models are the Barney Rustle and the Complete Seed. You have to take the color bag that is available but for the price it really doesn’t matter. You can read more about them on the Crumpler Site. I have been wanting one for a long time but my pocket book hasn’t ever allowed spending a hundred bucks on a bag, though I’ve been tempted once or twice.  

Being the bag wench that I am, I ordered one of each because I wasn’t sure which size I wanted. I figure I can use the larger one for school and the smaller one for everday use.

What’s cool about these bags is that you can purchase a removable photo insert that holds your camera gear so there is no need for an additional camera bag. (Did I actually say I didn’t need a bag?)

More from the non bookbinding front… I am thinking of possibly knitting a few last minute gift items. Probably just a hat  and slippers. Both can be knit up in a few hours of evening. We’ll see. :)

I hope everyone has a great day. 

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August 22, 2007

Wednesday morning musings and 124 days…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Popup books, stuff to buy — jackie @ 8:33 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was a busy day finishing projects, running errands and getting ready for school. Last night we had a major storm blow through and power went out for a short time. It brought with it high winds, thunder and lightning and some more of the much needed rain.

It’s Wednesday and of course the day that I mention possiible sites to visit to find book arts gifts as well as gifts for your book artist.

Fototiller is a website covering all things photographic, with a particular focus on the intersection of photography and design. They do mention journals and albums as well as other unique gift ideas. One of my favorites that they mention is this pop-up album. You can also see a little video about the album here. Make sure to count how many times the announcer says “photo-pop pop-up photo album”. :D

Here’s a Christmas pop-up photo album which is actually kind of cool from the Goffengel Workshop.

Moo has some unique items that would make great gifts. Not only do they have those great little Moo cards but they also have sticker books and notecards. The sticker books would make a great promo item for your handmade books.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 15, 2007

Wednesday morning musings and 131 days…

Filed under: Holiday Ideas, Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 7:46 am

Good morning readers… 

Yesterday was another beautiful day here in the south land. Being outside was enjoyable.

On that note, hurricane season is upon us with lots of activity out in the Atlantic but luckily nothing we need to be concerned about in our area just yet. 

I’ve found that a great place to buy used textbooks is Craigslist. I can get all three books I need for the price of two used books from the campus store. I swear they (or someone) make a killing on textbooks as a new one runs from $90-$145. Then they buy them back for really cheap and sell them as used for about two thirds the new price.

Ideas for the Holidays…

If you have an AC Moore art and craft store near you check them out. They have pretty decent backpacks and messenger bags for as little as $5. These are by no means fancy but seem to be made well and with a little creative thought and the addition of a little paint, some patches or other accessories could be made to look really cool and would be a great gift for the student or bibliophile in your life. Don’t forget to take your 40% off coupon with you.

Speaking of bibliophiles…the Holy Grail of supplies and gifts for one is Levenger. Nuff said. :D

This tutorial could be used to make softbound notebooks using photos you have taken. These would make nice gifts to put aside for that time when you need a quick gift for someone or for that time when you remember that you forgot someone.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 8, 2007

Wednesday morning musings and 138 days…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 9:47 am

until the holidays. 

Good morning readers…

It’s Weds. and I promised I would post links to sites that sell handmde items as well as ideas and tutorials for making cool gifts for your friends and family.

Don’t forget that I will also be posting ideas on the “Gift ideas for the book artist in your lifeâ€? page. If you have anything you’d like to see listed there please let me know.

This week’s sites were sent in by readers:

Cuteable.com features many handmade products on their blog.

Dawanda.com looks to be the European equivalent to Etsy. Lots of great handmade stuff on this site.

Of note:

Janette Heffernan and Peter Goodwin have a new video coming out titled The Leather Bound Book. I am lucky to have recieved a pre release copy and hope to have a full review for you by the end of the week. While you’re waiting check out the little teasers on YouTube.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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