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February 2007
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February 28, 2007

Show and tell…

Filed under: Commissioned Works — jackie @ 5:37 pm

Just stopped in to show off a custom flushmount album that I put together for another photographer here locally.

The album is approx 8″x10 in size and 20 pages. The cover fabric is a silky nylon in a shiny coppery color with embroidered flowers. The endsheets are a dark goldish color. The headbands are made out of the same fabric as the cover. The bag is a sheer version of the cover fabric and was custom made for the book.

Custom album  Custom album   Custom album

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One more day…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 9:58 am

Good morning dear readers. Just one more day to go until the kickoff of our month long anniversary celebration.

So…yesterday I mentioned that I would be giving out more details this morning. Here they are.

One of the features I hope to bring you every week is a special interview with someone prominent in the field of bookarts or binding. I am pleased to announce that for our kickoff tomm. I have a wonderful interview with book artist Keith Smith of non adhesive sewing fame.

Also, on Friday of each week starting March 9, I will be giving away a prize as well as a grand prize on March 31. All prizes will be bookarts related. To be entered in the weekly prize drawings, starting tomm., all you need to do is either send me an email ( jackie@tjbookarts dot com), comment on a post or post a photo of one of your handmade books on the flickr site. Your name will stay in the pot all month so, even if you don’t win a Friday prize you still have a chance to win the grand prize. Good luck.

I’ll leave you today with a little eye candy. This little album is a sample for the Japanese style album making class that I am offering.

Little album

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February 27, 2007

A little editing…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 2:15 pm

I’ve done a little editing the page on Preparing Fabric for Book Covers. (See the page link on the side) I’ve added some updated information and photos as well as links to supplies and some sites that also have good information on preparing fabric to be used for book covers.

Tomm. I will be busy preparing for the kick off on Thursday to our month long anniversary celebration. Each week I’ll have a special feature as well as a weekly prize drawing. I’ll post all the pertinent information by tomm. evening.

Stay tuned.

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February 26, 2007

Save the date…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 8:15 am

Just 3 more days until the kick off of the month long celebration of our first year anniversary here at TJBookarts. Starting Thursday there will be interviews with professional binders and book artists as well as folks associated with the book arts. There will also be weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing at the end of the month.

Mark your calendar for this Thursday March 1st and be sure to stop back by. 

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February 25, 2007

Catch up day…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:51 am

Good morning all.

I consider Sunday a catch up day here on the site. One of the things I do on this day is add information to pages and edit any tutorials that need it. I am always figuring out new ways to do things or make my binding easier and I like to pass on this information to you. 

If you have made an album jig from my tutorial I’d like to recommend that you line the base of it with some Contact Ultra Grip Liner. I found that occassionally the bottom photo would slip while I was stacking the photos for gluing causing the bottom few photos to be out of alignment at the spine. I got an 18″ x 4′ roll from my local HomeDepot for about $5.00.  It’s the worth the investment to avoid any aggrevation. I will be updating the tutorial to reflect this addition.

Just a note…I attached it by applying a thin coat of rubber cement to the wood and to the rubber liner. Then pressing them to get good contact between the two surfaces.

Contact Ultra Grip Liner


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February 24, 2007

Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Surfs Up — jackie @ 9:36 am

The weather here is bright and sunny and cold but it’s warm and toasty inside here by the computer so grab your fuzzy slippers and your favorite morning beverage and let’s get surfin’.

First up is Clarellen. If you’ve been thinking about creating books with your own content this is the site to check out. Douglas Holleley’s book Digital Book Design and Publishing is an excellent resource for anyone looking to publish their own books. In his book he walks you through the process of designing your book digitally all the way through to diff. ways of self publishing. He even has a section on binding your own editions. On his site there are lots of examples of the books he has created and published as well.

On her site Moote Points, Cheryl Moote offers instructional manuals as well as videos and kits on bookbinding and creating your own small editions of books .

If you’re looking for a little eye candy, WeitzColman creates some cool and unusual leather books. Def. work a look.

Have you ever thought about making a book from scratch? Literally? If you have, the Oldways workshop is for you. Book artist Jim Croft will take you on a 14 day adventure of making books from tree to cover. You’ll even make your own tools. How cool is that?

I’ll leave you with one more cool site this morning, check out this handmade book on Antartica. It’s pretty amazing.

I hope everyone has a great time surfing this morning. Til next week. Surf’s up!

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February 23, 2007

Booty haul…

Filed under: Recent News — jackie @ 8:48 am

As promised I’m back with my quilt show booty haul report. 

Quilt show booty

In the foreground there are a few fat quarter batik fabrics that will become book covers as well as a piece of teal Duponi silk. There are some Shiva paintsticks and leaf rubbing plates which will also be used to create cool book covers. (More on this to come) There is a really neat circle cutter for matboard. This will mostly be used in my photography but could also be used for making circular book covers. Not shown is a cool quilt pattern and a quilted backpack pattern because they are not book related.

Yesterday the mail lady brought me the Score-It scoring board that I ordered. I will be testing it out and will have a review of it in the next few days.

So…what have you made? I’d love to see some of the books you all have been inspired to make after visiting this site. I have set up a TJBookarts Flickr group for sharing photos of your books. I will also be posting monthly book challenges over there. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with.

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February 22, 2007

Filed under: Recent News — jackie @ 7:38 am

Good morning all.

I’m off the the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Va. this morning to see if I can scare up any cool fabric and ideas for my books this morning. I’ll def. share with you the results of my wallet busting day long adventure.

In the mean time, here’s something to keep you busy while I’m out shopping looking for inspiration to share with you all. Simple instructions for making a Venitian Blind book.

Also…Def. mark your calendars for Thursday March 1st. That’ll be the day that I kick off my month long anniversary celebration. You don’t want to miss it.

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February 21, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:11 am

I know some of you out there are itching for new book projects to make. Here are a few links to tutorials that you might like to try.

Here’s a little tutorial offered over on the blog five and a half. The book is done in a perfect binding and it uses photos for the covers and recycled papers for the insides.

Another fun little tutorial is by Comic Book author Toby Craig. His softcover books are made with a combination of sewing and perfect binding. Sometimes referred to as smythe-sewn books. This is a great tutorial if you have a little book you have written and would like to make multiples copies in a fairly simple binding.

Go forth and make books.

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Site milestones!

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 7:24 am

Good morning all.

I’m happy to announce as of yesterday there have been over a thousand visitors during the month of February to the site. When I put this site up in March of 2006 we only had about 80 visitors for the whole month. That’s awesome as it means folks are finally finding out that we are here.

That brings me to another little announcement. This little site turns one year old in March. To celebrate, starting March 1st, we will have special features, weekly prize drawings and an end of the month grand prize drawing.  Stay tuned for more information as March draws nearer.

ps…if you’re wondering why the archives only go back to Sept. 2006 it’s because that’s when I changed the format of this site from a simple little html site to a blog format.

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