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February 2007
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February 20, 2007

What inspires you?

Filed under: Inspiration — jackie @ 11:32 am

Good morning all.

This morning I wanted to talk a little bit more about inspiration. As I’ve mentioned before I spend way too much a little time each morning checking out my favorite blogs and surfing the Net for inspiration for my books and of course, to share with you.

I also gain inspiration from other sources such as books on various crafts and the world around me. When looking at and buying books I do not limit myself to books on bookarts and binding. I look at books on painting, beading, quilting and collage to name a few.. I like to take it all in until my head explodes and try to figure out how I can somehow incorporate all the beautiful ideas into my books. 

Some of the things I have incorporated in the past are fabric and quilting. I’ve made quilted cover books out of fabric as well as scrap paper pieces. I love to use beads on my books even if they are just on the ribbon bookmark. I think they add a bit of elegance. I’ve painted covers, embelished them with three dimensional figures. I’ve used wood, plastic clay, glass and metals for covers. You are only limited by your imagination.

I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to try out new ideas. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. Don’t worry too much about wasting a bit of glue, paper or fabric. And of course if you’re a packrat saver like me, don’t throw away the bloopers and misfits as they have a personality all their own and you may be able to incorporate them or utilize them in future projects.

Now on to a little blog business…I’m curious as to what you, dear readers, would like to see on this site. After all it is your site. I created it to share ideas and information on book arts with anyone who is interested. I have been working hard to make sure that the content is fresh, relevant and plentiful. Of course the later is what I need help with. I could, of course, blab on and on about whatever is in my head but I’d also like to know what you would like to see here in the future. More tutorials/how tos, featured book artists, surf reports? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email and let me know.

Hi…my name is Jackie and I am a bookbinding enabler.

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February 18, 2007

My bookbinding life…

Filed under: Recent News — jackie @ 4:06 pm

Writing something about myself and my binding career to put up on the site has been on my list for quite some time. I thought it was time so, I finally sat down and wrote it. Now you can read all about my bookbinding life in my “A little bit about me” section.

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February 17, 2007

Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Surfs Up — jackie @ 8:45 am

Good Sat. morning all.

I thought I’d share a few interesting book sites with you this morning, as I know like me you have nothing better to do than spend all day hours surfing the web.

So…without further adieu, and brought to you directly from the bowels of my Favorites folder here are this Sat’s surfing reccommendations. Let’s catch a few waves together …

First up is Jase’s Books This guy does some amazing work with leather, metal, eyeballs and snakes. His books are very cool.

Next we have Volcano Arts This site is hosted by Christine Cox. She does some really cool metal covered books. Not only does she offer supplies and kits on her site, she has lots of great ideas, tutorials and information about bookbinding to check out. She also hosts a quarterly book swap that you can join. Check out the gallery of work from previous swaps.

Here’s a neat little site with information on making bookclasps.

Check out these wonderful carved wooden book covers at artist Barbara Yates’ site.

Cicada Books has some very interesting book structures. Visually a nice site to look around.

That’s it for this Sat. I hope you enjoy surfing around these sites. I’ll be putting up a few more next Sat. Until then, don’t forget to surf on back here to check out the latest news and happenings.

Who needs cold salty water and gritty sand when the best surfing is right here. Surf’s up!

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February 15, 2007

Write soon…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:55 am

Good morning all.

I hope everyone survived the annual “Day of Love”  I made it through this year without going into a chocolate comma. :o

As I have mentioned before, I spend a little time surfing around the Net looking for a bit of inspiration to start my day. I do have a few blogs that I like to check daily because they usually have interesting posts. Most of the blogs that I read are design or graphic arts related. The only bookbinding related blog I read regularly is the one from Rag and Bone Bindery. If you get a chance, def. surf on over and check out their blog and the lovely books they create. One of the reasons that I mention them this morning is that in one of their posts they mentioned this article which talks about letter writing. Which of course made me think about one of my all time favorite books. It’s Gift of a Letter by Alexandra Stoddard. If you don’t have a copy of this lovely little book treat yourself today. I’ve had my copy since 1990 and would be lost without it. In a nutsheel Ms. Stoddard talks about the dying art of letter writing. When she wrote this book email and the Internet were in their infancy. Now with email being readily available to every man, woman and child handwritten letters seem to be going the way of the letterpress. Used mainly as an art form.

If you pick up a copy of this book you will be motivated to write a letter. From this book I contracted the deadly fountain pen collecting disease. (I can’t tell you how many pens I have, it’s a secret.) I also started reading/collecting books of letters by famous people and started lusting after good papers and stationary. I even had my Dad make me a custom wooden lap letter writing desk. (photos to come)

One of my favorite parts of this book is her Grace Notes. Little bits of wisdom and ideas at the end of each chapter. She even published a book of them.

Alexandra Stoddard has written many books on living your life beautifully. I have several of those but this little book is the one I keep coming back to year after year when I want a little inspiration.

Gift of a Letter

Cherry scones with butter, hot tea, a Waterman Fountain pen, nice stationary and The Gift of a Letter. The perfect way to start a morning!

PS…Write soon…

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February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!

Filed under: General, Recent News — jackie @ 12:42 pm

I just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a…

 Happy Valentines Day

I’m off to meet a few friends for lunch at an Irish pub. I’ll be armed with the goodies you see in the photo above. In the bag are some cherry scones. They are made from a basic scone recipe from the King Arthur Cookbook (you can find the recipes on line also)and I added dried tart cherries and Fiori Di Sicillia extract which gives the scones a slight hint of lemon. The little tags are Yo Yo hearts made from the pattern I found here. I am a sucker for small items made from fabric.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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February 12, 2007

Red velvet in the morning…

Filed under: Inspiration — jackie @ 2:13 pm

Besides surfing the web for inspiration for my books I like to watch all the creative DIY shows on HGTV. One of my favorites is Debbie Travis’ Painted House. Every once in a while she’ll have a cool idea that she uses that will translate well into a book cover. Recently she showed a technique for embossing velvet to make into pillow covers. Of course a light bulb went off in my head and it occured to me that the embossed velvet would make a great book cover. So, I got a small piece of velvet and a rubber stamp and gave the process a try. Below is a photo of my results. I only wish the photo could show how elegant the fabric looks. The color of the velvet is actually a deep red.

The method in a nutshell is…the velvet is melted where it comes in contact with the rubber stamp. The stamp is layed on the table face up. The velvet is layed on the stamp face down then a hot iron is applied to the back of the velvet for a few seconds. It takes a few tries to figure out the amount of time and pressure needed to get a clean design. I would also suggest using a stamp without a lot of tiny details to start with.

Embossed Velvet

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February 11, 2007

Just checking in…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jackie @ 5:30 pm

I’m here. I’ve been busy taking care of home network issues and writing reference pages for the site. Tomm. I will start on my week’s 10 books. Some of you may have noticed that there were only 9 books made last week. There was a “cutting” incident that happened with the 10th one. It did not survive. I am working on an odd book. A Valentine book done in coptic stitch. That will take the place of the book that met with an unfortunate end. I’ll post pics when it’s done. I’m also thinking about trying my hand at a Springback binding. I was originnally taught the German Case binding so I tend to stick with that style when making hardcover books. I have done a few Fench style bindings. They are beautiful when done but very “fiddley” to do. Being a tightback (the leather is glued to the spine) book I don’t think they are well suited to becoming journals. That’s just my opinion. YMMV

If you want a bit of visual stimulation, check out your local library and see if they have a copy of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Bookbinding: French Masterpieces 1880-1940 by Alastair Duncan and Georges DeBartha. Lots of yummy French leather binding examples from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

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February 9, 2007

A little bit of love…

Filed under: Recent News, Ten A Week — jackie @ 8:00 pm

The little Valentine books are finally finished. I’m happy with the way that they have turned out.

The book is 5″ x 5″ in size. The cover is red Duponi silk. There are 12 pages. 11 pages have quotes and room to write your own love notes. There is a red ribbon bookmark with a hematite heart, ruby red glass bead on sterling silver wire. If you are interested in purchasing one you can do so in my Etsy shop.

Valentine Book 2

Valentine Book 1

Valentine Book 3

I’d also like to brag a little tonight. I recently had a private student at the studio who is fairly new to bookbinding but had written a poem for her mother’s birthday and wanted to create a custom binding for it. Below are photos of the finished book and box that holds it. The book is bound in a Japanese stab binding and each page holds a stanza of the poem as well as family memorabillia. She did all the work and added the creativity. I was only in the background to help with the technical aspects. Good job Kristin!

Kristins book & box

Kristins Book box

Oh and in the fashion of Where’s Waldo, can you spot the cat paw in one of the above photos?

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February 8, 2007

Pretties all in a row…

Filed under: Ten A Week — jackie @ 10:53 am

The book covers waiting for their pages to be added… they remind me a bit of that old fashioned ribbon candy my Grandma used to always get us at Christmastime.

Book Candy


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February 7, 2007

My eyes were bigger than my stomach…

Filed under: What Was I Thinking — jackie @ 10:30 am

Ok…I’m realizing that 10 a day is a bit of an insane a lofty goal. Considering all the other stuff I have to do on a daily basis. So, I’m changing my plan from 10 a day to 10 a week.  That’s much more doable and I might even have some hair left at the end of the month.

This week’s 10 is coming along fine. The little books are all sewn together and should have thier cases on by this evening.

Stay tuned…

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