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June 2007
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June 30, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:23 am

Good morning readers.

It’s overcast here today and I think the weather folks are calling for rain early this afternoon then it’s gonna clear up. Good thing, as I’m going to help a friend shot a wedding this afternoon and I understand that the church isn’t the best for indoor shots. It did clear up a bit yesterday and the lawn boy showed up so I am spared from cutting the grass yet another week. :o

Under the “it’s a small world” heading this week…

My friend Holly spent the past two weeks visiting Finland. She and the people she was staying with visited Helsinki and then visited Estonia. While she was there she came upon a shop that sells handmade books and purchased one for me. I looked up the binder, Pille Kivihall, on the web and found a post by Rachel over at Fade Theory describing her visit to a local bookbinder and subsequent lessons with the binder that made the book my friend brought back for me. (Rachel, tell your teacher one of her books made it back to Virginia. ) Holly said what she liked most about buying a book from the shop was the way that they packaged them. I wish I could show it to you but I couldn’t get it back the same way after opening it. :)

Here are photos of my book. I love the lips on the cover.

Lips cover

And especially these on the spine. Looks like teeth doesn’t it?




I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 29, 2007

It’s Friday…

Filed under: Journaling, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:17 am

Good morning readers.

The weather man is promising cooler temperatures in the coming days. Our grass has started to grow again since we got some rain and I haven’t seen the lawn boy in two weeks which means I may have to mow the lawn myself. Thank goodness we’ll have cooler weather soon. :o

Remember a post last week where I talked about liking to read published journals and sketchbooks? Well I thought we might revist the subject of sketchbooks a bit this morning.

What got me thinking about the was I was contemplating the travel journal challenge that we have going on over on the forum. I was wondering if I don’t travel anywhere this summer can I still create a travel journal? Hmmm…

I think sketchbooks and journals are great tools for any artist no matter what your medium is. They’ve been called idea books, daybooks, visual journals….The bottom line is that they are great places to jot down ideas, sketch out concepts, keep contact information of people you meet or places you’ve been.

Here are a few sites of note on sketching as well as examples of artist’s sketchbooks…

An interesting analogy about sketching over on the Wet Canvas site.

Another interesting post on using your sketchbook.

Artist John Copeland has a bunch of his books posted on his site.

Illustrator Jon Keegan show off his daily sketchbooks.

Check out Tracy Moore’s unique journals. Also check his wife Teesha’s journal pages.

I’ve given you alot of inspiring stuff to look at this morning so go forth and surf. Oh, and don’t forget to carry your sketchbook with you to jot down all those cool ideas you’re going to get after seeing those sites.

Have a creative day!

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June 28, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:44 am

Good morning readers.

The weather her in Va. Beach has been hot and humid. We did get some much needed rain the other night but of course when the day heated up the moisture from the rain made the air really humid. Ah…the south in the summer. I’ll definately be prepared if I ever visit a tropical jungle. TGFAC!

I’ve been busy the past couple of days with a rush project for a client. I’m setting up text, printing and binding a sample book that will evenyually be published in an edition of 100-200. It’s very cool. Definately stretching my design muscles a bit. :o I’ll share more about it later.

A site of note this morning. Alice Simpson has made some wonderfully creative artists books. You can see them on her site.

Has anyone used a Gocco for printing illustrations in their books? I recently aquired three used ones and am planning on using them in my art camp classes this summer. 

Apparently the producers of the Print Gocco machines had decided to no longer supply the machines to the US and since they have become really popular here there has been a big to do about getting them back on the market. It looks like they will be carried in the US but with limited availability. For more information see the Save Gocco site.

For Gocco enthusiasts, check out the site of Shu-Ju Wang . She’s publishes a little magazine called Pudding. From the site: “Pudding is the Print Gocco proof magazine. Published 4 times a year, roughly every 3 months, Pudding tries a variety of methods, tools, and paper surfaces when printing with the Print Gocco.” 

Have a great day.

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June 26, 2007

Tues. musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 3:37 pm

Good afternoon readers.

I guess some of you are disappointed when I miss a day or two of posting as I got a call a bit ago asking where my posts for the past two days were. :o

Todays my Mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mom. Your package is on the way.

There’s been a bit of chatter of late on the book arts forum. If you get a chance head on over and add to the noise level.

Has anyone ever created books with their own poetry and illustrations? This summer I’ll be co-teaching a class at the CACV’s summer art camp for kids called Book of Haiku. We will teach the students to write Haiku and carve linoleum blocks to make prints to illustrate them. Then we will bind them into an accordian style book. Each book will have the poems and illustrations from everyone in the class. I’m really looking forward to teaching this class. We will also be offering this same class as a two Sat. workshop for adults in Sept.

If you’re local, don’t forget to check out my class schedule as I have a few coming up in the next few weeks.

Sounds like we are finally going to get some much needed rain in the form of a thunderstorm this aftenoon.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 24, 2007

Sunday morning books and coffee…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Self Publishing — jackie @ 10:38 am

Good morning readers.

It looks like it’s shaping up to be another nice day here in Va. Beach. I’m thinking about heading out and soaking up some of the sunshine and fresh air.

A couple of folks have asked about information on self publishing their books so I thought I would post a few links for anyone that has a project they are working on.

Author Ellen Lupton’s website has lots of good information for independent publishers

Author and photographer Douglas Holleley has a very good book on self publishing books.

This site is kind of interesting. I didn’t buy the manual but I did download the free 12 page teaser.

A good publishing and  on demand printing site is LuLu.com

You can get a single ISBN and bar code graphic from these folks.

These are just a few sites that I found helpful. For selling, don’t limit yourself to just selling on your website. The more places you have it listed the more exposure you get. I have my ebook in an Ebay store as well as up on LuLu.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 23, 2007

Saturday morning musings and the pitiful journaler…

Filed under: Inspiration, Journaling, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:50 am

Good morning readers.

It’s been an absolutely beautiful the past couple of days here in the suburbs of Va. Beach. Lots of sunshine and breezes. It looks like today is going to be another one. This week has flown by. I can’t believe it’s Saturday already and there is only one week left in the month.

I appreciate the great response I’ve had to my new Flush Mount Album Guide. I’m surprised at how many people ordered the printed copy in lieu of the downloadable one.

Of note this morning…

If you’re looking for a unique way of opening your journals, check this cool book clasp out. The clasp reminds me of something you would see in the notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. There’s a video showing how it works. Pretty cool!

Speaking of notebooks…I admit it. I am a voyeur. I love to look at other people’s notebooks, sketchbooks and journals. Only if they are published or I am invited too. :o

I have to also admit that as much as I love looking at OPJ (other people’s journals) I am pretty bad about keeping one myself. It’s not that I don’t have the desire or plenty of journals to create in. I have boxes off them. I’m just not good at being consistent about it. Plus my quest to find or make the perfect size journal is an ongoing mission which seems will never be completed. Anyone else have that problem? it’s the same with bags. It seems I’ll never find the perfect bag but that’s another story all together.

If you are interested in keeping a visual journal like Leonardo did so many years ago, here are a few links to get your creative juices going.

Roz Works is the website of artist Roslyn Stendahl. Check out the “Fun” link on her site for some cools photos of pages from her journals

I love Cathy Johnson’s books on nature journaling. Her site has some great stuff on it as well.

This page on Kay Porterfield’s site page has some great information as well as links to other resources on journaling.

If you are a fan of the mighty Moleskine notebook, You will enjoy perusing the Moleskine Art site. It is very visual with lots of information and links to galleries of art work done in them.

Now off surfing you go…

Till next time.

Have a great day.

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June 21, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:41 am

Good morning readers…

Yesterday we finally got a little much needed rain but with that rain came a power outrage in our area so I was offline for a little over an hour but it seemed like days. :)

For any of you making albums or wedding guestbooks, here’s an interesting concept. You print out specially created pages and have guests embellish them with writings, drawings, etc. then bind the pages into a keepsake book.

If you haven’t visited the Book Arts Forum yet surf on over and take a look. We’ve had some wonderful books posted by members on the Show and Tell board. Also, there is a travel journal challenge going on this summer and a great post by member Uwe Boettcher with his thoughts on different kinds of travel journals.

If you have purchased the Flush Mount Guide, I have set up a special section on the forum where I’ll be posting additional information, updates and answering questions about the album making process. It will also be a place where people who are making the albums can ask questions, share their books and chat with each other. Let me know if you’d like to be part of the group.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 20, 2007

Album jig tutorial updated…

Filed under: Tutorial — jackie @ 6:08 pm

For all you flush mount album makers, I just updated the album jig tutorial to reflect some recent changes in the design. Such as a bigger base and deeper sides. You can download a copy from the guides page.

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June 19, 2007

Tues. morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:10 am

Good morning readers.

It looks like it’s going to be another nice, but hot, day here in Va. Beach. 

I hope everyone enjoyed the little accordion fold book tutorial. I will have a PDF copy for downloading posted on the guides page later today.

A few sites of note this morning:

Here is an interview with English Bookbinder Philip Smith. He creates some amazing book covers. Here is a link to more information about him.

I love to go over to Flickr and live vicariously through others vacation photos. :o This is kind of neat, a bike tour to small museums with book arts exhibits. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 18, 2007

Tutorial: Basic accordion fold album

Filed under: Tutorial — jackie @ 4:55 pm

A little gift. Enjoy!


What you’ll need:


2 pieces chip board, illustration board or Davey binders board
2 pieces fabric or paper for covers
Heavyweight watercolor or printmakers paper (90-140lb) I like Stonehenge paper. It comes in several colors
Scrap paper for gluing on
Brush for gluing
Craft knife

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