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June 2007
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June 17, 2007

Sunday morning coffee and musings…

Filed under: Boxes, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:26 am

Good morning readers.

It’s overcast here in Va. Beach this morning. Hopefully it won’t turn into rain as it’s the last day of the Boardwalk Art Show.

I started work on a new guide yesterday. It will be a companion guide to my Flush Mount Guide on custom box making. I’ll let you know more in the coming weeks.

So, to get you started with box making, here are a few sites with information on the process:

How to make an Origami box This could actually be make bigger and use it as a presentation box.

A cute YouTube Video on making an Origami box.

Mirkwood Designs has a nice page with folded box instructions.

How to make a corrugated clamshell box These would be good for packaging album or books to give to clients. I imagine they could be made out or corrugated cardboard.

Here’s another set of instructions for a corrugated clamshell box from Cornell University.

A really nice PDF file on clamshell box construction.

A good step by step clamshell box tutorial from the Indiana University Libraries.

Not full details but Laura Pope Robbins has a good overview of the clamshell box process  on her blog. This site is def. worth spending a little time surfing around on as these is alot of other good information on bookbinding in her posts.

A few very good books worth mentioning:

Boxes for the Protection of Rare Books: Their Design&Construction (LC publications on conservation of library materials) by Don Etherington. This is a great book but hard to find. You might be able to find a copy in your local library.

Books, Boxes & Portfolios: Binding, Construct and Design, Step-By-Step by Franz Zeier

Making Memory Boxes: Box Projects to Make, Give, and Keep by Barbara Mauriello

I hope everyone has a great day. 

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June 16, 2007

Back in the saddle again…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 1:19 pm

Good afternoon readers…

It’s been a crazy week here but very productive. I am really excited to have gotten my Album Making Guide finished and online. A big THANK YOU to all of you who have been patiently waiting for it come out.

I really enjoy writing my tutorials and guides but what I enjoy most about them is that they help people learn to create books on their own and I love seeing waht people create using my guides.

Here is photo of my newest guide. Two copies ready to go to their new homes.

Finished guides

I should be back in the swing of things with my posts tommorrow morning.

Have a great day.

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June 14, 2007

Flush Mount Album Guide…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 11:57 pm

I am really stoked as I finally finished my Flush Mount Album Making Guide and it is available for purchase. You can find more information about it here.

The guide is 35 pages and has over 60 photos as well as custom illustrations. Creating it has truly been a challenge but it’s been rewarding and I have learned alot by doing it. I can’t wait to hear what people think of it.

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June 13, 2007

Weds. evening, just checking in…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 11:01 pm

Hey there readers.

Thought I’d pop in and show you some pretty stuff I got today as well as a finished album.

I got these silks and the really pretty red fabric today. The silks were bought with a specific project in mind and the red fabric will make a great wedding album cover. All of these look much prettier in person. The one in the middle is actually a bluish purple and the one on top is more of a light purple. What I like about the Dupioni silks is that they can look different depending on how light falls on them.

Silks waiting to be made into book covers

Here is a closeup of the pattern in the red fabric.

Red fabric with heart pattern

I finished a demo album today. The cover is a green linen with Japanese paper endpapers.

New album green cover

Here’s a detail showing a bit of the endpaper.

New album detail

I hope everyone has a great evening.

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June 12, 2007

I seem to have become a night owl…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:26 pm

Hey there readers.

I seem to have become a night poster these past couple days. I haven’t been sleeping in, though it would be nice. :roll: It just seems my mornings have just been a bit crazy and it looks like they will be that way through the end of the week as I’ve got a few projects that must be off the “list” by the end of the week.

I should have some project pics to show you when I’m done also.

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June 11, 2007

Just Another Manic Monday…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:35 pm

Can anyone out there tell me why, if there is an clean flat space anywhere in the house it seems to accumulate piles of stuff at an alarmingly high rate? I can clean off my desk down to the wood and within hours stuff is starting to pile up on it again. Ack!

Today has been one of “those” days. You know the kind. One step forward and two steps back.

On the bright side, I did get two small projects done that needed to be finished. I made a new album jig and a scoring board.

Here’s my nifty new board. It’s 16″x24″ with a center finding ruler at the top for lining up the sheets to be scored. I’ve used two pieces of matboard to form the groove down the center. To make the score you just lay your paper on top and run the edge of a bone folder or scoring tool carefully over the paper along the center groove. It’s hard to see in the photo but I took a little piece out of the ruler at the top for starting the score.

Scoring board

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June 10, 2007

Sunday morning, critters and coffee…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:19 am

Good morning readers.

Except for the little brown duck that woke me up making a racket because she wanted her morning handout, it’s a quiet Sunday morning here at casa del Poutasse. All the critters have been fed and are either outside enjoying the cool morning air or inside napping. 

Yesterday’s demo at Jerry’s went well though it was fairly quiet. I did meet a few people who are interested in taking classes. Today will be a day of finishing up projects and attending family gatherings.

A few days ago I stumbled upon a site dedicated to the art of letter writing. This is such a great site with tons of information. I am still working my way through all of it. If you’re interested in letter writing you def. need to check out this site.

I got a package via Fedex yesterday and thought it was the funniest thing. Here is the package.

Package wrapped

All that for this. :) 

Package unwrapped

If you’re making albums and are looking for a great deal on 3M Positional Adhesive check out  framingsupplies.com. The price is really good and shipping is fast.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 9, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Personal — jackie @ 9:46 am

Good morning readers.

It’s the weekend and I have a clean desk. Yeah!

Today it looks like it will be mostly sunny and hot with occassional thunderstorms here in Va. Beach. Not good for the festivals but very good for my grass and flower beds.

Next weekend the 52nd Boardwalk Art Festival will be going on at the Va. Beach oceanfront. I’ll be teaching a class at Jerry’s on Sat. If anyone plans on taking the class and hasn’t signed up yet, please call the store and get your name on the list.

I will be dropping my submissions off at The Charles H. Taylor Art Center for the Tidewater Crafts Today art exhibition. One of the books I will be taking is an older full leather binding and this 1/4 leather binding that I made this week. The book is approx. 6″X8″ and 1.25″ thick. It has leather and hand marbled paper from France on the cover. The endsheets are of the same marbled paper used on the cover.

French leather and marbled paper

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

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June 8, 2007

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:12 am

Good morning readers.

It’s going to be a hot one here in Va. Beach today. It’s also the start of the 31st annual Harborfest in downtown Norfolk. This year it’s being held in conjunction with Sail Virginia 2007. There will be a bunch of tall ships in the harbor. The ships come here about every four years. If nothing else, I’m hoping to get down to see the ships this weekend. As a kid I had dreams of being a pirate. I learned how to sail one summer at camp and I’d love to have a sail boat of my own. It’s a dream that seems to elude me. It’s not like there’s nowhere to sail here. :)

I just wanted to remind all you local people that I’ll be giving a demo at Jerry’s tomm. (Sat. 6/09) from 11-2.

A site of note this morning, Natalie over at the Papermuse blog posted a nice tutorial on making an accordian box/file yesterday.

YouTube bookbinding videos of not:

Dr Deckle and Mr. Hide an interesting little video that describes the process of hand bookbinding. It’s narrated by Dr. Deckle and Mr. Hide. I find Mr. Hide really annoying but the information good for anyone wanting to know an overview of the process. You can see it in a better format over on the website of Experience Press.

Here is an interesting, but quiet, video on making a paperbound books.

Here’s one in a series of three videos on Japanese bookbinding. I can’t understand a thing they say but the books are interesting to look at.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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June 7, 2007

Back home again…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:05 am

Good morning readers.

Did you miss me?

I’m back at the home computer again after a couple days spent with the parents. My visit was short but I’ll be going back again soon to visit and because my Dad is going to make me a standup desk out of an old postal clerks desk. I have a tendancy to multitask and alot of times I check my computer by bending over the desk chair instead of sitting in it so I decided it might be best to get a desk I could stand at to work without hurting my back. I’ll have a stool for sitting too. Did I mention my Dad is in his late eighties and still makes beautiful furniture? I’ll post photos of him and the desk when I go pick it up.

If you’re like me you enjoy any magazine you can get your hands on that contains good articles on bookbinding and the book arts.

A few magazines of note:

Bound & Lettered is published four times a year by John Neal Bookseller. Need something new to inspire you? Bound & Lettered provides practical information on bookbinding, calligraphy, artists’ books, and papercraft. You will find each issue filled with wonderful ideas & projects. This quarterly publication features how-to articles with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, artist galleries featuring the works of accomplished calligraphers & books artists, useful articles on tools & materials and book & exhibit reviews.

Ampersand is published four times a year by the Pacific Center for the Book Arts. Ampersand, the quarterly journal of the PCBA, has articles about all aspects of the book arts, from historical commentary to profiles of working artists to practical how-to tutorials. The informative articles are generously illustrated with photographs.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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