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July 18, 2007

Wednesday morning musings…

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

Good morning readers.

It’s rainy here this morning. Yeah! My grass is actually growing. It’s nice to look out at the lawn and see a bit of green instead of brown.

A few resources…

A site that has a little calculator to pair adhesives to the surfaces you are working with.

The National Preservation Office of the British Library has some useful PDF leaflets on book preservation.

Ever wanted to make yourself a big ol’ Grimoire? A really unique journal? Or maybe just something different than a plain old notebook? Here’s a few sites that will give you some inspiration.

Brahm’s Bookworks has some great looking tomes with handwrought metal furniture.

Jase’s Books also has some cool books with metal decorations as well as some that have intricately carved cover designs.

Most of the big books are made with a post and screw type, or similar, binding so that pages can be taken out, reorganized and put back in easily. Here’s a great photo that shows the structure.

The bands on the spine are of course false bands, either made out of strips of leather or binders board. You could make them out of heavy cord if you wanted something more rounded looking.

For the furniture, you could craft your corner pieces or cover decorations out of polymer clay. I’ve seen some really detailed work done this way.  I’m not sure how they would hold up as latches but you could do something using brass or metal hinges. Or leather and bone. I always find a quick trip to the hardware store gives me inspiration. :D

If you’d like to learn leather carving, go to this site for some great tutorials.

I’m not the magical type per say but I do like to work a little magic in the kitchen. I was thinking about making something like this to keep all my recipes in. The nice thing would be I could type them up on the computer and print the pages out and insert them into the book. Then if they got messy or needed revisions, I could replace them. I’ll add that one to my list of 5000 and some projects already on it. 8O

I hope everyone has a wonderfully magical day.

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July 17, 2007

Back to bookbinding…

Filed under: Popup books — jackie @ 8:15 pm

I had ordered the book Elements Of Pop Up: A Pop Up Book For Aspiring Paper Engineers by David A. Carter and James Diaz and it showed up in my mailbox today. What a great book! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in creating pop-up books. Not only is it instructional but there are actual examples for each technique described so you can see exactly how they are applied to the page. Very cool.

Here’s a link to David A. Carters site.

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Filed under: General — jackie @ 11:57 am

So, Payloadz response to me telling them that they had bad customer service was to just close my account. Go figure.

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Tues. morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:01 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was another hot and humid day here in Hampton Roads and today is supposed to be even hotter. 

This week I am busily working on books to take up to the art coop that I am a member of next week as I’ll be there putting in some work hours.

I’d like to step up on my soapbox for a minute.

I’d like to know whatever happened to common courtesy when it comes to customer service? Like addressing someone with “Dear Ms. Customer” or “Dear Customer”? Remember those sample letters we had to write in school during our lanquage classes? Do people not use those anymore? Has email and the Internet made everything so impersonal that sometimes people forget there is a real human on the other end?

Most of the time I get decent customer service from brick and mortar as well as online stores. When I am paying someone for their product or services I expect to get treated with some degree of professionalism when they or I have an issue that concerns their product or services.

I also understand that some customers can be rude and obnoxious prompting the customer service rep to get defnsive but I try to be civil and polite even when I am angry or upset about something because you def. get more bees with honey than with salt.

To make a long story short I recently had an email interaction with the customer service department of an Payloadz, an online service company, about a misunderstanding of one of their joining benefits and never got any responses to any of my emails that were not terse or cryptic or both.  I was never addressed with a “Dear Customer” and the person I was dealing with never even signed their name. The whole time I felt like I was dealing with a 12 year old not an adult that is supposed to be there to help his or her customers. (You can read the whole interaction at the link above.)

My point being…don’t talk yourself into thinking that you are only one person and that there is nothing you can do if you get bad customer service. There is something you can do. One voice can be as loud as thousands. Let someone else in the company know that you’ve gotten bad service and take your money elsewhere. Because as the old saying goes…”money talks”.

Here’s a great article on customer service from a business owners perspective. It’s also from the guy that owns the software company used by Payloadz to track their helpdesk emails. Maybe this guy should educate them on how to provide good customer service.

As far as my issue, I don’t expect my last email to get a response or to reach anyone other than the person I have been dealing with all along but at least I feel like I made my point very clear.

Stepping down off of my soapbox now.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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July 16, 2007

Monday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:39 am

Good morning readers.

I’m lucky to have a family member that knows his way around electricity and was able to get the AC back up and running before we all wilted from the heat yesterday.

For anyone in the Hampton Roads area, I am giving a class in making a Japanese style photo album on Wednesday evening at the Contemporary Art Center in Va. Beach The class fee is $35 and runs from 7-9:30 pm. All supplies are included. To sign up, call the Art Center at 757-425-0000.

On the forum

There’s a discussion on the Secret Belgian Binding going on in the general binding area. The book swap participant list is growing. Do you know how to remove adhesives from book pages made from photo paper? Got any good coptic stitch links? Know of a good book arts blog you’d like to share? Come on over and add some noise to the boards.

Of note…

For some great inspiration, you need to check out Galleriamia. From the site…GalleriaMia features modern handmade bookbindings and artist’s books by Finnish artist Mia Leijonstedt. Since her first exhibition of paintings in 1992, she has pursued her interest in artist’s books and studied both traditional and modern bookbinding skills. Based in the UK for over a decade until 2006, she created work that spanned several creative disciplines, both for clients and as private artistic exploration. She’s currently exploring the Middle East with her family, gathering materials and inspiration for her next adventures in the realm of book arts.

More on pop ups…

Want to get started making pop ups with something simple. Try your hand at a few pop up cards. from the Enchanted Learning site.

Some tutorials on simple pop up mechanisms with animated gifs showing how they work.

If you’d like to get a little more technical and learn about the geometry behind making pop ups, check out Andrew Glassner’s articles on pop up card design.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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July 15, 2007

Popping up…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Popup books — jackie @ 8:57 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Va. Beach. It was def. a great day to go to the beach. It was really quiet at Jerry’s so I’m assuming the nice weather kept everyone outside doing things.

Today will be another hot one and of course we have no AC as we lost it this morning due to a faulty electrical connection. Nothing like a hot summer day in the south with out air conditioning. 8O Guess I’ll have to sit out on the lanai all day and sip mint juleps whilst the freeloaders fan me with their tails.

It seems like pop ups are popping up in front of me everywhere. I’m wondering if there is some cosmic meaning to it?

Here’s another cool video. This one is animated with scenes that are like pop up book pages. Go see Looking for Joe.

Another pop up inspired video.

Here’s a great article in PingMag on pop up books

Of note…

Bookgirl has a nice book arts related blog. I love her profile pic.

I hope everyone has a nice COOL day.

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July 14, 2007

Saturday morning…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:22 am

Good morning readers.

If any of you folks that live in the Hampton Roads area are out and about today, I’ll be at Jerry’s giving a bookbinding demo from 11-2. Please stop by and say hi. 

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July 13, 2007

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 8:26 am

Good morning readers.

It’s overcast and humid but not too hot here in the burbs this morning. The freeloaders have been feed and are outside for their morning constitution. I’m babysitting this morning so this will be a short post until later.

For those of you interested in the blank book swap, the details have been posted over on the Book arts Forum in the new book swap section. You must be logged in as a member to view the new forum. If you would like to participate and haven’t signed up as a member of the forum please do as that’s where I will be posting photos, updates, etc.

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July 12, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 12:03 pm

I am thinking about hosting a blank book swap for members of the Book Arts Forum. I’ll be posting more details later today but in the mean time, post a note and let me know if you might be interested.

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Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Popup books — jackie @ 7:35 am

Good morning readers.

I have three dogs. Two boys and a girl. My girl will go outside as soon as the door opens but the boys are wiennies and like to be inside. To get them to go outside I have to use a different sounding voice with each one before they realize that I am serious and will head for the door. Just like kids but worse because they never grow up and leave home. :D You can see photos of my group of freeloaders over on my neglected photo blog.

We finally got that rain we needed last night in the form of severe thunderstorms. My plants are happy.

Of note…

This is the coolest video. It makes me want to dig up all my info on pop up books and “attempt” to make one.

This video has some cool pop up books in it too.

In this video illustrator Maurice Sendak talks about his pop up book Mommy. He colaborated on the book with writer Arthur Yorinks, and paper engineer Matthew Reinhart.

Here is the site of paper engineer Robert Sabuda. Lots of good information as well as a in depth book list with descriptions. 

I mentioned Mark Hiner in my last post about pop up books but he is def. worth another mention as there is some really great info on his site as well. I especially like the description of the book creation process.

Also, worth another mention is the website of the Moveable Book Society for even more great info about popup books.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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