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May 24, 2008

Saturday morning coffee and musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 8:47 am

Good morning readers.

While I was in the DC area I stayed in the Alexandria area and visited Old Town Alexandria in the evenings. On Saturday evening I was lucky enough to find the Paper Source store still open. For a bookbinder and someone that loves paper it was like walking into heaven. I know I heard the angels singing as I walked in because to the right was a great wall of paper. Decorative papers floor to ceiling for at least 15 feet.

Of course I got some paper while I was there…did you even have to ask? :)

As I was on a budget I could only get about half dozen or so sheets but I got some lovely Italian and Japanese papers. I have been wanting to try the Bookbinding Guy’s technique and Jerry’s only has papers with large designs available so I was thinking that I would have to buy some nice decorative paper with small designs off of the Internet for making the books. It was kismet.

While I was there I got a nice traditional round glue brush. Someone noticed that I used the cheap flat paint brushes and said I needed a bookbinder’s brush. I’m a little nervous about it as it was expensive and my brushes always seem to get ruined after a time. That’s why I use the cheap ones.

I think I mentioned before that if you’ve bought Frankie’s video and are going to try his technique, you’ll want to make yourself a small book press.

Also, Dolphin Papers carries the paper that he uses for the pages (as well as other great bookmaking papers). Ed’s prices are comparable to Blicks and you get better discounts for buying larger quantities.

I’m doing a little spring cleaning and I have tons of leather scraps that I will be bagging up and offering for sale next week. The scraps are varying sizes. Mostly good for small projects. If you might be interested, shoot me an email and I’ll let you know when they are available.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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