Category Archives: Paper Arts

Simple Purse Book with Handles

I posted a picture of two books with handles my daughters made out of grocery bags on Instagram a couple weeks ago and got a request for a tutorial, so here it is!  My eight-year-old has made more books than … Continue reading

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Don’t be Afraid to Suck

Because sucking at something is the first step towards being kind of good at it. I became interested in hand lettering around the time I quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom. I was terrible at it. And I … Continue reading

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Grain Matters

I just bought this book for my girls from the school book fair.  Darling story, but the quality of the binding is really annoying me.  It is obvious that the Chinese “bindery” from whence it came was too stingy to … Continue reading

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The Hows and Whys of Bookbinding with a Sewing Frame

When I first learned bookbinding, we did not use sewing frames.  It wasn’t until I started learning more advanced techniques that I first used a sewing frame.  At the time, it seemed unnecessary and a bit of a nuisance.  The … Continue reading

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Pricing Your Handbound Books

Or any handmade item for that matter. Time and again, I’ve gotten on Etsy and seen people selling handbound books for what seems to me to be barely more than their materials cost. STOP IT! PAY YOURSELF A DECENT WAGE! … Continue reading

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Crochet Kraft Paper Bag Basket

I have a lot of shipping materials floating around my house because I do a lot of shipping, and I try to reuse whatever I can, whenever I can.  As a bookbinder, I’m very conscious of my carbon footprint–I use linen, … Continue reading

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Plaid Shirt Pocket Notebooks

I first started stealing plaid shirts from my father way back in the 90’s. You remember when girls wore high-waisted Levis and oversized plaid shirts tied in a knot at their waists? Yeah, I rocked that. I didn’t so much … Continue reading

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State of the Eight

There has been a serious dearth of posts going on around here, but lest you think I’ve given up on creativity, I’m going to give you a status update.  About 2.5 months ago, I gave birth to child number three … Continue reading

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Sneak Peak

I’ve hinted previously at a most wondrous project I’m working on, and I thought I’d treat ya’ll to a sneak peak. I’ve got a couple hundred tiny little paper circles floating around my desk right now–I can tell you I … Continue reading

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What’s this?

A cardboard box, you say? Not so! This is a fabulous shipment of oh so colorful paper!  I was so excited when I saw the UPS guy, I just about pounced on him.  No really, I’m pretty sure he thinks … Continue reading

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