One of the things I really struggle with in this work-for-myself-world is the actual accomplishing of anything.  I tend to talk a whole lot about all the things I want to make and do, but the action part somehow gets sucked away by book-reading, internet-surfing, class-taking, world-exploring “stuff” that never seems like it should add up to as much time as it actually does!

But, as I’ve mentioned, I’m taking Lesley Riley’s ASAP class and she’s got me scheduling time for my actual work!  I’m still not cranking out enough to start doing local shows, but I DID finally finish that Business Card Book prototype I teased about so long ago and I have another fun prototype well on its way to production too!

It’s funny really, I remember taking a Franklin Day Planner class for work (waaaaaaaay back in the early 90s) and I literally lived and breathed by that thing for years afterwards!  I still get an amazing level of satisfaction from putting a great big check-mark through something, so I’m not sure why I never thought of this before.

Anyway – I just wanted to pop in and show you the new product, which is available in the shop now!  I’m really excited about this baby because, as I’ve mentioned (repeatedly) to anybody who will listen, I LOVE collecting business cards when I find artists and entrepreneurs doing amazing things in the world.  The trouble is, creative people love having their cards made in ALL different shapes and sizes, so for the longest time I’ve been keeping all those wonderful cards in a drawer (where they are typically never seen again).

This new design answers my need perfectly by using sewn-paper-strips, spaced to hold everything from the half-sized “moo” cards, to regular cards, to plus-size and vertical cards.  The book itself measures 5.5″ x 8″ and is about 3/4″ thick.  Inside, it has three signatures of 2 sheets each for a total of 80-85 spaces where various-sized cards can be tucked.

I’ve used a variety of papers for the backgrounds (scrapbook, security envelope, map and other collected papers) and the book is bound long-stitch style, with colorful beads to decorate the hanging threads.

In the back of the book, I’ve added an expandable pocket (looooove this part) that will hold a small notepad or a supply of your own cards.  The whole thing closes securely with a brightly-colored elastic band to help keep everything tidy!

I’m starting sort of a “line” of products that I call “creative lifestyle designs” – geared toward creative people who want office and organizational products that fit their brightly-colored creative lives!  I hope to have a few other things in the shop in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.