Books 16 through 20 are what I call “unconventional” books – made out of unexpected and very non-traditional materials! The truth of the matter is I use very few traditional materials. You won’t find much davey board in my studio, very little bookcloth, no fancy paper piercing tools – I just love to improvise with what I have on hand.
16/100: First up is one of my Business Card boxes. I had been on a retreat in New Hampshire and collected dozens of darling little Moo cards. If you’re not familiar with Moo, they are a printing company out of Rhode Island, who makes mini-sized business cards (among other things). I realized my traditional business card book didn’t really accommodate these very well, so I set out to make one that was a better fit. I started with an International Coffee House tin, the pages have a strip of paper sewn to the bottom to make sort of a pocket for the cards to fit into and the three signatures are sewn pamphlet style to the plastic lid of the box. As you can see from the photos, the book fits any size card (up to about the traditional size) – and the whole thing fits nicely down into the box for a darling little conversation piece to sit on your desk! I don’t have any of these in the shop right now, but they are still on my radar, so let me know if you can’t live without one! 😉
17/100: This is another box-type book. I started with an Altoids tin, inserted an accordion book (made from heavy watercolor paper) and filled the pages with some of my favorite photos, paper, washi tape and inspirational bits. Very fun and quick!
18/100: This one is made from – can you guess? Junk mail!! I took a class on this years ago with Suze Perrott (so fun – sweet Suze moved to Delaware and we still miss her in the Sooner state!!!) and I love keeping one going now. It’s really just a matter of collecting the junk that comes in the mail and adding your pretty stuff on top! The whole thing is bound simply with rings, which I’ve embellished with LOTS of ribbons and charms and what-have-you. Very versatile, very portable, very eco-friendly (sort of – at least USES the junk vs. adding it to land fills, right?) – and mostly very FUN!
19/100: I call this book a shoji screen book. The main event of this book is, of course, the Gelli® printed leaf images. Those are mounted on scrapbook paper and the completed pages are tied with jute to wooden dowels. A ribbon also runs through the whole thing (between the print and the paper it’s mounted to) to help stabilize and also provide a way to tie the book closed.
20/100: This last book is WAAAAAAY off the charts. My sister and I went last week to a fun little place in Oklahoma City called Painting with a Twist (check them out – they may have a location near you), where we painted a lovely image of spring trees blooming on a moonlit night. I decided to cut my painting off the frame and make a book out of it!
I started by cutting the painting down to about 9″ x 20″ and then cutting down some of the leftover parts into smaller blocks that I sewed on top of the main part to hide areas I didn’t like as much. I then sewed a backing of white matelasse (from my stash) and finished with a rosy ribbon to wrap the whole thing up with. Inside, I sewed three signatures of 140lb watercolor paper, pamphlet style, finishing the strings with beads and a charm that reads “dream” – perfect thing for a moonlit night! You will probably come to realize I say this about nearly every book I make, but I think this is my favorite one! 🙂
I still have another small stack of books I’ve made this summer and will be back soon to share those – hopefully, catching me up so that I can do individual book posts from there!