I’ve been debating whether to include this round of books. The first one undoubtedly counts – it’s a definite one-of-a-kind and was made while visiting my kiddo in Vermont earlier this month, so extra special! The others were made for the Lucky Star craft fair (coming up VERY soon now), so they’re all the same and were basically cranked out assembly style. After much inner debate, I finally decided – I made them, they count! Thus, I’m now at 52 books completed!! Seems like there should be some sort of fanfare, right? Before I dive into the books, I have to say just a few wordsRead More →

I’ve had my head down working over here, but haven’t had a lot to actually show for it – until today!  I finally diverted my attention from a whole NEW project and came back to my 100 Books Journey to finish a handful of new marbled books.  All of these are paperback books made with my own hand-marbled papers and book forms inspired by Keith Smith’s Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol. 2: 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings. 40/100: The first book (shown below) is a chain stitched paperback, filled with 140lb watercolor paper. It’s a single signature book of 14 total pages and only 5″ x 8″ – soRead More →

Instead of cleaning up after Family Art Day this past weekend, I took advantage of having all the marbling goodies out and threw stones all afternoon! The tanks were a bit sludgy after Saturday’s activity and didn’t really want to play with any of the more intricate patterns, but they sure did like stones and I got a number of pieces that I am particularly in love with! This one found its way into book 39/100!  It’s a two signature book, bound in another of Keith Smith’s forms from 1-2 & 3 Section Sewings, called Pinking Sheers. I filled it with a really sweet Fabriano Watercolor paperRead More →

In the interests of full disclosure, I started what I intended to be book 35 and got stuck. I had this crazy stitching idea, spent days working it out, then just wasn’t happy with the outcome. It’s been sitting on my workbench taunting me ever since! Should I tear the stitching out and try again? Should I regroup and reinvent? Should I abandon it as a lost cause? I swear, it’s sitting over in the corner right now, sticking its tongue out at me! As someone great once said, “the best laid plans are sometimes best laid aside.” I’ll get back to it (eventually). In theRead More →

Hooray!! My lying press came this week and the first thing I did was finish book #34! This book has been laying on my worktable for a couple of weeks now with paper hanging out the side because I wanted to trim it flat. The trimming process was a little tricky – I ended up having to hand-trim a few pages afterwards, but am hopeful that practice will help. I’m also not 100% sure my makeshift plough is going to be adequate, but I haven’t given up on it just yet. In any event, book #34/100 is finished and I think it’s one of my favorites. 😉Read More →

As I mentioned last post, I’ve been on an organizing kick.  I’ve been making some fantastic progress and am dying to share some of my tips/aha! moments… the trouble is, I’ve been focusing pretty heavily that last week or so on organizing my stencils and I’m losing steam. I’ve started on the little ones (like Balzer Bits, 6×6 stencils and the Dina Wakely ones that are about 6×8) and they are slowing me down. A lot. Suffice to say, I am procrastinating. Which, in my world, usually means a new book or three! I recently got a copy of Keith Smith’s Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol. 2: 1- 2-Read More →

I took a few days off from book making to do some clearing and organizing in the studio. I am a pretty devoted packrat and find that a good purge every 6 months or so does me a whole lot of good. It not only clears the clutter but it somehow clears my head too! This time around, I’m being somewhat guided by the book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Condo. I won’t profess to have read the whole book, but I did grab one major tenet, which is “keep only what you truly love” – along with its partner, bring in only whatRead More →

Spent a rainy day this week making book #31!! I have to just repeat part of that sentence – a rainy day – in July – in Oklahoma! I’m not sure I remember any of those in my many years, but it sure was awesome! I went for a long walk (yes, in the rain), sipped some tea, and completed another fun little book, inspired by Alisa Golden. The book is covered with another marbled piece – this one in Bouquet. It probably isn’t the best representation of the pattern, but I loved the combination of colors (teal, cerulean, raspberry and copper) and decided to go forRead More →