Monday, 26 December 2011

More Books!

This is a new book I've made for my daughter. This book is  11 inches tall and is about 2 inches wide at the spine and the front is about 4 inches wide. Inside the book are pockets and various decorative pages, including map pages for putting in pictures or writing. I am really pleased with it and am loving the beads on the spine!

This is a variation on the previous book that had the ribbons and threads attached to the spine.

I am also including pictures of another book I've made for a friend's neice. This one has all of the ribbons. I like them both and am having way too much fun!!!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Books

This year's Christmas tree will be decorated a bit differently. A week or two ago I was able to get together with some book making friends and made some new decorations. They're all 1 inch square. Tiny, but I think they're pretty fun!

Friday, 2 December 2011

The Paper Place

There's a great store in Toronto that I really want to visit. The Paper Place sells all sorts of beautiful papers. I've been buying a few of them for my bookmaking endeavors! This week they announced a contest. They're giving away 700 sample sizes of Chyogami paper.

They have a great description of their contest on their blog  this entry on their blog also shows the way Chyogami paper is created. Very interesting in and of itself!

I have only just started using this paper.

My first use was very basic. The owls I cut out for my owl book covers came from a sample sheet I'd bought. 

I've got a nice stack of Chyogami that I'm preparing to use for some bookmaking for Christmas, too!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A Little Crazy, But Lots of Fun

I decided to try to make a book I have a pattern for. I substituted my painted and other papers for the ones suggested, and created something different. But I'm really pleased with it. I just need to be a better photographer, because the pictures don't give the full effect! The ribbons and threads on the spine truly make it a one of a kind. 

The pages inside this book are different weights and textures. One of the pages in each of then12 signatures (groups of folded paper) has a little envelope attached. This book would be fun to use as a travel journal, or photo album. You can add lots of writing and pictures and it would definitely be a one of a kind. I've already had two people say they would buy it. I'm reluctant to sell it, because it was fun to make and is so unique. Maybe if I make two or three more I'll be willing to sell one?

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Owl Books and Boxes

Our recent book show got me inspired to try a few fun things.

My first new project has been owl inspired. I have a daughter who loves owls, and so I decided to make some books for her.

There are three mini books in the series. One of the books in the series has facts about owls. Another has facts about the owls of Harry Potter and the last one has literary quotes related to owls.

Each page of the book is 3 x 3" then folded into a pattern that allows the book to be only 1.5 x 1.5" All three small books fit into an owl box. the box is a 2 x 2" cube with an owl head topper.

These were fun. The owl box was a bit of a challenge. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for an owl box pattern. There were a few, but none the size I needed, so I did some adapting and while it took longer than I'd expected, I think they're pretty cute.

Saturday, 12 November 2011


If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember taht this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse. ~ Walt Disney

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Book Show

Our book show this past weekend was a great success. We had more than 100 books on display that had been made by people in our group, as well as some from other parts of the country.

We also had a sale table of books we'd made.

It was wonderful to see people become surprised by the variety of books and things you can do with books.

Here are some pictures.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Art Show

We're having a book show. Art books are fascinating. Previously published books can be altered, sculpted, or carved. New books can be created from wheat paste painted papers, blank pages, leather and decorative paper, cut and folded and sewn into bindings.
My first book was made from wheat paste paper, with collaged threads and leaves. I have since made books that are 1" x 1" in size, lots of different painted pages, and other styles and shapes.

My books are 'beginner' books. I'm very pleased with them, but I do have lots to learn. At our art show we'll have books from all sorts of talented artists, including Martha Cole. Martha Cole is a Saskatchewan fibre and book artist who has an incredible body of work.

Our Afternoon Book Affair is November 5 and 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 42 McMaster Place.
Tickets are $15.00
Join us!

Friday, 14 October 2011

My First Paper Sculpture

In my previous post I linked to some great paper sculptures that have found their way to various locations in Edinburgh. Those sculptures were all from books and they got me inspired.

Here is my attempt.
It was fun!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Paper Sculptures

I've been making and working with a lot of books lately. this has led me to learn and see some really interesting things.

Recently I was sent a link to a post called "Mysterious Paper Sculptures" You can see all of the pictures by clicking the linked title. I've also posted two of their pictures. If you click on them it will take you to the page, as well. These paper sculptures have arrived in various Edinburgh libraries and museums, over the last few months. The artist has not revealed him/herself and the sculptures secretly appear.
This one was found in the Scottish Storytelling Centre
This one was found at the booth for  UNESCO Edinburgh City of Literature

In the next post you will see one I've done, being inspired by these!

Saturday, 8 October 2011


Sunrise on a cloudy fall day. A spectacular view for walking the dog! The rain came the next day.