Wednesday, 17 August 2016
This book binding lark can be addictive. There is no end to the possibilities. However I will need to pace myself now otherwise my home will be filled with notebooks with no room for anything else.
This first one is roughly 4x6 inches (10x15cm) with white pages, a hand painted elastic closure and covered in K&Co papers. Orange waxed cord was used to bind it.
My next attempt was a bit bigger - 6x8 inches (15x20cm). I had a bit of a mishap when cutting the papers (they were too big to start with, then too small - ahem!) so the edges of them were made to look deliberately distressed. I used yellow unwaxed cord for this binding along with K&Co papers to cover it. Still a lot to learn, it would seem.
My last book - or perhaps it should be called a bookling at 3x2.5 inches (7.5x6cm) - got some jazzy treatment. Basic Grey papers, turquoise waxed cord for binding, a paper bead, handmade silk cord closure with a handmade silk tassel and a We R Memory Keepers snap. Sadly the gem in the snap got a bit crushed during insertion but the overall effect is for a distressed book so it fits well. All the internal papers and cover boards were offcuts from the larger projects.
Of course, I haven't used any of them yet. The big one with the moths on the front is meant to be an ideas book for my business. Trouble is, I can't bring myself to write in it - which is very silly as I could always make myself another one. One day soon I will get the pen out and make my mark in it.
It has been another sad week. My sister lost her other, little dog on Thursday. Oz was 16 years old and had been through thick and thin with her. We always joked that he was bomb proof because he was never sick. Sadly he had developed kidney failure in his old age and there was nothing that could be done to make him feel better.
It was nine months at the end of July since my sister lost Stanley. I am sure the two of them will be playing together over the rainbow bridge.