Wednesday, January 18, 2017

There's a Whole Lot of Shakin' n Makin' Goin' On!


Sometimes my hands shake when I wish they wouldn't, but how can they not shake when the body they belong to shivers with excitement? Just seeing R47 Strong Red sends a frisson of pleasure up my spine! And all her kin bump it up several degrees. Anti-ci-paaa-tion is making me quake.


I'm torn between showing you the books I'm binding--all intended to become epistolary memoirs. No-no-no! Don't freak out! Epistolary memoirs or bits of memoir are, simply put, letters in book form. Whew! Those little folded gems won't leave me alone, so I'm ramping mine up a degree or three. Don't judge yet. Wait and see. This little Christmas gift keeps me reading and oohing and ahhing before lights out at night. There are wicked ideas between these covers. Some just plain blow my mind. Scary and good are the best descriptors for content here. 


Baring my bound guts here. Had to buy new binding needles 'cause I couldn't find my old. The natural linen thread took some getting used to. It works for me though. And the books. Oh, the books on my mental assembly line keep me working day and night. 


I'm stumped here thinking I should have covered the tabs too, but too little too late. The pink and yellow burns my retinas, but it's actually cute enough to compensate for the pain. Besides, my eyes return to normal by bedtime. And this is the back. 


It's what's inside that counts more than anything else. Well, there's the clever design. Ahem.


Yum!



Ta-dum! I knew all the binding, and bookmaking tools, and supplies would come in handy one day. Some are years old but still and all  . . . As long as it doesn't go to waste. Winter months are good for more than hibernating, y'all. And booking stuff isn't just for books.

. . . to be continued












8 comments:

  1. OOOOH, I love this post. You know how I adore books and letters and the fact you are making them one and the same is beyond fabulous. I have pored over your photos looking at all the intricacies of your craft. I have wanted to try a technique using skewers as a spine for a book but cannot find the instructions I copied out. You have passed the book-making bug to me and now I need to try to make a few books. I'll have to get my craft box of papers down and see what I can come up with. Looking forward to part two of this post with baited breath!

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    1. You make me so happy! I fell into the book well the first time I got a folded book. All those YouTubers and their how-tos kept me up late. They're good for insomnia. Your QEI book upped the ante. Memories of the books I made and illustrated for my siblings--I made up stories for Erin and we drew pictures--came flooding in. Luckily I remembered where I'd stashed my bookbinding tools . . . I should put all this in a letter! And so I shall. :)

      I saw a book made with a chop stick for a spine! I hope you find the technique for skewers. You passed the bug to me! Remember?? I hope others catch it too!

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  2. Oh goodness how lovely you surround yourself with color and brightness that should be good for what ails one ...yeah .

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    1. It really does work. :) I found a beautiful lime envelope with a pretty spring time card. The liner is a deep rich brown! Just the thing for a wet muddy week. Now I just need time to write between glue drying. LOL.

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  3. Can I come over and play? I want to learn to do that!

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    1. Of course you may! You are on the VIP list. LOL. I'm not necessarily a slow learner but I try to be thorough. I'm trying not to say words like cardboard when there's a proper name. LOL. Reading takes awhile but I enjoy learning from the ground up. I will finally get to illuminate a little book! Someday. :) So yes, do come and play. And share what you know.

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  4. I love that Making Books book! And I love making books. And I love that you are making books. A whole lotta love going on here -- plus you can shake my martini!

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  5. It's a cool book, right? It's the second one I bought and it's worth every page. You are one of the people who contributed to my addiction.Thank you. :D

    Sure I'd shake your martini! I'd eat the olives every chance I got though. :D

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