Book art sculpture – first attempt

I just googled, looked at various tutorials, then played around with an old magazine – the chunkiest I could find!
Found the middle then worked my way out, alternating the types of folds evenly.

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Weekly Inspiration- Bookplates

Ex Libris:  Latin, meaning “from the books of”.

For a while I’ve been aware of bookplates, but never really thought about what they are and what they mean. I’ve seen them for sale on The Literary Gift Company and felt like I needed some.

Then the good old British Museum shared a link on Facebook for this book:

…and it made me investigate more.

Good ol’ Wikipedia says:

“Bookplates typically bear a name, motto, device, coat-of-arms, crest, badge, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by him from the artist or designer.”

Basically, they go in the front of all your books to say “these are MINE!” but in a nicer, more artistic and often very beautiful way.

Did you know there’s a Bookplate Society? You do now. This website makes me realise just how little I know about this topic- therefore, I hereby add ‘Bookplates’ to the ever-growing list of Stuff I Will Read Up On One Day But Don’t Have Time Right Now.

In the meantime, I find myself wanting to make a Craft Fantastic Bookplate, either with the little boat or the mermaid logo. While I’m designing that in my head, check out these absolutely gorgeous examples:

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Weekend baking – coffee walnut whips

Simple to make and tasty. Kind of like making truffles; coat the moulds, make the filling (in this case, coffee mixed with sugar and heated, then poured over chopped choc and mixed till smooth) then pour into the set cases. When the filling is set and the top coat put on, smoosh a walnut half on.

Recipe taken from Miss Hope’s Chocolate Box.

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New blank notebooks – with or without a key?

So I made up a new blank notebook. Ivory paper:

Red and gold headband:

Simple black cover:

The intention was to stick a decorative metal key on the front, but I can’t quite decide how to place it. Which looks best?

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Lunchtime Lusting- pretty paper

I am both glad and sad that Shepherds Falkiners has moved. Sad because I can no longer browse their lovely store in my lunch hour, or wander down to buy more book binding supplies. Glad because it stops me buying yet more paper.

I am resigned to online window shopping and trying to think up an excuse to buy some of the following:

Oh. But I actually think I do need some of this French waxed paper for covering my notebooks:

Why? Erm, well, I just do…

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It was the cover that caught my eye… #12

Recent charity shop purchase:

And inside…

No idea what this book is, literally just saw the old cover and the fact it was 95p and bought it!

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Simple Origami Sunday: BUNNIES!

Two origami bunny tutorials:

The yellow one is inflatable, so when you get to the second to last step, you need to… blow into the bunny’s nose!

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Coptic Binding – first attempt

Coptic binding is something I’ve been wanting to try for ages and I found a really great tutorial. I love this one particularly as the pictures are so clear.

To practise this technique, I decided to bind my old sketches together. They’ve been laying around, sheets of A4 from sketch pads that have fallen to bits… I don’t really know why I keep them but I do! Binding them all together meant I could keep them all tidy in one place and also have a go at coptic binding. Winner.

I love the spine!

One of the advantages of this type of binding is that allows the pages to lay nice and flat:


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Paper balloon mobile – handmade gift idea

One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was this book: Everything Oz, The Wizard Book Of Makes & Bakes. Ever eager to have a reason to try out new craft projects (though sometimes no reason is needed!) I chose the paper balloon mobile to make as a gift for my friend, who’s just had a baby boy. Armed with some adorable but subtle blue pram-printed paper from good old Paperchase, I set to work.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to post a full tutorial on here, because I really think that if you like crafts then you’ll love this book- it’s a great investment. However, I’ve done little pictures of my progress, so you can get a good idea of how these are made.

So. Here goes. Basket first:

The base is a circle with tabs round the outside, which are attached to a long rectangular strip of paper (nice surface on the outside!).

Next, I made the swags to go around the edge of the basket:

I did 4 of these, evenly spaced. Ish.

Then on to the balloon! Using a variety of papers works well. I used blue printed, sometimes inside out, plus some plain silver.

I adapted the balloon bit slightly, using the method from the paper beads I make.

All that was left to do then was to attach the basket to the balloon:

Ta da! I’ve added a few embellishments, a silver paper bow to cover up a gap in the swags, where the string was glued on and also some teeny triangles for bunting:

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Weekly Inspiration – Letters Of Note

It began with an innocent discussion on snozzcumbers, and ended with this link being emailed round the office from  Letters Of Note:

This website is a definite must visit for anyone who likes reading, writing, letters and words.

Here are some of my favourites:

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