New books in the shop at last! Amidst the somewhat exhausting whirlwind of more artistic projects and ideas I put together this minimalistic duo of small Coptic bound notebooks with leather spines. I’ve previously only combined the leather spine with tarred paper covers, but as I stumbled upon this beautiful dusty pink linen that matched some leather I had lying around I changed my mind about whether it was alright to use leather and linen in the same book. (Yeah, I have strange rules.)
These books are really lightweight and wonderful to handle, and the pages are rough recycled brown paper that works with many kinds of pens and pencils. As the spines are covered with leather, these books make great travel companions that handle tons more wear and tear than a bare-spined book would.
I have caught a cold that makes it super hard for me to keep my head above my shoulders and myself in upright position, so that’s all for today. I’m heading back to bed to nurse both myself and the new bullet journal ideas I have brewing (should my brain function allow such complicated thoughts).
These days writing my second book of poetry takes a lot of my time, but I try to sneak in some bookbinding projects, too. These gilt linen journals have been in the making for a while, but now the whole stack of six is available in the shop.
The obligatory spine shot – there’s something irresistible about stacking a finished set of books and taking a photo of the spines alone.
The distressed gold leaf finish is a perfect match for the textured linen. Even after the leaf metal has been brushed vigorously to distress the surface it remains a beautifully reflective strip of ‘light’ at the edge of the cover.
My next book project will be something different once again. Hopefully a new twist on an old design of mine if all goes well!
One of my pre-holiday season projects is to stock up on bullet journals. In most of us the new year always brings out the need to be more organized, and bullet journals are quite possibly the most fashionable way to tackle the task. The bullet journal boom shows no signs of fading, and it’s no wonder! I’ve never been good at using a calendar of any sort and my time-management skills aren’t the greatest by any standard, but somehow using a bullet journal has become like a second nature to me, and I get tons of things done these days!
This bullet journal is covered with grey linen and sewn with grey linen thread. And just for interest’s sake I crossed the stitches that extend to the covers
The pages have a grey 5mm dotted grid that’s a great guide for handwriting, and for drawing layouts should you choose to stray away from the most minimalistic approach! It also doesn’t distract you like lines do, if you like to doodle as well as write on your notebook.
This book will be listed on Etsy once I return from my trip to London, but you can also contact me directly if you’re interested!