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typewritten binary code endpapers + pink leather joints - fine binding - work in progress by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

fine binding – another binary code wip

typewritten binary code endpapers + pink leather joints - fine binding - work in progress by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

I’m repeating myself a bit here – binding another copy of Ontto harmaa by Olli-Pekka Tennilä, again with no time to spare. I hadn’t intended to leave for Helsinki until June, but when the perfect summer home popped up, I couldn’t let it slip away. And so my month reserved for binding this book turned into two weeks of scrambling together every unfinished thing AND binding this book from scratch. I’m doing a variation of a more traditional looking fine binding than my first Ontto harmaa was (it was an adapted version of a sewn boards binding). I find my skills rusty and my nerves all over the place, but I try to focus on the thought that done is better than perfect. Mind you, I don’t advice you guys to do fine binding in a rush. It makes no sense, but here I am, with life skills 5/5.

preparing 2mm diameter leather onlays - fine binding - work in progress by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Also going to do that thing with almost 800 2mm diameter leather onlays again. Madness is what I excel at.

 

getting ready to tool the title - fine binding - work in progress by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Today is all about finishing – i.e. adding those dots and other finishing touches that are still missing. The title was put on yesterday already. Once the covers are done, tomorrow it’s time to glue down the leather joints, fill in the inside covers, and put on the binary code doublures. If I finish all this by Friday evening, I should be good. I’m coming back home in under two weeks which means I’ll even have time to take photos of the book before I need to send it on its way. Note to self: never again. Except I think I said that last time, too.

soft cover Coptic bound guest book with gold linen covers - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

all golden – softcover guest book

softcover Coptic bound guest book with gold linen covers - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

I’ve played with the idea of creating some softcover Coptic bindings this spring, and I wanted to put that idea into action before my summer bookbinding hiatus. And here it is! I made some softcover Coptics while still at school over a decade ago, but they had covers made out of either leather or paper. This here with gold linen covers is a mix between the sewn boards binding variation I do and the Coptic binding. The sewn boards bindings do have more rigid covers than this book, but I adapted some structural aspects of the binding to suit my purposes here.

softcover Coptic bound guest book with gold linen covers - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

I love the lightness that comes with soft covers. And using luxurious linen results in a softcover book that doesn’t look cheap at all. It looks simply lovely.

softcover Coptic bound guest book with gold linen covers - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

20x14x1,3cm / 7.9″x5.5″x0.5″

for sale here

softcover Coptic bound guest book with gold linen covers - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Yet another friendly reminder: This here is the last new book in the shop before September (there’ll be more blog posts before I go, though), and I’m going to gradually close down the shop for the summer by the end of May. Items about to expire will expire, and the couple new mixed media things (watch case necklaces and a small collage tin) will be offered for sale on Instagram only. So if you have a wedding coming up and you’re in need of a guest book or a gift, or if your bullet journal is nearing its final pages, or if you have a feeling you or someone you know might need a new notebook some time during the summer, or if you have an empty spot on your wall in need of art, now would be a great time to act. Thanks so much for all of your support!

xo,

Kaija

Coptic bound guestbook with blush pink linen and floral vintage lace - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

blush pink + vintage lace guest book

Coptic bound guestbook with blush pink linen and floral vintage lace - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Suddenly I’m just trying to tie up loose ends: finish unfinished books, finish tasks with deadlines looming in early May, plan ahead of little collage-y things to make this summer. While other people take a vacation in the summer, or spend as much time as possible at the summer cottage, I’m moving to the big city (Helsinki, that is) for the summer to work on my poetry book. No distractions and a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. That means I’ll be taking a long break from bookbinding in a mere few week’s time. Sorry! I hope you’ll stick around to see what I come up with come autumn.

My plan is to create small collages or paper art pieces every now and then, created from a small boxful of supplies I’ll drag with me to my summer home, so this blog won’t end up completely abandoned for the summer. But writing is going to be my priority until September, at least. This isn’t a goodbye post – just a friendly public service announcement well ahead of time. I have yet to decide whether to close down the shop for the summer or simply change processing times to 2-3 weeks and ship when I visit home. But if you want to play safe, stock up!

Coptic bound guestbook with blush pink linen and floral vintage lace - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Among the unfinished project was this vintage lace guest book that had been waiting for me to put it together for a good while, but all it took was a gloomy snowy day in late April for me to take out the needles and finally sew it. This one’s pretty big (16,3x23cm / 6.4″x9.1″) and it has 48 pages of 150gsm paper. Perfect wedding guest book material, I’d say. You can find it for sale here.

Coptic bound guestbook with blush pink linen and floral vintage lace - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

I hope the seasons are treating you better wherever you are. Here the spring has stalled, almost decided not to come at all. Yesterday it snowed a lot again and I had to take out my woolly hat from storage… I’m thankful for the daylight, but I’d prefer if it were not filtered by snow falling down.

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