coptic notebooks with leather spines, handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

coptic notebooks with leather spines

coptic notebooks with leather spines, handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

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.)

coptic notebooks with leather spines, handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

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.

coptic notebooks with leather spines, handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

The books are just a hair larger than a postcard at 10,7×15,2×1,5 cm / 5″x7″x0.8″ and they have 80 pages each. You can find them for sale here.

coptic notebooks with leather spines, handmade by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

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).

either or - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

mixed media monday – either or

either or - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

I named my latest mixed media piece Either Or. For those moments when things seem so black and white, when we feel the world will collapse if we don’t get what our heart desires, when the world either has colour or it hasn’t.

either or - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Either Or was built inside an old cigarette box, with the bottom half of it an unfurling cluster of different kinds of blacknesses. Surely that’s one way to describe it. Watch the video to see the piece fully opened, and view more detailed photos below.

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hidden flowers sewn boards notebook by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

hidden flowers notebook

hidden flowers sewn boards notebook by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

For the longest time I didn’t keep a journal. I used to write one religiously, but somehow it began to feel like a burden, and the pages so heavy with emotion I decided it best to let it all go. But this March, after some five years of not keeping any type of personal account of the goings on in my life, I found myself drawn back to it. I made myself a small journal that fits even in my smallest purse – quite plain and simple, but with a splash of colourful oversized floral patterns on the endpapers.

hidden flowers sewn boards notebook by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

The pages are 100% recycled paper: rough just the way I like it, and with imperfections that help me get over the imperfections of my handwriting that goes from tiny squiggly ants to messy reeds depending on my mood. The dark teal and sea-foam book cloth are a recent purchase, but I doubt I’ll use either on the books I sell as it seems the starch coat finish of the cloth is pretty prone to both staining and overall wear. I’ve used this journal for a bit under two weeks now and its finish is in pretty rough condition already. I don’t mind it in this case, but the quality isn’t up to par with what I like to offer in my shop, even though there are always people who enjoy the distressed look…

hidden flowers sewn boards notebook by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Next up on my bookbinding to-do list are some small Coptic bound journals with leather spines, and some new bullet journals, too. On the mixed media front it appears there’s an odd body of work emerging – a bit moody and haunting. I’m curious to see what comes next…

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