handmade long stitch bullet journals with dotted grid pages / Kaija Rantakari - www.paperiaarre.com

a perfect dozen – new bullet journals

handmade long stitch bullet journals with dotted grid pages / Kaija Rantakari - www.paperiaarre.com

Just listed in the shop: a dozen new bullet journals in a dozen colours and three different long stitch style variations. I only made one in each colour, and you know the drill: once a colour has sold out, it’s gone & the next lot of bullet journals will be something different. Another reason for you to rush off to shop is that I’m leaving town for a week come Monday morning, so, any orders placed after Sunday morning won’t be heading out until April 11th. My birthday present to myself is a week in Helsinki: museums, libraries, poetry, artists’ books, long walks, and tons of photos. While I visit Helsinki fairly often, I never stay long enough to visit more than a handful of places, and I always end up running out of time or energy. This trip should solve both problems and get me out of the home town rut I’m in. I’ll probably flood my Instagram feed & stories with photos of Helsinki, so do follow along if you’re interested. For those fully uninterested in stuff that’s not books: I will be posting artists’ book stuff next week as well! I have finished my #areyoubookenough bookbinding challenge piece in time, and you can see it very soon on Instagram, and there’ll be a post here on Monday as well.

handmade long stitch bullet journals with dotted grid pages / Kaija Rantakari - www.paperiaarre.com

Back to the bullet journals after the tourism side step: like I said, I switched things up a bit and did three different variations of the long stitch binding. The loopy chain stitch kind on the yellow and orange journals I hadn’t done in a decade but I do like it a lot.

handmade long stitch bullet journals with dotted grid pages / Kaija Rantakari - www.paperiaarre.com

Dotted grid pages, as always – the best kind of pages for bullet journaling:

handmade long stitch bullet journals with dotted grid pages / Kaija Rantakari - www.paperiaarre.com

My personal bullet journal is a life saver this week: fighting a cold most of last week left me horribly behind schedule on many things, and going away for a week on Monday doesn’t help either. So, I’m cramming in long work days this week, writing mega long to-do lists, and giving myself a pat on the back every time I finish a task. V has seen me only in passing this week since I’ve been holed up in the studio so much. One evening he stopped by (yeah, we both work at home, but my studio is at the the opposite end of every other relevant part of our home, so he needs to purposefully come and greet me), sniffed my hair and told me I smelled like home (can I get an awwwww here?). The sweet smell of home was quickly narrowed down as I had just finished sanding a stack of book board. Your homes may smell like cinnamon or lavender, but at our place, we prefer friction and dust…

Today I’m going to finish off with a quick recommendation for pretty much everyone who likes to listen to stuff as they work: the brand new (and brilliant!) S-town podcast kept me company while I glued the covers for this lot – nearly seven hours of amazing storytelling that was so good I got pretty distracted at times and forgot to keep that glue brush going. Which obviously isn’t that great when you desperately need to get work done, but I’m telling you – it’s worth it!

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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