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.
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…
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…
These eight little notebooks are among the last of 2016. Bookbinding-wise 2016 has been an amazing year – I’ve had such a great time binding books! And I’ve made more books this year than I have made in any other year since graduation in 2006! I’ve also made more long stitch bindings than before, and I totally fell in love with the sewn boards binding structure. Today’s perfect eight of linen covered sewn boards binding really bring together the things I enjoy most about bookbinding – they’re handmade items made to be used, they perform their function perfectly, and every detail is thought out. Also, I love using linen.
This week is the last real work week of the year for me. After selling at a Christmas fair this Saturday I’m going to take it easy for the rest of December. I’ll end up making stuff despite my attempts to take it easy, but maybe a little less. Maybe I’ll focus on making plans for 2017 and on prepping some bullet journals for all those also making plans.
Are you making plans? Is it as terrifying for you as it is for me? Just kidding (well, sort of) – planning isn’t as scary as it was some years ago. Having a plan is good, even if it’s just a small one.
This week has been a hugely busy one, but I did finish these two soft cover notebooks late last night. The large black one is now available in the shop. Please note that today is the last day to place any US and Canada orders and have them arrive in time for Christmas (my European customers: you have until the 14th!) – so do head over to the Paperiaarre Etsy shop and buy handmade paper treasures for your loved ones!
I wanted the beautiful printed endpapers to get all the attention in these books, so I paired them with plain light green and black book cloth. Thanks to the special construction, the covers are nice and flexible without being flimsy. The books have 96 pages of 150gsm drawing paper, but despite the heavyweight paper the finished books are quite lightweight and perfect travel companions both for small trips to work and back, or for bigger trips to the other side of the globe.
Now it’s time for me to dash off to wrap and mail some orders before the sauna is warm. After all the hard work (and finishing nearly every project) I’m rewarding myself with a nice afternoon sauna and some dark chocolate (86% cacao is the way to go these days).