joy + joy + some more

Sometimes life simply refuses to go as expected. This week my book Koko meren laajuus won probably the biggest literature award a poetry book can win in this country (some awards are for novels only). The Kalevi Jäntti award has been handed out annually (since 1942!) to the best young authors - this year four authors were awarded and I’m so honoured to be in some amazingly talented company. I’ve never even dared to dream of achieving things like this even though I take writing very seriously, but all of a sudden all that hard work has been noticed and awarded and it’ll take me a little while to wrap my head around it. For the time being I just focus on being happy and extremely grateful to everyone who has ever supported me (in everything I do).

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This week has been a week of wrapping things up in many ways. I finished the last books for the holiday season - most likely I’ll focus on mixed media and artists’ book project for the rest of the month. Today is the last day for North American customers to place their holiday orders, European customers have until the 13th, Finns until the 18th, so take a look at the Paperiaarre shop and see if you could give someone something made by hand with lots and lots of love. Something like a notebook with vintage bunnies, perhaps? I made another lot in new colours after the first ones were almost sold out in a day.

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Now I’m off to think new papery poetry things to do.

Love,
K

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Some last minute magic happened last night and I finished my #areyoubookenough project in time. The November theme was ‘Translation’ and this time the theme was something I wanted to take very literally since I work with text all the time as a poet. My poems are usually very long and fragmented, so I chose to work with the one new text I have that is neither, and is in a quite different style all in all. The poem is a love poem for a painted lady who shall remain unnamed - we have a significant age difference of some 100+ years, and she’s accustomed to a far more luxurious lifestyle than I, but we’ll try and make it work…

Translating this poem was a strange experience, especially since I can’t even say the Finnish version of the poem is finished - the text lives and is free to change at least until it finds its way into print. So, you only get to see the translation, as the original is still holding on to its right to turn into something entirely different. Not the way translations usually work, I know!

The book plays on a structure of joined accordions, and it’s housed in a modified vintage compact case.

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case: 6x9x0,9cm / 2.4”x3.5”x0.4”

book: 6,7x4,3cm / 2.6”x1.7”

You can view a video of this book here.

hardcover journals & important dates

Unsurprisingly, it’s absolutely hectic in here. Orders flying out the door (thank you!!!!) and new books coming out of the press. There’ll be a roundup post of the Office Hours later, but first I need to get out of this survival mode!

If you want to treat yourself or someone you really like to a Paperiaarre paper treasure this Holiday season, please order by the date listed below:

United States and Canada - Dec 7th
Europe - Dec 13th
Finland - Dec 18th
Rest of the world - Dec 2nd

These dates are based on recommendations by the Finnish postal service, but there's no way to 100% guarantee delivery in time for Christmas if something completely out of the ordinary happens during the holiday rush, so, it's always best to order as early as possible! Thanks so much for your support! It means the world to me have you guys use my books as vessels for your ideas - genious or not!

If you’re after a hardcover journal or two, I’ve got plenty of new options available for you:

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These four books have beautiful print endpapers and 4mm dotted grid pages - perfect for bullet journaling. You can find them here.

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This purple and pink duo has lovely brush stroke print endpapers and blank pages. You can find them here.

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This turquoise one has tons of pages and some extraordinarily beautiful silver print endpapers. You can find it here.

Now I’m off to perform a deadline miracle of sorts - my #areyoubookenough project is still miles and miles away from finished. It’s actually only a hair beyond being just an idea, but I’m still fairly confident I can make it happen tonight!

lovely bunnies + office hours today

I was caught by surprise when three out of four of these bunny books were sold within 24 hours. Now there’s still one darling pink one left for one lucky customer! The adorable bunny endpapers are an edited reproduction of a vintage endpaper pattern I fell in love with. I hope to make some more of these bunny books in new colour combinations, but there’s still a few other things on my to-do list before I can get to those.

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Just a quick reminder today’s the day when you can ask me all sorts of questions about bookbinding - see my latest Instagram post and ask your questions in the comments section. Later I’ll put together a blog post with all the questions and aswers, so even people who don’t do social media can benefit and all the info is easily found in one blog post. Please see the roundup post of previously asked and answered questions - you may find your question already answered!

new bullet journals

Instead of going on a quick getaway to Berlin this week I’ve been working extra hard to make up the time I spent sneezing and watching Netflix. Berlin will still be there later, I hope. The first lot of finished books is one of 6+1 long stitch bullet journals. Six books have off-white pages with a smaller 4 mm dotted grid whereas the lonely one has heavier bright white paper with a 5 mm dotted grid and a different sewing pattern on the spine.

I hate always being so early to mention how the holiday season is fast approaching, but Finland is so far away from most of you that I really must! For you guys living in countries not in Europe or North America it’s recommended you place your order as soon as possible and no later than November 22nd - the rest of you have a little more time, but it’s still a good idea to be early rather than to be late. And there’s always the issue of Paperiaarre items being unique and hence worth grabbing the moment you see something you fancy! So maybe treat yourself (or someone else) with a new bullet journal this week and get organized now instead of 2019? You can find these seven and all other available dotted grid notebooks in my shop through this link.

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Next on my to-do-list is attending a poetry event (as an audience member this time!), finishing a special book for an old friend, and finishing the covers for a small lot of notebooks with vintage bunny print endpapers. I should have them ready for you guys in a week or so!