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!

return to bookbinding

Things have been awfully quiet here for many months now, with just the occasional artists’ book post every now and then. My world has revolved around poetry in the months surrounding the publication of my second poetry book Koko meren laajuus in August. I spent September in Visby, Gotland, Sweden, writing new poems as well as an article about artists’ books (in Finnish only, sorry!), but now it’s finally time to make room for bookbinding again. Today I’m sharing with you a book I finished just before I left for Visby, and some of my favourite photos I took during my stay at the writers’ and translators’ residence. New books are drying in the press as I’m typing this, so new treats are here sooner than you’d think.

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You can find this beauty in the Paperiaarre shop. I love this pairing of teal blue linen and the teal/green leafy print paper I used for endpapers. Coming next: smaller notebooks with print endpapers, but first, let’s take a look at the beautiful Hanseatic city of Visby and the island of Gotland.

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Knowing my home would be taken over by a crew of workmen, I applied for a writers’ residency in Visby for September. Gotland is much farther down South than Helsinki and the weather was brilliant apart from a storm or two, so I actually managed to extend my summer by a month with this trip.

Visby is a very small city (I’d call it a town, but it’s not my business to correct how others describe their home) and the most idyllic part of it is located inside medieval city walls. The residency is inside the walls, on a high cliff, right next to the Visby Cathedral - a location beyond amazing. I enjoyed the views, the sunsets, the smell of apples and pears everywhere, the walks around the city walls and by the sea. Once I got back home it took me a while to adjust to a skyline without a seemingly endless sky playing a big part of the view.

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This is a colour combinations that will definitely show up in my work soon!

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Gotland being mostly limestone, there were fossils everywhere. You could sit down on the pebble beach and pick up dozens of them within your arm’s reach. Even though I spent hours of my “thinking time” sitting on the windy beach, I limited my personal collection to a small handful…

I also got to go on an island excursion with some really nice writers and translators. Met a bunch cows at När Lighthouse (and around some impressive bronze age gravesites, too). Our excursion took place on what felt like the last day of summer, and the island really showed its best to us.

Even more important than the gorgeous surroundings and fantastic sunsets was the community of writers and translators with whom I got to spend my four weeks (and some magnificent dinners). During those weeks some lovely people left and some lovely new people arrived. There was this bittersweet sense of temporariness in the air, which by the way, was unbelievably fresh. All these things feed my creativity and I can’t wait to go back some day (soon, I hope)!

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Cloudy days in Helsinki. Perfect for some poetry stuff, lots of bookbinding, and lots of other creative work, I hope. See you soon.

so many colours!

Apparently I'm still keeping things tiny! Or at least pocket-size!

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This week I finished 18 tiny notebooks while watching the Oscars (fyi, Call Me by Your Name was my favourite film of the year). I didn't think I'd have bookcloth in 18 different colours, but somewhat surprisingly I do. And a bunch of browns, greys and pinks that come in even more shades than the ones I used, too. I don't buy large quantities of bookcloth, so I can have both variety and room to walk around in my home, but I was still slightly shocked what emerged as I started to unroll my stash of bookcloth...

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This dark purple is one of my personal favourites (just got some more from Zelluloos), but I do like them all, especially when they're all together. Still, I'm glad when they soon start making their way to different corners of the world. If you want one, they're now in the shop just waiting for you to pick your favourite(s).

Next week I'll be hard at work with my poetry book, so instead of binding new books and sharing them here I'm going to show you a little peek of the Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition currently on show at the National Library of Finland. It really is worth a visit if you're close by!

a tiny dozen of notebooks

...just in time for the season when you need to find what seems like a million tiny presents.

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These little books measure only 7,9x11,1x0,9cm / 3.1"x4.4"x0.4" and they have 62 pages of off-white drawing paper suitable for most pens, pencils and dry media. That means they'll fit into anyone's pocket and suit pretty much anyone's needs - notes, scribbles, sketches, travel journal entries... I made each of the twelve books a different colour, so the fastest one out there also has the chance to buy the whole lot and have a different book for each month of the year.

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The most frequent concern people seem to have with handmade books is that their ideas aren't fancy enough for such fancy books, or that they have such ugly handwriting it doesn't belong in a pretty book. These books are super super simple and plain, and as such a very easy way to ease into the pleasures of using a carefully crafted notebook instead of those factory made ones you can barely get to open without cracking the spine. Also, I think giving someone a beautiful handmade notebook as a gift signals that you value their thoughts highly enough to think they should be in a pretty book. And you don't need to break the bank to get one of these either... Find the whole lot in the shop now.

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Holiday season plans are in full action here. Origami stars are taking over my days as well as a certain recurring matchbox related project I'm pretty excited about. What does your November look like? I hope it's not as dark and busy as mine!

New books, at last!

And we're officially back in business!

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As you well know, I took a loooong break from bookbinding this summer. While my days were filled with exciting things like writing, apartment hunting, renovations, etc., bookbinding was something I sorely missed in my daily life. The new workspace has now been put into use at last, and you can find four new books in the Paperiaarre shop.

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Each book has 96 bright white fairly heavy-weight pages with light grey 5 mm dotted grid, making them perfect for bullet journal use, or for anyone who likes their books with a bit of a visual aid instead of blank pages. I personally find dots less distracting and more practical than lined pages.

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As always, these books are all one of a kind. Only one book in each colour was made, and once a colour has sold out, it's gone. So, you know what to do if you find yourself having an instant favourite!